'Carol' Selected as Centerpiece of New York's LGBT Film Festival


NewFest, in partnership with Outfest, runs Oct. 22 to 27, and is presented by HBO.

Carol has been selected as the centerpiece film for NewFest, New York City's LGBT Film Festival, it was announced Tuesday.

The Todd Haynes romance drama starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara will play at NewFest after screening at the New York Film Festival and the Hamptons Film Festival.

The 27th annual fest will open with Eisenstein in Guanajuato, Peter Greenaway's semi-experimental, visually ambitious work that explores the life-changing months Battleship Potemkin director Sergei Eisenstein spent in Mexico, and will close with Girls Lost, Alexandra-Therese Keining's sexual awakening fairytale about three Swedish teenage girls at the bottom of the high school social hierarchy who learn what it's like to walk tall as boys.

The fest also includes a master class with director Ira Sachs (Love Is Strange, Keep the Lights On), a panel on "The Renaissance of Women In Entertainment" and a SAG-AFTRA panel on the evolution of transgender representation in film and television, moderated by trans activist Tiq Milan.

"Our world is almost impossibly diverse," said NewFest programmer Adam Baran, "and as a film festival, it is our duty to showcase that world as best we can. From people of color to youth films to more films by and about women, we want to illuminate as many aspects of the LGBTQ experience as possible."

Presented by HBO and in partnership with OutfestNewFest runs Oct. 22 to 27 at the Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas and The LGBT Community Center. For the full lineup, visit NewFest.org.