YOUNG & WILD and MOSQUITA Y MARI Will Have NY Premiere at NewFest

Marialy Rivas' Joven y alocada / Young & Wild (pictured) and Aurora Guerrero's Mosquita y Mari will have their New York Premiere as part of the 24th edition of NewFest, one of the world’s most comprehensive showcases of international LGBT film. The festival will run July 27-31 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center Walter Reade Theater.

A stunning and energetic look at family and youth culture in contemporary Chile, Young & Wild, deals with seventeen-year-old Daniela’s sexual exploits. In a struggle to contend with her feelings for Antonia, a cute girl at work and her well-to-do strict evangelical family, Daniela learns that having it all- sex, love and eternal salvation- is more complicated than she ever imagined. Screening on Tuesday July 31st, Marialy Rivas, co-writer Camila Gutíerrez and lead actress Alicia Rodríguez will travel to New York to present their film.

Mosquita y Mari tells the coming of age story for two young Chicanas who although drastically different, become fast friends and develop a bond that neither one expected or knows how to handle. Directed by Aurora Guerrero, the film perfectly embodies the awkwardness and cautious desire of two teenage girls experiencing love for the first time. The director will present and discuss her  first feature which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

Additionally, NewFest announced that this year's edition will feature short La ducha / The Shower by María José, also from Chile.

For the first time, the festival partners with Los Angeles’ Outfest and the Film Society of Lincoln Center in presenting a captivating collection of narratives, shorts, documentaries and panels committed to fully reflecting the diversity and complexity of LGBT lives. Newfest is dedicated to bringing together filmmakers and audiences in building a community that passionately supports giving greater visibility and voice to a vast range of expressions and representations of the LGBT experience. Presented annually since 1988, and through year-round programming, NewFest celebrates film as part of its mission to bring stories that break through closet doors and glass ceilings.