NewFest, NYC's annual LGBT film festival, have started announcing their line-up for 2017, and a movie I have been dying to see for months now is among the first titles revealed -- God's Own Country, the "British Brokeback Mountain" as it's been coined (I can't tell if the film-makers have gotten annoyed by that comparison yet or not, but it sticks), will be the fest's "International Centerpiece" and will screen on October 21st. I shared the trailer with y'all back in June - it's out in theaters in the UK right now and has been getting very fine notices. (A lot of people are trying to make it a competition with Call Me By Your Name but can't we have two good gay movies in one year?)
The Opening Night film of the fest is the documentary Susanne Bartsch: On Top, about the NYC nightlife icon nicknamed "The Queen of the Night," while the Closing Night film is a romance between Lena Hall (who rightfully won a Tony for her performance in Hedwig and the Angry Inch) and Mena Suvari called Becks. And the local Centerpiece Film (as opposed to the International one) is called After Louie and has Alan Cumming falling for Keep the Lights On's spindly ginger Zachary Booth. He freaked me out in that movie...
Anyway NewFest runs from October 19th to the 24th -
stay tuned for more announcements soon!