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NewFest 2012 will open with the East Coast premiere of Joshua Sanchez’s debut feature FOUR, executive produced by Neil LaBute. Starring Wendell Pierce (“Treme” and “The Wire”) and Emory Cohen (“Smash”) and adapted from Christopher Shinn’s hit play, FOUR follows four people as they spend a holiday encountering life changing moments, both subtle and writ large and learn to cope with the lack of honesty in their lives. FOUR is a touching and at times raw look at personal connections and the loneliness of everyday life.
Closing Night will be Marialy Rivas’ acclaimed Chilean film YOUNG & WILD. Based on the life of co-screenwriter Camila Gutiérrez, the film is a sexually-charged, stunning and energetic look at family and youth culture in contemporary Chile. The film was the recipient of the World Cinema Screenwriting Award at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.
Among the fourteen narrative and four documentary features (all New York premieres) are three additional 2012 Sundance Film Festival favorites: Macky Alston’s latest documentary LOVE FREE OR DIE about openly gay New Hampshire Episcopalian Bishop Gene Robinson (winner of the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Prize for An Agent of Change), Sally El Hosaini’s MY BROTHER THE DEVIL about two British Arab brothers in London who are forced to confront their inner demons (winner of the World Cinema Cinematography Award), and Aurora Guerrero’s debut feature MOSQUITA Y MARI, featuring two breakout lead performances by Fenessa Pineda and Venecia Troncoso. Also screening is Thom Fitzgerald’s latest, CLOUDBURST starring Olympia Dukakis, Brenda Fricker and Kristin Booth.
In addition, NewFest is proud to present a screening of Eytan Fox’ acclaimed Israeli film YOSSI at the JCC Manhattan on July 30th. YOSSI is the sequel to Fox’s international hit YOSSI AND JAGGER, which premiered at NewFest in 2003.
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