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6th​ ​Annual​ ​Key​ ​West​ ​Film​ ​Festival​ ​​Official​ ​Lineup

6th​ ​Annual​ ​Key​ ​West​ ​Film​ ​Festival​ ​​Official​ ​Lineup

OFFICIAL 2017 PRESS RELEASE

6th​ ​Annual​ ​Key​ ​West​ ​Film​ ​Festival​ ​Announces​ ​Official​ ​Lineup,

Guillermo del Toro‘s The Shape of Water​ ​as​ ​Opening​ ​Night​ ​Film

Critics​ ​Focus​ ​Program​ ​Features​ ​Curated​ ​Films​ ​from
Los Angeles Times ​Film​ ​Critic​ Kenneth Turan​ ​and Time Out New York ​Film Editor​ ​Joshua​ ​Rothkopf

The 6th Annual Key West Film Festival announced today its official 2017 lineup. As Florida recovers from the devastating effects of Hurricane Irma, Key West Film Festival organizers are hoping the event will deliver light and joy during a challenging time through the power of cinema by showcasing some of the medium’s brightest talents, past and present, through what is quickly becoming a critical stop on the fall festival circuit just as awards season gets underway.

KWFF presents its 3rd Annual Critics Focus program, which will feature Los Angeles Times Film Critic Kenneth Turan kicking off the festival by presenting Guillermo Del Toro​’s ​The ​Shape of Water accompanied by an exclusive video introduction from the director. Turan will be joined in a post screening discussion by Time Out New York’s film editor Joshua Rothkopf who has chosen Richard Linklater’s Last Flag Flying to close the festival. Rothkopf will lead a discussion of the film following the closing night screening.
Director of Programming Michael Tuckman says, “As so many communities in the Keys have been torn apart this year by matters out of their control, we’ve sought to focus our programming on the theme of bringing communities together,
no matter how disparate their interests may seem. We’ve espoused Key West’s motto of being ‘One Human Family,’ and the films in the program show us the strength we have when we don’t turn our backs on ‘others’ and instead simply
come together for the communal experience of enjoying great cinema. Kenny and Josh’s selections for Opening and Closing night lead the way in this mission, and we couldn’t be more excited about this year’s program and participation.”

This year’s Centerpiece film will be Luca Guadagnino​’s Call Me By Your Name​, featuring a discussion with Rothkopf, Turan and Brian Brooks and Eugene Hernandez of the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

Other critics in attendance will include Eric Kohn ​of IndieWire, ​Shirrel Rhodes ​of the Key West Citizen, Alison Willmore of BuzzFeed News, David Fear of Rolling Stone, Jeffrey Wells of Hollywood-Elsewhere, and Steve Dollar​, participating in
panel discussions and collaborating to award KWFF’s second annual Critics’ Prize​.

The awarding of the second annual Golden Key for Costume Design ​will also take place, this time honoring Mark Bridges and featuring a screening of his 2011 Oscar winner The Artist​. Deborah Nadoolman Landis, a Costume Design Governor of the The Academy, will present the award to him via satellite.

The festival will take place in Key West from November 15 through 19, and includes special event screenings and a curated selection of over 30 feature films encompassing narrative features, documentaries, foreign language cinema,
LGBTQ cinema, and works by Florida filmmakers. ​

The complete line-up is as follows:

CRITICS​ ​CHOICE
The​ ​Shape​ ​of​ ​Water​ ​by​ ​Guillermo Del Toro, 2017. Opening Night
Last​ ​Flag​ ​Flying​ ​by Richard Linklater, 2017.​ ​Closing Night

CENTERPIECE​ ​SCREENING
Call​ ​Me​ ​By​ ​Your​ ​Name​ ​by Luca Guadagnino, 2017

SPOTLIGHT
I,​ ​Tonya​ by Craig Gillespie, 2017
Borg/McEnroe​ by Janus Metz Pedersen, 2017
The​ ​Leisure​ ​Seeker​ by Paolo Virzi, 2017

SECOND​ ​ANNUAL​ ​GOLDEN​ ​KEY​ ​FOR​ ​COSTUME​ ​DESIGN
Mark​ ​Bridges

DOCUMENTARY
Anatomy​ ​of​ ​a​ ​Male​ ​Dancer​ by David Barba, James Pellerito, 2017
A​ ​River​ ​Below​ by Marc Grieco, 2017
Quest​ ​by Jon Olshefski, 2017
Dealt​ by Luke Korem, 2017
Brimstone​ ​and​ ​Glory​ by Viktor Jakovleski, 2017

LGBTQ
Freak​ ​Show​ by Trudie Styler, 2017
After​ ​Louie​ by Vincent Gagliostro, 2017
Saturday​ ​Church​ by Damon Cardasis, 2017
The​ ​Fabulous​ ​Allan​ ​Carr​ by Jeffrey Schwartz, 2017
God’s​ ​Own​ ​Country​ by Francis Lee, 2017

NARRATIVES​ ​&​ ​SHORTS
Dog​ ​Years​ by Adam Rifkin, 2017
Lucky​ by John Carroll Lynch, 2017
Abundant​ ​Acreage​ ​Available​ by Angus MacLachlan, 2017
World​ ​Narrative​ ​shorts​ ​showcase
Documentary​ ​shorts​ ​showcase

FOREIGN
The​ ​Square​ by Ruben Ostland, 2017
Spettacolo​ by Jeff Malmberg, Chris Shellen, 2017
The​ ​Other​ ​Side​ ​of​ ​Hope​ by Aki Kaurismaki, 2017
The​ ​Divine​ ​Order​ by Petra Volpe, 2017
Scarred​ ​Hearts​ by Radu Jude, 2016

FLORIDA​ ​FOCUS
I​ ​Am​ ​Another​ ​You​ by Nanfu Wang, 2017
Love​ ​in​ ​Youth​ by Quincy Perkins, 2017
An​ ​American​ ​in​ ​Texas​ by Anthony Pedone, 2017
The​ ​Definites​ by Sam Coyle, 2017
Florida​ ​shorts​ ​showcase

IN​ ​CASE​ ​YOU​ ​MISSED​ ​IT
A new program featuring films worthy of a second look
Dawson​ ​City:​ ​Frozen​ ​Time​ by Bill Morrison, 2016
Chasing​ ​Coral​ by Jeff Orlowski, 2017
50th​ ​Anniversary​ ​4K​ ​restoration​ ​of​ ​Monterey​ ​Pop​ by DA Pennebaker, 1968

In addition to supporting local filmmakers through their Florida Focus showcase of films made in the Sunshine State and the 3rd Annual Brett Ratner Florida Student Filmmaker Showcase, KWFF organizers are committed to helping the
community at large affected by Hurricane Irma and will be hosting a silent auction throughout the festival with a unique chance to win movie paraphernalia generously donated by film distributors and individuals including Sony Classics,
IFC Films​, Magnolia Pictures​, Lionsgate, Neon ​and Angela Bassett among others. All proceeds will go to help relief efforts in the state.

Festival venues include the historic San Carlos InstituteTropic CinemaKey West Theater and the The Studios of Key West.

Visit www.kwfilmfest.com for full program information, a schedule of events and travel and lodging details.

Nov 15-19th, 2017!

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