PORT WASHINGTON - A private pre-screening of the latest film adaptation of “The Great Gatsby” was held Wednesday, and director Baz Luhrmann was there along with invited and VIP guests.

The Gold Coast International Film Festival, produced by the Gold Coast Arts Center (formerly known as the Great Neck Arts Center) and the Town of North Hempstead, presented the exclusive screening to approximately 300 invite-only VIP guests at Soundview Cinemas in Port Washington.  Luhrmann introduced the film to the audience. 

Immediately following the film, a ‘Gatsby-themed’ party was held at the Sands Point Preserve.

The film, based on the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel of the same name, is set in Long Island’s Gold Coast in the roaring ‘20s. It tells the story of Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) being lured into the lavish world of his neighbor Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio). However, Carraway soon sees through the cracks of Gatsby’s nouveau riche existence, where obsession, madness, and tragedy await. The film also stars Carey Mulligan and Joel Edgerton as Daisy and Tom Buchanan.

The advance screening and after-party were also presented by Nassau County, Starbucks and Douglas Elliman Real Estate.

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