Jennifer Connelly’s ‘Bad Behavior’ Opens Fort Myers Film Festival

More than 70 films - many filmed in Florida - will be screened at the May festival

The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center hosts the Fort Myers Film Festival.
Many of the festivities will be hosted at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center photo

The Florida premiere of “Bad Behaviour” will be the opening night feature at the red-carpet opening of the 13th annual Fort Myers Film Festival.

The film will be shown at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center on May 17. In the 2023 movie, Lucy (played by Jennifer Connelly), a former child actress, seeks enlightenment at a retreat run by spiritual guide Elon (played by Ben Withrow), while juggling her close but tumultuous relationship with her stuntwoman daughter Dylan (played by Alice Englert).

The movie made its global premiere at Sundance in January.

The global premiere of Sasha Levinson’s seven-minute short “Yacht on the Rocks,” which features Straight No Chaser’s soundtrack and is directed, will also be part of the evening’s opening events.

Members of Straight No Chaser, who will be there for the inaugural night, will also perform during the evening.

Cast and crew from films that have been formally chosen for the 2023 Fort Myers Film Festival will be among the VIPs in attendance. On Sidney’s Rooftop at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, there will be a champagne and dance afterparty at sunset to wrap up the evening. The cost of a ticket is $20 for the film alone or $100 for the film including a VIP meet & greet.

On the final night, there will be a panel discussion with filmmakers, a cosplay contest in the street, and the Florida premiere of “Lost Cos” (2023).

The film, directed by Robin de Levita and starring Evgeniya Radilova, centers on Eni, who seeks refuge in Los Cos, a mysterious underground club where cosplay and burlesque collide and heroes and villains blur the lines between fantasy and reality. Eni is haunted by her tortured childhood and the violent death of the great love of her life.

The festival will screen 79 brand-new independent and international films from around the world, many of which were filmed in Florida.

Download the full festival guide here. Tickets are available online here.

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