The 21st annual Stony Brook Film Festival will begin selling discounted passes June 6 and has announced four upcoming titles.
Three of the films focus on actors. The opening night film, “The Carer,” stars Brian Cox as an aging Shakespearean actor whose latest caregiver is a Hungarian refugee (newcomer Coco König). The closing night film will be “A Man Called Ove,” a comedy-drama based on a popular Swedish novel about a grumpy old man who strikes up an unlikely friendship with a pregnant woman in his neighborhood. The directors of those two films will appear at the screenings.
Although the festival has become best known for its foreign films, this year’s edition features two world premieres of American independent titles. One is “The Father and the Bear,” inspired by the family of writer-director John Putch, whose father ran a summer stock theater in Pennsylvania for thirty years and whose mother was “All in the Family” star Jean Stapleton. The other is “No Pay, Nudity,” a comedy about actors waiting for an audition; they’re played by Gabriel Byrne, Nathan Lane, Frances Conroy, Boyd Gaines and others.
The festival runs July 21-30 at the Staller Center for the Arts at Stony Brook University. For more information, call 631-632-2787 or visit stonybrookfilmfestival.com