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Punk prayers and ponies at Queens film festival

An award-winning documentary on Pussy Riot will kick off the 16th edition of an open-air event at Socrates Sculpture Park

Zoe McIntosh's “The Deadly Ponies Gang” is among the film offerings

New York’s free annual international film festival, Outdoor Cinema, is back for its 16th year this summer. The event is a collaboration between Film Forum, New York’s only independent non-profit cinema, Rooftop films and the waterfront Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City, Queens. This year's festival “truly reflects the cultural diversity of Queens”, says John Hatfield, the park’s executive director.

The film programme is set to open on 2 July with the first outdoor screening of “Pussy Riot: a Punk Prayer”, by Maxim Pozdorovkin and Mike Lerner, which won Best Documentary in its debut at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. A total of eight international films will be shown every Wednesday night in July and August.

The selection of films spans over 60 years of filmmaking, from the 1952 Neo-realist Italian masterpiece “Umberto D.” by Vittorio De Sica, to the international premiere of the 2013 New Zealand film “The Deadly Ponies Gang”, directed by Zoe McIntosh.

The full and up-to-date programme can be seen at: socratessculpturepark.org/films

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