The Films of NewFest 2013

NewFest, New York’s premier LGBT film festival, this year celebrates not only its 25th anniversary but also its second year of partnering with both the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Los Angeles’ Outfest. Beginning Friday and continuing through September 11, NewFest 2013 features a diverse and compelling collection of narratives, documentaries, and shorts. Preview the festival’s collection on the following pages, and for tickets and more information visit


In the Name of…
Friday, September 6, 4:30 p.m.
Venue: Walter Reade Theater

Father Adam is the talk of the small Polish town he’s assigned to. Handsome, strong, and unfazed by a violent group of local teens, he’s idolized and occasionally hit on by local men and women alike. It’s only when the brooding and beautiful Lukasz, an orphan and accused arsonist, falls into his arms one hot summer day that Father Adam feels the sudden pang of repressed desire. Soon his feelings of lust give way to love, setting off suspicion within the tight-knit, conservative community. Shot in glowing, golden sunlight and set within the sprawling fields and forests of Poland, Malgoska Szumowska’s sumptuous drama (2013 Teddy Award winner for Best Feature Film at the Berlin International Film Festival) teems with sensuality and tension.



Friday, September 6, 7:15 p.m.
Venue: Walter Reade Theater

From executive producer Rose Troche and writer-director Stacie Passon, this funny, sexy, and compelling mix of Belle de Jour and The Stepford Wives follows suburban lesbian housewife Abby (Robin Weigert, Deadwood, The Sessions) through an erotic epiphany after she suffers a head injury. In the immediate aftermath, she questions whether her picture-perfect family life is enough and decides to revive her career and renovate a loft in New York City. But the space quickly transforms itself into a convenient location for an unexpected sexual reawakening.

*Tickets are $50 and include admission to the Opening Night party.

Interior. Leather Bar.
Saturday, September 7, 9:15 a.m.
Venue: Walter Reade Theater

To avoid an X rating, 40 minutes of footage was cut from William Friedkin’s controversial 1980 S/M thriller Cruising. In a provocative reimagining of this censored material, directors Travis Mathews (I Want Your Love) and James Franco create an explicit and steamy nonfiction film-within-a-film about gay sex and masculinity. As the straight lead, Val, prepares to assume the Al Pacino position, he is forced to confront his own sexual boundaries and discomforts, which flare as he pushes deeper into this iconic gay interior. The film had its world premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.


Geography Club
Saturday, September 7 , 11 a.m.
Venue: Walter Reade Theater

Russell (Cameron Deane Stewart, Pitch Perfect) is your average closeted high school teen looking for love. Enter Kevin (Justin Deeley, 90210), the school’s hunkiest football jock. Things get complicated when both Kevin and Russell do things they don’t want to in order to hide who they are. Russell seeks advice from the Geography Club, actually a secret gay-straight alliance filled with a hilarious collection of misfits. As the closet grows harder to maintain, Russell has to decide whether to come out — even if it means losing Kevin. Smart, assured, and stylish, with supporting performances by Ana Gasteyer (SNL), Alex Newell (Glee), Scott Bakula, and Nikki Blonsky (Hairspray), the debut feature from the Entin twins, Gary and Edmund, represents a big (and very hot) step forward in the gay-teen comedy genre.


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