20th Annual Stony Brook Film Festival

Jackie & Ryan starring Kathering Heigl
"Jackie & Ryan" starring Katherine Heigl. Photo Credit: Courtesy Photo

The 20th anniversary season of the Stony Brook Film Festival at the Stall Center’s Main Stage Theatre runs from July 16-25.  The festival includes American Independent premieres as well as films from Germany, The Netherlands, Israel, Mexico, Greece, Egypt, France, Canada, Iran, Belgium, England, Morocco and Algeria.  Many cast and crew from many screening films will be on hand for Q&A before and after the films.  Here’s a peek at this weekend’s lineup.

The Man From Oran (L’Oranais)
Thursday, July 16 – 8pm
U.S. Premiere – Algeria, France – 128 minutes
Written and Directed by Lyès Salem.  With Lyès Salem, Khaled Benaïssa, Djemel Barek. In French and Arabic with subtitles.

Painkillers (Pijnstillers)
Friday, July 17 – 7pm
U.S. Premiere – Netherlands – 98 minutes
Directed by Tessa Schram.  Written by Maria Peters & Tessa Schram from the novel by Carry Slee.  With Gijs Blom (Sonny Boy), Birgit Schuurman, Raymond Thiry and Susan Radder.  In Dutch with subtitles.

This Isn’t Funny
Friday, July 17 – 9:30pm
East Coast Premiere – USA – 86 minutes
Directed by Paul Ashton.  Written by Paul Ashton and Katie Page.  With Paul Ashton, Katie Page, Edi Gathegi  (X-Men: First Class), Mimi Rogers (Austin Powers, The Rapture) and Anthony LaPaglia (The Client, Without A Trace).

Henri Henri
Saturday, July 18 – 7pm
New York Premiere – Canada  – 100 minutes
Written and directed by Martin Talbot.
With Victor Andrés Trelles Turgeon, Sophie Desmarais (Sarah Prefers to Run). In French with subtitles.

Jackie & Ryan
Saturday, July 18 – 9:30pm
East Coast Premiere – USA  – 90 minutes
Written and directed by Ami Canaan Mann.  With Katherine Heigl (Knocked Up), Ben Barnes (The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian), Clea DuVall (Argo), Emily Alyn Lind (Won’t Back Down), Sheryl Lee (Twin Peaks).

Nefertiti’s Daughters
Sunday, July 19 – 8pm
East Coast Premiere – USA/Egypt  – 39 minutes
Directed by Mark Nickolas, Racha Najdi.  Written by Mark Nickolas. In English and Arabic with subtitles.

To Life!
Sunday, July 19 – 7pm
Germany – 90 minutes
Directed by Uwe Janson.  Written by Stephen Glantz, Volker Kellner, Thorsten Wettcke.  With Max Riemelt, Hannelore Elsner, Sharon Brauner.  In German with subtitles.

Sunday, July 19 – 9:15pm
USA – 104 minutes
Written and directed by Frank Hall Green.  With Bruce Greenwood (Star Trek, Mad Men, Flight), Ella Purnell (Maleficent, Never Let Me Go), Brian Geraghty (The Hurt Locker, Jarhead), Ann Dowd (Leftovers, True Detective), Nolan Gerard Funk (X2, Riddick, Glee).

Call for tickets and festival pass. Staller Center for the Arts, Stony Brook University, 100 Nicolls Road, Stony Brook. 631-632-2787 For the full schedule visit stonybrookfilmfestival.com

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