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Stony Brook Film Festival announces 20th anniversary lineup

Bruce Greenwood, playing Rene Bartlett, and Ella Purnell,

Bruce Greenwood, playing Rene Bartlett, and Ella Purnell, playing Mackenzie, in a scene from the movie "Wildlike" which screened at the Stony Brook Film Festival. Photo Credit: Stony Brook Film Festival

The Stony Brook Film Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary this year with a lineup of 19 feature films and 15 shorts from around the world, including two world premieres, seven U.S. premieres and nine New York premieres.

The festival, running July 16-25 at the Staller Center for the Arts at Stony Brook University, is expected to announce its full lineup and begin selling advance tickets Tuesday.

Highlights of this year's program include the opening-night film, "The Man from Oran," a drama about friendship and betrayal set in post-independence Algeria, and the closing-night selection, "The Passion of Augustine," a French Canadian film about a small convent school that cherishes its classical music training. Among the festival's American independent films are "Wildlike," starring Bruce Greenwood as a drifter who befriends a wayward girl, and "The Best of Enemies," a documentary about the 1968 television debates between ideological sparring partners Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley Jr.For more information and tickets, visit stonybrookfilmfestival.com.

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