'Pursuit' will close pic fest

HOLLYWOOD — Tim Blake Nelson’s “The Grey Zone” will open the seventh annual Stony Brook Film Festival, unspooling July 17-27 in Stony Brook, Long Island.

“The Grey Zone” is one of 40 features and shorts that will be screened at the event, whose lineup was announced Monday by fest director Alan Inkles. Closing-night pic is the Gotham premiere of “Pursuit of Happiness,” directed by John Putch.

“The Grey Zone,” which stars Harvey Keitel, Mira Sorvino, Steve Buscemi, David Arquette, Natasha Lyonne and Daniel Benzali, recounts the true story of the 12th Sonderkommando unit, a squad of Jews who were empowered by the Nazis to help exterminate their fellow Jews at Auschwitz while they also tried secretly to carry out the only armed revolt ever at the death camp. “Pursuit of Happiness” stars Frank Whaley and Annabeth Gish, with Jean Stapleton as co-star.

‘Water’ to preem

Studio spotlight premiere screenings include the New York bow on July 18 of Kathryn Bigelow’s thriller “The Weight of Water,” featuring Sean Penn, Elizabeth Hurley, Catherine McCormack, Josh Lucas and Sarah Polley.

Films in competition include the East Coast premiere of Terry Allen Green’s “Almost Salinas,” starring John Mahoney, Linda Emond, Lindsay Crouse and Virginia Madsen; the New York premiere of Melissa Martin’s “The Bread, My Sweet,” starring Scott Baio, Kristin Minter and Rosemary Prinz; and the New York premiere of Tom Rice’s “The Rising Place.”

Other Gotham premieres include Mark Wilkinson’s “Dischord,” Melinda Roenisch’s “The Secret” and Ralph Macchio’s short “Love Thy Brother.”

Among the international films that will screen at the festival are “Italian for Beginners,” “Monsoon Wedding,” “Son of the Bride” and “Karmen Gei.”

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