Featuring 36 films from 26 countries, this year’s Stony Brook Film Festival (SBFF) will run from Thursday, July 20, through Saturday, July 29, at the Staller Center. Many international films in this year’s festival are threaded by the theme of love overcoming life’s difficulties.
Kicking off SBFF’s 28th year is the U.S. premiere of the Dutch film Sea of Time, a harrowing, heartbreaking and ultimately hopeful film that is anchored by the powerhouse performances that examine enduring love in times of hardship. The Closing Night feature tells an extraordinary tale of overcoming. Divertimento shares the true story of sisters Zahia and Fettouma Ziouani, a conductor and a cellist, who, despite being Algerian immigrants from the wrong part of Paris, managed to create a world-class professional orchestra with little more than respect, determination and sheer talent.
Attendees can see world premieres and films from many different countries and cultures they cannot see anywhere else.
Festival passes are on sale now with a variety of options, including the new Flex Pass, good for entry to any five nights of the festival from July 20-28, excluding Closing Night. Individual tickets go on sale July 5.