25 Films to Catch at NewFest 2014 in NYC

By: Advocate.com Editors

Following on the heels of its West Coast partner Outfest, NewFest, the premier LGBT film festival of New York, kicks off this week with a stellar lineup. From the lesbian sex work comedy The Foxy Merkins, to the joyous musical Cupcakes, to beautiful coming-of-age tale The Way He Looks, there is truly something for every audience to enjoy.

Browse this year's selection of films, shorts, documentaries and more on the following pages. Unless otherwise noted, all of the films screen at the Walter Reade Theater in Manhattan. Find tickets and more information at NewFest.org.

Thursday, July 24

4:00 p.m. - 52 Tuesdays

Sixteen-year-old Billie (played by Australian rising star Tilda Cobham-Hervey) is blindsided by the news that her mother is planning to transition from female to male and that, during this time, Billie will live at her father’s house. Billie and her mother, now called James, agree to meet every Tuesday during their year apart. As James undergoes changes and becomes less emotionally available, Billie covertly explores her own identity and sexuality with two older schoolmates, testing the limits of her own power, desire, and independence.

7:00 p.m. - Futuro Beach (NewFest Opening Night)

When Brazilian lifeguard Donato fails to save a swimmer from drowning, he seeks out the victim’s friend Konrad, a handsome German biker. The two men begin a passionate affair, and Donato soon decides to follow Konrad to Berlin. Years later, their seemingly peaceful life is threatened by a visitor from Donato’s past. Director Karim Aïnouz (Madame Satã) delivers a visually stunning, emotionally resonant tale about three men struggling across oceans of love, loss, and heartache.

10:00 p.m. - Boys
After making it onto the track team, 15-year-old Sieger instantly grows close to fellow runner Marc. Sieger, dealing with family troubles, and Marc, outgoing and engaging, fall in love over the course of a summer spent running, swimming, and stealing kisses in the forest. But Sieger must weigh how his widowed father feels against the joy and freedom he finds in Marc’s arms in this adorable romance.