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Brooklyn Fest to Debut with Merchant Ivory’s “Docteur”

Brooklyn Fest to Debut with Merchant Ivory's "Docteur"

Brooklyn Fest to Debut with Merchant Ivory’s “Docteur”

by Christopher Henderson

A scene from the Merchant Ivory production, “Merci Docteur Rey”

Courtesy of Brooklyn International Film Festival

While Manhattan prepares for the star studded gala that is the Tribeca Film Festival, Brooklyn will present an international festival of its own, complete with films about bodegas, hit men, and backyard wrestling. The 6th annual Brooklyn International Film Festival will open April 28 with the East Coast premiere of the Merchant Ivory production “Merci, Docteur Rey,” which stars Diane Weist as a narcissistic opera singer whose son witnesses a murder.

BIFF, which has grown each year of its existence, will screen 96 films during the course of the week long festival. Notable selections include the world premiere of Harry O’Reilly’s mob comedy “Crooked Lines,” New York Latino Festival winner “All Night Bodega” and Paul Hough’s controversial underground wrestling documentary, “The Backyard.”

The festival, part of an expanding film community in Brooklyn, will screen at the Brooklyn Museum Art through May 4. Over the course of the summer the festival will exhibit selected winners in neighborhoods throughout New York City.

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