Foreign films, American independents and documentaries will be part of the 17th annual Stony Brook Film Festival, which will announce its full lineup June 1.
The festival, which runs July 19-28 at the Staller Center for the Arts, features several films with pointedly topical themes, including the opening-night drama, "No God, No Master," which stars David Strathairn as a U.S. lawman hunting anarcho-terrorists in the early 1900s. In the German documentary "After the Silence" (July 22), the Israeli widow of a suicide-bombing victim visits the Palestinian family of the bomber.
Among the entries that may recall local headlines are "Behind the Orange Curtain" (July 20), a documentary about teenage drug-abuse in the affluent suburbs of California's Orange County, and the French feature "Guilty" (July 21), based on the true story of a man wrongly convicted of pedophilia.
The closing-night film is a French comedy-drama, "The Day I Saw Your Heart," starring Mélanie Laurent ("Inglourious Basterds") as a young woman whose father is having a baby with his new wife.
For more information, go to stonybrookfilmfestival.com.