Newport Fest to Kick Off with "Bright Young Things"
by Wendy Mitchell
The Newport International Film Festival kicks off today with a golf tournament and an opening-night screening of Stephen Fry's "Bright Young Things," about high-society Londoners. A gala in the posh Rhode Island town will follow the screening.
The festival will run through Sunday with panels about music docs, creative distribution, political films, and other topics, a variety of parties, and improv shows from famed comedy troupe Upright Citizens Brigade.
This year's narrative feature competition in Newport includes Christoffer Boe's mind-bending Danish romance "Reconstruction," Ian Iqbal Rashid's gay drama "Touch of Pink," Amer Alwan's Iraqi tale "Zaman, the Man From the Reeds," and Joshua Marston's "Maria Full of Grace," about a young drug mule. The documentary competition will include "Kumbh Mela: Short Cut to Nirvana," "Checkpoint," "Bad Behaviour," "No.17," "Imelda," and more.
Sidebars will be devoted to music films ("Dig!," "Metallica: Some Kind of Monster," "Obstinato: Making Music for Two"); political films ("Deadline," "Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust"), Swedish Films ("Songs from the Second Floor," "Smiles of a Summer Night") and films of special interest in Rhode Island ("Monster in a Box," "Andaluz," "A Totally Minor Motion Picture").
The NIFF also includes children's films, shorts programs, and special screenings of films including Bill Plympton's "Hair High," Takeshi Kitano's "Zatoichi," Billy Wilder's "The Seven-Year Itch," and John Curran's "We Don't Live Here Anymore."
[For a full schedule, visit www.newportfilmfestival.com.]