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GCIFF Films Receive National Recognition as Gold Coast’s Year-Round Film Series Kicks Off

December, 2016 (Great Neck, NY) – GCIFF has an established track record of picking award winning films – and this year is no exception. Many of the Festival’s 2016 Festival picks are receiving critical andnational attention as awards season heats up. and  GCIFF launches its year-round film and speaker Series with the 2016 winner of the Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or.

Some of the GCIFF films receiving recognition this year are The Salesman, which the National Board of Review chose as the Best Foreign Film; Life Animated, and Miss Sharon Jones, which both made the list of the Top 5 Documentaries of 2016; and Hello My Name is Doris, the Board’s pick as one of the Top 10 Independent Films of the year. Vanity Fair and the NY Film Critics Association have singled out Isabella Huppert’s performance inThings to Come as one of the year’s best, the latter organization awarding Ms. Huppert it’s Best Actress award. And Joe’s Violin has been short-listed for this year’s Academy Award for Best Short Film in the Documentary Category.

Don’t miss more award-winning films at the Festival’s year-round film Series–which is dedicated to previewing the best new independent films and studio releases, along with Q&A’s from filmmakers and a wide array of industry professionals. The Series will continue at the Bow Tie Squire Cinemas, 115 Middle Neck Rd, Great Neck, NY 11021 on Wednesday, December 21st with I, Daniel Blake and Wednesday January 4 with  Alone In Berlin, starring Emma Thompson. There will also be an encore screening of The Salesman (Screened to TWO sold out audiences during this year’s festival) with date TBD, and more films to be announced! (List of Upcoming Films and Dates Below).


Dates: Wednesdays Dec 7, 21; Jan 4, 25; Feb 1, 22

Venue: Bow Tie-Squire Cinemas, 115 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck

Time: 7:30pm

Subscription: $75 regular/$65 seniors; includes five screenings plus Q&As, priority seating, movie night deals and discounts at local restaurants (upon presentation of your subscriber card), and more

Tickets to individual films (subject to availability): $15 Advance/$10 Students Advance Tickets; $20 at The Door


Wednesday, December 21st

Directed by: Ken Loach, UK/Belgium/France, 2016, English, 100 min

Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, the latest from legendary director Ken Loach is a gripping, human tale about the impact one man can make. Gruff but good-hearted, Daniel Blake (Dave Johns) is a man out of time: a widowed woodworker who’s never owned a computer, he lives according to his own common sense moral code. But after a heart attack leaves him unable to work and the state welfare system fails him, the stubbornly self-reliant Daniel must stand up and fight for his dignity, leading a one-man crusade for compassion that will transform the lives of a struggling single mother (Hayley Squires) and her two children. Graced with humor and heart, I, Daniel Blake is a moving, much-needed reminder of the power of empathy from one of the world’s greatest living filmmakers.





Wednesday, January 4th

Directed by: Vincent Perez, France, 2016, English, 103 min

How did an ordinary, middle-aged couple become a symbol of defiance against Nazi brutality? This true-life tale of courage unfolds against the tumultuous backdrop of Berlin in 1940. Otto and Anna Quangel (Brendan Gleeson & Emma Thompson) are a working class husband and wife doing their best to ride out the war. When their son is killed fighting on the frontlines, however, everything changes. They begin pouring their rage and grief into postcards emblazoned with anti-Nazi slogans, risking everything to disseminate their messages of protest across the city. But this seemingly small act of subversion rattles the regime, including a police inspector (Daniel Brühl) who will not rest until the culprits have been caught. Based on the bestselling novel Every Man Dies Alone by Hans Fallada, Alone in Berlin is both a gripping thriller and a stirring ode to resistance.


January, (DATE TBD)

Directed by: Asghar Farhadi. Iran/France, 2016, 125 min. In Persian with English subtitles.

Academy Award nominated Iranian director Asghar Farhadi’s latest film is a simmering drama steeped in intellect and nuance that premiered at Cannes in 2016, taking home the awards for Best Actor and Best Screenplay. The film follows young couple Emad (Shahab Hosseini) and Rana (Taraneh Alidoosti), who are forced to find a new apartment in Tehran. While fate seems to finally smile on them, in the form of a recently vacant apartment owned by their acting buddy, an incident linked to the previous tenant of their new home dramatically changes the couple’s life.Set against the lead up to the production of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, the film draws a “Hitchcockian” web around the anger, fear and moral anxiety that stem from the young couple after the seemingly isolated incident.

WINNER – Cannes Film Festival Best Screenplay & Best Actor

NOMINATED – Cannes Film Festival Palme D’Or

OFFICIAL SELECTION – Toronto Int’l Film Festival, Hamptons Int’l Film Festival

With an outstanding reputation of showing some of the best new independent features and studio releases, GCIFF’s year-round film Series is sure to keep you warm with excitement in the coming Winter months at Bow Tie Squire Cinemas, 115 Middle Neck Rd, Great Neck, NY 11021!

For More Information, VISIT: www.GoldCoastFilmFestival.org/Furman

For Press Inquiries, CONTACT: Rick@RickEberle.com

More About the Gold Coast Film Festival:

Located on the “Gold Coast” in the Town of North Hempstead, the Gold Coast International Film Festival was founded with the purpose of establishing a home on Long Island to showcase the work of exceptional filmmakers and provide the public with an insider’s view of the film industry. Year-round festival events include screenings, workshops, conversations with prominent members of the film community, parties and a gala.

During the annual seven-day festival, area residents, visitors, members of the business and film communities, public officials, students and academics come together to celebrate the art and influence of cinema in the charming and historic towns and villages of Long Island’s Gold Coast. In addition to the Fall festival, GCIFF also presents dozens of preview screenings and filmmaker Q&As throughout the year at their year-round Furman and Douglas Elliman Film Series.

The Gold Coast is just a short ride from New York City, and is easily accessible by car, train and the area’s three major airports: John F. Kennedy International, LaGuardia, and MacArthur.

More About the Gold Coast Arts Center:

The Gold Coast Arts Center is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting and supporting the arts through education, exhibition, performance and outreach. For over 20 years we have brought the arts and arts in education experiences to tens of thousands of people throughout our region through our 1) School for the Arts, which offers year-round classes in all visual and performing arts to students of all ages and abilities, (2) Free public art gallery, (3) Concert and lecture series, (4) Outreach programs, which each year bring artist residencies, after-school programs, school assemblies, teacher training workshops and parent-child workshops to students, senior citizens, teachers and others in underserved communities throughout our region, (5) Year round film screening and discussion series and (6) Gold Coast International Film Festival, now in its 6th year. The Arts Center is an affiliate of the John F Kennedy Center for the for the Performing Arts: Partners in Education Program and National Gallery of Art, both located in Washington DC.

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