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Big laughs, heavy drama at LI Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

Steve Coogan, left, and Paul Rudd, right, are

Steve Coogan, left, and Paul Rudd, right, are a gay couple who have to care for young Jack Gore in "Ideal Home."
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With big stars and big laughs, “Ideal Home" starring funnymen Steve Coogan and Paul Rudd as a bickering middle-aged couple thrust into grandparenthood is being touted as the big discovery at the Long Island Gay & Lesbian Film Festival.

The comedy, directed and written by Andrew Fleming, is “very farcical, very broad but laugh-out-loud funny,” says festival director Stephen Flynn, of Huntington. It’s on the bill with these other well-received independent and foreign films at the festival, which runs Friday through Sunday at the Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington. 

THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST

7 p.m. Friday 

This teen coming-of-age drama set in the 1990s centers on Cameron (Chloe Grace Moretz), who is sent to God’s Promise gay conversion therapy camp after she’s caught with another girl on prom night. The film won a Grand Jury Prize  at Sundance.

BPM (BEATS PER MINUTE) 

9:15 p.m. Friday

This French-language  drama set in the early days of the AIDS crisis in Paris follows a diverse group of activists as they wage protests, engage in debates and de-stress amid the city's dazzling nightlife.   

TRANSMILITARY

3 p.m. Saturday

Released two weeks before a March federal order banning most transgender troops (courts have since rejected the ban), this documentary follows four current LGBT soldiers as they battle for acceptance.    

TO A MORE PERFECT UNION: U.S. v. WINDSOR

5:15 p.m. Saturday

Edie Windsor, an octogenarian Manhattan and East End resident and LGBT fundraiser who died last year, and her attorney, Roberta Kaplan, are interviewed about the case that led to a landmark 2013 U.S. Supreme Court decision paving the way for marriage equality.

FREELANCERS ANONYMOUS

7 p.m. Saturday

This rom-com set in Chicago centers around Billie, who starts an app with a group of other women. As she tries to juggle launching her tech startup with getting married, the result is a screwball farce.

IDEAL HOME

9 p.m. Saturday

The luxe lives of a snobby chef (Coogan) and his partner (Rudd) are turned upside-down when a 10-year-old boy shows up claiming to be Coogan’s grandson. “There are a lot good lines in the film including a running joke about Taco Bell,” Flynn says.

MR. GAY SYRIA

6 p.m. Sunday

This documentary deals with homophobia encountered by Syrian refugees in Istanbul who enter The Mr. Gay World contest. The real-life heroes, including a closeted hair stylist and a contestant whose outfit includes Minnie Mouse ears and hot pants, “use their culture and art to survive,” Flynn says.

STUDIO 54

8:30 p.m. Sunday

The documentary chronicles the rise and fall of the famed nightclub as seen through the eyes of Ian Schrager, who created Manhattan’s hottest 1970s disco scene with fellow Brooklynite, the late Steve Rubell. With historic footage of partying celebrities (Liza Minnelli, Halston), Flynn says, “It’s a guilty pleasure.”

The Long Island Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

WHEN | WHERE Friday through Sunday, Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington

INFO $16 individual screenings, $75 festival pass; 631-423-7611, cinemaartscentre.org

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