Long Island fest opens with a pair of Duitch pics
Two world premieres and four U.S. bows are among the lineup of features set for 15th annual Stony Brook Film Festival.Ten-day Long Island fest is set to open with a pair of Dutch dramas from director Ben Sombogaart, “The Storm” (a Stateside preem) and “Bride Flight,” both of which touch on the North Sea flood of 1953. Closing night offering is the U.S. preem of “Mao’s Last Dancer,” the biopic about a Chinese ballet dancer who defects after he falls in love with an American woman. The fest’s full-length world premieres are “The Pardon,” Tom Anton’s fact-based story of the only woman sentenced to the electric chair in Louisiana, starring Jaime King; and “Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story,” directed by Peter Miller and penned by sports journo Ira Berkow. Among the other U.S. preems are Su Turhan’s “Ayla,” about a Turkish woman in Germany, and Peter Timm’s romantic comedy “Beloved Berlin Wall.” Fest lineup also includes screenings of “The Extra Man” and “Howl,” among other pics, as well as a dozen shorts, five of which are world preems. Fest is set to run July 22-31 at the Staller Center for the Arts at Stony Brook U.