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Hirsute
A.J. Bond | Canada | 2007 | video | 14 min | english

Kyle, a young scientist, is struggling to build a time machine when he is confronted by an arrogant future version of himself. Shocked to discover that his future holds a preoccupation with body hair removal and boiled eggs, Kyle vows to change the course of his life.

friday 23 nov_21:15 | PGM44 | Imperial
Également dans ce programme : Outing Riley


 
Private Life
Abbe Robinson | U.K. | 2006 | video | 15 min | english

Yorkshire, England, 1952. Ruth leaves the monotony of her work at a textile mill and lives out a secret life.

sunday 18 nov_18:45 | PGM18 | J.A. de Seve
Également dans ce programme : Congratulations Daisy Graham, Fine and Dandy, I'm Not So Sure the World Deserves Us, Les corps silencieux, Pariah, Un mariage comme les autres


 
Aly M
Adrian Francis | Australia | 2006 | video | 4 min | english

Aly grew up in a Muslim household. At 14 she realized she liked girls. This illuminating short documentary traces her struggles to reconcile her sexuality with her beliefs.

sunday 25 nov_19:00 | PGM67a | J.A. de Seve
Également dans ce programme : A Jihad for Love


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Suffering Man's Charity
Alan Cumming | U.S.A. | 2007 | 35mm | 92 min | english

In Alan Cumming’s solo directorial debut, Cumming plays John Vandermark, a failed composer turned music teacher with a weakness for impoverished young men of great aspirations. When handsome dilettante Sebastian St. Germain (David Boreanaz, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) enters his life claiming to be a novelist, John is stirred to help him in any way he can. But John soon grows bitter when his charity is abused. The final blow comes with the discovery that every woman in town is getting a piece of Sebastian with not a scrap left over for his gracious host. John’s panic at being duped, his bitterness and rage at his own lack of success and his gnawing sense of impotency over his unrequited love send him into a violent turmoil. What ensues is a malevolent comic bow to the Grand Guignol, offering a fresh twist on the hustler/john power dynamic. With echoes of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart and the Joseph Losey/Harold Pinter ’60s film classic The Servant, the edgy and stylish Suffering Man’s Charity is teeming with juicy theatrical brio and offers fierce performances from both Boreanaz and the inimitable chameleon Cumming. Henry Thomas, impressively suave, costars, with spirited cameos from Anne Heche, Karen Black, Carrie Fisher and Jane Lynch. – FL

sunday 18 nov_21:15 | PGM19 | Imperial
Également dans ce programme : A Bear, Where?


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Le Révolution du Désir
Alessandro Avellis & Gabriele Ferluga | France | 2006 | video | 52 min | french

La révolution du désir explores the nebulous circumstances that birthed the sexual liberation movement in France, and interrogates its transformation from a grassroots rebellion to an effort to normalize homosexuals. Referencing the work of impassioned activists and intriguingly titled essays – Le rapport contre la normalité (“A Report Against Normalcy”) and Trois milliards de pervers (“Three Billion Perverts”) –, the film sketches the lives of Guy Hocquenghem and Françoise d’Eaubonne, brilliant intellectuals and unconditional supporters of the “revolution of desire.” We meet philosopher René Schérer, MLF photographer Catherine Deudon, militant filmmaker Carole Roussopoulos, Guy’s brother Joani Hocquenghem, historian Marie-Jo Bonnet, the Panthères roses and numerous other key players. La révolution du désir is a rare and valuable document that explores the past but more importantly questions the present. With eloquent testimonials to our history, it is a documentary not to be missed.

wednesday 21 nov_21:00 | PGM34 | ONF_NFB
Également dans ce programme : Belgrade Pride


 
Doll-Like
Alexis Boran | Canada | 2006 | video | 3 min | english

A twisted meditation on Barbie’s self-absorption.

saturday 24 nov_17:00 | PGM54 | J.A. de Seve
Également dans ce programme : #01 hygienist, Do You Know That Bad Girls Go To Hell?, Fem, Godspeed, Prada Handbag, Memory's Paradigm


 
Memory's Paradigm
Amanda Lo | Canada | 2007 | video | 21 min | english

At a launch Megan runs into Kailey, forcing her pool of “what ifs” and “maybes” to merge with her real memories. Who is she now that she has no solid foundation to draw her pretenses from?

saturday 24 nov_17:00 | PGM54 | J.A. de Seve
Également dans ce programme : #01 hygienist, Do You Know That Bad Girls Go To Hell?, Doll-Like, Fem, Godspeed, Prada Handbag


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Les témoins
André Téchiné | France | 2007 | 35mm | 114 min | french | s-t.a_en

As we look back on 20 years of image+nation, we centerpiece the Festival with a new masterpiece by André Téchiné (Roseaux sauvages) that also delves back some 20 years in history. Nominated for a Golden Bear award at this year’s Berlin Film Festival, Les témoins sees a set of characters bear witness to the start, and become part of the war that entails, the AIDS crisis. One evening in 1984 Paris, 50-something gay doctor, Adrien (Michel Blanc), cruises the park and picks up a stunningly cute teenager, Manu (Douches froides’ Johan Libéreau). Adrien’s impulse is sexual, but hoping for something deeper, he restrains himself and begins a platonic courtship. Adrien introduces the provincial lad to his close friend Sarah (Emmanuelle Béart), a writer, and her partner Mehdi (Sami Bouajila, Drôle de Félix), a police inspector, and the quartet vacation together on the French Riviera. During a swim, Manu almost drowns, prompting Mehdi to deliver mouth-to-mouth – an act that inspires an awakening. They begin a secret, intensely sexual affair, while Sarah endures her own personal crisis: she’s a new mother who, deep down, hates children. Adrien learns of Manu and Mehdi’s hijinks and his jealousy inspires rage, but all the juggling balls drop when a strange, deadly new illness rears its head. Broken into three chapters, from a summery, sexy start to terse dramatic middle to heartbreaking yet hopeful close, Les témoins is a profound and complex, expertly acted (Libéreau will break your heart!) masterwork – of sexualities, emotions, relationships, honesty, and life during a wartime that still endures today. – LF

wednesday 21 nov_19:00 | PGM31 | Imperial

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Kate Clinton: 25th Anniversary Tour
Andrea Meyerson | U.S.A. | 2007 | video | 65 min | english

Get set for another (Platinum) Blonde Ambition Tour! Andrea Meyerson’s splendid anniversary special celebrates a quarter century of disarming, old-school feminist and all-round funny girl, Kate Clinton. Abu Ghraib, dead popes, fashions in menstruation, The L Word and our culture of surveillance, all is fair game for this grande dame of American political and queer comedy. Our kind of senior bush administrator, Clinton’s take-no-prisoners comedic stylings leave us doubled up, as she stands up for our freedom to hoot loudly and proudly. Renowned director/producer Meyerson, (creator of the Laughing Matters series), herself a media pioneer, returns with another inspirational and outrageous show, sponsored by the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR). It features footage of Clinton’s partner, fellow U-Hauler and firebrand lawyer Urvashi Vaid, and an uplifting homage by current NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell. Kate Clinton: 25th Anniversary Tour is littered with loving tributes from stars Melissa Etheridge, Lily Tomlin, Cris Williamson and those ultra-dykes, The Kinsey Sicks. Come and experience anew the raw power of women cackling together! – BP

sunday 18 nov_17:00 | PGM16 | J.A. de Seve
Également dans ce programme : Do Not Bend


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Derek Jarman: Life as Art
Andy Kimpton-Nye | France | 2006 | 35mm | 96 min | english

Caravaggio. Edward II. Wittgenstein. Derek Jarman’s campy, cryptic classics erupted from his Super-8 “cinema of small gestures.” Almost single-handedly reinvigorating British independent cinema, he constantly garnered critical acclaim but rarely the accompanying budgets and recognition. His angry and arty filmmaking beguiled us while reclaiming gay history. Interviews with Jarman’s sister Gaye Temple, stalwart Nigel Terry and muse, Tilda Swinton (The Chronicles of Narnia) revise our understanding of this magnificent activist-artist, filmmaker and firebrand. Kimpton-Nye’s illuminating, intimate appreciation of Jarman’s life and work, a decade after his tragic death from AIDS, will nurture a new generation of artists and filmmakers. Filmed in Jarman’s painterly signature style, Derek Jarman: Life as Art traces his influences and inspirations. His love of gardening is a metaphor of his filmmaking method: courageously cultivating beautiful, organic and spontaneous films from barren funding sources. Like Kenneth Anger, Stan Brakhage and Barbara Hammer, St. Jarman ranks among the patron saints of cinematic LGBT trailblazers who made vibrant films on their terms, unfettered by bottom lines and box offices. – BP

saturday 24 nov_17:00 | PGM53 | ONF_NFB

 
Vivere
Angelina Maccarone | Germany | 2007 | 35mm | 93 min | german, italian, dutch, english | s-t.a_en

On Christmas Eve, neglected Francesca is abruptly dispatched by her father to retrieve her adored younger sister, Antonietta. Resentful of being ersatz mother and sister’s keeper, Francesca searches for the teenaged rebel, who left dead-end Pulheim with her emo, guitar-hero boyfriend, “Snickers” – for Rotterdam. En route, Francesca rescues the enigmatic Guerlinde (played with Garbo-like stillness by German screen legend, Hannelore Elsner), from a wrecked automobile. An inexplicable and powerful attraction develops between them… A story of heartbreak and unexpected healing across three generations of German women, Vivere redeems our cynical, weary hearts with hope and humour. Award-winning director and songwriter Angelina Maccarone’s (Everything Will Be Fine, image+nation 12 and image+nation 17’s jury prized, Unveiled) Vivere dazzles us with her insightful and touching explorations of abandonment, despair, immigration and integration. A simple tale becomes more richly textured with each protagonist’s retelling, recreating our understanding as the film progresses. Understated performances harmonize with Maccarone’s narrative mosaic, and Judith Kaufman’s languidly sumptuous cinematography cleverly references Jarmusch’s classic Night on Earth. – BP

sunday 25 nov_19:00 | PGM68 | Imperial

 
Dedicated to Rebelsexuals
Anita Schoepp | Canada | 2007 | video | 9 min | english

A short celebration dedicated to those who know sexuality is a translation of being capable of surpassing words and understanding. Striking images blend with a graceful slowness in this local short about the inherent knowledge there is no need to apologize.

friday 23 nov_21:00 | PGM45 | ONF_NFB
Également dans ce programme : Black Men and Me, Gender Trouble, Lucy and Those Eyes, Trannymal, The Perfect Man, The Gendercator, The Boyschoir of Lesbos in New Shoes


 
Un mariage comme les autres
Anne De Léan | Canada | 2007 | video | 5 min | french

One quiet Sunday morning, a couple’s argument takes on new meaning when overheard by the downstairs neighbours.

tuesday 20 nov_19:00 | PGM27 | ONF_NFB
Également dans ce programme : Chimère, From the Archives of Video Populaire, Invisible Son, It's About Time, The One About Icarus, O My God!, Pour Sinclair, Sans statut, Silent Subjects Surface, Le match, La sortie


 
Un mariage comme les autres
Anne De Léan | Canada | 2007 | video | 5 min | french

One quiet Sunday morning, a couple’s argument takes on new meaning when overheard by the downstairs neighbours.

sunday 18 nov_18:45 | PGM18 | J.A. de Seve
Également dans ce programme : Congratulations Daisy Graham, Fine and Dandy, I'm Not So Sure the World Deserves Us, Les corps silencieux, Pariah, Private Life


 
From the Archives of Video Populaire
Anne Golden | C | 2007 | video | 22 min | english/french | s-t.a/f

An innovative exploration of how pasts are constructed and memory is recorded. Literally.

tuesday 20 nov_19:00 | PGM27 | ONF_NFB
Également dans ce programme : Chimère, Invisible Son, It's About Time, Un mariage comme les autres, The One About Icarus, O My God!, Pour Sinclair, Sans statut, Silent Subjects Surface, Le match, La sortie


 
Love Is Love
Anne Renton | U.S.A. | 2007 | video | 7 min | english

What if straight people were the “queer” ones? Featuring Jane Lynch and Margaret Cho, this hilarious short turns the tables on homonormativity.

friday 23 nov_17:00 | PGM40 | Imperial
Également dans ce programme : The Two Sides of the Bed (Los Dos Lados de la Cama)


 
Heartcut (Hjerteklipp)
Anne Sewitsky | Norway | 2006 | 35mm | 27 min | norwegian | s-t.a_en

16-year-old Eva is in love with Inger. Problem is, Inger is her father’s new girlfriend. A story about first love, Heartcut is a tale of a father, a girlfriend and a daughter who didn’t want to, but couldn’t resist.

sunday 25 nov_15:00 | PGM63 | J.A. de Seve
Également dans ce programme : This Kiss


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Lover Other
Barbara Hammer | U.S.A. | 2006 | video | 55 min | english

Lesbian lovers and step-sisters. Jews anti-Nazi resisters. Artistic collaborators and survivors. Born in Nantes, France, wealthy and witty Claude Cahun (Lucy Schwob) and Marcel Moore (Suzanne Malherbe) adopt masculine attire, gender-neutral names and call it Surrealism. After Hitler invades France, they flee to Jersey Island, continuing their revolutionary experiments with gender, subject-object positions and role-playing. As Nazism darkens their artistic horizons, they redirect their relentless creativity into composing subversive tracts, urging Nazi militiamen to mutiny. Arrested and sentenced to death, both narrowly survive their imprisonment. Cutting-edge filmmaker Barbara Hammer deftly weaves a compelling tapestry featuring interviews with curators and Jersey residents, dramatic re-enactments, and dazzling selections from their body of work. A riveting portrait that they might have made themselves, it is guided by Cahun’s observation “Under the mask is another mask, I will never finish lifting all these faces.” A documentary masterpiece tightly bound by an ethereal score, Lover Other rightfully situates them beside fellow avant-gardistes Bataille and Breton, as the auctioneer’s gavel comes down on these artists and lovers in a dangerous time. – BP

saturday 17 nov_21:30 | PGM10 | J.A. de Seve

 
#01 hygienist
Beate Kunath | Germany | 2006 | video | 4 min | german | s-t.a_en

Innuendo is the name of the game in the dental hygienist’s chair.

saturday 24 nov_17:00 | PGM54 | J.A. de Seve
Également dans ce programme : Do You Know That Bad Girls Go To Hell?, Doll-Like, Fem, Godspeed, Prada Handbag, Memory's Paradigm


 
Uropop
Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay | Canada | 2006 | video | 2 min | no dialogue

An homage to Jean Genet, UroPop is the pause that refreshes.

friday 23 nov_19:15 | PGM41 | Imperial
Également dans ce programme : Cowboy Forever, Hard Hat Required, K, Lucky Man, Two Nights, Playing With Dolls, Prenuptial Tango, Rock Garden: a Love Story


 
Parting Glances
Bill Sherwood | U.S.A. | 1986 | 35mm | 90 min | english

A gay cinema classic, Parting Glances follows 24 hours in the lives of a vibrant group of gay friends in mid-1980s Manhattan. Communication is strained between partners Michael and Robert as Robert prepares to leave the country for an overseas job. Michael’s best friend Nick (scene-stealing Steve Buscemi) has much to do with the unspoken rift. Nick has AIDS – a veritable death sentence in the ‘80s – and has been abandoned by all his friends except Michael. Tension comes to a head at a going-away party for Robert, hosted by their gal pal, Joan (Kathy Kinney’s first role). Writer/director Bill Sherwood created Parting Glances, his only film, out of frustration at Hollywood’s portrayal of gays in the movies. In a film that defies gay stereotypes, it is the character of Nick – bitter, yet no one’s victim – that offered a fresh and defiant portrayal of people living with AIDS. This film is the first to be restored by the Los Angeles Outfest Legacy Project, which is dedicated to preserving LGBT film.

sunday 18 nov_19:15 | PGM17 | Imperial
Également dans ce programme : Nourishment


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Red Without Blue
Brooke Sebold, Benita Sills, Todd Sills | U.S.A. | 2006 | video | 77 min | english

Red Without Blue is a resolutely honest portrait of identical twins Mark and Alexander Farley as they come out gay and transsexual respectively. As their parents Jennie and Scott reminisce about happier, more innocent times, the Farleys’ picket-fenced idyll is soon overtaken by divorce, drug use, Mark and Alexander’s gender/sexual orientation issues, sexual abuse – and joint attempted suicides. Reunited after two years, Mark and Alexander are further rocked by Alexander’s desire to become Clair. Jennie’s ambivalence about Clair’s transition is contrasted with Scott’s unwavering support. Mark and Clair rely upon the enduring power of twins as they begin their journeys towards adulthood. Directors Brooke Sebold, Benita and Todd Sills craft an exquisite, multi-layered narrative from Polaroid snaps, Super-8 home movies, and footage shot by Mark and Clair themselves. Filmed over three years, Red Without Blue has garnered seven awards for documentary filmmaking at both mainstream and LGBT festivals. A haunting soundtrack featuring Indie stars Anthony and the Johnsons, Cocorosie and The Magnetic Fields guides this incisive and intimate account of a family’s death – and, ultimately, its rebirth. – BP

saturday 24 nov_19:00 | PGM56 | ONF_NFB

 
Give Piece of Ass a Chance
Bruce Labruce | Canada | 2006 | video | 14 min | english

The Scandelles demonstrate the true meaning of a revolution in our own bad boy LaBruce’s new lesbian short.

saturday 24 nov_21:00 | PGM60 | J.A. de Seve
Également dans ce programme : Bonne Bourre, In Search of the Wild Kingdom, Triple X Selects: The Best of Lezploitation, This Is the Girl, My Girl 2012, Pig Heart


 
Salt
Campbell Farquhar | New Zealand | 2006 | video | 3 min | english

A love story about three people who share a passion for food… and each other.

tuesday 20 nov_19:15 | PGM26 | Imperial
Également dans ce programme : Four Feet, Nina's Heavenly Delights


 
Salt
Campbell Farquhar | New Zealand | 2006 | video | 3 min | english

A love story about three people who share a passion for food… and each other.

saturday 24 nov_13:00 | PGM47 | J.A. de Seve
Également dans ce programme : My First Time Driving, Team Queen, Sugar Rush


 
A Four Letter Word
Caspar Andreas | U.S.A. | 2007 | video | 87 min | english

Casper Andreas brings us a fun flick about love and other four-letter amusements in the lives of a few thirty-something gay men in Manhattan. Flamboyant Luke’s (Jesse Archer) list of conquests is as long as his feather boa, and he’s loud and proud about it – much to the chagrin of his earnest and exasperated colleague Zeke (Cory Grant), who moonlights as a gay rights activist when he’s not working at the sex shop where they both sell porn and Pride flags. Amid plenty of eye candy and general fabulousness, A Four Letter Word serves up extra helpings of urban relationship drama: Peter and Derek have entered the complicated world of cohabitation, while Monica freaks out as she prepares to walk down the aisle. Then Luke meets the mouth-wateringly gorgeous Stephen “with a PH” (Charlie David) and decides to prove that glitter notwithstanding, he’s not just another gay cliché. But is Stephen as great as he seems to be, or will Luke’s foray into sort-of-monogamy bring him nothing but grief? The answer may come as a surprise… – AZ

sunday 25 nov_15:00 | PGM62 | Imperial
Également dans ce programme : Murder's a Drag


 
Congratulations Daisy Graham
Cassandra Nicolaou | Canada | 2007 | 35mm | 14 min | english

What good is a gun without bullets? Festival favourite Nicolaou (Why I’ll Never Trust you in 200 Words or Less, Interviews with My Next Girlfriend and Show Me) delivers another stunning short about aging, loving and what happens when we get fed up.

sunday 18 nov_18:45 | PGM18 | J.A. de Seve
Également dans ce programme : Fine and Dandy, I'm Not So Sure the World Deserves Us, Les corps silencieux, Pariah, Private Life, Un mariage comme les autres


 
This Is the Girl
Catherine Corringer | France | 2007 | video | 16 min | no dialogue

A queer, erotic, fantastic fantasy, introducing a boxer, her coach and their male sex toy.

saturday 24 nov_21:00 | PGM60 | J.A. de Seve
Également dans ce programme : Bonne Bourre, Give Piece of Ass a Chance, In Search of the Wild Kingdom, Triple X Selects: The Best of Lezploitation, My Girl 2012, Pig Heart


 
The Gendercator
Catherine Crouch | U.S.A. | 2007 | video | 15 | english

Using the Rip van Winkle model to extrapolate from the past into a possible future, The Gendercator is a short satirical take on female body modification and gender.

friday 23 nov_21:00 | PGM45 | ONF_NFB
Également dans ce programme : Black Men and Me, Dedicated to Rebelsexuals, Gender Trouble, Lucy and Those Eyes, Trannymal, The Perfect Man, The Boyschoir of Lesbos in New Shoes


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Two Homelands Cuba & the Night (Dos Patrias Cuba y la Noche)
Christian Liffers | Germany | 2006 | video | 84min | spanish | s-t.a_en

Le documentaire de Christian Liffers propose un complément intimiste, informel et révélateur au célèbre Gay Cuba de Sonia de Vries. En plus d’y avoir puisé le nom du film, chaque récit débute par la lecture d’un extrait de l’œuvre de l’écrivain Reinaldo Arenas. La trame sonore riche et obsédante de Michael Espinosa Rodriguez fait le trait d’union entre ces trois étonnants exemples de vivacité et de vulnérabilité. Dos Patrias est à voir absolument pour ceux qui s’intéressent à la justice sociale et aux droits des LGBT à notre époque turbulente…

saturday 24 nov_21:00 | PGM59 | ONF_NFB

 
Scarred
Damien Rea | U.K. | 2007 | 35mm | 10 min | english

Planet Out Short Film Award winner, SCARRED tells the tale of a young man scarred (literally) by his past has to face the future when he falls for an unusual guy.

saturday 17 nov_21:30 | PGM09 | Imperial
Également dans ce programme : The Picture of Dorian Gray


 
Playing With Dolls
Dan Clark | U.S.A. | 2007 | video | 10 min | english

Boyfriends, an impromptu party, and a gay branded beauty product called Boitox all come together in this animated hilarity about West Hollywood fags.

friday 23 nov_19:15 | PGM41 | Imperial
Également dans ce programme : Cowboy Forever, Hard Hat Required, K, Lucky Man, Uropop, Two Nights, Prenuptial Tango, Rock Garden: a Love Story


 
Lucky Man
Dan Faltz | U.S.A. | 2006 | video | 6 min | english

A hard drinking detective, on the tail of a killer, becomes involved in a dangerous cat and mouse chase that may expose his secret life. A finalist in the PlanetOut Short Movie Awards, Lucky Man is a clever noir fantasy.

friday 23 nov_19:15 | PGM41 | Imperial
Également dans ce programme : Cowboy Forever, Hard Hat Required, K, Uropop, Two Nights, Playing With Dolls, Prenuptial Tango, Rock Garden: a Love Story


 
Yeah, No, Definitely
Dave Snyder | U.S.A. | 2007 | video | 14min | english

Denial turns to destruction between two boisterous college boys in an intense platonic relationship.

thursday 22 nov_21:30 | PGM38 | Imperial
Également dans ce programme : Holding Trevor


 
O My God!
David Boisclair | Canada | 2007 | video | 5 min | no dialogue

O My God! is a terrifying slasher which cleverly proves the exception to the rule. First, the customer is not always right. Secondly, a stubborn hairdresser with scissors can carry out much worse than a bloody crime. Finally, we must face the fact: Oprah will always remain this planet’s most powerful woman.

tuesday 20 nov_19:00 | PGM27 | ONF_NFB
Également dans ce programme : Chimère, From the Archives of Video Populaire, Invisible Son, It's About Time, Un mariage comme les autres, The One About Icarus, Pour Sinclair, Sans statut, Silent Subjects Surface, Le match, La sortie


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Pariah
Dee Rees | U.S.A. | 2006 | video | 27 min | english

A Bronx teen unsuccessfully juggles multiple identities to please her friends and family in this spectacular award-winning short.

sunday 18 nov_18:45 | PGM18 | J.A. de Seve
Également dans ce programme : Congratulations Daisy Graham, Fine and Dandy, I'm Not So Sure the World Deserves Us, Les corps silencieux, Private Life, Un mariage comme les autres


 
Life #2
Dennis Day | Canada | 2007 | video | 5 min | english

How do we exist between wanting to be in control and wanting to let go: between knowing the world and being lost?

monday 19 nov_17:00 | PGM20 | Imperial
Également dans ce programme : The Houseboy


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The DL Chronicles
Deondray Gossett & Quincy LeNear | U.S.A. | 2007 | video | 100 | english

Though guys on the “downlow” have always been around, it’s only recently that a name has been put to their surreptitious activities and a variety of artistic endeavours created to depict them. This trio of sexy, well-acted episodes from a new Here! Networks TV series is a worthy addition to the genre, offering a wide-ranging look at the different ways African-American men secretly engage in homosexual activity while outwardly living a straight life. In episode one, married buppie Wes finds himself drawn to his brother-in-law Trent. In the middle episode, a conflicted man, Robert falls for Austin, a younger guy from Belize, but hides the relationship from the key woman in his life. In the final segment, a playa named Boo slings his stuff around for anything on two legs to discover that promiscuity can have some serious consequences. Taken together, these three provocative storylines – with rich R&B-infused music – effectively delineate the variety of social and class-related situations that lead Black men away from lives of honesty and openness and into the world of the downlow.

saturday 17 nov_15:00 | PGM06 | Imperial

 
Belgrade Pride
Douglas Conrad | Serbia | 2007 | video | 20 min | serbian | s-t.a_en

In June 2001 Belgrade lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and trans people organized a Pride event in celebration of the new era of democracy and tolerance that was believed to have come to Serbia. About 40 people came to celebrate. Several thousand counter-demonstrators organized, showed up and brutally beat them. This crucial documentary serves as a reminder that LGBT existance is not safe and sound, and human rights should never be taken for granted.

wednesday 21 nov_21:00 | PGM34 | ONF_NFB
Également dans ce programme : Le Révolution du Désir


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The Picture of Dorian Gray
Duncan Roy | U.S.A. | 2006 | video | 97 min | english

Doe-eyed, gorgeous socialite Dorian Gray (David Gallagher, Seventh Heaven) meets artist Basil Hallward, a Bruce Nauman-esque multimedia artist at his Warholian happenings. Dorian becomes the spellbound Basil’s lover and muse. His ingenious electronic video portrait, however, makes Dorian fearful of the ravages of time. Dorian forges a pact with The Devil: As his portrait ages, Dorian himself remains exquisitely handsome. Basil is callously discarded for amoral aesthete Lord Henry Wotton. Dorian, mesmerized by his limitless privilege, is drawn towards betrayal and murder, when angelic Gabriel reappears. Duncan Roy (of AKA fame) dazzles us with his audacious, openly gay interpretation of Oscar Wilde’s classic novella of loss and redemption. His signature visual wit mimics Wilde’s own scalding adages. Hedi Slimane’s elegantly spare outfits complement the minimalist sets, and contrast sharply with a score lush with excerpts from Erik Satie, Wagner and the haunting space-rock of Mogwai. A magnificent companion piece for our deeply shallow times, where the measure of a (gay) man’s worth is merely material – and transitory. – BP

saturday 17 nov_21:30 | PGM09 | Imperial
Également dans ce programme : Scarred


 
Trannymal
Dylan Vade & Chrys Curtis-Fawley | U.S.A. | 2006 | video | 2 min | english

Original, wickedly witty, reverent and irrevent, Trannymal throws the covers off tranny genitals and shows ‘em all dressed up and ready to educate.

friday 23 nov_21:00 | PGM45 | ONF_NFB
Également dans ce programme : Black Men and Me, Dedicated to Rebelsexuals, Gender Trouble, Lucy and Those Eyes, The Perfect Man, The Gendercator, The Boyschoir of Lesbos in New Shoes


 
Invisible Son
Ed Lee | Canada | 2005 | video | 11 min | english

Through a brutally truthful letter to his immigrant parents a young man struggles to come to terms with his heritage and sexuality.

tuesday 20 nov_19:00 | PGM27 | ONF_NFB
Également dans ce programme : Chimère, From the Archives of Video Populaire, It's About Time, Un mariage comme les autres, The One About Icarus, O My God!, Pour Sinclair, Sans statut, Silent Subjects Surface, Le match, La sortie


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Anger Me
Elio Gelmini | Canada | 2006 | video | 72 min | english

A typical narrative of escape from a stifling Tinseltown family of aircraft engineers does little to prepare us for Kenneth Anger’s airily erotic flights of fancy. His beautiful, bizarre and bold experimental classics like Fireworks, Rabbit Moon and Scorpio Rising make Anger the inadvertent godfather of both independent film and MTV, paving the way for a new generation of avant-garde cineastes, among them Barbara Hammer, Derek Jarman and David Lynch. Cryptic and hallucinatory, Anger’s surreal films blur the boundaries separating myth and reality with his startlingly original imagery. Anger describes his friendships with Alfred Kinsey and fringe elements like Manson acolyte, Bobby Beausoleil, as well as fascinating encounters with Cocteau, Genet, Pasolini and Visconti during his 12-year stint at la Cinémathèque Française. Elio Gelmini’s Anger Me is narrated by the master myth-maker and raconteur himself, and filmed in his multilayered style. Aleister Crowley devotee and proud pagan, Anger discusses how filmmaking was itself a physically sensual ritual. A too-short film about his long and rich life, Anger Me is mandatory viewing for all enthusiasts of queer underground film. – BP

monday 19 nov_21:00 | PGM24 | ONF_NFB

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The Two Sides of the Bed (Los Dos Lados de la Cama)
Emilio Martinez Lázaro | Spain | 2002 | 35mm | 108 min | spanish | s-t.a_en

The Two Sides of the Bed is a spicy, flirty and fast-paced addition to the queer Spanish musical genre – much like the film’s musical interludes themselves. Javier and Marta are about to get married, with Pedro and Raquel soon to follow suit. Or so it seems. Marta and Raquel have their own ideas about how to celebrate a union, and it doesn’t include the boys! Javier and Pedro each harbour misplaced suspicions, while at the same time both being illicitly drawn to the same seductive woman… who has a few secrets of her own. And Rafael, who completes the trio of thoroughly confused men, suspects that Pilar is cheating on him, and recruits his frumpy best friend Carlos to help him find the culprit. But Carlos has his own agenda, not to mention a suspiciously well-chosen new wardrobe. In Emilio Martínez Lázaro’s sparkling ensemble piece, creative choreography and catchy songs round out the musical package for a delightful romp of a romantic comedy, with bed-hopping and homoerotic tension aplenty and enough hilarious twists to keep you guessing – and thoroughly entertained – to the very end. – AZ

friday 23 nov_17:00 | PGM40 | Imperial
Également dans ce programme : Love Is Love


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A Walk into the Sea: Danny Williams & the Warhol Factory
Esther B. Robinson | U.S.A. | 2007 | video | 78 min | english

In hot pursuit of Factory Girl, comes first-time documentary filmmaker Esther B. Robinson’s award-winning documentary A Walk into the Sea: Danny Williams and the Warhol Factory. A chance encounter leads to Robinson’s discovery that her uncle, Danny Williams, an electrical genius and film editor, was also a filmmaker at the Factory, and probable lover of Andy Warhol. Williams’ intricate lighting schemes and innovative use of strobes were instrumental in defining the atmosphere of Warhol’s Exploding Plastic Inevitable happenings. However, the man dismissed as “the Harvard electrician” crafted 20 avant-garde, silent films, featuring the trademark theatricality of his composition, editing and lighting. Robinson respectfully teases out truths about Williams, juxtaposing contradictory and revealing interviews with Factory stars Brigid Berlin, John Cale, Paul Morrissey, and documentary wunderkind Albert Maysles. As Robinson attempts to make sense of his mysterious disappearance after a family dinner in 1966, she recovers the clean-cut, matinee idol Williams from the Darwinian rivalries and drug-addled personalities that characterized the Factory. A softly-lit and thought-provoking homage, all black-and-white footage aside from the Chelsea Girls excerpts are Williams’ own work. – BP

friday 23 nov_19:15 | PGM42 | ONF_NFB

 
Miroir d'été
Étienne Desrosiers | Canada | 2007 | 35mm | 14 min | french

A melancholic teenager comes of age while vacationing at the family cottage in this exquisitely rendered short from one of our own.

sunday 25 nov_21:15 | PGM69 | Imperial
Également dans ce programme : Comme des voleurs (à l'est)


 
Spinnin'
Eusebio Pastrana | Spain | 2007 | 35mm | 109 min | spanish | s-t.a_en

When you’re a happily settled gay couple and everything’s going well, why not try to have a child? That’s what Garate (Alejandro Tous) and Omar, a young gay couple in Barcelona, decide to do. After failed efforts to recruit their female friends, they meet pregnant Raquel, an off-the-wall character who has just lost her love and is desperately seeking meaning. Coming together – as it seems the world is falling apart – they create a decidedly different kind of family. With Spinnin’, Spanish director Eusebio Pastrana delivers a reflective piece about fatherhood among gay men within a family-centred culture, about how to recreate those families and about the joys and pleasant challenges in trying to do something a little different. A cast of remarkable friends orbit the trio with intriguing problems of their own, including infidelity, the making of a documentary film and the sad state of the Atlétic football team. Alternately amusing and poignant, with vibrant and splendidly crafted scenes, Spinnin’ is a rare gem of a film about people that spin the world and not the other way around.

tuesday 20 nov_17:00 | PGM25 | Imperial

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The Bubble (Ha-Buah)
Eytan Fox | Israel | 2006 | 35mm | 117 min | hebrew/ arabic/ english | s-t.a_en

Full-time peacenik and part-time reservist, music store clerk Noam (Ohad Knoller) lives a comfortable existence with his idealistic trendoid roommates, Israeli-Idol addict and restaurant manager Yali (Alon Friedmann), and aspiring fashion designer Lulu (Daniela Wircer). A bevy of naïve, left-wing lovelies, they analyse their romantic dalliances and organize feel-good but toothless anti-occupation raves. Noam encounters the alluring, intense Ashraf (Yousef Sweid) during a casually humiliating checkpoint body search. A mutual longing overcomes cultural and political taboos, igniting a passionate affair. Enchanted with Noam and his Tel Aviv “bubble” lifestyle, Noam and his roommates find their professed liberalism tested while helping Ashraf to illegally remain in Israel. However, Ashraf himself is threatened with an imminent discovery. His mounting family obligations and the political tensions seem guaranteed to burst everyone’s bubble… A gay West Bank Story, celebrated director Eytan Fox (Walk on Water, Yossi & Jagger) merges romantic comedy with political tragedy in this authentic portrait of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. An expression for life in relatively peaceful Tel Aviv, image+nation 20’s Opening Night Film, The Bubble compassionately assesses the limits of friendship and political idealism when confronted with formidably harsh realities. – BP

thursday 15 nov_20:00 | PGM01 | Imperial

 
Bonne Bourre
Florence Fradelizi | France | 2006 | video | 3 min | french

An taut and tantalizing homage to Jean Genet’s Querelle played out in a toilet stall.

saturday 24 nov_21:00 | PGM60 | J.A. de Seve
Également dans ce programme : Give Piece of Ass a Chance, In Search of the Wild Kingdom, Triple X Selects: The Best of Lezploitation, This Is the Girl, My Girl 2012, Pig Heart


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The Godfather of Disco
Gene Graham | U.S.A. | 2007 | video | 82 min | english

Inspired by his autobiography, Gene Graham’s The Godfather of Disco (G.O.D.) chronicles melody-maker Mel Cheren’s life and times. CEO of New York’s West End Records, Cheren was a major backer of the legendary The Paradise Garage, where Larry Levan began his meteoric rise to DJ superstardom. Cheren’s sometimes counter-intuitive, innovative style kept time with America’s multiple countercultural revolutions. Too soon, however, AIDS decimated the dance floors, and saw the sun set on many rising stars. Cheren fought back fiercely with campaigns like 24 Hours for Life and LifeBEAT, and hosted the pivotal activist and lobbying group, the GMHC. Graham won the Emerging Filmmaker Award at the 25th Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival for G.O.D. Featuring interviews with industry insiders Barbara Tucker, DJs Junior Vasquez, Madonna’s ex- Jellybean Benitez and cowboy Randy Jones (The Village People), Graham’s bump-n-grind sentimental journey recalls a time when “Love is the Message.” As danceable R&B becomes disco, and briefly goes underground to resurface as house music, Graham’s disco doc makes us proud to be children of a greater G.O.D. – again. A documentary for musical historians and club denizens alike! – BP

tuesday 20 nov_21:15 | PGM29 | ONF_NFB

 
Four Feet
Georgina Tsilogianis | Canada | 2007 | video | 2 min | english

As Veronica ponders her current relationship a psychic appears out of nowhere to give answers she never expected.

tuesday 20 nov_19:15 | PGM26 | Imperial
Également dans ce programme : Nina's Heavenly Delights, Salt


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Lez Be Friends
Glenn Gaylord | U.S.A. | 2007 | video | 71min | english

Set in 1969 Greenwich Village following the Stonewall riots, Lez Be Friends is a wacky, loving homage to the great sitcoms of the ‘70s. Putting a gay(er) twist on Three’s Company, producer Stephen Israel (Boy Culture) and writer/director Glenn Gaylord tell the story of Ricca Pike, a butch lesbian who must pretend to be straight in order to live with her two (inevitably shirtless) gay male roommates, lest she incurs the wrath of their lesbo-phobic landlord, Truman DuBois.

sunday 18 nov_13:00 | PGM12 | Imperial
Également dans ce programme : Further off The Straight & Narrow


 
Rock Garden: a Love Story
Gloria Kim | Canada | 2007 | 35mm | 11 min | english

An allegory about love, loneliness and the healing power of acceptance, Rock Garden: a Love Story is a tale of two neighbours who struggle and toil with everyday existence and how the most unlikely of objects changes them both.

friday 23 nov_19:15 | PGM41 | Imperial
Également dans ce programme : Cowboy Forever, Hard Hat Required, K, Lucky Man, Uropop, Two Nights, Playing With Dolls, Prenuptial Tango


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She's a Boy I Knew
Gwen Haworth | Canada | 2007 | video | 70 min | english

Gwen Haworth, a filmmaker who makes her home in Vancouver, turns her camera at herself for this simple, down-to-earth documentary that follows her transition from male to female over the course of several years. This thoughtful film is less a detailing of surgeries and more a meditation on family ties – a mapping of the transitions that take place within Gwen’s blood relationships, friendships and love over a time of great personal transformation. Through one-on-one interviews as well as photographs, letters and phone messages, she gives plenty of space for her mother, father, sisters, wife and best friend to tell their stories and share their reactions to the ongoing process of her transition. Their words are at times painful to hear, but the sheer honesty of Gwen’s family in recounting their fear, anger, understanding and support provides an exceptional snapshot of one family’s journey in coping with change and learning to love Gwen as she is – much as she learns to do the same. – AZ

wednesday 21 nov_19:00 | PGM32 | ONF_NFB

 
Prenuptial Tango
Harvey Silberman | U.S.A. | 2007 | video | 15 min | english

A dark black comedy in which tango mirrors the story of four people driven by love to desperation, deception and infidelity.

friday 23 nov_19:15 | PGM41 | Imperial
Également dans ce programme : Cowboy Forever, Hard Hat Required, K, Lucky Man, Uropop, Two Nights, Playing With Dolls, Rock Garden: a Love Story


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Oh Happy Day
Ian Poitier | U.K. | 2007 | video | 100 min | english

A Jonathan and David story gets the British romantic comedy treatment! Ambitious, uptight prize-winning Jonathan (Christopher Colquhoun channelling Hugh Grant) meets David (Stephen Billington), a laid-back, straight-talking pharmaceutical marketing representative during a marketing awards gala. After they get Biblical, awkwardness ensues when Jonathan realizes that David is his client. Aware that his tart and tartan boss Rob enforces a strict policy concerning fraternization between the agency and its client roster, Jonathan puts the brakes on his budding romance – to David’s indignation. A battle of will, willies and wits develops as they wrestle with an undeniable attraction. As happiness and love challenge his ‘commitment issues’, will Jonathan manage a moment of honesty before the launch for the Ecstasy-like Viva? Oh Happy Day is Ian Poitier’s delightful debut, a real upper of a movie at this year’s London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival in 2007. A revealing look at love, rapid-fire one-liners and wicked humour dominate this rich tale of blended and extended families, international romance and office politics. Light, uplifting and frequently surprising, Oh Happy Day is the spoonful of sugar that makes the medicine go down! – BP

sunday 18 nov_15:00 | PGM13 | Imperial
Également dans ce programme : Milonga Gay


 
Fem
Inge Blackman | U.K. | 2007 | video | 10 min | english

A sexy and smart look at the beauty and power of the femme.

saturday 24 nov_17:00 | PGM54 | J.A. de Seve
Également dans ce programme : #01 hygienist, Do You Know That Bad Girls Go To Hell?, Doll-Like, Godspeed, Prada Handbag, Memory's Paradigm


 
The One About Icarus
J.D. Stewart | Canada | 2007 | video | 6 min | no dialogue

A retelling of the myth of Icarus, in which he is glorified by the ecstasy and freedom of flight.

tuesday 20 nov_19:00 | PGM27 | ONF_NFB
Également dans ce programme : Chimère, From the Archives of Video Populaire, Invisible Son, It's About Time, Un mariage comme les autres, O My God!, Pour Sinclair, Sans statut, Silent Subjects Surface, Le match, La sortie


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Black, White & Gray: A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff and Robert Mapplethorpe
James Crump | U.S.A. | 2007 | video | 77 min | english

An exploration of the creative synergy between Sam Wagstaff and his “sly little pornographer” Robert Mapplethorpe – and their friendship with musician-poet Patti Smith. Wagstaff secured his curatorial reputation with the ground-breaking Black White + Gray exhibition at Hartford’s Wadsworth Anatheum. Almost single-handedly ushering in a minimalist period, Wagstaff paradoxically became an “eager participant in the excesses of the age.” A fateful loft party brings the aristocratic socialite and working-class hipster/ingénue Mapplethorpe together. Despite their age and class differences, patrician and punk served as each other’s Svengali: Mapplethorpe introduced Wagstaff to S/M, unlocking the “dark genie within him.” Wagstaff introduced Mapplethorpe to erotic photographic images and styles that indisputably branded Mapplethorpe’s own work – and catapulted him to artistic notoriety. Blending his gift for “clever financial speculation” with a prescient eye, Wagstaff repeatedly marshalled his considerable financial resources to drive markets for Mapplethorpe’s oeuvre, and later, “vernacular” photography and American silverwork. James Crump’s traditional documentary style only heightens the charismatic visionary’s mystique. Interviews with Dominick Dunne and Smith add colour and depth to this overly reverential portrait, as do the breathtaking examples of artwork from Wagstaff’s eclectic, exquisite collections. – BP

thursday 22 nov_19:00 | PGM37 | ONF_NFB

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Sleep in a Nest of Flames
James Dowell & John Kolomrakis | U.S.A. | 2001 | video | 118 min | english

Brother of American stage diva Ruth, Charles Henri Ford (1913-2002) was an exponentially influential gay collage artist, filmmaker, novelist and publisher (Blues and View magazines). Ford co-authored America’s first gay-positive novel The Young and Evil, with Parker Tyler in 1933. He frequented Gertrude Stein’s Parisian salons, hob-nobbed with lesbian luminaries Nathalie Barney and Edith Sithwell, and typed up Djuna Barnes’ Nightwood. His energetic collaboration with his partner, Russian surrealist painter Pavel Tchelitchew resulted in the Paper Ball at Hartford’s Wadsworth Anatheum (a precursor to Sam Wagstaff’s own stunning Black White + Grey). After Tchelitchew’s death in 1957, Ford found new life in Pop Art, making the queer softcore Johnny Minotaur with Allen Ginsburg Directors James Dowell and John Kolomvakis oddly-inspired documentary recovers Ford, a Southern gent who’d ‘been on every scene’ dusting him off from historical obscurity. A comprehensive, entertaining and lively film, Ford’s life and times are brilliantly reconceived through a mélange of unbelievable archival footage, reminiscences from contemporaries and friends (Pauls Bowles and Cadmus, Harold Stevenson and Dorothea Tanning among them) and painstaking recreations of his work. Crowded with artistic superstars, don’t miss this invaluable record of a breathtaking live well lived. – BP

thursday 22 nov_21:00 | PGM39 | ONF_NFB

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Itty Bitty Titty Committee
Jamie Babbit | U.S.A. | 2007 | video | 87 min | english

Featuring Melonie Diaz (Raising Victor Vargas), Nicole Vicius (Half Nelson) and Daniela Sea (The L Word), Jamie Babbit’s (But I’m a Cheerleader) latest film is a riot-grrrl rom-com with a queer spin and a killer soundtrack. Eighteen-year-old Anna works as a clerk in a plastic surgery clinic and is preparing to be the maid of honour at her sister’s wedding; her girlfriend just dumped her and her college application was rejected. Life is looking bleak… until one night when she catches Sadie spray-painting the clinic on behalf of Clits In Action, a queer feminist direct-action group. Before long, Anna’s standing lookout for the Clits as they righteously reclaim public space. Soon after that she’s also rejecting the institution of marriage, throwing herself into mosh pits, dyeing her hair pink… and falling in love. But Sadie has a girlfriend, the C(i)A isn’t getting enough media attention, and conflicts abound between its members. What’s a freshly minted radical to do? Come up with a daring plan to take over the world and get the girl, of course! – AZ

saturday 17 nov_19:00 | PGM08 | Imperial
Également dans ce programme : I Want to be a Secretary


 
Avant que j’oublie
Jaques Nolot | France | 2007 | 35mm | 108 min | french

A spare, unconventional treatment of hustlerdom, Avant que j’oublie observes how predators have become prey themselves. At 58, Pierre (a beautifully understated performance by Jacques Nolot) fantasizes about imprisonment, unaware he already inhabits one. He lives in elegant squalor and less-splendid isolation, after the death of his benefactor/lover. Dreaming of cross-dressing, discussing past loves, estate and prick sizes while coping with writer’s block. Endlessly self-critical, he worries about HIV medications, their increasingly noticeable side effects, and his relatively unsatisfying encounters with gigolos. An ex-gigolo himself, his rueful reminiscings to friends (and his psychiatrist) about death, missed opportunities and the meaning of life, he analyses his predicament with classic French irony and wit. A film about desires past due, memories and money, actor-director Jacques Nolot (Sous le sable, Roseaux sauvages) examines bourgeois mores and crass materialism, as do this year’s A Picture of Dorian Gray and Le Héros de la Famille. A simple cinematic style characterized by direct, uncluttered frames and lingering frontal takes, Avant que j’oublie is a scathing meditation on the complex inheritances of faded glory. – BP

thursday 22 nov_19:15 | PGM36 | Imperial
Également dans ce programme : Clandestinos


 
Serene Hunter
Jason Bushman | France | 2007 | video | 13 min | french | s-t.a_en

A randy gay Parisian moves in with his new boyfriend – just as an old flame from Los Angeles comes back into town.

saturday 24 nov_19:00 | PGM55 | Imperial
Également dans ce programme : Antoine (Anthony), King Size


 
Cowboy Forever
Jean Baptiste Erreca | France/Brazil | 2006 | video | 27 min | french | s-t.a_en

Set in the Patanal area of Western Brazil and paying tribute to Brokeback Mountain, Cowboy Forever tells the story of the traditional conservative life of Latino cowboys. Emotions are stirred and fantasies assumed as two young, handsome cowboys experience a true love story in the open air.

friday 23 nov_19:15 | PGM41 | Imperial
Également dans ce programme : Hard Hat Required, K, Lucky Man, Uropop, Two Nights, Playing With Dolls, Prenuptial Tango, Rock Garden: a Love Story


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Chacun sa nuit
Jean-Marc Barr & Pascal Arnold | France | 2007 | 35mm | 95 min | french | s-t.a_en

Pierre (Arthur Dupont), a beautiful, bisexual lead singer in a punk rock band, could be a modern-day incarnation of Terence Stamp in Pasolini’s Teorema, the gorgeous young man with something for everyone. He enjoys a symbiotic, quasi-incestuous relationship with his adoring sister Lucie (Lizzie Brocheré) and seductive friendships with his band mates. Around his hometown, he is a cheerful and enthusiastic hustler, game for anything, including orgies with city fathers. It’s an idyllic life of sex, skinny-dipping and nude sunbathing that comes to an abrupt and painful end when the stunning youth turns up missing. As the camera lingers sensually over nubile bodies in Jean-Marc Barr and Pascal Arnold’s fourth collaboration, the characters’ sexuality becomes the key to a mystery. Based on a real-life incident in France, this erotic drama adopts a fractured format – traveling back and forth in time with Lucie as she tries to solve the riddle of her brother’s disappearance while coming to terms with the idea of life without him. As she reconstructs their lives, the film brings into sharp relief the narcissism, arrogance and self-absorption of siblings who use sex to manipulate others. “Only a body can know another body,” is the brother and sister’s trite mantra, a reductive philosophy with dangerous consequences for the boy with the bedroom eyes. – FL

monday 19 nov_21:00 | PGM23 | Imperial

 
Le match
Jean-Philippe Garonte | Canada | 2007 | video | 11 min | french

One quiet Sunday morning, a couple’s argument takes on new meaning when overheard by the downstairs neighbours.

tuesday 20 nov_19:00 | PGM27 | ONF_NFB
Également dans ce programme : Chimère, From the Archives of Video Populaire, Invisible Son, It's About Time, Un mariage comme les autres, The One About Icarus, O My God!, Pour Sinclair, Sans statut, Silent Subjects Surface, La sortie


 
Le match
Jean-Philippe Garonte | Canada | 2007 | video | 11 min | french

One quiet Sunday morning, a couple’s argument takes on new meaning when overheard by the downstairs neighbours.

sunday 25 nov_17:00 | PGM66 | ONF_NFB
Également dans ce programme : Working it Out, Hullabaloo (Raballder)


 
Antoine (Anthony)
Jean-Phillipe Laraque | France | 2006 | video | 6 min | french | s-t.a_en

Vincent and Laurent are professional contract killers. The discovery of a note to “Antoine” spurs jealous anger and puts their quiet life in danger.

saturday 24 nov_19:00 | PGM55 | Imperial
Également dans ce programme : King Size, Serene Hunter


 
A Bear, Where?
Jeremy Stewart | Australia | 2006 | video | 4 min | english

A hybrid of travel notes, video gaming, news bulletins and beardy day-dreams. Travel alongside a little bear as he attempts to catch the eye of a furry cutie.

sunday 18 nov_21:15 | PGM19 | Imperial
Également dans ce programme : Suffering Man's Charity


 
Une autre femme (Another Woman)
Jerome Foulon | France | 2002 | 35mm | 102 min | french | s-t.a_en

Pharmaceutical sales representative, Léa finds herself assigned to Paris. Having abandoned her family to undergo a sex change a decade earlier, Léa is fearfully but magnetically drawn to her children, aspiring concert pianist Emma and basketball enthusiast Lucas. Posing as a music journalist, she befriends her daughter – and forms a friendship with her ex-wife Anne. Léa is soon forced to reveal the truth about herself with dramatic consequences for everyone. As she reels from rejection, Léa’s confession results in job loss and legal conundrums. Could Emma’s level-headed mutiny and Lucas’ alternating confusion and curiosity hold the key to reviving Léa’s fading prospects in The City of Lights? Director Jérôme Foulon’s assured, balanced direction contrasts with the emotional hyperbole of Le Sexe des étoiles and the prudery of Transamerica. From the sensual opening sequence to face-offs between competing parents, Foulon respects the complex realities and suffering of all his protagonists. A Kramer vs. Kramer with a trans twist, he makes us empathize with a family in flux. Another Woman is a magnificent film about journeys we must undertake in order to live authentic lives. – BP

sunday 25 nov_15:00 | PGM64 | ONF_NFB

 
Pig Heart
Jesika Joy | Canada | 2007 | video | 1 min | english

Pig Heart explores the relationship between intimacy and violence, desire and disgust.

saturday 24 nov_21:00 | PGM60 | J.A. de Seve
Également dans ce programme : Bonne Bourre, Give Piece of Ass a Chance, In Search of the Wild Kingdom, Triple X Selects: The Best of Lezploitation, This Is the Girl, My Girl 2012


 
20, 13
Joaquim Leitao | Portugal | 2007 | 35 mm | 114 min | portugese | s-t.a_en

Christmas Eve, 1969: Against the backdrop of the Mozambican War of Independence, Captain Costa (Adriano Carvalho), commanding a Portuguese garrison in Northern Mozambique, and Vincente (Angélico Vieira) a gorgeous medical nurse, are involved in an illicit relationship. As military helicopters descend, bringing with them Costa’s wife Leonor (Maya Booth), and the garrison doctor’s wife Esperança (Carla Chambel), it becomes quickly clear that ground-level tensions have very little to do with the actual war. Will the attempted murder of a Mozambican prisoner-of-war, and mysterious, on-base explosions threaten to reveal their forbidden love? Award-winning Portuguese new wave director Joaquim Leitão’s 20, 13 is the second instalment of his trilogy exploring Portugal’s painful colonialist past. An intriguing thriller based on a story suppressed by Portuguese military authorities until now, Leitão’s controversial thriller has battle scenes worthy of Oliver Stone, and brings to mind another great film about prisons and wars, Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence. Comparing the violence of passion with the violence of war, 20, 13 is a haunting reflection on military life and its dubious codes of conduct in these “don’t ask, don’t tell” times. – BP

thursday 22 nov_17:00 | PGM35 | Imperial

 
Shelter
Jonah Markowitz | U.S.A. | 2007 | video | 90 min | english

Urban artist, Zach (Boston Public, NYPD Blue alumnus Trevor Wright) finds himself marooned in San Pedro; a short-order cook, he dreams of frying bigger fish. Abandoning his prestigious art-school scholarship to help raise his nephew Cody, he juggles his ailing father, his faltering relationship with girlfriend Tori, and his sister, slacker mom Jeanne’s (Six Feet Under’s Tina Holmes) domestic dramas. Growing up faster than his privileged friends, Zach finds solace in his passion for riding pipelines with his best friend’s gay older brother, Shaun (Brad Rowe, Billy’s Hollywood Screen Kiss). As Zach slowly but surely succumbs to Shaun’s loving and tender persistence, how will he balance his own ambitions and dream against familial realities? Jonah Markowitz’s directorial feature debut about problems in paradise, Shelter proves that gritty, intelligent drama about class tensions, coming out and family is perfectly compatible with gorgeous boys of summer in (and out of) wetsuits. An steller soundtrack, fluid cinematography and spot-on performances make Shelter another masterpiece of the coming-out genre. – BP

friday 16 nov_21:15 | PGM03 | Imperial
Également dans ce programme : Signage


 
K
Juan Simons | Spain | 2005 | video | 12 min | spanish | s-t.a_en

K and Nelson’s lives are stifled by a routine-governed city that oppresses their identities in this raw and affecting short.

friday 23 nov_19:15 | PGM41 | Imperial
Également dans ce programme : Cowboy Forever, Hard Hat Required, Lucky Man, Uropop, Two Nights, Playing With Dolls, Prenuptial Tango, Rock Garden: a Love Story


 
Dialogue sur l'homoparentalité (Dialogue for Gay Parenting)
Julie Huard | Canada | 2007 | video | 45min | french | s-t.a_en

A new kind of family is on the rise : one headed up by gay and lesbian parents who, as homosexual life partners, choose to have and raise children. Our same-sex marriage bill has become law and for the past few years, lesbians have had the option of using fertility clinics and sperm banks. All that is an open door to what some people call a “gaby boom”. But what is it really like to be a gay parent? What challenges lie ahead for homosexual parents and their kids? Here is a societal snapshot of this phenomenon.

sunday 18 nov_11:00 | PGM11 | J.A. de Seve
Également dans ce programme : Mommy Mommy


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Further off The Straight & Narrow
Katherine Sender | U.S.A. | 2006 | video | 61 min | english

North American cable and mainstream television is saturated with LGBT characters, images and programming. Attempting to move beyond camp and cult status, how are we to interpret these seemingly positive stereotypes of LGBT people? How reflective are they of the conservative economic and political forces in the U.S.? Assistant Professor at the prestigious Annenberg School of Communication, Katherine Sender’s entertaining and provocative documentary analyzes this exploding media trend. Academics and media analysts deliver invigorating discussions on the roles played by business, class, ethnicity, and market segmentation in this phenomenon. Could the new gay visibility be more about consumerism than human or political rights? Liberally sprinkled with unforgettable moments from hit shows like Ellen, The L Word, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, Six Feet Under, Survivor and Will & Grace, it challenges the extent to which such portrayals actually deviate from the straight and narrow. Further Off the Straight & Narrow makes an invaluable contribution to queer media studies, and is a superb documentary companion to Epstein and Friedman’s ground-breaking The Celluloid Closet. – BP

sunday 18 nov_13:00 | PGM12 | Imperial
Également dans ce programme : Lez Be Friends


 
Fine and Dandy
Kelly West | Australia | 2006 | video | 15 min | english

Finding your heart can first mean losing it. Anoka feels deep emptiness until she walks into a TV and her heart begins to glow for the ballerina inside in this gorgeous animation.

sunday 18 nov_18:45 | PGM18 | J.A. de Seve
Également dans ce programme : Congratulations Daisy Graham, I'm Not So Sure the World Deserves Us, Les corps silencieux, Pariah, Private Life, Un mariage comme les autres


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Hullabaloo (Raballder)
Kenneth Elvebakk | Norway | 2006 | video | 52 min | norwegian | s-t.a_en

Any sport called ‘handball’ should ideally enjoy greater international prominence among gay men. Acclaimed Norwegian filmmaker Kenneth Elvebakk follows up his enormously successful documentary The Secret Club with another concerning the all-gay handball team, Raballder, with absolutely nothing to hide (or lose)! From Bjørn and boyfriend, demure, diminutive striker Don, diva-goalkeeper Emil, to results-oriented Tommy, they delight in showing off their distinctive ball-handling skills and hairstyles. Modelling themselves after Norway’s almost-unbeatable women’s team, our kneepad-clad knockouts leap and lunge for a leg-up into Division Three, addressing the myths and stereotypes about LGBT athletes in their warm and witty personal stories. As portraits of resilience and vulnerability emerge, we find ourselves rooting wildly for Raballder! Although coming out is rarely a team event, in the macho sports world, there’s definitely safety and strength in numbers. Demonstrating a competitive ferocity rivalling that of most girljocks, Elvebakk’s courtside confidential has revealing interviews with parents and players, and glorious footage of this extreme but not well-known sport. A coming out party for handball and homos, come and see what the hullabaloo’s about! – BP

sunday 25 nov_17:00 | PGM66 | ONF_NFB
Également dans ce programme : Le match, Working it Out


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Love My Life
Koji Kawano | Japan | 2006 | video | 96 min | japonese | s-t.a_en

Imagine coming out to your parents – only to have them come out to you! Effervescent and forthright Ichiko decides it’s time to come out. A languages and translation major, she brings her competitive, serious law school girlfriend Eri (Blue’s Asami Imijuku) home to meet her father (real-life Japanese author Ira Shida), a famous translator and writer. He gently upstages Ichiko’s coming out with his revelation that both he and her mother are gay. Astonished Ichiko seeks affirmation and reassurance, uncertain how to interpret her parents’ secrecy. Meanwhile, Eri suggests that both of them separate until after her incredibly demanding law-school exams, and a squabble ensues with Ichiko challenging Eri’s motivations. Based on manga-ista Ebine Yamaji’s runaway hit series, Koji Kawano’s brisk light touch keeps pace with a bouncy soundtrack by the all-girl Bangles-esque group The Noodles. A film about an unbelievably queer family, Kawano tackles Japanese homophobia and sexism in this sweetly upbeat hello-kitty comedy about two women trying to keep it together. – BP

saturday 24 nov_15:00 | PGM50 | J.A. de Seve

 
This Kiss
Kylie Eddy | Australia | 2007 | video | 65 min | english

After a decade apart, former best friends Juliet (Mel Lockman) and Lucy (Tasmin Gatewood) reconnect reluctantly and unexpectedly – just in time for a high-school reunion. Beneath a veneer of civility, smiles and afternoon tea, pill-popping businesswoman Juliet and frustrated domestic goddess Lucy seem poised for a meltdown. As they begin to share their disappointments, doubts and worries, both women are forced to revisit a crucial incident from their past, which continues to hold their lives hostage. Between Chardonnay and sunset, tantrums and tears, can they overcome their estrangement from each other – and recover their precious relationship? Award-winning director of Coming Out at Work is Hard to Do, Kylie Eddie directed, produced and wrote this savvy and subtle high-school confidential for adults. A knife-edged script with utterly convincing performances, This Kiss is a sublime portrait about baggage handling, boozing and binge-eating – and the importance courage and honesty are in friendship.- BP

sunday 25 nov_15:00 | PGM63 | J.A. de Seve
Également dans ce programme : Heartcut (Hjerteklipp)


 
Breakfast with Scot
Laurie Lynd | Canada | 2007 | 35mm | 90 min | english

Former NHL star and professional closet queen Eric (Tom Cavanaugh) is a high-profile sports commentator for the fictional Canadian Sports Network. In this hyper-macho and homophobic universe he maintains, understandably, a strict division between his professional and private lives. When Eric’s boyfriend Sam (Ben Shenkman of Angels in America), learns that his brother’s girlfriend has died, Sam is saddled with her son: boa-bearing, musical-loving, who’s-Wayne-Gretzky wonder Scot (Noah Bernett) - until his prodigal brother Billy returns. Eric, worried that Scot’s accessorizing and Christmas carol ring tones might attract bullying – and expose Eric himself – decides to straighten him out... An enchanting tale about all the wonderful places a child might lead us – if we only had the courage to follow. Breakfast with Scot, like Christmas, is about a boy. A Canadian Ma Vie En Rose (with skating and snow), director Laurie Lynd brings his DeGrassi High cred to this delightful Yuletide power play, balancing that Canadian penchant for earnestness with élan and wit. A script bedecked with gentle humour, convincing performances are drawn together by angelic Bernett’s genuine mystification at his adult companions. And finally, an NHL team LGBT people can root for! – BP

tuesday 20 nov_21:15 | PGM28 | Imperial

 
Team Queen
Leah Meyerhoff | U.S.A. | 2007 | video | 4 min | english

A gender-bending, fire-breathing, post-punk rock n’ roll prom.

saturday 24 nov_13:00 | PGM47 | J.A. de Seve
Également dans ce programme : My First Time Driving, Sugar Rush, Salt


 
No Regret (Huwihaji anha)
Leesong Hee-ll | South Korea | 2006 | 35mm | 113 min | korean | s-t.a_en

Ambitious, openly-gay orphan Su-Min nurtures dreams of studying art design in Seoul. A factory worker by day and private chauffeur by night, Su-Min rebuffs advances from a drunken Jae-Min – who later turns out to be a factory executive from a conservative and wealthy family. Although Jae-Min manages to save Su-Min’s job from redundancy cuts, he quits in pride – and unwillingly becomes an escort at a gentlemen’s club. Doggedly yet gently persistent, Jae-Min weathers Su-Min’s bracing rejections in their stormy courtship – until unexpectedly – both fall passionately in love. However, their newfound bliss is already imperilled by Jae-Min’s impending engagement and parental objections. As life takes a surprising detour, can they dig themselves out – with no regrets? Out director Leesong Hee-il marries sociological observation to formidable directorial skill in his impressive debut feature film. No Regret has achieved local and international acclaim and box-office success. Characterized by naturalistic performances, revealing subplots and sublime cinematography, No Regret is an unflinchingly erotic portrait of contemporary gay life, an audacious and edgy triumph from Korean independent filmmaking. – BP

friday 16 nov_19:00 | PGM02 | Imperial

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Eternal Summer (Sheng xia guang nian)
Leste Chen | Taiwan | 2006 | 35mm | 95 min | mandarin | s-t.a_en

A coming-of-age tale with a queer love triangle twist, Eternal Summer begins as two very different elementary school boys, rebellious Shane and studious Jonathan, are paired up during a class exercise. Over the years they forge an unlikely, enduring, even loving friendship. Come senior year in high school, a new student, Carrie, falls for Jonathan. Realizing her crush is one of futility, since Jonathan’s romantic and sexual interests lie elsewhere – with Shane, specifically – she instead turns to Shane for affection. Like a Mentos dropped in a bottle of Diet Coca-Cola, Carrie’s insertion into the equation causes an explosion of long-bottled up emotions and urges… and actions upon them. Stylishly directed by one of Taiwan’s new wave of auteurs – 26-year-old Leste Chen, whose first feature, Two Heirlooms, broke box office records back home – Eternal Summer perfectly captures a fumbling first love as experienced by adolescents who simply aren’t sure how to comply with what their hearts are screaming at them. It’s a gorgeous, evocative, sensual work, thanks in part to its handsome young leads, and represents one of the finest entries in this watershed year (in both quantity, quality and explicitness) for Asian queer cinema. – LF

monday 19 nov_19:00 | PGM21 | Imperial

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Comme des voleurs (à l'est)
Lionel Baier | Switzerland | 2006 | 35mm | 112 min | french/polish | s-t.a_en

At 31, Lionel (played by Garçon Stupide director Lionel Baier) is a journalist with Radio Suisse Romande, has a supportive family and a relationship with devoted dreamboat Serge (Stéphane Rentznik). However, his father’s coerced revelation about a scandalous Polish ancestor ignites Lionel’s affair with Polish culture, food and language. As his obsession with his heritage intensifies, he encounters Ewa (Alicja Bachelda-Curus) a Polish au pair in a park with deportation woes. Lionel impulsively proposes a marriage, infuriating his long-suffering sister, left-wing lawyer Lucie (Natacha Koutchoumov). Lucy “kidnaps” Lionel, and takes him to Poland – with unpredictable results. Comme des voleurs reflects an evolving cinematic trend where identities based on “a name or roots” are rapidly assuming equal footing with those of gender and sexuality. Lionel Baier’s alternately hilarious and sombre exploration of immigration and sexual orientation abounds with distractingly beautiful men and women. A warm cinematic style and deeply romantic score gently mists over autobiography and fiction in this zany comedy about coming out Polish. An elegant close to image+nation 20, Comme des voleurs is a festive treat about how setting things straight (as it were) means keeping them queer! – BP

sunday 25 nov_21:15 | PGM69 | Imperial
Également dans ce programme : Miroir d'été


 
Tick Tock Lullaby
Lisa Gornick | U.K. | 2006 | video | 73 min | english

“Genetics aren’t always so sweet, and family is a word you sometimes have to play around with.” So goes one of Sasha’s many musings as she and Maya embark on the adventure of seducing a man to provide sperm for their hoped-for baby. Far from a clichéd tale of fertility clinics and donor angst, though, this charming and playful film takes a fresh, quirky approach to the idea of prospective motherhood, starting with the question of whether it’s a good idea at all. Sasha and Maya’s endeavours play out in the hip coffee shops and gaybourhoods of London, and contrast with the story of two straight sisters who are also looking to get pregnant – one by sleeping around with self-involved young men, the other in spite of a distinct lack of passion with her husband. Each in their own way, the women discover that things don’t always go according to plan, and that sometimes the best mistakes are the ones you learn to love. Poignantly illustrated with cartoonist Sasha’s frank drawings and carried by genuine performances, Tick Tock Lullaby is a must-see. – AZ

saturday 24 nov_19:00 | PGM57 | J.A. de Seve
Également dans ce programme : Family Reunion (Godir Gestir)


 
Silent Subjects Surface
Lisa Graves | Canada | 2006 | video | 3 min | english

What happens when a woman turns 40? Has she found her voice, can she speak the truth or is she simply mouthing the words?

tuesday 20 nov_19:00 | PGM27 | ONF_NFB
Également dans ce programme : Chimère, From the Archives of Video Populaire, Invisible Son, It's About Time, Un mariage comme les autres, The One About Icarus, O My God!, Pour Sinclair, Sans statut, Le match, La sortie


 
The Other Side (A Outra Margem)
Luis Filipe Rocha | Portugal/Brazil | 2007 | 35mm | 106 min | portugese | s-t.a_en

Gay transvestite performer Ricardo (a simply brilliant Filipe Duarte) is dazed, then depressed by the unexpected suicide of his partner, sapping his own will to live. Ricardo’s failed suicide attempt brings estranged sister, Maria (an emotionally intelligent performance by Maria João Luís) into his life. Maria invites Ricardo post-recovery, to live with her and her son, aspiring actor Vasco (a wonderful debut from Tomás Almeida), who lives an imaginatively rich life with Down’s Syndrome. On the outskirts of Lisbon, Ricardo and Vasco begin an unlikely friendship based on mutual passions for drama! However, reconnecting with Maria and Vasco means he must confront his ex- fiancée Luisa, (Sara Graça) and his father. A Brazilian-Portuguese co-production, The Other Side has finely-honed, spirited performances by Felipe Duarte and Tom Almeida. Acclaimed Portuguese director Luís Filipe Rocha’s feature-length film tackles multiple issues with courage and sensitivity in a Catholic and (relatively) conservative Portugal. – BP

saturday 24 nov_17:00 | PGM52 | Imperial

 
Les corps silencieux
Luz Diaz | France | 2007 | video | 17 min | french

The wanderings of a young girl with a lingering obsession.

sunday 18 nov_18:45 | PGM18 | J.A. de Seve
Également dans ce programme : Congratulations Daisy Graham, Fine and Dandy, I'm Not So Sure the World Deserves Us, Pariah, Private Life, Un mariage comme les autres


 
Godspeed
Lynn Breedlove/ Jen Gilomen | U.S.A. | 2007 | video | 17 min | english

A universal tale of love, addiction and redemption in 80s San Francisco. A passing bike messenger fights the world and his own lust for thrills to win the love of a stripper.

saturday 24 nov_17:00 | PGM54 | J.A. de Seve
Également dans ce programme : #01 hygienist, Do You Know That Bad Girls Go To Hell?, Doll-Like, Fem, Prada Handbag, Memory's Paradigm


 
Nourishment
Marc Saltarelli | U.S.A. | 2007 | video | 10 min | english

The past comes to haunt him as unexpected visitors distract Nat while intaking a newly diagnosed HIV-positive client at the local Meals on Wheels service.

sunday 18 nov_19:15 | PGM17 | Imperial
Également dans ce programme : Parting Glances


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Riparo (Shelter Me)
Marco Simon Puccioni | Italy/France | 2007 | 35mm | 100 min | italian | s-t.a_en

Returning from a relaxing and romantic getaway in Tunisia, Anna (the ageless and exquisite Marie de Medeiros of Henry & June, and Pulp Fiction fame) and Mara discover a surprising holiday memento in their trunk. Dehydrated and desperate, a young Moroccan stowaway, Anis, implores them not to report him to immigration officials. Despite Mara’s scepticism, Anna is moved by his plight and takes him under her generous wing. Slowly but surely a family of sorts emerges – as do subtle tensions between Anna, a businesswoman, and Mara, a worker in her parents’ shoe manufacturing operation. As external realities begin to pressure their domestic ones, how will Anna, Anis and Mara survive, and who will they become? Riparo is esteemed Italian director Marco Simon Puccioni’s daring and timely exploration of cultural, economic and social mores surrounding immigration and same-sex relationships. Blending seamlessly themes of class, homophobia and illegal immigration, Riparo is an evocative reminder of the fragility of the human condition and our vulnerability to forces beyond our control. – BP

friday 23 nov_19:00 | PGM43 | J.A. de Seve

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It's About Time
Marco-D | Canada | 2007 | video | 3 min (extrait) | no dialogue

It’s not how you think about time, but about examining how you use the time you have.

tuesday 20 nov_19:00 | PGM27 | ONF_NFB
Également dans ce programme : Chimère, From the Archives of Video Populaire, Invisible Son, Un mariage comme les autres, The One About Icarus, O My God!, Pour Sinclair, Sans statut, Silent Subjects Surface, Le match, La sortie


 
Lucy and Those Eyes
Margo St-Amour | Canada | 2006 | video | 12 min | english

An old story of love and circus. Photo in motion, shot in a fast paced sad winter in Montréal.

friday 23 nov_21:00 | PGM45 | ONF_NFB
Également dans ce programme : Black Men and Me, Dedicated to Rebelsexuals, Gender Trouble, Trannymal, The Perfect Man, The Gendercator, The Boyschoir of Lesbos in New Shoes


 
The Perfect Man
Maria Akesson | U.K. | 2007 | video | 25 min | swedish | s-t.a_en

A captivating short doc about Liam, a 21-year-old transgender man living in Sweden. Following him through months of his transitioning and meeting his family and friends, what emerges is a young man of conflictions, challenging the notion that once gender is set straight, everything will be alright.

friday 23 nov_21:00 | PGM45 | ONF_NFB
Également dans ce programme : Black Men and Me, Dedicated to Rebelsexuals, Gender Trouble, Lucy and Those Eyes, Trannymal, The Gendercator, The Boyschoir of Lesbos in New Shoes


 
Sans statut
Marik Boudreau | Canada | 2006 | video | 3 min | french

An exploration of the relationship between protests and architecture using sounds and slogans recorded during a protest by non-status immigrants in Paris.

tuesday 20 nov_19:00 | PGM27 | ONF_NFB
Également dans ce programme : Chimère, From the Archives of Video Populaire, Invisible Son, It's About Time, Un mariage comme les autres, The One About Icarus, O My God!, Pour Sinclair, Silent Subjects Surface, Le match, La sortie


 
Night Falls Fast
Mark Robert Jackson | U.S.A. | 2006 | video | 24 min | english

A wayward meth addict and his boyfriend are summoned to his rural family home to check on his grief-stricken father after the death of his mother. His father’s attempts at reconciliation expose family secrets and past resentments. Then, in the shadow of night, a trauma leads to a chance at redemption in this riveting short.

saturday 24 nov_21:00 | PGM58 | Imperial
Également dans ce programme : 2 Minutes Later


 
Butte
Marlene Millar | Canada | 2006 | video | 6 min | no dialogue

Poetic and sensual, and featuring Chief-Moon, Butte unfolds over the course of a day. The body as landscape is the central image; where the flesh, bone and muscle become synonymous with the land.

monday 19 nov_19:00 | PGM22 | ONF_NFB
Également dans ce programme : Byron Chief-Moon: Grey Horse Rider


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Byron Chief-Moon: Grey Horse Rider
Marlene Millar & Phillip Szporer | Canada | 2006 | video | 48 min | english

Byron Chief-Moon ranks among Canada’s most successful Aboriginal actors, starring in acclaimed hits such as Da Vinci’s Inquest, Highlander, North of 60 and Stargate SG-1. Grey Horse Rider examines this multi-talented Albertan’s development into an accomplished choreographer, dancer and founder of the pioneering Coyote Arts Percussive Performance Association. His work reflects the complex interplay of his multiple identities and unique heritage. A member of the Blackfoot and Kainai First Nations, Chief-Moon is also a two-spirited person and father of three. His performances seamlessly translate ancestral mythology, a visceral connection to nature, rural-urban tensions and his grandparents’ stories, into thoroughly modern, original works that become in and of themselves, healing rites of passage. Philip Szporer’s insightful tribute to one of Canada’s engaging choreographers, blends excerpts from his dance performances, with frank interviews from collaborators, family and friends. A documentary gem! – BP

monday 19 nov_19:00 | PGM22 | ONF_NFB
Également dans ce programme : Butte


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Butterfly: A Grimm Love Story
Martin Weisz | Germany | 2006 | 35mm | 87 min | english

An imaginative and thoughtful film Martin Weisz’ (The Hills Have Eyes 2) Butterfly : A Grimm Love Story is no fairy tale. An interpretation of the real-life Armin Miewes and Bernd Jürgen Brandes case of consensual cannibalism, it was banned in Germany for possibly infringing Miewes’ personal rights. American Katie Armstrong (Keri Russell) is an obsessive and pensive research student in criminal psychology in Germany. Curious about the extreme measures undertaken by Oliver Hartwin (Thomas Kretschmann, The Pianist) and Simon Grimbeck (Thomas Huber) to ‘be understood, to finally feel safe,’ she begins investigating their stories. Butterfly : A Grimm Love Story won Best Director and Best Actor awards for both male leads at Festival de Cine de Sitges. A largely neutral exploration of radical, unusual impulses, it offers multi-layered, psychologically complex sketches of two gay men longing to become one. Brief nods to Hansel and Gretel and Nosferatu are served on a colour-drained platter. A disturbing movie about our yearning for complete understanding by and of another person, Butterfly : A Grimm Love Story reminds us that sometimes intimacy is simply a matter of taste. - BP

wednesday 21 nov_21:15 | PGM33 | Imperial

 
Pour Sinclair
Maxime Brouillet | Canada | 2007 | video | 7 min | no dialogue

We love because others exist. There should be no categorical imperative for love of any kind. A poetic ode to the freedom of touch and emotion.

tuesday 20 nov_19:00 | PGM27 | ONF_NFB
Également dans ce programme : Chimère, From the Archives of Video Populaire, Invisible Son, It's About Time, Un mariage comme les autres, The One About Icarus, O My God!, Sans statut, Silent Subjects Surface, Le match, La sortie


 
Solace
Michaline Babich | U.S.A. | 2007 | video | 14 min | english

An online hookup illuminates the complexities of a domestic relationship.

wednesday 21 nov_17:00 | PGM30 | Imperial
Également dans ce programme : Surveillance


 
Black Men and Me
Michéle Clarke | Canada | 2006 | video | 6 min | english

A woman explores her position as a Trinidadian dyke and her complex relationship with black men.

friday 23 nov_21:00 | PGM45 | ONF_NFB
Également dans ce programme : Dedicated to Rebelsexuals, Gender Trouble, Lucy and Those Eyes, Trannymal, The Perfect Man, The Gendercator, The Boyschoir of Lesbos in New Shoes


 
Triple X Selects: The Best of Lezploitation
Michelle Johnson | U.S.A. | 2006 | video | 47 min | english

When it comes to, ahem, “erotic cinema,” we all want to fast-forward to the good parts… and in The Best of Lezploitation, Michelle Johnson has done the work for us. All-natural breasts, contrived acting, terrible wigs, flower-power clothing and cringe-worthy plot devices abound in this montage of explicit film clips from ‘60s and ‘70s “lesbian” soft-core porn – heavy on the bouncing bosoms, light on the believability. Set to a groovy soundtrack, the excerpts provide a cornucopia of classic pseudo-Sapphic scenes at their cheesy best: female inmates dropping the soap in the communal shower… lesbian vampires feasting on their nubile prey… nuns overcome with sacrilegious desire. Special treats include over-the-top Russian and German accents, peeled cucumbers, the shocking consumption of alcohol and marijuana, and “scientific” commentary from an old-school documentary on lesbianism. Enjoy a trip through the glory days of girlie film! – AZ

saturday 24 nov_21:00 | PGM60 | J.A. de Seve
Également dans ce programme : Bonne Bourre, Give Piece of Ass a Chance, In Search of the Wild Kingdom, This Is the Girl, My Girl 2012, Pig Heart


 
The Boyschoir of Lesbos in New Shoes
Moynan King | Canada | 2007 | video | 5 min | english

A city symphony starring Toronto’s divine Boyschoir of Lesbos.

friday 23 nov_21:00 | PGM45 | ONF_NFB
Également dans ce programme : Black Men and Me, Dedicated to Rebelsexuals, Gender Trouble, Lucy and Those Eyes, Trannymal, The Perfect Man, The Gendercator


 
D'ici et d'ailleurs
Nada Raphael | Canada | 2007 | video | 84 min | french | s-t.a_en

If some of the faces in D’ici et d’ailleurs look familiar, it may be that you’ve seen them on the street or perhaps even in the audience at image+nation. Local filmmaker Nada Raphael has crafted a riveting documentary work that explores the lives of numerous Montreal-based women of colour - lesbian, bisexual and two-spirited - who face an array of challenges at the crossroads of culture, race, queerness and identity. Speaking in both English and French, these women reflect a vast diversity of experiences, with stories ranging from warm and encouraging to genuinely appalling: from immigration difficulties to family struggles to persecution and violence. Raphael refuses to rely on stereotypes and trite analogies, choosing instead to focus on the nuances of each woman’s perspective to clearly convey the texture and range of their lived experience and preserve all their thought-provoking contrasts. The eloquent women who bring this forthright film to life will educate and no doubt inspire as much with their courage in the face of adversity as with their everyday lives. -AZ

saturday 24 nov_15:00 | PGM51 | ONF_NFB

 
Murder's a Drag
Nick Poteri | Australia | 2005 | video | 8 min | english

Who’s killing Brisbane’s drag queens? In this delicious mockumentary we get to the bottom of it.

sunday 25 nov_15:00 | PGM62 | Imperial
Également dans ce programme : A Four Letter Word


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A Jihad for Love
Parvez Sharma | USA/ UK/ FR/ GER/ AU | 2007 | video | 81 min | multilingual | s-t.a_en

“If the One above forgives you, then the world has no right to judge you.” Parvez Sharma’s A Jihad of Love is the first full-length documentary about devout gay and lesbian Muslims. From the Cairo 52 trial to the relatively liberal Islamic Republic of Turkey, he explodes myths and stereotypes about Islam perpetuated by a Western media focused on fundamentalists. Sharma challenges historically-driven interpretations of the stories of Lut, Gomorrah and Sodom, and clarifies the meaning of the frequently misinterpreted word jihad. From a lesbian couple living in Paris to a gay father and imam in South Africa, Sharma depicts Islam’s diversity and richness, and the moving struggles of our courageous Muslim LGBT brothers and sisters worldwide. Produced by Sandi Dubowski (Trembling Before G-D), Sharma’s astonishing debut was 6 years in the making and shot in 9 languages and 12 countries. A haunting, timely documentary that resonates with our current preoccupations with accommodements raisonnables and Islamophobia, Sharma’s film perhaps represents his own jihad ul-nafs. Sharma reminds us that Islam means submission unto a law of mercy, and that there is no substitute for love, be it that of a same-sex partner – or Allah. – BP

sunday 25 nov_19:00 | PGM67a | J.A. de Seve
Également dans ce programme : Aly M


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King Size
Patrick Maurin | France | 2007 | video | 60 min | french

After 10 years of happily-married life, are Nicolas (Claude Yan) and Vincent (Laurent Artufel) ready to risk familial acceptance and societal prejudices – again? Both connoisseurs of mattress parties, they soon find themselves in a sexy sandwich with hottie poli-sci student Gabriel (Jonathan Burteaux). A how-to for gay men surviving a tough housing market and exploring alternatives to coupledom, King Size is a rousing romp through the ins and outs of the science of sleep! Full of casual choreography and fromage-y goodness soundtrack, Patrick Maurin’s light-hearted musical crosses La Cage Aux Folles with Rent (albeit without those pesky bread-and-butter social issues). Eric Melville’s infectious tunes and easy lyrics breeze through all the pressing issues of life in gay Paree (apartment searches, moving, shopping and threesomes with doe-eyed twinks). Bollywood meets camp in this musical where size matters as much as love in the search for the ultimate mattress. – BP

saturday 24 nov_19:00 | PGM55 | Imperial
Également dans ce programme : Antoine (Anthony), Serene Hunter


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Milonga Gay
Paul Chernosky | Argentina | 2006 | video | 5 min | spanish | s-t.a_en

Stunning dancers with fiery footwear create an atmospheric mix at La Marshal, “the first gay tango hall in all the world” and the Buenos Aires’ hot spot for tangled limbs and smouldering looks.

sunday 18 nov_15:00 | PGM13 | Imperial
Également dans ce programme : Oh Happy Day


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Surveillance
Paul Oremland | U.K. | 2007 | video | 86 min | english

Adam, a computer science instructor at a luxurious private school, beds and boozes his way through London’s vibrant gay scene after work. Following another tryst-and-shout encounter with a beautiful stranger, Adam finds himself embroiled in a scandal of possibly royal proportions. After being dredged from the Thames, Adam discovers his fatal trick was the debonair Jake Raven, a high-society photographer – and estranged son of a Fleet Street media magnate. A prime suspect, Adam enlists his ex-girlfriend, his father – and a mysterious confidant, as his shadowy enemies become increasingly violent. Artfully dodging constant surveillance and death threats, Adam evolves from watched to watcher – but can Adam evade his pursuers long enough to prove his innocence? A brisk, enervating treat for queer conspiracy enthusiasts and royal watchers, Paul Oremland’s post-7/7 London riffs off BBC’s runaway hit series, Spooks. Melding cinéma-vérité techniques and surveillance footage with contemporary themes, Oremland adroitly captures a Britain where a tradition of fair play and stiff upper lips is undermined by a pervasive sense of paranoia. – BP

wednesday 21 nov_17:00 | PGM30 | Imperial
Également dans ce programme : Solace


 
Outing Riley
Pete Jones | U.S.A. | 2004 | video | 86 min | english

Bobby Riley (writer and director Pete Jones) is a good old Irish Catholic boy from Chicago. A meat’n’potatoes, beer’n’baseball man’s man just like his three brothers. Well, maybe he’s a different type of man’s man - Bobby is gay. Bobby has kept his sexuality from his militantly straight brothers: fun-loving Luke, married porn addict Connor and no-nonsense eldest brother Jack, who is a priest. Only sister Maggie, a lawyer, knows the truth. Although Bobby lives with his boyfriend Andy (MAD TV’s Michael McDonald), he has maintained a fake relationship with lesbian friend Carly for five years that, ‘like most peoples’ real relationships, is based on lies and no sex.’ But now that his parents are both dead, his sister is pressuring him to drop the charade and tell his brothers. After Bobby finally decides to come out of the closet, his brothers all think he is joking. When it becomes clear that he is not kidding around, his siblings each have decidedly different reactions and, it turns out, are hiding some secrets of their own. Director Jones has produced a film that deftly balances humour and real-life drama in a story of honesty, acceptance and the ties that bind. – SF

friday 23 nov_21:15 | PGM44 | Imperial
Également dans ce programme : Hirsute


 
Johan: mon été 1975
Phillipe Valois | France | 1976 | 35mm | 90 min | french

It’s the 70s and the look of love is retro. As charismatic, imprisoned Johan awaits sentencing, queer actor-cinematographer Vallois attempts to recreate their once-passionate romance. He desperately seeks a star to replace his jailed lover, at which point his film becomes a meditation on spontaneous, unbridled sensuality, and interracial romance. Vallois’ newly-restored Johan features the obligatory heterosexual presence and gorgeous bodies in pre-steroidal glory. Although Philippe Vallois’ controversial and ground-breaking film was accepted completely uncensored at Cannes 1976, it was rated X by the France’s censorship board. Before its commercial release, he was forced to remove the beautiful erections and hot fisting scenes that are now staples of porn. Casually referencing films like Genet’s Chant d’Amour and Pasolini’s Teroema, Vallois’ Johan : mon été 1975 combines cinéma-vérité with a frank and unapologetically powerful eroticism. Alternately hilarious and refreshingly sexy, it subverts contemporary tastes and trends in commercial porn. Delightfully irreverent and politically incorrect, Johan : mon été 1975 is a rare treat for both connoisseurs of cinematic history – and porn.

saturday 17 nov_17:00 | PGM07 | Imperial

 
Do Not Bend
Pierre Bonhomme | Canada | 2007 | video | 6 min | english

Sometimes even a monster home in the suburbs isn’t big enough to contain the baggage of one complicated couple.

sunday 18 nov_17:00 | PGM16 | J.A. de Seve
Également dans ce programme : Kate Clinton: 25th Anniversary Tour


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Nina's Heavenly Delights
Pratibha Parmar | U.K. | 2006 | video | 94 min | english

A runaway bride, perfectionist chef Nina Shah (scrumptious Shelley Conn, channelling Katherine Zeta-Jones) returns to Glasgow after an absence of 3 years, to attend her father’s funeral. Aghast that her father’s restaurant is being sold, Nina cooks up a scheme to keep “The New Taj” in old hands, by winning the prestigious “Best of the West” cook-off. Battling familial disapproval and a resentful ex-fiancé, Nina convinces ex-schoolmate and rival Lisa to become her sous-chef. Lisa would like to persuade Nina to become her lover. As the pressure begins to rise between them, will they find a way to merge their quests for curried perfection – and each other? Is there life after chicken chakuti? Marinated in Pratibha Parmar’s (Jodie: An Icon) inimitable style, Nina’s Heavenly Delights is spiced with Bollywood numbers, competitions, fatherly phantoms, interracial romance and delicious subplots. A flick about the importance of taking one’s time in Indian cuisine and love, the documentary filmmaker’s first desi-lesbi feature serves us sublime food porn in the tradition of Bella Martha and No Reservations – with a tamarind twist! – BP

tuesday 20 nov_19:15 | PGM26 | Imperial
Également dans ce programme : Four Feet, Salt


 
I'm Not So Sure the World Deserves Us
Raul Fuentes | Mexico | 2007 | video | 4 min | spanish | s-t.a_en

A pulsating take on The Graduate seen through the eyes of two young Mexican lesbians.

sunday 18 nov_18:45 | PGM18 | J.A. de Seve
Également dans ce programme : Congratulations Daisy Graham, Fine and Dandy, Les corps silencieux, Pariah, Private Life, Un mariage comme les autres


 
My First Time Driving
Rebecca Feldman | U.S.A. | 2007 | video | 18 min | english

Rachel has a new girlfriend, a new driver’s license and is itching to take the wheel. Unfortunately, mom just can’t let go.

saturday 24 nov_13:00 | PGM47 | J.A. de Seve
Également dans ce programme : Team Queen, Sugar Rush, Salt


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Le ciel sur la tête (Times Have Been Better)
Regis Musset | France | 2007 | 35mm | 93 min | french | s-t.a_en

Both delightful and insightful, Le ciel sur la tête introduces us to Rosine (Charlotte de Turckheim) and Guy (brilliantly played by Bernard Le Coq, by turns gruff and urbane), a baby-boomer couple who think of themselves as open-minded liberals. Then one day at Sunday brunch, their successful thirty-something banker son, Jérémy (Arnaud Binard) – always the golden child – tells them he’s moved in with his new boyfriend… and the cracks in their carefully constructed self-image begin to widen. This twist on their rosy visions of a future filled with weddings and grandkids makes it hard to continue ignoring their disappointing careers and their slowly disintegrating marriage. Things begin to fray around the edges; younger brother Robin (Olivier Guéritée) seems to be the only one left with a head on his shoulders, but he’s only 18 so nobody’s listening. In this deft comedic portrayal of a family that’s both rocked by the news and yet fully aware that in this day and age having a gay son should be no big deal, director Régis Musset brings out the lightness of the situation while drawing on the all-too-familiar tensions of a coming-out with unexpected consequences. – AZ

saturday 24 nov_15:00 | PGM49 | Imperial
Également dans ce programme : La sortie


 
Signage
Rick Hammerly | U.S.A. | 2007 | video | 13 min | english

A chance encounter with a young deaf man forces a 41-year-old to face his ambiguous future in today’s youth-obsessed gay world.

friday 16 nov_21:15 | PGM03 | Imperial
Également dans ce programme : Shelter


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2 Minutes Later
Robert Gaston | U.S.A. | 2007 | video | 78 min | english

Robert Gaston’s 2 Minutes Later grabs us immediately with a heart-pounding chase sequence. Kyle Dalmar (Michael Molina), runs for his life, a gunman in blistering pursuit… A fortnight later, his gay twin Michael, arrives in the City of Brotherly Love to solve his brother’s mysterious disappearance. All-too-frequently mistaken for Kyle, it becomes rapidly clear his talented if temperamental brother left a trail of degraded and incensed aspiring models. Kyle teams up with sassy Sapphic sleuth Abigail Marks (the sleek and stunning Jessica Graham). Posing as Michael, he attracts the interest of a familiar gunman. As he trains his sights on them, can this Hardy Bo(d)y next door and slutty Nancy Drew reveal his identity in time? Think The Thin Man (and thinner woman!) Sexy murder-mystery specialist Gaston returns with another nasty-noirish flick, reflecting our full-frontal obsessions with art, lies, and everything underground. As with OpenCam he draws inspiration from pornography’s dangerous demi-monde of fantasy and wish fulfillment. A director interested in filmmaking that appeals to both gay men and lesbians, this queer dick-and-jane show offers acidic dialogue, luscious nudity, and a pumping soundtrack offer! - BP

saturday 24 nov_21:00 | PGM58 | Imperial
Également dans ce programme : Night Falls Fast


 
Two Nights
Rolmar Baldonado | Australia | 2006 | video | 12 min | english

A young man has two very very different one-night stands.

friday 23 nov_19:15 | PGM41 | Imperial
Également dans ce programme : Cowboy Forever, Hard Hat Required, K, Lucky Man, Uropop, Playing With Dolls, Prenuptial Tango, Rock Garden: a Love Story


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Holding Trevor
Rosser Goodman | U.S.A. | 2007 | video | 88 min | english

Sensitive and striking Trevor (scriptwriter Brent Gorski), a telemarketing drone, finds himself in a holding pattern, and craving… something. Trevor is umbilically tied to ex-boyfriend and professional little-boy-lost, Darrell (Christopher Wyllie). He is also tethered to his roommates, pretty cocktail-quaffing Andie (Melissa Searing) and petulant, pouty Jake (Jay Brannan of Shortbus). As Trevor’s groove begins to seem more like a rut, he meets handsome, sweet medical intern Ephram (Eli Kranski) while accompanying hook-up-aholic Jake to another boring L.A. loft party. Meanwhile, Jake recruits his roommates into accompanying him to an HIV test. The roommates host a party to celebrate their HIV negative results, clouded somewhat by Andie’s distraction. Darrell arrives, high on self-destruction, Ephram breaks up with Trevor, and Andie unravels slowly… Featuring an original soundtrack lesbians will love, and incisive, tart writing, director Rosser Goodman’s feature film debut delivers a Portrait of the Young Man in a Quarter-Life Crisis. Holding Trevor is a romantic dramedy for those of us learning that moving forward doesn’t always mean leaving something behind. – BP

thursday 22 nov_21:30 | PGM38 | Imperial
Également dans ce programme : Yeah, No, Definitely


 
My Girl 2012
Safiya Randera | Canada | 2005 | video | 6 min | english

Through a darkly disturbing, eerily voyeuristic lens, the film asks, “can the oppressed become the oppressor?”

saturday 24 nov_21:00 | PGM60 | J.A. de Seve
Également dans ce programme : Bonne Bourre, Give Piece of Ass a Chance, In Search of the Wild Kingdom, Triple X Selects: The Best of Lezploitation, This Is the Girl, Pig Heart


 
You Belong To Me
Sam Zalutsky | U.S.A. | 2006 | video | 83min | english

Referencing Edgar Allan Poe, You Belong to Me draws from a rich pedigree of suspense and horror. Dumped by his lover, Jeffrey arranges a fresh start in a new apartment. What begins as a sexy domestic drama turns into something else entirely once it becomes apparent that the rot eating at his hardwood floors is symbolic of an evil infecting the entire building. What happened to the former tenant? Is Jeffrey really the milquetoast he seems, or does that placid surface hide a murkier agenda? The motherly landlady, Gladys tries to provide a homey atmosphere but the threat of violence lurks ominously under her surface tranquility. Daniel Sauli injects just the right note of courteous obsession into the role of Jeffrey, and Patti D’Arbanville is terrific as the politely intrusive Gladys. But the nonstop suspense that takes over in the film’s third act is the film’s true star. Revenge is a dish best served cold, and the chilling terror of Sam Zalutsky’s debut film, You Belong to Me will keep you glued to the edge of your seat. - FL

sunday 25 nov_17:00 | PGM65 | Imperial

 
Hard Hat Required
Samara Halperin | U.S.A. | 2006 | video | 3 min | english

Hard Hat Required takes the phrase “under construction” to a whole new level.

friday 23 nov_19:15 | PGM41 | Imperial
Également dans ce programme : Cowboy Forever, K, Lucky Man, Uropop, Two Nights, Playing With Dolls, Prenuptial Tango, Rock Garden: a Love Story


 
I Want to be a Secretary
Sarah Wood | U.K. | 2006 | video | 12 min | english

A career girl’s adventures in the typing pool.

saturday 17 nov_19:00 | PGM08 | Imperial
Également dans ce programme : Itty Bitty Titty Committee


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Sugar Rush
Sean Grundy | U.K. | 2006 | video | 75 min | english

This award-winning British TV series explores the world of Kim and her earth-shattering lust for the gorgeous and sassy Maria Sweet, otherwise known as Sugar. Kim also has to contend with her dysfunctional, embarrassing family – a mini-freak for a brother, an obsessively house-proud dad and a mum who’s behaving as if she’s the 15-year-old. Each episode is a different journey inside Kim’s world as her wry observations take us into the mind of a screwed up, loved up, lustful adolescent experiencing the bright lights of Brighton and the rush of forbidden love for the first time. With her trusty electric toothbrush in hand and plenty of booze, drugs and bad behaviour, Kim has become a beloved anti-heroine for young British dykes – and Sugar their hard-to-get, petty criminal heartthrob. Sugar Rush is a riotous exploration of what it means to be young, horny and queer in 21st-century Britain. – SF

saturday 24 nov_13:00 | PGM47 | J.A. de Seve
Également dans ce programme : My First Time Driving, Team Queen, Salt


 
Clandestinos
Sergio Cabrera | Spain | 2004 | video | 6 min | spanish | s-t.a_en

How does one mourn a lover who was kept secret? Set after the Madrid train bombing, Clandestinos is an affecting meditation on love and loss.

thursday 22 nov_19:15 | PGM36 | Imperial
Également dans ce programme : Avant que j’oublie


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The World Unseen
Shamim Sarif | U.K. | 2007 | 35mm | 99 min | english

As the brutal institutions and tools of apartheid begin to solidify in Cape Town, feisty Amina’s (Sheetal Sheth) Location Café is an oasis for social outcasts: a black waitress, a “coloured” business partner, Jacob (a nuanced performance by David Dennis) and a white postmistress Madeleine (graceful Grethe Fox). Braving unjust laws and frequent police incursions, Amina is thunderstruck upon meeting a demure, decidedly married mother, Miriam (Lisa Ray of Bollywood, Hollywood, Water). Although Miriam manages to subdue her fascination with unconventional Amina, she finds herself slowly confronting familiar and familial constraints. As Jacob and Madeleine start a tentative affair, Amina begins giving Miriam driving lessons with potentially liberating consequences… A blend of Baghdad Café and Driving Miss Daisy, author and first-time director Shamim Sarif’s assured direction reveals how very little distinguishes familial obligation from political repression and self-imposed inhibitions, without being heavily moralizing or preachy. A film about savouring bittersweet triumphs as one’s personal and public decency and dignity face continuous outrage, The World Unseen reminds us resistance isn’t always futile and is, paradoxically, sometimes the only thing which makes us gloriously visible. – BP

friday 16 nov_21:00 | PGM04 | J.A. de Seve

 
In Search of the Wild Kingdom
Shine Louise Houston | U.S.A. | 2007 | video | 75 min | english

Described as a “pomo-homo-docu-mockumentary,” In Search of the Wild Kingdom is Shine Louise Houston’s latest contribution to the world of drippingly delicious by-dyke, for-dyke porn. The premise: Georgia Mann, a documentary filmmaker, decides she needs to uncover the mysteries of lesbian mating rituals, so she sets out to shoot her new film, Lesbians of San Francisco. She drags her trusty crew into bars and bedrooms in an effort to secretly record the activities of her chosen prey. Of course, the whole operation creates a fantastic opportunity for her, and us, to watch gorgeous dykes of every description in full-on glorious action. – AZ

saturday 24 nov_21:00 | PGM60 | J.A. de Seve
Également dans ce programme : Bonne Bourre, Give Piece of Ass a Chance, Triple X Selects: The Best of Lezploitation, This Is the Girl, My Girl 2012, Pig Heart


 
A Jihad for Love
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sunday 25 nov_17:00 | PGM67 | J.A. de Seve

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The Houseboy
Spencer Schilly | U.S.A. | 2007 | video | video | english

A film ostensibly about a ménage à trois going wrong, The Houseboy matures into a poignant story of a young boy lost in a teenage wasteland. Awakening cosily between DJ (Brian Patacca) and Simon (Tom Merlino), college dropout Ricky (Nick May) discovers that he might become a redundant party. As the couple head to L.A. for a two-week Christmas vacation, Ricky is adrift in Astoria, depressed and lonely, the designated house-sitter for their menagerie of rescued animals. Abandoned by family, friends and lovers, he craves real friendship and intimacy - but finds only anonymous encounters and orgies with callous, drug-fuelled, sexy men – who bluntly tell him to get help. Can his casual friendship with Blake (Blake Young-Fountain) an intriguing social worker forestall his suicidal tendencies? Spencer Schilly’s extraordinary film both panders to and parodies gay men and their fixation with drugs, sex and youth. Naturalistic, subtle performances encourage us to empathize with his protagonists, and complement his compassionate if uncompromising depiction of life’s harsh realities. Schilly appears to indict a culture obsessed with instant gratification and superficial pleasures, and the emptiness that haunts such trivial pursuits. – BP

monday 19 nov_17:00 | PGM20 | Imperial
Également dans ce programme : Life #2


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Family Reunion (Godir Gestir)
Stephanie Perdomo | Iceland | 2007 | video | 21min | lcelandic | s-t.a_en

New-York based hipster, Katrin returns to her native Iceland for her grandfather’s birthday, carrying a secret she doesn’t know how to share. But she’s the one who’s in fro a surprise in this whimsical tale of family secrets.

saturday 24 nov_19:00 | PGM57 | J.A. de Seve
Également dans ce programme : Tick Tock Lullaby


 
Prada Handbag
Stuart Vauvert | Australia | 2006 | video | 22 min | english

What’s a girl to do when a rare hair-loss condition leaves her with an obsession for zany wigs and make-up? Become a drag queen, of course!

saturday 24 nov_17:00 | PGM54 | J.A. de Seve
Également dans ce programme : #01 hygienist, Do You Know That Bad Girls Go To Hell?, Doll-Like, Fem, Godspeed, Memory's Paradigm


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Mommy Mommy
Sylvie Rosenthal | Canada | 2007 | video | 43 min | english

Although Quebec was Canada’s first province to legalize the adoption of children by same-sex couples, many systemic barriers remain firmly entrenched. Mommy Mommy chronicles the extraordinary lengths undertaken by highly successful commercial musicians Linda and Mona (of Falling Grace fame) to have a child. From home inseminations, negotiating with international adoption organizations, battling the Secrétariat à l’adoption internationale (S.A.I.), and filing complaints with the Quebec Human Rights Commission, how ever will Linda and Mona succeed? A frank and touching portrayal of their heartbreak and triumphs, Mommy Mommy is filled with lawyers, social workers - and loving lesbian parents. It offers hope to Quebec’s LGBT families, who face continuing economic and social discrimination around issues of adoption and parenting. Mommy Mommy features interviews with Hélène Zylberszac (who won a human rights case against the Royal Victoria Hospital’s fertility clinic for refusing to inseminate her), and award-winning author and noted wit Anne-Marie MacDonald wryly observing that “Stephen Harper wants me.” – BP

sunday 18 nov_11:00 | PGM11 | J.A. de Seve
Également dans ce programme : Dialogue sur l'homoparentalité (Dialogue for Gay Parenting)


 
Salomé
Téo Hernandez | France | 1976 | 16mm | 65 min | french

Mexican-born filmmaker Téo Hernandez settled in Paris in 1976, where he lived and worked until his death from AIDS in 1993. It was also in 1976 that he conjured his beautiful Salomé, a dream-like re-vision of the religious content, Orientalist iconography, and gender politics of the Biblical legend. The film heralded the emergence of a new movement in French experimental filmmaking, dubbed “l’École du corps” (“the School of the Body”). Comprised largely of gay and lesbian filmmakers working in Super 8, this movement approached themes of the body and desire in lush and original ways. Salomé exemplifies the powerfully operatic quality of many of the films, a quality seldom associated with Super 8 before or since. The importance of Hernandez’s body of work to France’s cultural heritage is now well established, yet his films are seldom exhibited outside of the country. This special screening of Salomé, in a 16-mm blow-up print of the Super 8 original, is a rare opportunity for audiences west of the Atlantic to experience the poetic vision of this eminent filmmaker. Programmer Greg Youmans will be on hand to discuss the film’s history, l’École du corps, and challenges now facing queer work in Super 8.

sunday 18 nov_15:00 | PGM14 | J.A. de Seve

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Le héros de la famille
Thierry Klifa | France/Italy | 2007 | 35mm | 103 min | french | s-t.a_en

Patriarch Gabriel Stern (Claude Brasseur) has been running “The Blue Parrot,” a nightclub in scenic Nice. Having performed as “Gabriella” for over 40 years, an exhausted Gabriel asks his fellow performer, faded magician Nicky (Gérard Lanvin) to close up the nightclub for him, and goes home. The next morning, Nicky receives difficult news: Gabriel died in his sleep. At the reading of the will, Nicky is stunned when his godchildren by different partners, women’s magazine editor Marianne (Géraldine Pailhas) and guppie accountant Nino (Michael Cohen) inherit The Blue Parrot. Marianne and Nino almost immediately, and despite strenuous objections from Nicky, put the cabaret up for sale. As complex relationships unravel and hidden histories come to light, can hard-luck Nicky, haunted by Gabriel’s imploring ghost, forestall its demise? Thierry Klifa’s heart-warming, sharply-written masterpiece about second chances in stage lives. A radiant Miou-Miou (Simone) and a typically insouciant Catherine Deneuve (Alice) headline this star-studded cast as feuding ex-spouses. Emmanuel Béart’s breathy singing and pouty presence binds an intergenerational melodramedy about families in flux – and where sometimes even the straight people end up being queerer than folk! – BP

saturday 17 nov_13:00 | PGM05 | Imperial

 
Working it Out
Tim Hunter | Australia | 2007 | video | 7 min | english

Can monogamy withstand the temptations of the gym? Working it out might not be that easy.

sunday 25 nov_17:00 | PGM66 | ONF_NFB
Également dans ce programme : Le match, Hullabaloo (Raballder)


 
Do You Know That Bad Girls Go To Hell?
Tom de Pekin | France | 2005 | video | 4 min | no dialogue

This debauched animation shows you how they do it.

saturday 24 nov_17:00 | PGM54 | J.A. de Seve
Également dans ce programme : #01 hygienist, Doll-Like, Fem, Godspeed, Prada Handbag, Memory's Paradigm


 
Gender Trouble
Tom de Pekin | France | 2005 | video | 4 min | no dialogue

The title says it all!

friday 23 nov_21:00 | PGM45 | ONF_NFB
Également dans ce programme : Black Men and Me, Dedicated to Rebelsexuals, Lucy and Those Eyes, Trannymal, The Perfect Man, The Gendercator, The Boyschoir of Lesbos in New Shoes


 
I Don't Want to Sleep Alone (Hei Yan Quan)
Tsai Ming-ling | Taiwan/France/Austria | 2006 | 35mm | 115 min | thai/malay/mandarin/bengali | s-t.a_en

Attacked by street hustlers, a wounded Hsiao-Kang is rescued by some Bangladeshi workers. Rawang (Malaysian sensation Norman bin Atun), derives consolation from nursing him, sleeping close to him on a mattress retrieved from a dumpster. In a parallel story, disgruntled waitress Chyi (Chen Shiang-Chyi) cares for her female boss’s paralyzed son. As Hsiao-Kang gradually recovers, he finds himself a conductor for the repressed longings of the boss, Chyi and Rawang. A mysterious haze envelops Kuala Lumpur; Attributed variously to immigrants burning garbage inderground or Indonesian forest fires, something is certainly smouldering between our protagonists… Controversial director Tsai Ming-Liang shows us, in gritty details, unsettling truths about bodies in motion and rest. Initially banned in his native Malaysia, his hypnotic, directorial style eloquently captures the plight of displaced minorities with unflinching honesty. A film about unexpected pleasures in unlikely places, it features a rich multilingual soundtrack against a lean script. Abandoned construction sites, and derelict alleys are infused with a subversive, subtle eroticism in this film about the hardscrabble lives of migrant workers suspended between helplessness and hope. - BP

sunday 18 nov_17:00 | PGM15 | Imperial

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Katzenball
Veronika Minder | Switzerland | 2005 | 35mm | 87 min | german/french | s-t.a_en

Beginning with perky Samira Zingaro at Pride, Veronika Minder’s Katzenball is an intergenerational exploration of lesbians living and loving, some before they had even heard of the ‘L’ word, or matched it to their own feelings. Meet femme urbanista Johanna Berends, silver-haired butch photographer Liva Tresch, Birkenstock-solid feminist Heidi Oberli and fashion designer, vampy Ursula Rodel. From its boho underground roots, kaffee klatschen, to its burgeoning, countercultural and lesbian-feminist revolutions, contemporary international political and social upheavals inevitably began to resonate at home. As these courageous women grapple with the Roaring Twenties, National Socialism, and 80s hair, their frank, touching witness spells out the love that didn’t always dare to speak its name. Deftly weaving archival footage, interviews and rare excerpts from popular Swiss cinema, Minder’s entertaining, revealing Swiss herstory is an outstanding contribution to both its genre – and image+nation’s excellent documentary programme. A moving tribute to dykes whose hard-won victories have been translated into both the airbrushed superficiality of lesbian soap-operas and same-sex marriage, Katzenball reminds us how fragile such freedoms are – and how much can be lost within a generation. – BP

saturday 24 nov_13:00 | PGM48 | ONF_NFB

 
La sortie
Vincent Champagne | Canada | 2007 | video | 8 min | french

A traffic jam serves as the backdrop for a different kind of father-son talk.

saturday 24 nov_15:00 | PGM49 | Imperial
Également dans ce programme : Le ciel sur la tête (Times Have Been Better)


 
La sortie
Vincent Champagne | Canada | 2007 | video | 8 min | french

A traffic jam serves as the backdrop for a different kind of father-son talk.

tuesday 20 nov_19:00 | PGM27 | ONF_NFB
Également dans ce programme : Chimère, From the Archives of Video Populaire, Invisible Son, It's About Time, Un mariage comme les autres, The One About Icarus, O My God!, Pour Sinclair, Sans statut, Silent Subjects Surface, Le match


 
Chimère
Yen-Chao Lin | Canada | 2006 | video | 6 min | no dialogue

Set in a parallel world, this fragmented visual poem explores the quest for sexual identity self-representation and perception.

tuesday 20 nov_19:00 | PGM27 | ONF_NFB
Également dans ce programme : From the Archives of Video Populaire, Invisible Son, It's About Time, Un mariage comme les autres, The One About Icarus, O My God!, Pour Sinclair, Sans statut, Silent Subjects Surface, Le match, La sortie


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L'homme de sa vie
Zabou Breitman | France/Italy | 2006 | 35mm | 144 min | french | s-t.a_en

Frédéric and his wife spend every summer vacation with the couple’s large family in their rustic Provence home. One evening, the two invite their new, openly gay neighbour to dinner. An immediate intimate connection develops between the two men, despite – or because of – Hugo’s candidness about his homosexuality. Frédéric and his new friend share a dusk-to-dawn conversation that leaves the happily married man doubting his own sexuality and reflecting upon the path his life has taken. Remarkably, two women, director/co-writer Zabou Brietman and co-writer Agnes de Sacy have created an insightful, unsentimental film that explores the ways men think about themselves, other men, relationships, sex, family responsibility and emotional commitment. With its dreamy flow, audacious sense of humour and terrific lead performances from Bernard Campan and Charles Berling, L’homme de sa vie deliciously seduces with its many joys. – OF

sunday 25 nov_13:00 | PGM61 | Imperial

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Spider Lilies (Ci Qing)
Zero Chou | Taiwan | 2007 | 35mm | 98min | mandarin | s-t.a_en

------ A professional tattooist, Takeko’s austere routine of caring for brother and work is disrupted when bubbly, childlike Jade (Taiwanese actress/pop-starlet Rainie Yang) enters her studio. Believing tattoos would spice up her soft-porn webcam performances, Jade’s memories of unrequited passion are triggered by a golden spider lilies’ design, which symbolize love to Jade. For Takeko, however, the design has a darker significance. A cautious flirtation between feisty femme Jade and softly butch Takeko evokes memories of a seismic event… Flashbacks reveal an intricate web of absentee parents, family guilt and repressed memories. Can Takeko overcome her attachment to a tragic past to reclaim their future? Powerful myths and traditions and complex yet subtle emotional portraits mould a unique story of paradise lost – and possibly regained. Brilliant performances, piquant subplots and magic have ensured Spider Lilies a place among Taiwan’s top-grossing films. A fluid cinematic style and light CGI touches gently warp the divisions between imagination and reality. A lesbian Ang Lee, Chou’s (Butterfly, Splendid Float) high-profile, hypnotic Spider Lilies garnered the Berlinale’s Teddy Award for Best Queer Film. – BP

friday 23 nov_21:00 | PGM46 | J.A. de Seve

 
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