New York LGBTQ+ Film Festival NewFest Announces 2023 Lineup, ‘Nyad’ Named as Centerpiece

New York-based LGBTQ+ film festival NewFest has debuted the lineup for its 35th festival, which is set to run from Oct. 12 to Oct. 24.

A slew of the festival’s centerpiece films include Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin’s “Nyad,” which will tell the story of Diana Nyad, starring Annette Bening and Jodie Foster. Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Cannes award-winner “Monster” will receive its New York City premiere while the world premiere of “The Aggressives’s” follow-up “Beyond The Aggressives: 25 Years Later” will be sported. 

Emma Fidel’s documentary “Queen of New York” will spotlight Marti Cummings’ journey to become the first non-binary candidate elected to New York City Council, serving as the New York centerpiece, as narrated by Billy Porter.

As previously announced, George C. Wolfe’s “Rustin” will open the festival while Andrew Haigh’s “All of Us Strangers” will close.

Additionally, the festival will hold advanced screenings of Showtime/Paramount+’s “Fellow Travelers” starring Matt Borner and Jonathan Bailey. Max’s “Our Flag Means Death” starring Taikia Waititi and Minnie Driver will also screen episodes from season 2.

Other highlights include the New York premiere of Luke Gilford’s “National Anthem,” the Anne Hathaway thriller “Eileen” and “Fancy Dance” directed by Erica Tremblay.

4K restorations of Isaac Julien’s 1991 “Young Soul Rebels” and Stephen Winter’s 1996 “Chocolate Babies” will sport their New York premieres. 

Academy Award and Emmy-nominated filmmaker Todd Haynes is set to receive the Queer Visionary Award, accompanied by a screening of his “May December” which stars Natalie Portman and Julianne Moore. 

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