Karim Aïnouz’s “Futuro Beach,” a dark, sexy romance about a Brazilian lifeguard who rescues a German tourist from the treacherous Praia do Futuro and embarks on a steamy romance with him, will open this year’s festival with its New York City premiere. Bruce LaBruce’s “Gerontophilia,” about a young gay man who takes a job in a nursing home and develops an attraction to one of his elderly charges, is scheduled as the closing night film.
Highlights of the five-day festival include “The Circle,” Stephen Haupt’s look at 1950s gay life in Zurich that nabbed the Teddy Award at this year’s Berlinale, “Lilting,” a Sundance selection starring Ben Whishaw and directed by Hong Khaou, “Blackbird,” Patrik-Ian Polk’s drama about a devout choir boy in conservative Mississippi struggling to address his sexuality, and the world premiere of “We Came to Sweat: The Legend of Starlite,” Kate Kunath’s documentary about Brooklyn’s oldest gay bar.
Tickets for this year’s NewFest go on sale July 10–you can find the full lineup here. Check out the trailers for a few of the films, after the jump.