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Mulligans
Chip Hale | Canada | 2008 | video | 92 min | english

Best friends Chase (actor/writer Charlie David, Dante’s Cove) and suspiciously straight Tyler (Derek Baynham) are spending the summer together with Tyler’s golf-obsessed, perfect family. After he comes out, Chase risks losing Tyler’s friendship – but ... [+]

Best friends Chase (actor/writer Charlie David, Dante’s Cove) and suspiciously straight Tyler (Derek Baynham) are spending the summer together with Tyler’s golf-obsessed, perfect family. After he comes out, Chase risks losing Tyler’s friendship – but finds a surprising ally in Tyler’s father Nathan (Dan Payne). However, as Chase and Nathan putt around each other, one man’s coming-out inspires an older man’s sexual awakening. Meanwhile, Nathan’s wife Stacy (Queer as Folk alumna Thea Gill), is distracted from the distance between them, by daughter Birdie’s fascination with her female tennis coach… and her interest in piercing and vegetarianism. Will Chase and Nathan’s blossoming tee-off for two circumvent the sand traps of true love? Set amid the casual, polite homophobia of the upper middle class, this ambitious queer retelling of The Graduate is a fresh and multilayered take on the coming-out genre. With grace and sensitivity, director Chip Dale has made a gorgeous film about second chances and the links of life and love. [-]

thursday 20 nov_20:00 | PGM 01 | Imperial
Also in this program : Une robe blanche


 
Une robe blanche
Dominic Goyer | Canada | 2007 | 35mm | 11 min | french | s-t.a_en

Within the troubled world that is the family, are we always the people we appear to be? ... [+]

Within the troubled world that is the family, are we always the people we appear to be? [-]

thursday 20 nov_20:00 | PGM 01 | Imperial
Also in this program : Mulligans



 
Saturno contro (Saturn in Opposition)
Ferzan Ozpetek | Italy | 2007 | 35mm | 110 min | italian | s-t.a_en

A dinner invitation to gorgeous newbie Paolo illuminates long-standing fault lines and fissures in an apparently airtight circle of friends. Angelica and Antonio are haunted by infidelity, as bitchy and bossy Neval berates her ... [+]

A dinner invitation to gorgeous newbie Paolo illuminates long-standing fault lines and fissures in an apparently airtight circle of friends. Angelica and Antonio are haunted by infidelity, as bitchy and bossy Neval berates her docile husband Roberto. Meanwhile, hedonistic and high-strung Roberta is hostage to addiction and astrology, and Sergio remains a cynical and sulky commentator on his blended family’s interactions. Oblivious to the simmering tensions within, Lorenzo, fairytale partner to successful author Davide, idealistically wants “… things as they are now, forever.” Little does Lorenzo suspect that a Saturn opposition will threaten the safety and stability of his ersatz family… Ferzan Ozpetek’s Saturno contro returns to familiar territory: Characters struggling to understand each other and themselves amidst tragic events. Ozpetek favourites Stefano Accorsi, Margherita Buy and Serra Yilmaz elegantly shepherd this intimate and intricate ensemble piece that echoes his magnificent Le Fate ignoranti. Saturno contro presents an empathetic and moving appeal for the official recognition of same-sex partnerships in an intensely conservative Italy. [-]

friday 21 nov_19:00 | PGM 02 | Imperial


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Drifting Flowers (Piao Lang Qing Chun)
Zero Chou | Taiwan | 2008 | video | 96 min | taiwanese | s-t.a_en

Although Jing, a beautiful masseuse-cum-singer finds love with her butch accompanist Chalkie/ Deigo, her eight-year-old sister Meigo threatens to wreck their budding alternative family. As Lily struggles with her memories of loss and love a ... [+]

Although Jing, a beautiful masseuse-cum-singer finds love with her butch accompanist Chalkie/ Deigo, her eight-year-old sister Meigo threatens to wreck their budding alternative family. As Lily struggles with her memories of loss and love a childhood friend reappears, devastated by a recent breakup. A risqué celebration inspires a spicy initiation behind steamy windows – and a fragile identity blossoms beneath bound breasts. Drifting Flowers is a loosely-related trilogy of stories about the infinite power of love to find us wherever we are. Another instalment of her proposed series of six queer-themed films, lesbian director Zero Chou (Spider Lilies) confronts aging, butch-femme identities, heterosexism, HIV and violence. Drifting Flowers occasionally threatens to derail itself, but its Dogme 95 ambience, emotional integrity and thematic variety keeps us on the right track. Criticised for portraying butchfemme stereotypes, Drifting Flowers steadfastly refuses to airbrush and nail-varnish them for mainlining by L-Word addicted mainstream audiences. Blending art-house and commercial values that characterise Taiwanese cinema, Chou’s laissez-faire meditation on sexual identity, perhaps reflects Taiwan’s own delicate political transition. [-]

friday 21 nov_19:15 | PGM 03 | J.A. de Seve


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Antarctica
Yair Hochner | Israel | 2008 | video | 110 min | hebrew | s-t.a_en

Gay siblings Omer and Shirley both share larger concerns than Shoshanna (Israeli drag super-nova Yoam Huberman), their overbearing if well-meaning “Jewish mother from hell.” Edging precipitously towards thirty, Omer is desperately seeking love, and while ... [+]

Gay siblings Omer and Shirley both share larger concerns than Shoshanna (Israeli drag super-nova Yoam Huberman), their overbearing if well-meaning “Jewish mother from hell.” Edging precipitously towards thirty, Omer is desperately seeking love, and while Shirley has scored the hottest woman in Tel Aviv, settling into steady orbit doesn’t feel right. Meanwhile, hunky Boaz is unnerved when two differentlybeautiful men interrupt his relentless one-nightstanding. Omer’s friend, the hook-up-aholic Miki meets the hypnotic Ronen. Be it coincidence or intelligent design, nothing short of a Big Bang will reorganize this galaxy of (slightly) confused and (significantly) good-looking shooting stars of both sexes! Yair Hochner’s Antarctica boldly continues the Israeli tradition of delivering raunchy, realistic and stirring sex in this light-hearted queer tribute to Michael Winterbottom’s Wonderland. Unlike Good Boys and last year’s controversial smash hit, The Bubble, Hochner’s cinematic universe shifts its focus to domestic and interpersonal politics. Accompanied by a soul-searching soundtrack for your inner dyke or emo-boy, Antarctica is a guaranteed heart-warming late autumn thrill. [-]

friday 21 nov_21:30 | PGM 04 | Imperial


 
Dolls (Pusinsky)
Karin Babinskŕ | Czech Republic | 2007 | video | 99 min | czech | s-t.a_en

Marooned and miserable at a stultifying camp, introverted Iška is rescued by her bosom buddies kittenish Karolina, and vacillating Vendula, for a summer of love – or whatever. A once air-tight camaraderie will be ... [+]

Marooned and miserable at a stultifying camp, introverted Iška is rescued by her bosom buddies kittenish Karolina, and vacillating Vendula, for a summer of love – or whatever. A once air-tight camaraderie will be tested by adolescent agendas and egos, and aggravated further by alcohol and hormones. Karolina and Vendula devolve into boy-crazy rivals, potentially courting tragedy. Meanwhile, Iška is slowly but surely coming to her Sapphic senses – despite the constant proxyparenting of Vojta, her pesky younger brother. Dolls is an edgy, intelligent and unpredictable Czech version of the Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants – frequently sans pants! As with Legaturi Bolnavicioase (Romania) and Disi Duboko (Serbia), Dolls, Czech director Karin Babinská’s daring and darkly comic debut feature reflects the open and vibrant culture of queer film-making taking root in Eastern Europe. Her calm, confident direction unleashes bold performances, and breathes new life into the stagnant road-movie genre. An explicit and unstinting examination of the teenage wasteland, where coming-of-age and coming out are cosily nested amidst a host of hot-button issues. [-]

friday 21 nov_21:30 | PGM 05 | J.A. de Seve
Also in this program : I Heart Veronica Martin


 
I Heart Veronica Martin
Sarah Howard | U.S.A | 2007 | video | 19 min | english

High school outcast, Darby befriends Veronica, the All-American cheerleader in this tale of whishing (and getting) what you want. ... [+]

High school outcast, Darby befriends Veronica, the All-American cheerleader in this tale of whishing (and getting) what you want. [-]

friday 21 nov_21:30 | PGM 05 | J.A. de Seve
Also in this program : Dolls (Pusinsky)



 
Sa raison d'ętre
Renaud Bertrand | France | 2008 | video | 200 min | french | s-t.a_en

Over Christmas vacation in 1980, Nicolas (Michaël Cohen) meets Bruno (Nicolas Gob, Un amour ŕ taire), his sister Isabelle’s current squeeze – and realizes he would “do anything for this guy.” Thus begins a ... [+]

Over Christmas vacation in 1980, Nicolas (Michaël Cohen) meets Bruno (Nicolas Gob, Un amour ŕ taire), his sister Isabelle’s current squeeze – and realizes he would “do anything for this guy.” Thus begins a saga spanning two tumultuous decades where a mysterious disease unleashes mayhem in the age of Mitterrand. A daring and unusual family must come together to redefine the boundaries of family and friendship, while surmounting the barriers of class, race and sexual orientation. Sa raison d’ętre is relative unknown Renaud Betrand’s loving recreation of an era dominated by homophobic Vichy-era laws, intransigent governments, Line Renaud, Sidaction, tainted blood scandals and terrorism. Lush and starstudded, Betrand’s television masterpiece is as timely and urgent as the drug-resistant strains of HIV challenging today’s message-resistant LGBT youth. Hailed as the French version of Angels in America for the text generation, Sa raison d’ętre is essential viewing in this intergenerational struggle with a devastating affliction. [-]

saturday 22 nov_13:30 | PGM 06 | Imperial


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Sikil (Unspoken Passion)
Roni Bertubin | Philippines | 2007 | 35mm | 107 min | tagalog | s-t.a_en

Abandoned churches, rural religious festivals and sleazy tourist-oriented strip joints are the backdrop for this tale about the enduring bonds of friendship and label-free love. Enzo finds respite from his brutal, homophobic father in ... [+]

Abandoned churches, rural religious festivals and sleazy tourist-oriented strip joints are the backdrop for this tale about the enduring bonds of friendship and label-free love. Enzo finds respite from his brutal, homophobic father in his fast friendship with neighbour and schoolmate, Adong. However, can a friendship that survives circumcision also weather Adong’s romance with the winsome Melay, and his eventual move to Manila? A five-year separation ensues after which Adong and Enzo are reunited in Manila’s thriving sex trade. As Adong battles unscrupulous clients, landlords and pimpresarios, both Enzo and he form a fragile new family… An impressive debut, Bertubin’s reserved direction weaves extended flashbacks and naturalistic performances into a compelling homage to Lino Brocka’s ground-breaking Macho Dancer. Peppered with Pinoy pin-up boys, Sikil continues a fine Filipino tradition of exploring straight men in distinctly gay situations. Newcomers Ken Escudero and Wil Sadejas are simply mesmerising as the doe-eyed macho dancers in this film about unconditional love. [-]

saturday 22 nov_15:00 | PGM 07 | J.A. de Seve


 
Le nouveau monde
Etienne Dhaene | France | 2007 | 35mm | 90 min | french | s-t.a_en

After Lucie (inadvertently) announces her wish to have a baby, her partner Marion, reluctantly relents. France, like Italy, restricts artificial insemination to heterosexual couples, so Lucie and Marion begin interviewing potential donors. All seems hopeless, ... [+]

After Lucie (inadvertently) announces her wish to have a baby, her partner Marion, reluctantly relents. France, like Italy, restricts artificial insemination to heterosexual couples, so Lucie and Marion begin interviewing potential donors. All seems hopeless, when Hugo of Montreal suddenly reappears, delighted to deliver the raw materials – only. Meanwhile Lucie’s parents, aging 68ers, bemoan her bourgeois aspirations, while Marion’s church-lady mother is Hail Mary full of Homophobia. As Lucie becomes caught up in pregnancy and prospective motherhood, Marion feels redundant as the “non-carrying” partner, a situation compounded by the return of the hitherto indifferent Hugo… Étienne Dhaene’s trademark humour and quirky perspective freshens up the same-sex parenting genre in his big-screen debut. A fizzy borderline farce about the importance of families of choice and turkey basters, it features a biting script tempered with warm and wry performances. Le nouveau monde is a knockout film about pregnancy, pride – and the New Yalta Accords. Le nouveau monde is this year’s Spinnin’ filmed in LesboScope. [-]

saturday 22 nov_19:00 | PGM 08 | Imperial
Also in this program : La dinde


 
La dinde
Anna Margarita Albelo | France | 2008 | 35mm | 10 min | french | s-t.a_en

Ungrateful children, a turkey dinner and one feisty matriarch. Watch out! ... [+]

Ungrateful children, a turkey dinner and one feisty matriarch. Watch out! [-]

saturday 22 nov_19:00 | PGM 08 | Imperial
Also in this program : Le nouveau monde



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The Art of Being Straight
Jesse Rosen | U.S.A | 2008 | 35mm | 67 min | english

Being straight is a lot harder than it used to be for John (director and star, Jesse Rosen), who’s recently moved to L.A. for a change of pace. He’s crashing on his friend’s ... [+]

Being straight is a lot harder than it used to be for John (director and star, Jesse Rosen), who’s recently moved to L.A. for a change of pace. He’s crashing on his friend’s couch and working as a gopher at an ad agency. No sooner has he made his first mail delivery at the office does his predatory boss Paul make an aggressive move for John’s pants. Shocked but curious, John surprises himself by giving in to Paul’s advances. This sets off a sexual identity crisis for the reserved John that lands him at the doorstep of lesbian college buddy Maddy (Rachel Castillo), who’s pondering a reverse-coming out of sorts. She’s fantasizing about jumping the guy next door at the same time as John wonders if he’s gay. Maddy’s flaky, endearing approach is a change from the alphamale culture of John’s home life, where the word gay is synonymous with lame and bandied about by John’s new crew like kids on a schoolyard. Soul-searching abounds in this charming coming out story that proves being straight is sometimes just as tricky as being gay. [-]

saturday 22 nov_19:00 | PGM 09 | J.A. de Seve
Also in this program : In the Closet


 
In the Closet
Jody Wheeler | U.S.A | 2008 | video | 12 min | english

Monsters don’t live under the bed. ... [+]

Monsters don’t live under the bed. [-]

saturday 22 nov_19:00 | PGM 09 | J.A. de Seve
Also in this program : The Art of Being Straight



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U People
Olive Demetrius & Hanifah Walidah | U.S.A | 2007 | video | 76 min | english

At the beginning of U People, a disclaimer reads, “When you view this film, do not make assumptions about anyone’s sexuality” – and you’d best put aside all your notions about gender identity, too. ... [+]

At the beginning of U People, a disclaimer reads, “When you view this film, do not make assumptions about anyone’s sexuality” – and you’d best put aside all your notions about gender identity, too. Bold, beautiful, black and brown, the “accidental documentary” U People shows what happens when 30 hot and sharp women and transmen of colour convene in a Brooklyn brownstone, revealing a blend of experiences and perspectives rarely voiced. Shot over the course of two days on the set of a music video, its subjects span sexualities and genders, stepping out of a boxed-in society and showing their beauty in a world that has too often cast them as invisible. U People touches on the relationships between mothers and daughters, and civil rights and prejudice, while challenging the ignorance that often lies behind the designation “you people.” Directors Olive Demetrius and Hanifah Walidah – partners in both real life and in work – have created a powerful and engaging romp that enters a world seldom represented – and you’re invited to the party! [-]

saturday 22 nov_21:00 | PGM 11 | J.A. de Seve


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Ciao
Yen Tan | U.S.A | 2008 | video | 87 min | english

A bizarre love triangle involving two bereaved men and their mutual friend, Mark. A car accident leaves Jeff (Adam Neal Smith) informing Mark’s friends of his untimely passing. As Mark’s best friend and confidant, ... [+]

A bizarre love triangle involving two bereaved men and their mutual friend, Mark. A car accident leaves Jeff (Adam Neal Smith) informing Mark’s friends of his untimely passing. As Mark’s best friend and confidant, Jeff is astonished to discover his intimate friendship with Andrea (cowriter, Alessandro Calza) – and of his impending visit to meet Mark face-to-face for the first time! Although despondent to learn of Mark’s demise, Andrea accepts Jeff’s invitation to visit before returning to Italy. As they explore their common mystery and tragedy, a fledgling relationship begins to emerge… Malaysian director Yen Tan (Happy Birthday) delivers a queer homage to Louis Malle’s My Dinner with Andre in his sophomore outing. Air-tight framing, elegant sets and understated performances amplify the erotic tensions quietly overtaking Andrea and Jeff. A refreshing cinematic reflection on bereavement, friendship and unrequited love, Ciao is an unapologetically sexy 84 Charing Cross Road for the Blackberry and Twitter generation. Bring a date (or three!) to this year’s poignant and profoundly romantic gem. [-]

saturday 22 nov_21:30 | PGM 10 | Imperial


 
Dante's Cove
Sam Irvin | U.S.A | 2005 | video | 175 min | english

The wonderfully decadent Dante’s Cove is set in a small coastal town in Southern California, and boasts a cast of eclectic characters – most of them skaters, surfers, and college students. The good-looking young ... [+]

The wonderfully decadent Dante’s Cove is set in a small coastal town in Southern California, and boasts a cast of eclectic characters – most of them skaters, surfers, and college students. The good-looking young residents of the Hotel Dante are gay, lesbian, bi and straight, at a point in their lives when they are full of hopes and dreams. This bevy of sexy young queer residents are plunged into a world of intrigue, secrets and shifting romantic ties when their town’s sinister, supernatural past comes alive in this guilty television pleasure touted as the first LGBT gothic thriller. As one would expect, madness, murder, (lots of) sex, betrayal and very good television ensue. In Season 3 the cast expands to include: Reichen Lehmkuhl (The Amazing Race), Jenny Shimizu and Jenson Atwood (Noah’s Arc) as Griffin, the bisexual warlock who seduces his way through the Cove’s residents. Continuing – if not embellishing – image+nation’s tradition of screening hard-to-find LGBT TV series, Dante’s Cove is plain and simple visual pleasure (or is it eye-candy?) with enough dramatic substance to keep your eyes glued to the screen and your senses satisfied. Leave your rigid cinéphile hat at the door and enjoy a hedonistic moment of gratifying queer TV. [-]

sunday 23 nov_13:30 | PGM 12 | Imperial


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Sex Positive
Daryl Wein | U.S.A | 2008 | video | 76 | english

A single and succinct message – “Sex doesn’t make you sick – diseases do” – defies a decade of “misplaced morality masquerading as medical advice,” a message taken for granted today. Firsttime documentary filmmaker ... [+]

A single and succinct message – “Sex doesn’t make you sick – diseases do” – defies a decade of “misplaced morality masquerading as medical advice,” a message taken for granted today. Firsttime documentary filmmaker Daryl Wein delivers a compelling portrait of Richard Berkowitz, a forgotten member of an unlikely coalition to unleash safer sex. Now almost deserted and destitute, Berkowitz recounts his extraordinary life, from his liberal, working-class background and evolution into a top hustler. As a deadly plague decimates, divides and stigmatises the gay population in New York City, Berkowitz, together with renowned activist/musician Michael Callen, feverishly co-authored How to Have Sex in an Epidemic: One Approach, a veritable Bible of safer sex education and practice. However, for advocating behaviours and strategies more radical than the disease itself, Berkowitz was branded self-hating and sex negative. An entertaining, instructive examination of pride, prejudice and promiscuity, Sex Positive recovers and celebrates the courage and tenacity of a man who put the “dom” in domesticity – and condoms on cocks. [-]

sunday 23 nov_15:00 | PGM 13 | J.A. de Seve


 
Nights in Black Leather
Ignatio Rotkowski | U.S.A | 1973 | 35mm | 77 min | english

With his trademark swagger, skintight jeans and rock hard body on full display, Nights in Black Leather thrust peter Berlin into the international spotlight (and into the fantasies of thousands of gay men). In ... [+]

With his trademark swagger, skintight jeans and rock hard body on full display, Nights in Black Leather thrust peter Berlin into the international spotlight (and into the fantasies of thousands of gay men). In this legendary film, Berlin stars as himself, a German immigrant wandering around San Francisco looking for adventure. With steamy scenes shot all over the city, Nights in Black Leather is both an exciting romp and an erotic time capsule of gay life in San Francisco in the early seventies. Nights in Black Leather packed houses across the world for months and helped to bring a degree of artistic legitimacy to gay male erotic film. Relive those erotic moments, find out what all the fuss was about or discover that man, peter Berlin for the first time. Another restored print from the Outfest Legacy project, Nights in Black Leather celebrates its 35th anniversary this year. Come experience the phenomenon. [-]

sunday 23 nov_19:00 | PGM 14 | Imperial
Also in this program : Island Sunrise


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Island Sunrise
Tom Graeff | U.S.A | 1954 | video | 5 min | english

A loving and lost short film made by Tom Graeff to introduce his actor boyfriend to Hollywood in 1954. ... [+]

A loving and lost short film made by Tom Graeff to introduce his actor boyfriend to Hollywood in 1954. [-]

sunday 23 nov_19:00 | PGM 14 | Imperial
Also in this program : Nights in Black Leather



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The Insomniacs
Kami Chisholm | U.S.A | 2008 | video | 8 min | english

Bell has insomnia. So one restless night she goes to the local Insomniacs Anonymous 3 a.m. meeting where she meets Helena, the girl of her waking dreams. ... [+]

Bell has insomnia. So one restless night she goes to the local Insomniacs Anonymous 3 a.m. meeting where she meets Helena, the girl of her waking dreams. [-]

sunday 23 nov_19:00 | PGM 15 | J.A. de Seve
Also in this program : Operated by Invisible Hands, In Twilight's Shadow, Worst Case Scenario: Femme Edition, Sleep Lines, No Bikini, Les lapines, The Vicious & the Delicious, Pages of a Girl


 
Operated by Invisible Hands
Nicole Bending | U.S.A | 2007 | video | 7 min | english

Two antique dolls confront their secret feelings for each other in this delicious doll-mation. ... [+]

Two antique dolls confront their secret feelings for each other in this delicious doll-mation. [-]

sunday 23 nov_19:00 | PGM 15 | J.A. de Seve
Also in this program : The Insomniacs, In Twilight's Shadow, Worst Case Scenario: Femme Edition, Sleep Lines, No Bikini, Les lapines, The Vicious & the Delicious, Pages of a Girl


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In Twilight's Shadow
T.M. Scorzafava | U.S.A | 2008 | 35mm | 12 min | english

Lying in self-imposed suspension between light and dark, our heroine faces the challenges of an enemy threatening the mortal she loves in this delicious tale of vampiric love. ... [+]

Lying in self-imposed suspension between light and dark, our heroine faces the challenges of an enemy threatening the mortal she loves in this delicious tale of vampiric love. [-]

sunday 23 nov_19:00 | PGM 15 | J.A. de Seve
Also in this program : The Insomniacs, Operated by Invisible Hands, Worst Case Scenario: Femme Edition, Sleep Lines, No Bikini, Les lapines, The Vicious & the Delicious, Pages of a Girl


 
Worst Case Scenario: Femme Edition
Mary Guzmán | U.S.A | 2008 | video | 5 min | english

A Super-8 femme “how-to” primer. ... [+]

A Super-8 femme “how-to” primer. [-]

sunday 23 nov_19:00 | PGM 15 | J.A. de Seve
Also in this program : The Insomniacs, Operated by Invisible Hands, In Twilight's Shadow, Sleep Lines, No Bikini, Les lapines, The Vicious & the Delicious, Pages of a Girl


 
Sleep Lines
Kathleen Mullen | Canada | 2008 | 16mm | 7 min | no dialogue

On a sunny afternoon, between dreams and wakefulness, a couple comes together and moves apart. ... [+]

On a sunny afternoon, between dreams and wakefulness, a couple comes together and moves apart. [-]

sunday 23 nov_19:00 | PGM 15 | J.A. de Seve
Also in this program : The Insomniacs, Operated by Invisible Hands, In Twilight's Shadow, Worst Case Scenario: Femme Edition, No Bikini, Les lapines, The Vicious & the Delicious, Pages of a Girl


 
No Bikini
Claudia Morgado Escanilla | Canada | 2007 | 35mm | 9 min | english

For several glorious weeks at swimming camp, 9-year-old Robin passes for a boy by leaving the bikini top in the locker. ... [+]

For several glorious weeks at swimming camp, 9-year-old Robin passes for a boy by leaving the bikini top in the locker. [-]

sunday 23 nov_19:00 | PGM 15 | J.A. de Seve
Also in this program : The Insomniacs, Operated by Invisible Hands, In Twilight's Shadow, Worst Case Scenario: Femme Edition, Sleep Lines, Les lapines, The Vicious & the Delicious, Pages of a Girl


 
Les lapines
FrançŤoise Doherty & Mél Hogan | Canada | 2008 | video | 4 min | english

Two bunnies living a world apart fall madly in love, travel to the ends of the earth then happily adopt 8 eggs to make the perfect family. Sounds familiar? ... [+]

Two bunnies living a world apart fall madly in love, travel to the ends of the earth then happily adopt 8 eggs to make the perfect family. Sounds familiar? [-]

sunday 23 nov_19:00 | PGM 15 | J.A. de Seve
Also in this program : The Insomniacs, Operated by Invisible Hands, In Twilight's Shadow, Worst Case Scenario: Femme Edition, Sleep Lines, No Bikini, The Vicious & the Delicious, Pages of a Girl


 
The Vicious & the Delicious
Tonnette Stanford | Australia | 2007 | video | 8 min | english

An outrageously campy soap-opera drama from Down Under. ... [+]

An outrageously campy soap-opera drama from Down Under. [-]

sunday 23 nov_19:00 | PGM 15 | J.A. de Seve
Also in this program : The Insomniacs, Operated by Invisible Hands, In Twilight's Shadow, Worst Case Scenario: Femme Edition, Sleep Lines, No Bikini, Les lapines, Pages of a Girl


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Pages of a Girl
Monica Palazzo | Brazil | 2008 | 35mm | 20 min | portuguese | s-t.a_en

In 1955, young Ingrid applies for a job at a bookstore. With the tutelage of her very beautiful trainer, she learns the things that you can’t find in books. ... [+]

In 1955, young Ingrid applies for a job at a bookstore. With the tutelage of her very beautiful trainer, she learns the things that you can’t find in books. [-]

sunday 23 nov_19:00 | PGM 15 | J.A. de Seve
Also in this program : The Insomniacs, Operated by Invisible Hands, In Twilight's Shadow, Worst Case Scenario: Femme Edition, Sleep Lines, No Bikini, Les lapines, The Vicious & the Delicious



 
Filth and Wisdom
Madonna | U.K. | 2008 | 35mm | 92 min | english

Filth and Wisdom should be subtitled Desperate Flatmates. A.K., an SM Master, redefines good horsemanship when not boring flatmates with Borat-like pronouncements. As ballet-dancer Holly learns new routines to survive, pharmacy assistant Juliette pilfers pills ... [+]

Filth and Wisdom should be subtitled Desperate Flatmates. A.K., an SM Master, redefines good horsemanship when not boring flatmates with Borat-like pronouncements. As ballet-dancer Holly learns new routines to survive, pharmacy assistant Juliette pilfers pills to help Africa’s unfortunates, while bickering with boss Sandeep about… everything. A saucy and sexy tale of three characters in search of a continuity editor, they get Madonna instead… and a ray of light, perhaps, at the end of a tunnel! Handlebar-moustachioed helmsman Eugene Hütz of Gypsy punk sensations Gogol Bordello, headlines Madonna’s Confessions on the Silver Screen. Describing her directorial debut Filth and Wisdom as “essentially my way of putting myself through film school,” she poaches ex-hubby’s writer Dan Cadan, a bevy of East Enders and Footballers Wives alumnus Francesca Kingdon. An extended-length Coronation Street episode on crack, Filth and Wisdom is low on filth and high on fortune-cookie wisdom, but Madonna keeps it together with a soundtrack that’s absolutely brills! [-]

sunday 23 nov_21:15 | PGM 16 | Imperial


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Antarctica
Yair Hochner | Israel | 2008 | video | 110 min | hebrew | s-t.a_en

Gay siblings Omer and Shirley both share larger concerns than Shoshanna (Israeli drag super-nova Yoam Huberman), their overbearing if well-meaning “Jewish mother from hell.” Edging precipitously towards thirty, Omer is desperately seeking love, and while ... [+]

Gay siblings Omer and Shirley both share larger concerns than Shoshanna (Israeli drag super-nova Yoam Huberman), their overbearing if well-meaning “Jewish mother from hell.” Edging precipitously towards thirty, Omer is desperately seeking love, and while Shirley has scored the hottest woman in Tel Aviv, settling into steady orbit doesn’t feel right. Meanwhile, hunky Boaz is unnerved when two differentlybeautiful men interrupt his relentless one-nightstanding. Omer’s friend, the hook-up-aholic Miki meets the hypnotic Ronen. Be it coincidence or intelligent design, nothing short of a Big Bang will reorganize this galaxy of (slightly) confused and (significantly) good-looking shooting stars of both sexes! Yair Hochner’s Antarctica boldly continues the Israeli tradition of delivering raunchy, realistic and stirring sex in this light-hearted queer tribute to Michael Winterbottom’s Wonderland. Unlike Good Boys and last year’s controversial smash hit, The Bubble, Hochner’s cinematic universe shifts its focus to domestic and interpersonal politics. Accompanied by a soul-searching soundtrack for your inner dyke or emo-boy, Antarctica is a guaranteed heart-warming late autumn thrill. [-]

monday 24 nov_17:00 | PGM 17 | Imperial


 
Wrangler: Anatomy of an Icon
Jeffrey Schwarz | U.S.A | 2008 | video | 85 min | english

Jack Wrangler a été l’un des premiers héros de la porno gaie, un artiste qui a contribué ŕ faire en sorte que cet art évolue des simples petits films présentés dans des cinémas ... [+]

Jack Wrangler a été l’un des premiers héros de la porno gaie, un artiste qui a contribué ŕ faire en sorte que cet art évolue des simples petits films présentés dans des cinémas clandestins ŕ des longs métrages annoncés dans le métro de new york. et ce n’était lŕ que le début. Wrangler: Anatomy of an Icon retrace le parcours du trčs gai Wrangler, qui devint par la suite une grande star de la porno straight avant de quitter l’industrie des films pour adultes pour épouser une femme nettement plus âgée que lui et faire carričre sur Broadway. Le réalisateur Jeffrey schwarz réussit ŕ donner un sens ŕ une série de choix personnels en apparence contradictoires en explorant les circonstances derričre ces choix au moyen de récits ŕ la premičre personne et de souvenirs des collčgues et amis de Wrangler. L’homme derričre l’icône se révčle petit ŕ petit grâce ŕ des documents d’archives de son enfance et des extraits de ses films. Wrangler est en partie un homme timide qui s’inquičte d’ętre perçu comme une poule mouillée, et en partie un super héros gai. au-delŕ des récits personnels, le film explore l’impact de Wrangler qui, déjŕ dans les années 1970, s’affichait en tant qu’homosexuel et a inspiré des générations de queers. Un film exaltant sur l’importance de vivre pleinement sa vie, que vous n’oublierez pas de sitôt. [-]

monday 24 nov_19:00 | PGM 18 | Imperial
Also in this program : Toybox


 
Toybox
Wrik Mead | Canada | 2007 | video | 10 min | no dialogue

As is Mead’s signature style, Toybox combines creepiness and playfulness in a series of animations manipulating the most misused toy of all – the penis. ... [+]

As is Mead’s signature style, Toybox combines creepiness and playfulness in a series of animations manipulating the most misused toy of all – the penis. [-]

monday 24 nov_19:00 | PGM 18 | Imperial
Also in this program : Wrangler: Anatomy of an Icon



 
Another Gay Sequel: Gays Gone Wild!
Todd Stephens | U.S.A | 2008 | 35mm | 95 min | english

From the frisky, twisty mind of director Todd Stephens (Another Gay Movie) comes this queer comedy of sex and more sex. It’s Spring Break, and best friends Nico, Griff, Jarod and Andy are flush ... [+]

From the frisky, twisty mind of director Todd Stephens (Another Gay Movie) comes this queer comedy of sex and more sex. It’s Spring Break, and best friends Nico, Griff, Jarod and Andy are flush with schwing – er, spring fever. They head to Fort Lauderdale, ready for a “gay spring break, till our booties ache!” There, they all enter a contest to determine which horny guy can sleep with the most men. Our heroes all set out full throttle to win, but keep running into complications: from luvvy-duvvy monogamous couple Griff and Jarod who decide to swing (telling themselves they’ll withstand it), to waspy Andy who falls for a hot Latin lover (thus reducing his nightly body count) to hopeless romantic Nico, who harbours fantasies of an ideal lover, here in the cornhole capital of the world. When last year’s bitchy reigning champion Jasper sets out to foil their lusty liaisons and preserve his title, defeat looms for the would-be hos. Throw in hilarious turns by Lady Bunny, Scott Thompson, Perez Hilton and RuPaul, lots of gratuitous nudity and more hilarious pop references than you can keep track of – from Beach Blanket Bingo to Mean Girls and beyond – and you’ve got a perfectly salacious sequel! [-]

monday 24 nov_21:15 | PGM 19 | Imperial
Also in this program : Neurotica


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Neurotica
Nick Wauters | U.S.A | 2008 | video | 14 min | english

Get inside the minds of the patrons of a gay bar. It ain’t pretty. ... [+]

Get inside the minds of the patrons of a gay bar. It ain’t pretty. [-]

monday 24 nov_21:15 | PGM 19 | Imperial
Also in this program : Another Gay Sequel: Gays Gone Wild!



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Razzle Dazzle: A Journey into Dance
Darren Ashton | Australia | 2007 | video | 95 min | english

This deadpan mockumentary from Down Under offers a truly queer portrayal of a presumably straight children’s dance troupe and its overzealous politically correct instructor, Mr. Jonathon. A technicolor extravaganza that combines all the flair of ... [+]

This deadpan mockumentary from Down Under offers a truly queer portrayal of a presumably straight children’s dance troupe and its overzealous politically correct instructor, Mr. Jonathon. A technicolor extravaganza that combines all the flair of Strictly Ballroom with the camp of The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Razzle Dazzle brings a Christopher Guest-like sensibility to our queer screen… and not a moment too soon! The “Jazzzketeers” prepare to out-dance their rival team at the year’s biggest dance competition, but can they win with a routine called the Kyoto Protocol Shuffle? Mr. Jonathon’s dance vision has yet to be appreciated by audiences or judges, but this time he plans to add a little… razzle dazzle to the mix. Enter the hysterics of pushy stage mothers, celebrity gay dads, glitz, glamour and a cocktail of nerves and hairspray and you have all the makings of the next queer cult classic! [-]

tuesday 25 nov_17:00 | PGM 20 | Imperial
Also in this program : Bend It


 
Bend It
Jules Nurrish | U.K. | 2008 | video | 3 min | no dialogue

With a nod to the living sculpture of Gilbert and George, Bend It plays with conventional notions of gender. ... [+]

With a nod to the living sculpture of Gilbert and George, Bend It plays with conventional notions of gender. [-]

tuesday 25 nov_17:00 | PGM 20 | Imperial
Also in this program : Razzle Dazzle: A Journey into Dance



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Ice Blues
Ron Oliver | U.S.A | 2008 | video | 90 min | english

A frozen corpse and mysterious donation is merely the iceberg’s tip in this fourth on-screen outing of Richard Stevenson’s eponymous series. Hubby Tim hires Donald to find out more about the donation – and ... [+]

A frozen corpse and mysterious donation is merely the iceberg’s tip in this fourth on-screen outing of Richard Stevenson’s eponymous series. Hubby Tim hires Donald to find out more about the donation – and Donald and Tim find themselves teaming up against a child-pornography ring, sinister associates and personal demons in the most gripping Donald Strachey thriller yet! [-]

tuesday 25 nov_19:00 | PGM 21 | Imperial


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Out Late
Beatrice Alda & Jennifer Brooke | U.S.A | 2008 | video | 62 min | english

Out Late tells the stories of five people who came out later in life than most. From Cathy, who lived in a closeted relationship with her female partner for 24 years before tentatively ... [+]

Out Late tells the stories of five people who came out later in life than most. From Cathy, who lived in a closeted relationship with her female partner for 24 years before tentatively coming out, to 81-year-old Elaine, who burst out of the closet 2 years ago, there is tremendous diversity here. Most knew they were queer from an early age, but were afraid to come out. Many of the subjects had long heterosexual marriages and children, and only considered coming out after their spouses died. Each expresses the freedom they felt when they finally acknowledged their queerness and were honest with loved ones. Even though it cost some of them dearly, they all wish they had done it sooner. It’s not all roses, as we see each person struggle with loneliness and some strained relationships, but the overwhelming message is that living in truth is so much better than keeping secrets. A brilliantly inspirational film that can’t help but make you feel good to be alive, Out Late is a not to be missed documentary. [-]

tuesday 25 nov_19:00 | PGM 22 | ONF_NFB


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On the Other Hand Death
Ron Oliver | U.S.A | 2008 | video | 86 min | english

Tailed while tailing Gina, a police officer, gayguy gumshoe Donald Strachey, finds himself kneeling, surrounded by guns from the get-go. After revealing he was hired by Gina’s husband, he learns that she’s not married. ... [+]

Tailed while tailing Gina, a police officer, gayguy gumshoe Donald Strachey, finds himself kneeling, surrounded by guns from the get-go. After revealing he was hired by Gina’s husband, he learns that she’s not married. Donald must uncover her ersatz husband’s identity to avoid trouble. As if evading prosecution and fending Tim’s hunky ex-boyfriend weren’t enough, Donald must figure out who is targeting a lesbian couple with homophobic violence… Stars Margot Kidder as a feisty age-fabulous lesbian schoolteacher. [-]

tuesday 25 nov_21:00 | PGM 23 | Imperial


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Bi The Way
Brittany Blockman & Josephine Decker | U.S.A | 2008 | video | 93 min | english

Leaving no stone unturned in their quest, filmmakers Britany Blockman and Josephine Decker take a cross-country road trip to find out if there’s truth to the notion of a sharp rise in the number ... [+]

Leaving no stone unturned in their quest, filmmakers Britany Blockman and Josephine Decker take a cross-country road trip to find out if there’s truth to the notion of a sharp rise in the number of young Americans identifying as bisexual. Is the recent rise in pop culture images of bisexuality attributable to a bi-chic wave, or is the “whatever” generation having its very own sexual revolution? What they found was a collection of fascinating characters from Evanston, Illinois to the Ozarks in Arkansas, and dozens of cities and small towns in between. Opinions vary as to the definition of bisexuality: is it about being greedy or undecided, or are we all a little bi? Do bisexuals seek multiple partners? Is it possible for someone who is bi to find a soul mate? While the directors don’t claim to have all the answers, the range of responses they include in this fun, thought-provoking film help debunk some bisexuality myths, while touching on issues of internalized homophobia, growing up in a queer family and coming out. [-]

tuesday 25 nov_21:00 | PGM 24 | ONF_NFB


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Barcelona (Un mapa)
Ventura Pons | Spain | 2008 | 35mm | 90 min | spanish | s-t.f.

As Ramon and Rosa prepare to die, they ask their long-term lodgers to leave their multi-level apartment within a week. Chic, cynical French teacher Lola balks at the idea. David, his dreams of professional ... [+]

As Ramon and Rosa prepare to die, they ask their long-term lodgers to leave their multi-level apartment within a week. Chic, cynical French teacher Lola balks at the idea. David, his dreams of professional soccer behind him, resists as he nurses his damaged knee. Meanwhile Violeta, an Argentinean émigré, approaches Ramon with a surprise, as Rosa struggles to disclose a tragic past to her gay younger brother. Landlord-tenant relationships become an unlikely source of twisted intimacies, truths and trysts in this study of isolation, longing and redemption. Veteran director Ventura Pons returns to his favourite themes (history, homosexuality and transvestism) and the power of clothes to conceal as much as they reveal. Balanced direction soothes the swings between the absurd and realistic in this on-screen translation of prolific Catalan playwright Lluďsa Cunillé’s runaway hit of Barcelona, mapa d’ombres. Black-and-white footage and gauzy, sepia-toned updates link a dark past to an uncertain present. A character-driven masterpiece elegantly helmed by superstars Nuria Espert and Josep Maria Pou. [-]

wednesday 26 nov_17:00 | PGM 25 | Imperial


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Midnight Star
Attif Siddiqi | Canada | 2008 | video | 2 min | english

A music video featuring Tranie Tronic longing for her lover to be more than a brief affair. ... [+]

A music video featuring Tranie Tronic longing for her lover to be more than a brief affair. [-]

wednesday 26 nov_19:00 | PGM 27 | ONF_NFB
Also in this program : Sidestepped, Coupable, Anhören, Bonne mčre, Sérénade... en fragments, Petit bois clôturé, Son of the Preacher, Les lapines, Une robe blanche, Failure


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Sidestepped
Melodie Le Siege & Max Dore | Canada | 2008 | video | 10 min | no dialogue

Two girls of different mindsets come together and clash without ever saying a word. ... [+]

Two girls of different mindsets come together and clash without ever saying a word. [-]

wednesday 26 nov_19:00 | PGM 27 | ONF_NFB
Also in this program : Midnight Star, Coupable, Anhören, Bonne mčre, Sérénade... en fragments, Petit bois clôturé, Son of the Preacher, Les lapines, Une robe blanche, Failure


 
Coupable
Jean-Paul Figasso | Canada | 2008 | video | 10 min | french

Freedom to love is often still considered a crime… ... [+]

Freedom to love is often still considered a crime… [-]

wednesday 26 nov_19:00 | PGM 27 | ONF_NFB
Also in this program : Midnight Star, Sidestepped, Anhören, Bonne mčre, Sérénade... en fragments, Petit bois clôturé, Son of the Preacher, Les lapines, Une robe blanche, Failure


 
Anhören
Ali El-Darsa | Canada | 2008 | video | 7 min | arabic | s-t.a_en

Using replication to raise issues of duality in the psyche, in Anhören the filmmaker creates a dialogue between multiple versions of himself. ... [+]

Using replication to raise issues of duality in the psyche, in Anhören the filmmaker creates a dialogue between multiple versions of himself. [-]

wednesday 26 nov_19:00 | PGM 27 | ONF_NFB
Also in this program : Midnight Star, Sidestepped, Coupable, Bonne mčre, Sérénade... en fragments, Petit bois clôturé, Son of the Preacher, Les lapines, Une robe blanche, Failure


 
Bonne mčre
Maxime Desmons | Canada | 2007 | 35mm | 11 min | french | s-t.a_en

Walking through the streets of Marseille, Alfred searches for his estranged prostitute mother in this nostalgic poem of longing. ... [+]

Walking through the streets of Marseille, Alfred searches for his estranged prostitute mother in this nostalgic poem of longing. [-]

wednesday 26 nov_19:00 | PGM 27 | ONF_NFB
Also in this program : Midnight Star, Sidestepped, Coupable, Anhören, Sérénade... en fragments, Petit bois clôturé, Son of the Preacher, Les lapines, Une robe blanche, Failure


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Sérénade... en fragments
Marijo St. Amour | Canada | 2008 | video | 15 min | no dialogue

Images rolling along a railroad track at dusk – reflection of a melancholic dream awake. An auto-portrait of Jami Y in dual with the muses of a past still pregnant. ... [+]

Images rolling along a railroad track at dusk – reflection of a melancholic dream awake. An auto-portrait of Jami Y in dual with the muses of a past still pregnant. [-]

wednesday 26 nov_19:00 | PGM 27 | ONF_NFB
Also in this program : Midnight Star, Sidestepped, Coupable, Anhören, Bonne mčre, Petit bois clôturé, Son of the Preacher, Les lapines, Une robe blanche, Failure


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Petit bois clôturé
Maxime Brouillet | Canada | 2008 | video | 5 min | no dialogue

The woods are a safe space where sexual impulses can be explored in secret. When you’re scared of what people think you act a bit outside the habits that usually keep up appearances. ... [+]

The woods are a safe space where sexual impulses can be explored in secret. When you’re scared of what people think you act a bit outside the habits that usually keep up appearances. [-]

wednesday 26 nov_19:00 | PGM 27 | ONF_NFB
Also in this program : Midnight Star, Sidestepped, Coupable, Anhören, Bonne mčre, Sérénade... en fragments, Son of the Preacher, Les lapines, Une robe blanche, Failure


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Son of the Preacher
Jasmine Gervais | Canada | 2008 | 16mm | 6 min | english

Billy, the son of the town’s preacher, secretly falls for a mysterious and pretty new parishioner. Unfortunately, she’s thinking about someone else. ... [+]

Billy, the son of the town’s preacher, secretly falls for a mysterious and pretty new parishioner. Unfortunately, she’s thinking about someone else. [-]

wednesday 26 nov_19:00 | PGM 27 | ONF_NFB
Also in this program : Midnight Star, Sidestepped, Coupable, Anhören, Bonne mčre, Sérénade... en fragments, Petit bois clôturé, Les lapines, Une robe blanche, Failure


 
Les lapines
FrançŤoise Doherty & Mél Hogan | Canada | 2008 | video | 4 min | english

Two bunnies living a world apart fall madly in love, travel to the ends of the earth then happily adopt 8 eggs to make the perfect family. Sounds familiar? ... [+]

Two bunnies living a world apart fall madly in love, travel to the ends of the earth then happily adopt 8 eggs to make the perfect family. Sounds familiar? [-]

wednesday 26 nov_19:00 | PGM 27 | ONF_NFB
Also in this program : Midnight Star, Sidestepped, Coupable, Anhören, Bonne mčre, Sérénade... en fragments, Petit bois clôturé, Son of the Preacher, Une robe blanche, Failure


 
Failure
Nelson Henricks | Canada | 2008 | video | 7 min | english

Images of beauty rituals - both masculine and feminine - focus on body hair removal. Scenes of adolescent embarrassment are played out in adult life in Henrick's latest. ... [+]

Images of beauty rituals - both masculine and feminine - focus on body hair removal. Scenes of adolescent embarrassment are played out in adult life in Henrick's latest. [-]

wednesday 26 nov_19:00 | PGM 27 | ONF_NFB
Also in this program : Midnight Star, Sidestepped, Coupable, Anhören, Bonne mčre, Sérénade... en fragments, Petit bois clôturé, Son of the Preacher, Les lapines, Une robe blanche


 
Une robe blanche
Dominic Goyer | Canada | 2007 | 35mm | 11 min | french | s-t.a_en

Within the troubled world that is the family, are we always the people we appear to be? ... [+]

Within the troubled world that is the family, are we always the people we appear to be? [-]

wednesday 26 nov_19:00 | PGM 27 | ONF_NFB
Also in this program : Midnight Star, Sidestepped, Coupable, Anhören, Bonne mčre, Sérénade... en fragments, Petit bois clôturé, Son of the Preacher, Les lapines, Failure



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Newcastle
Dan Castle | Australia | 2008 | 35mm | 100 min | english

The beautiful ocean near the city of Newscastle, Australia takes center stage in this comingof- age film focusing on the lives of the often shirtless Jesse (Lachlan Buchanan), his brother Fergus (Xavier Samuel), step-brother ... [+]

The beautiful ocean near the city of Newscastle, Australia takes center stage in this comingof- age film focusing on the lives of the often shirtless Jesse (Lachlan Buchanan), his brother Fergus (Xavier Samuel), step-brother Victor (Reshad Strik) and their friends. With the exception of Fergus – who is more interested in one of Jesse’s pals than he is in surfing – the guys are hardcore surfers whose lives revolve around their boards, their girls, and the ocean. Rivalries serve as motivation, and none is as bitter as the one between Jesse and Victor. Needing a break, Jesse and his pals take off for a weekend of surfing on a quiet beach away from life’s stresses. The weekend is filled with sexual exploration and teenage pranks until Victor and his buddies arrive, looking for trouble. Not surprisingly, tragedy strikes, changing each of their lives forever. Gorgeous camera work above and below water showcase the brilliant colours of the sea and the landscape, not to mention the surfers’ phenomenal bodies and outrageous moves. [-]

wednesday 26 nov_19:15 | PGM 26 | Imperial


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Les chansons d'amour
Christophe Honoré | France | 2007 | 35mm | 95 min | french

The beguiling and bittersweet Les Chansons d’amour is a modernist musical about sexual fluidity, love, loss and happiness. Christophe Honoré’s (Ma mčre, Dans Paris) latest centers around a young couple, Ismaël (Louis Garrel, The Dreamers) ... [+]

The beguiling and bittersweet Les Chansons d’amour is a modernist musical about sexual fluidity, love, loss and happiness. Christophe Honoré’s (Ma mčre, Dans Paris) latest centers around a young couple, Ismaël (Louis Garrel, The Dreamers) and Julie (Ludivine Sagnier), who – in the hopes of sparking up their stalled relationship – enter a playful yet emotionally laced threesome with Alice (Clotilde Hesme). When tragedy strikes, these young Parisians are forced to deal with the fragility of life and love. All seems lost until Ismaël finds himself pursued by a beautiful young schoolboy named Erwann (Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet) whose total devotion and innocence act as an antidote to Ismaël’s pain. Pacing the streets of Paris, collars upturned, our young heroes sing out loud with humour and surprising emotional depth in this Umbrellas of Cherbourg-inspired musical-comedy-drama that is sure to lift both your heart and your spirits. [-]

wednesday 26 nov_21:15 | PGM 28 | Imperial


 
Gay… et aprčs ?
Jean-Baptiste Erreca | France | 2007 | video | 100 min | french | s-t.a_en

Gay… et aprčs ? opens with activist and television hostess La Prohibida serenading 2 million LGBT people at EuroPride 2007 in Madrid. A world away, Chinese Internet star and French teacher Didier Zhang explains ... [+]

Gay… et aprčs ? opens with activist and television hostess La Prohibida serenading 2 million LGBT people at EuroPride 2007 in Madrid. A world away, Chinese Internet star and French teacher Didier Zhang explains gay history to his students. In “ever alert, always open” NYC, Frank Leon Roberts examines the class and race divisions between Christopher Street and Chelsea. Berlin’s full-time leather archangel, Philipp Tanzer, relishes the drabness of Berlin’s gay district while bemoaning the desperate hook-ups and drugs. As Daniel and Naira redefine love for themselves, Anna Margarita Albelo searches for her Cuban lesbian roots, while Parisian dykes mourn the passing of their own Studio 54, the Pulp. Could a new era of LGBT activism be dawning as pink revolutions worldwide are undermined by consumerism, integration and old-fashioned political repression? Jean-Baptiste Erreca (Cowboy Forever) assembles six French documentary filmmakers for this pulsing, pumping and invigorating investigation of international LGBT struggles. Enormously entertaining, Gay… et aprčs ? reflects on the emerging identity crises, issues and realities of the new LGBT Enlightenment in the age of FaceTube. [-]

wednesday 26 nov_21:15 | PGM 29 | ONF_NFB


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All My Life (Toul Omiri)
Maher Sabry | Egypt | 2008 | video | 120 min | arabic | s-t.a_en

A sudden breakup shatters Rami, a 26-yearold accountant and dance aficionado; as his world implodes, his best gal-pal Dalia, a feminist scholar, decides to pursue her doctorate in California. Meanwhile, other �gal-pal� Kareem, a respected ... [+]

A sudden breakup shatters Rami, a 26-yearold accountant and dance aficionado; as his world implodes, his best gal-pal Dalia, a feminist scholar, decides to pursue her doctorate in California. Meanwhile, other �gal-pal� Kareem, a respected physician, barely evades arrest on The Queen Boat, in an incident that precipitates seismic shocks in their personal and professional lives. As Rami�s self-righteousness is challenged by steamy encounters with gorgeous strangers, could his own personal safety be at risk? At the centre of Egypt�s first openly-gay film is the notorious �Cairo 52� case. Filmed over three years, and funded independently to avoid charges of anti-Arab/pro-Western bias, Maher Sabry�s generous and thoughtful gem of guerrilla filmmaking involved actors and technicians from different Arab nations. Defiantly political and uncompromisingly erotic, All My Life portrays the tensions between acceptance and self-loathing, courage and cowardice, and feminism and fundamentalism. A potent indictment of authoritarian rule, Sabry�s masterpiece restores immediacy and urgency to flaccid LGBT liberation movements. Deriving its title from Mohammad Abdel-Wahab�s eponymous hit, All My Life is a tour-de-force on the scale of last year�s A Jihad for Love. [-]

thursday 27 nov_17:00 | PGM 30 | Imperial


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Girl Inside
Maya Gallus | Canada | 2007 | video | 78 min | english

Apple-martini connoisseur and skatergrrrl Madison prepares for the journey of a lifetime, while her grandmother, the vivacious 80-year-old vixen Vivien, encourages her to lead the glamorous life! A gentle inter-generation clash of cultures around fashion ... [+]

Apple-martini connoisseur and skatergrrrl Madison prepares for the journey of a lifetime, while her grandmother, the vivacious 80-year-old vixen Vivien, encourages her to lead the glamorous life! A gentle inter-generation clash of cultures around fashion and feminine comportment ensue, serving to simply remind us how gender is conceived and constructed. Filmed over three years, it covers the highs and lows of Madison’s transition – and her discovering unconditional and unexpected love from Cameron, her best friend. As a daughter and sister replace a son and brother, Madison’s family, based in rural New Brunswick, displays extraordinary grace under pressure. Heartfelt and humorous, it gives us a glimpse of what it feels like for a girl – inside. Documentary circuit darlings, Maya Gallus and Justine Pimlott (Fag Hags: Women Who Love Gay Men) are back with this Gemini award-winning coming-of-gender film. Girl Inside provides a poignant portrait of a family in transition and the singular pains and pleasures of meeting yourself – twice. [-]

thursday 27 nov_19:00 | PGM 32 | ONF_NFB


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The Lost Coast
Gabriel Fleming | U.S.A | 2008 | 35mm | 74 min | english

Uncertain and unconfident, Jasper, now engaged to Wendy, is meeting up with high-school friends Lily and Mark for a Halloween night to remember. Goth-girl Lily, once gay Mark’s homeroom honey, is now his roommate. ... [+]

Uncertain and unconfident, Jasper, now engaged to Wendy, is meeting up with high-school friends Lily and Mark for a Halloween night to remember. Goth-girl Lily, once gay Mark’s homeroom honey, is now his roommate. As the hapless twentysomethings journey to the centre of the Castro, it becomes increasingly evident their bonds of friendship are tangential at best. Everything is brought to a head by Caleb, Mark’s sometime playmate and loose-lipped nerd. Overwhelmed by festive revellers and hoping to score a little E, the testy trio set off in search of the elusive dealer, Shanti. Jasper and Mark engage in a stealthy emotional game that slowly reveals the enduring ambiguities in their friendship. Drawing its title from a treacherous stretch of Californian coastline and an Xbox game, Gabriel Fleming’s sophomore film melds the coming-out genre to mumblecore. Its non-linear narrative effectively mimics how the protagonists arrive at their epiphanies. An ethereal soundtrack underscores the grainy stonewashed gaiety of Halloween, gently holding the viewer in a whimsical audio-visual trance. [-]

thursday 27 nov_19:15 | PGM 31 | Imperial
Also in this program : The Lonely Lights. The Colour of Lemons


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The Lonely Lights. The Colour of Lemons
Benjamin M Piety | U.S.A | 2007 | 35mm | 16 min | english

A gorgeous study of love, longing and sexuality, this film offers up a collection of memories rich with meaning. ... [+]

A gorgeous study of love, longing and sexuality, this film offers up a collection of memories rich with meaning. [-]

thursday 27 nov_19:15 | PGM 31 | Imperial
Also in this program : The Lost Coast



 
Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens
Barbara Leibovitz | U.S.A | 2006 | video | 83 min | english

The first woman and only the second living portraitist to exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., Annie Leibovitz’s legendary commercial shoots command an indie film’s budget! Finally in focus, the acclaimed ... [+]

The first woman and only the second living portraitist to exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., Annie Leibovitz’s legendary commercial shoots command an indie film’s budget! Finally in focus, the acclaimed Rolling Stone and Vanity Fair photographer recounts her life framed by car windows or portholes, road trips and revolutions. A careful composer of controversy, Annie discusses her influential and unorthodox relationship with Susan Sontag, and motherhood at the age of 51. Award-winning documentary filmmaker Barbara Leibovitz crafts the perfect complement of content and form, befitting her sister’s life well lived in commercial photography. Leibovitz-the- Younger’s style betrays her experience working for Entertainment Tonight, generously weaving the shoot for Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette, with archival footage, intimate home movies and photographs from Annie’s personal archive. A lavish reflection on the branded American life (not unlike Keith Haring’s own), it features celebrity interviews with Mikhail Baryshnikov, Hillary Clinton, Yoko Ono, Patti Smith, Gloria Steinem, Jason Schwartzman, Whoopi Goldberg – and many others. [-]

thursday 27 nov_21:00 | PGM 34 | ONF_NFB


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Otto; Or, Up With Dead People
Bruce LaBruce | Can/Germany | 2008 | video | 94 min | english

Queer auteur Bruce LaBruce (Hustler White, Raspberry Reich) scores big in this tale of zombie wanderlust, Liebestod, lust for blood, and just plain lust. Pallid, ragged and stinky, Otto, a young zombie, is a ... [+]

Queer auteur Bruce LaBruce (Hustler White, Raspberry Reich) scores big in this tale of zombie wanderlust, Liebestod, lust for blood, and just plain lust. Pallid, ragged and stinky, Otto, a young zombie, is a curious sight as he staggers and lopes down a road to nowhere in particular. He doesn’t know who he is or was, or where he’s going, but he’ll soon feed again… and any dude who cruises this mute, pallid waif is in for a surprise between the sheets. Art imitates death when Otto encounters underground filmmaker Medea Yarn. She’s already producing a zombie movie and recognizes a star in Otto, who gamely plays the part he is already “living” for his Svengalilike director. But when Otto recalls a sweet love he once shared with another boy, he’s set on a fearsome new path to reconcile the pieces of his life and death. LaBruce’s observation of voracious carnality is point-perfect, graced with a note of pathos, and his pageant of engorged organs and bodily fluids associates lust and death with aplomb. [-]

thursday 27 nov_21:15 | PGM 33 | Imperial
Also in this program : The Last Son


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The Last Son
Bartholomew Sammut | Can/Australia | 2008 | video | 5 min | english

With a touch of the macabre, a young gay boy learns what his “family” has in store for him. ... [+]

With a touch of the macabre, a young gay boy learns what his “family” has in store for him. [-]

thursday 27 nov_21:15 | PGM 33 | Imperial
Also in this program : Otto; Or, Up With Dead People



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Tru Loved
Stewart Wade | U.S.A | 2008 | video | 103 min | english

Dreaming of living in a queer Leave It to Beaverstyle household and playing Maria in West Side Story, Tru escapes being in staid Agoura Hills, the San Francisco – not! While dodging football thugs, ... [+]

Dreaming of living in a queer Leave It to Beaverstyle household and playing Maria in West Side Story, Tru escapes being in staid Agoura Hills, the San Francisco – not! While dodging football thugs, and Paris and Nicole clones, Tru is astounded when cutie patootie quarterback Lodell comes a-courtin’. Alas, Tru soon discovers she is merely Katie Holmes to his Tom Cruise – but reluctantly continues to be his tight-end. Attempting to resolve her private reality with her queer-positive principles, Tru co-founds a Gay- Straight Alliance group – where she meets hottie hetero hunk, Trevor. Complications ensue, and one queer wedding (and no funerals) later, Tru’s path to true love is anything but straight… Stewart Wade scores a touchdown in this distractingly star-studded feature! A snappy script peppered with catchy emo-indie songs, Tru Loved entertains and inspires with campy characters and cameos from Jasmine Guy (in a truly Different World!), David Kopay, Jane Lynch (The L Word), Nichelle Nichols (Lt. Uhura of Star Trek), Bruce Villanch and Baywatch alumnus, Alexandra Paul. Tru Loved tackles great expectations, homophobia and interracial dating – and the importance of being yourself. [-]

friday 28 nov_17:00 | PGM 35 | Imperial
Also in this program : How Do I Say This? I'm Gay!


 
How Do I Say This? I'm Gay!
Michael Bodie & Silas Howard | U.S.A | 2007 | video | 5 min | english

A college student musters up the courage to come out to her mother, with the help of her High School Musical-ly inclined friends in this short by the director of By Hook or ... [+]

A college student musters up the courage to come out to her mother, with the help of her High School Musical-ly inclined friends in this short by the director of By Hook or By Crook. [-]

friday 28 nov_17:00 | PGM 35 | Imperial
Also in this program : Tru Loved



 
Clapham Junction
Adrian Shergold | U.K. | 2007 | 35mm | 120 min | english

Can a newly-wed avoid being tempted by a guileless waiter at his own civil union? Does that full-lipped young prodigy escape his schoolyard tormentors? Is that doting, well-hung hunk really a closet gay basher? ... [+]

Can a newly-wed avoid being tempted by a guileless waiter at his own civil union? Does that full-lipped young prodigy escape his schoolyard tormentors? Is that doting, well-hung hunk really a closet gay basher? Will a politician come forward to bear witness to shocking violence? Will a smoking teen predator eventually become the prey? Five Altman-esque vignettes knit themselves into a penetrating and provocative portrait of British queerdom. A BBC commissioned piece commemorating the 40th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in England, director Adrian Shergold and theatre wunderkind Kevin Elyot revel in dry wit and wet willies in a full-frontal review of contemporary political and sexual mores. A studly cast headlined by Maurice stalwarts Rupert Graves and James Wilby, Clapham Junction ignited controversy and outrage for relying on gay and straight clichés to create a hard-hitting and haunting examination of homophobia. Inspired by the horrific murder of 24-year-old Jody Dobrowski in 2005, Clapham Junction is a sobering reminder that the price of gay liberation is eternal vigilance. [-]

friday 28 nov_19:00 | PGM 36 | Imperial


  GIRL ON GIRL

 
Loving Loretta
Andrea Gurtsche | Canada | 2008 | video | 22 min | english

A small-town café waitress finds the courage to accept her true desires in this remarkable film about longing and loving… Loretta. ... [+]

A small-town café waitress finds the courage to accept her true desires in this remarkable film about longing and loving… Loretta. [-]

friday 28 nov_19:00 | PGM 38 | J.A. de Seve
Also in this program : Happenstance, Late, Love Sucks, 510 Metres Above Sea Level, La dinde, Goodnight Vagina


 
Happenstance
Joyce Dragonosky | U.S.A | 2007 | video | 7 min | english

Beth discovers she has an awful lot in common with her son’s new girlfriend. ... [+]

Beth discovers she has an awful lot in common with her son’s new girlfriend. [-]

friday 28 nov_19:00 | PGM 38 | J.A. de Seve
Also in this program : Loving Loretta, Late, Love Sucks, 510 Metres Above Sea Level, La dinde, Goodnight Vagina


 
Late
Guinevere Turner | U.S.A | 2008 | video | 7 min | english

Beautiful cinematography and a compelling dialogue make Guin Turner’s latest another interesting study on the complexities of living, with a devastating twist. ... [+]

Beautiful cinematography and a compelling dialogue make Guin Turner’s latest another interesting study on the complexities of living, with a devastating twist. [-]

friday 28 nov_19:00 | PGM 38 | J.A. de Seve
Also in this program : Loving Loretta, Happenstance, Love Sucks, 510 Metres Above Sea Level, La dinde, Goodnight Vagina


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Love Sucks
Ingrid Jungermann & Sarah Winters | U.S.A | 2008 | video | 10 min | english

For a vampire couple, forever can really bite! ... [+]

For a vampire couple, forever can really bite! [-]

friday 28 nov_19:00 | PGM 38 | J.A. de Seve
Also in this program : Loving Loretta, Happenstance, Late, 510 Metres Above Sea Level, La dinde, Goodnight Vagina


 
510 Metres Above Sea Level
Kerstin Polte | Switzerland | 2008 | video | 16 min | german | s-t.a_en

Two strangers, caught in a night with no morning. They hesitate, recognize and lose themselves – in each other and in the long night. ... [+]

Two strangers, caught in a night with no morning. They hesitate, recognize and lose themselves – in each other and in the long night. [-]

friday 28 nov_19:00 | PGM 38 | J.A. de Seve
Also in this program : Loving Loretta, Happenstance, Late, Love Sucks, La dinde, Goodnight Vagina


 
La dinde
Anna Margarita Albelo | France | 2008 | 35mm | 10 min | french | s-t.a_en

Ungrateful children, a turkey dinner and one feisty matriarch. Watch out! ... [+]

Ungrateful children, a turkey dinner and one feisty matriarch. Watch out! [-]

friday 28 nov_19:00 | PGM 38 | J.A. de Seve
Also in this program : Loving Loretta, Happenstance, Late, Love Sucks, 510 Metres Above Sea Level, Goodnight Vagina


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Goodnight Vagina
Stacey Sherman & Brie Turner-O'Banion | U.S.A | 2008 | video | 6 min | english

Only one thing in the world matters to 40-year old Meg March – getting a new vagina. ... [+]

Only one thing in the world matters to 40-year old Meg March – getting a new vagina. [-]

friday 28 nov_19:00 | PGM 38 | J.A. de Seve
Also in this program : Loving Loretta, Happenstance, Late, Love Sucks, 510 Metres Above Sea Level, La dinde



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Be Like Others
Tanaz Eshaghian | Can/U.S.A./Iran | 2008 | video | 74 min | farsi | s-t.a_en

An intimate and unflinching look at life in Iran, seen through the lens of those living at its fringes, Be Like Others is a provocative look at a generation of young men and ... [+]

An intimate and unflinching look at life in Iran, seen through the lens of those living at its fringes, Be Like Others is a provocative look at a generation of young men and women choosing to undergo sex change surgery. In Iran, according to Islamic law, homosexuality is punishable by death. Ironically, sex-change operations are not only legal; they are embraced by a society that accepts male or female but nothing in between. With Dr. Mehrjalali’s sex-change clinic as the arena, director Tanaz Eshaghian finds her subjects among some of the kind, progressive doc’s patients. Perhaps most interesting is 20-year-old Anoosh, who becomes a woman named Anahita, alienating her gay boyfriend Ali. Twenty-four-year-old Ali finds some support from Vida, who’s had her operation and adjusted. The very issue of why Iran’s Islamic laws compel such drastic manoeuvres and adjustments on the part of gay men runs under every scene, making the film a model of non-dogmatic filmmaking on a highly charged topic. [-]

friday 28 nov_19:15 | PGM 37 | ONF_NFB
Also in this program : F to M


 
F to M
Sarah Claudon | France | 2006 | video | 8 min | french | s-t.a_en

A trans man reflects on his life in voice-over while parallel images articulate his transition and his wider social world. ... [+]

A trans man reflects on his life in voice-over while parallel images articulate his transition and his wider social world. [-]

friday 28 nov_19:15 | PGM 37 | ONF_NFB
Also in this program : Be Like Others



 
L'ordre des mots
Cynthia Arra & Melissa Arra | France | 2007 | video | 75 min | french

“Are you part of the human race if you’re neither a man nor a woman?” This question opens the film L’ordre des mots, an intelligent exploration of the world of transsexuality, intersexuality and trans ... [+]

“Are you part of the human race if you’re neither a man nor a woman?” This question opens the film L’ordre des mots, an intelligent exploration of the world of transsexuality, intersexuality and trans identity. At a time when these issues draw more and more attention in the medical community, LGBT movements and in the media, this documentary, created by cousins Cynthia and Melissa Arra, sets a welcome stepping stone between the two extremes of the sacrosanct Through interviews with six transgender and intersex people, L’ordre des mots relates the often-difficult personal stories of people who’ve led complex lives. The documentary takes a critical look at the arbitrary medical protocols employed in France and provides an overview of the work being done by the transgender movements that, in addition to denouncing the oppression and repression aimed at transgender and intersex people, demand that people speak out against the psychiatric and medical discourse that treats transsexuality as an illness. An inspiring and up-to-the-moment work about our relationship to the concept of identity. [-]

friday 28 nov_21:00 | PGM 40 | ONF_NFB
Also in this program : I & I. We, Tranzploitation


 
I & I. We
J. Bob Alotta | U.S.A | 2008 | video | 3 min | english

A meditation on respecting one’s butch elders, Bob recognizes herself in another passenger. ... [+]

A meditation on respecting one’s butch elders, Bob recognizes herself in another passenger. [-]

friday 28 nov_21:00 | PGM 40 | ONF_NFB
Also in this program : L'ordre des mots, Tranzploitation


 
Tranzploitation
Rachael Matlow | Canada | 2008 | video | 8 min | v.o. anglaise

Follow Kaleb through the forest of transness as he becomes the strong, good-looking transman she always knew he would be. ... [+]

Follow Kaleb through the forest of transness as he becomes the strong, good-looking transman she always knew he would be. [-]

friday 28 nov_21:00 | PGM 40 | ONF_NFB
Also in this program : L'ordre des mots, I & I. We



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BANDE-ANNONCE

 
To Each Her Own
Heather Tobin | Canada | 2008 | video | 112 min | english

Jess (Hannah Hogan) is a suburban twentysomething in a bind. She’s married to Trevor (Shaughnessy Redden), and falling in love with Casey (Tracey Rae), a woman with whom she’s begun a torrid affair. Jess’s ... [+]

Jess (Hannah Hogan) is a suburban twentysomething in a bind. She’s married to Trevor (Shaughnessy Redden), and falling in love with Casey (Tracey Rae), a woman with whom she’s begun a torrid affair. Jess’s nice-guy husband wants to start a family, while Casey wants Jess to come out of the closet and move in with her. Jess’s childhood was filled with threats from her mother about the evils of lesbianism. She’s obsessed with the idea of having a “normal” family, and terrified of facing her deep-rooted desires. Living in a town that seems to have more than its share of homophobes reinforces Jess’s fears, despite the open-armed welcome she receives from the queer community. Jess is damned if she does, and damned if she doesn’t. No matter what, someone’s bound to get hurt. When she learns that she’s pregnant and her affair is revealed, everyone must figure out how to live with the consequences of Jess’s choices. Juicy lesbian drama reigns in this coming out story with a twist. [-]

friday 28 nov_21:15 | PGM 41 | J.A. de Seve
Also in this program : What I Found in Great Aunt Nell's Closet


 
What I Found in Great Aunt Nell's Closet
Melissa Bouman | U.S.A | 2008 | video | 2 min | english

Much to her great pleasure, a woman finds a mechanical crank box from them late 1800s and learns about a racy past. ... [+]

Much to her great pleasure, a woman finds a mechanical crank box from them late 1800s and learns about a racy past. [-]

friday 28 nov_21:15 | PGM 41 | J.A. de Seve
Also in this program : To Each Her Own



 
Chuecatown (Boystown)
Juan Flahn | Spain | 2007 | video | 100 min | spanish | s-t.a_en

A charming gaybourhood comes under assault from Victor (Pablo Puyol, 20 Centimetros), a real-estate psychopath. Meanwhile, a rash of apparent suicides by elderly women in the area attracts the attention of an unusual detective team: ... [+]

A charming gaybourhood comes under assault from Victor (Pablo Puyol, 20 Centimetros), a real-estate psychopath. Meanwhile, a rash of apparent suicides by elderly women in the area attracts the attention of an unusual detective team: Full-time phobia queen Mila (Rosa María Sardá, Todo Sobre Mi Madre) and son Luis (Eduardo Soto). Leonardo and Rey, an adorable bear-cub, blue-collar couple with relationship troubles, face mounting pressure from Victor to sell a flat Rey has recently inherited from his deceased neighbour. Making things worse, Rey insists that his malicious and meddling mother, Antonia (Spanish grande dame, Concha Velasco) move in. Amidst the mayhem and mishaps in Madrid, a serial killer sets his sights on Antonia, and Victor eventually may emerge victorious… Juan Flahn’s madcap suspense movie inadvertently tackles ageism and “A-Gays”, class and clone wars, gentrification and guppies, and materialism and misogyny. Chuecatown offers full-frontal fun about gay men being their own worst enemies in this queer screwball tribute to Almodóvar, Oristrell and Salazar. [-]

friday 28 nov_21:30 | PGM 39 | Imperial
Also in this program : Love Bite


 
Love Bite
Craig Boreham | Australia | 2008 | video | 3 min | english

Two stoned boys and a shocking secret. ... [+]

Two stoned boys and a shocking secret. [-]

friday 28 nov_21:30 | PGM 39 | Imperial
Also in this program : Chuecatown (Boystown)



SITE OFFICIEL
BANDE-ANNONCE

 
XXY
Lucia Puenzo | Argentina/Spain/France | 2007 | 35mm | 91 min | spanish | s-t.a_en

First-time feature director Lucia Puenzo triumphs in this moving drama about the pangs of adolescence. Like any teenager, Alex feels the thrills and fears that accompany the changes in her young body. But living ... [+]

First-time feature director Lucia Puenzo triumphs in this moving drama about the pangs of adolescence. Like any teenager, Alex feels the thrills and fears that accompany the changes in her young body. But living a secluded existence with her Argentinian parents on the Uruguayan coastline, Alex has been dealt a double-dose of teen angst: born intersex but raised as a girl, she has been sheltered throughout her life. Her highly-evolved parents never forced on her the surgery that would have decided her physical sex forever, but there has never been a comfortable way of acknowledging her situation publicly. On the occasion of a visit from a friend of her father, a plastic surgeon, Alex feels her fate closing in. At the same time, her attraction to the visitor’s teenage son, and the unwanted attentions of a group of local boys, force Alex to an emotional precipice where any step she takes may be calamitous. Ines Flores turns in a riveting, unforgettable performance as Alex in this shocking, emotional and historic feature. [-]

saturday 29 nov_13:00 | PGM 42 | Imperial


  GENERATION Q

 
How Do I Say This? I'm Gay!
Michael Bodie & Silas Howard | U.S.A | 2008 | video | 5 min | english

A college student musters up the courage to come out to her mother, with the help of her High School Musical-ly inclined friends in this short by the director of By Hook or ... [+]

A college student musters up the courage to come out to her mother, with the help of her High School Musical-ly inclined friends in this short by the director of By Hook or By Crook. [-]

saturday 29 nov_13:30 | PGM 43 | ONF_NFB
Also in this program : Babysitting Andy, 1977, HerzHaft, The Young and Evil, Mr. A, The Lonely Lights. The Colour of Lemons, No Bikini


 
Babysitting Andy
Pat Mills | Canada | 2007 | video | 10 min | english

What do you do if you’re nine and nobody will tell you what “fellatio” means? I guess you and your boyfriend just try to make the best of it. ... [+]

What do you do if you’re nine and nobody will tell you what “fellatio” means? I guess you and your boyfriend just try to make the best of it. [-]

saturday 29 nov_13:30 | PGM 43 | ONF_NFB
Also in this program : How Do I Say This? I'm Gay!, 1977, HerzHaft, The Young and Evil, Mr. A, The Lonely Lights. The Colour of Lemons, No Bikini


 
1977
Peque Varela | Spain | 2007 | video | 9 min | spanish | s-t.a_en

A small town, a growing knot and a girl searching for her identity form the base of this remarkable animated film. ... [+]

A small town, a growing knot and a girl searching for her identity form the base of this remarkable animated film. [-]

saturday 29 nov_13:30 | PGM 43 | ONF_NFB
Also in this program : How Do I Say This? I'm Gay!, Babysitting Andy, HerzHaft, The Young and Evil, Mr. A, The Lonely Lights. The Colour of Lemons, No Bikini


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HerzHaft
Martin Busker | Germany | 2007 | video | 15 min | german | s-t.a_en

Serious consequences ensue when a 33-yearold football coach falls in love with a 15-year-old member of the team. ... [+]

Serious consequences ensue when a 33-yearold football coach falls in love with a 15-year-old member of the team. [-]

saturday 29 nov_13:30 | PGM 43 | ONF_NFB
Also in this program : How Do I Say This? I'm Gay!, Babysitting Andy, 1977, The Young and Evil, Mr. A, The Lonely Lights. The Colour of Lemons, No Bikini


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The Young and Evil
Julian Breece | U.S.A | 2008 | video | 15 min | english

A smart but troubled Black gay teen sets out to seduce an HIV-positive man into giving him the virus in this mind-blowing, gorgeous short. ... [+]

A smart but troubled Black gay teen sets out to seduce an HIV-positive man into giving him the virus in this mind-blowing, gorgeous short. [-]

saturday 29 nov_13:30 | PGM 43 | ONF_NFB
Also in this program : How Do I Say This? I'm Gay!, Babysitting Andy, 1977, HerzHaft, Mr. A, The Lonely Lights. The Colour of Lemons, No Bikini


 
Mr. A
Joe Murphy | U.S.A | 2008 | video | 13 min | english

Kenny develops an unrequited crush on Mr. A, his math teacher, after discovering his personal ad online. ... [+]

Kenny develops an unrequited crush on Mr. A, his math teacher, after discovering his personal ad online. [-]

saturday 29 nov_13:30 | PGM 43 | ONF_NFB
Also in this program : How Do I Say This? I'm Gay!, Babysitting Andy, 1977, HerzHaft, The Young and Evil, The Lonely Lights. The Colour of Lemons, No Bikini


SITE OFFICIEL

 
The Lonely Lights. The Colour of Lemons
Benjamin M Piety | U.S.A | 2007 | 35mm | 16 min | english

A gorgeous study of love, longing and sexuality, this film offers up a collection of memories rich with meaning. ... [+]

A gorgeous study of love, longing and sexuality, this film offers up a collection of memories rich with meaning. [-]

saturday 29 nov_13:30 | PGM 43 | ONF_NFB
Also in this program : How Do I Say This? I'm Gay!, Babysitting Andy, 1977, HerzHaft, The Young and Evil, Mr. A, No Bikini


 
No Bikini
Claudia Morgado Escanilla | Canada | 2007 | 35mm | 9 min | english

For several glorious weeks at swimming camp, 9-year-old Robin passes for a boy by leaving the bikini top in the locker. ... [+]

For several glorious weeks at swimming camp, 9-year-old Robin passes for a boy by leaving the bikini top in the locker. [-]

saturday 29 nov_13:30 | PGM 43 | ONF_NFB
Also in this program : How Do I Say This? I'm Gay!, Babysitting Andy, 1977, HerzHaft, The Young and Evil, Mr. A, The Lonely Lights. The Colour of Lemons



 
Bruce LaBruce_ masterclass
Bruce LaBruce | Canada | 2008 | | 90 min |

There’s a thin line between art and porn – or porn and art – and photographer, writer and filmmaker Bruce LaBruce walks it like a tightrope. His highly charged, erotic films traffic ... [+]

There’s a thin line between art and porn – or porn and art – and photographer, writer and filmmaker Bruce LaBruce walks it like a tightrope. His highly charged, erotic films traffic in queer sexual iconoclasm, casting a unique light on a queer sub-culture filled with hustlers, drifters, fetishists, sadomasochists, revolutionaries and now, zombies. LaBruce’s work is explicit and shocking but always intensely humorous and ironic. For over a decade, this bad-boy of queer cinema has aroused, incensed and ultimately challenged audiences – igniting a fuse from the groin on up to the critical faculties. Coming to image+nation 21 with his latest opus, Otto; Or Up With Dead People the “reluctant pornographer” will lead a Masterclass, discussing his influences and motivations in fusing sex, politics and ideology together as a creative practice. [-]

saturday 29 nov_14:00 | PGM 46 | J.A. de Seve


 
La León
Santiago Otheguy | Argentina | 2007 | 35mm | 85 min | spanish | s-t.a_en

Álvaro ekes out a living as book repairman and reed cutter on an island in the remote Paraná region in north-eastern Argentina. His daily hard-scrabble and solitary existence is punctured by the dull roar ... [+]

Álvaro ekes out a living as book repairman and reed cutter on an island in the remote Paraná region in north-eastern Argentina. His daily hard-scrabble and solitary existence is punctured by the dull roar of La León, a water bus piloted by its even louder helmsman, the bigoted and brutal El Turu. Álvaro, a fisherman and fisher of men, finds solace in furtive trysts with foreign workers. As such, he becomes the target of Turu’s misplaced ambition to protect the rural inhabitants, resources and traditions from exploitation by illegal loggers and missionaries. Alternately magnetised and repelled by the handsome and reticent Álvaro, another law of desire secretly stirs Turu’s innermost tumult… Santiago Otheguy’s prize-winning debut feature La León, simultaneously blends cinéma-vérité with romance, and with nuanced performances enriching a taut script. Paola Grandio’s riveting and sumptuous black-andwhite lens work adroitly captures a community frozen in time, and the jungle itself becomes another character, both colluding with and bearing silent witness to human frailty and strength. [-]

saturday 29 nov_15:00 | PGM 44 | Imperial


 
New Wave
Gaęl Morel | France | 2008 | 35mm | 80 min | french | s-t.a_en

As the dreaded qualifying year begins, the solitary and studious Eric is electrified when the rebellious anarcho-punk Romain saunters insouciantly across the schoolyard. Alienated from and ashamed of his rural, working-class origins, Eric becomes completely ... [+]

As the dreaded qualifying year begins, the solitary and studious Eric is electrified when the rebellious anarcho-punk Romain saunters insouciantly across the schoolyard. Alienated from and ashamed of his rural, working-class origins, Eric becomes completely besotted with the sickly Romain, his close relationship with Anna (Béatrice Dalle, 37°2 le matin) and the new wave/punk music that reflects their estrangement and melancholy in the blackboard jungle. Despite their differences, both Eric and Romain discover their passion for amateur filmmaking, music and poetry. However, a tragedy overtakes these fetching young friends – but not without leaving a life-affirming legacy. In his sixth and most personal movie, Gäel Morel (Le clan) tenderly examines the solace of same-sex attraction and friendship across class and social divides, both imagined and real. Newcomers Valentin Ducommun and Victor Chambon deliver intense performances and stars Morel’s favourite muscle Thomas Dumerchez. Eighties indie It girl Dalle is our direct link to this period, while Camille Rocailleux’s inventive score conjures the ambience of the decade. [-]

saturday 29 nov_15:15 | PGM 45 | ONF_NFB
Also in this program : How Do I Say This? I'm Gay!


 
How Do I Say This? I'm Gay!
Michael Bodie & Silas Howard | U.S.A | 2007 | video | 5 min | english

A college student musters up the courage to come out to her mother, with the help of her High School Musical-ly inclined friends in this short by the director of By Hook or ... [+]

A college student musters up the courage to come out to her mother, with the help of her High School Musical-ly inclined friends in this short by the director of By Hook or By Crook. [-]

saturday 29 nov_15:15 | PGM 45 | ONF_NFB
Also in this program : New Wave



SITE OFFICIEL
BANDE-ANNONCE

 
Patti Smith: Dream of Life
Steven Sebring | U.S.A | 2008 | 35mm | 109 min | english

Patti Smith was born, wrote poetry, made rock-and-roll history, and changed the world – part of it anyway. When people ask her “How does it feel to be a rock icon?” Patti Smith ... [+]

Patti Smith was born, wrote poetry, made rock-and-roll history, and changed the world – part of it anyway. When people ask her “How does it feel to be a rock icon?” Patti Smith says she “always thinks of Mount Rushmore.” Steven Sebring’s directorial debut takes a lyrical, streamof- consciousness approach that is exactly right in his affecting portrait of the “rock-and-roll Joan of Arc.” She can bring a crowd of devotees to its feet chanting “Glor-i-a!” as effectively as she can share her pain over the early death of her husband, Fred Smith, her brother, her close friend Robert Mapplethorpe, and other artists she admires (Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, William S. Burroughs). Everyone knows that Patti Smith’s music, poetry, and politics are fearless, funny, raw, and original. But this film also captures her physical presence – her gamine beauty and charming, self-effacing style – that will take you by surprise and leave you deeply moved. Less a movie about a musician than a transfixing meditation on her own iconography, Patti Smith: Dream of Life is a just that, a dream. [-]

saturday 29 nov_17:00 | PGM 47 | Imperial


SITE OFFICIEL
BANDE-ANNONCE

 
The Beirut Apt
Daniele Salaris | U.K./Italy | 2007 | video | 50 min | english & arabic | s-t.a_en

The Beirut Apt is a poetic documentary tribute to Lebanon’s gay and lesbian citizens, who live in a nation where homosexuality is not only punishable in practice but also illegal to discuss publicly. In ... [+]

The Beirut Apt is a poetic documentary tribute to Lebanon’s gay and lesbian citizens, who live in a nation where homosexuality is not only punishable in practice but also illegal to discuss publicly. In May 2007, a collective of Italian filmmakers headed to Beirut to journey into the lives of Lebanese gays and lesbians, both Muslim and Christian. In a country where the notorious Article 534 is still used to harass and suppress LGBT people, the filmmakers found an apartment in the Rouche district where interviewees could talk freely and openly about their lives. The apartment becomes a confessional for them, with the cityscape as a backdrop. Not only are we privy to how they express their sexuality, but also learn their views on the recent Hezbollah-Israeli conflict and whether this volatile political situation hindered or improved the situation for queer people in Lebanon. At a time when Western media conjure up stereotypes of Islam and the Middle East, The Beirut Apt presents a complex, and surprising portrait of a cosmopolitan Arab city. [-]

saturday 29 nov_17:15 | PGM 48 | ONF_NFB
Also in this program : Lot's Wife


 
Lot's Wife
Harjant Gill & Koray Durak | Turkey | 2008 | video | 10 min | turkish | s-t.a_en

A modern day tale of Sodom and Gomorrah set in a shantytown on the outskirts of Istanbul, Lot’s Wife is a poetic and harsh indictment of fundamentalism. ... [+]

A modern day tale of Sodom and Gomorrah set in a shantytown on the outskirts of Istanbul, Lot’s Wife is a poetic and harsh indictment of fundamentalism. [-]

saturday 29 nov_17:15 | PGM 48 | ONF_NFB
Also in this program : The Beirut Apt



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Two Men and Two Babies
Emma Crimmings | Australia | 2008 | video | 52 min | english

“We’re just a couple of guys who are parenting and this is our story.” So says Lee Matthews of the journey he and partner Tony Wood have shared. They made headlines in Australia ... [+]

“We’re just a couple of guys who are parenting and this is our story.” So says Lee Matthews of the journey he and partner Tony Wood have shared. They made headlines in Australia as one of the first gay male couples to use both a surrogate and an egg donor to create a baby. They have had many supporters, and many vocal critics. Five years later, the film looks at the impact of the surrogacy process on the couple, after they’ve had a second child with surrogate Junoa. Lee and Tony found Junoa through an American agency that caters almost exclusively to gay couples. Junoa frankly explains why she became a surrogate, and the emotional challenges she has faced. Similarly, Lee and Tony openly discuss gender and parenting, as they now understand it. As the gayby boom spreads from North America to the rest of the world, we can expect more documentaries about the ups and downs of queer parenthood, and we’d be lucky if they were all as well-crafted as this one. [-]

saturday 29 nov_19:00 | PGM 50 | ONF_NFB


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The Young and Evil
Julian Breece | U.S.A | 2008 | video | 15 min | english

A smart but troubled Black gay teen sets out to seduce an HIV-positive man into giving him the virus in this mind-blowing, gorgeous short. ... [+]

A smart but troubled Black gay teen sets out to seduce an HIV-positive man into giving him the virus in this mind-blowing, gorgeous short. [-]

saturday 29 nov_19:15 | PGM 49 | Imperial
Also in this program : Bramadero, Untitled Film Stills, Pat's First Kiss, Japanese Sandman, Silver Road, The Lonely Lights. The Color of Lemons, Souljah, The Window


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Bramadero
Julián Hernández | Mexico | 2007 | 35mm | 21 min | spanish | s-t.a_en

Two boys meet for a tryst on a high-rise construction site in this gorgeous short by the director of Broken Sky. ... [+]

Two boys meet for a tryst on a high-rise construction site in this gorgeous short by the director of Broken Sky. [-]

saturday 29 nov_19:15 | PGM 49 | Imperial
Also in this program : The Young and Evil, Untitled Film Stills, Pat's First Kiss, Japanese Sandman, Silver Road, The Lonely Lights. The Color of Lemons, Souljah, The Window


 
Untitled Film Stills
Sam Icklow | Australia | 2007 | video | 5 min | no dialogue

A fleeting, celluloid romance. ... [+]

A fleeting, celluloid romance. [-]

saturday 29 nov_19:15 | PGM 49 | Imperial
Also in this program : The Young and Evil, Bramadero, Pat's First Kiss, Japanese Sandman, Silver Road, The Lonely Lights. The Color of Lemons, Souljah, The Window


 
Pat's First Kiss
Pat Mills | Canada | 2007 | video | 4 min | english

The true story of the filmmaker’s first kiss overseas told in animated delight. ... [+]

The true story of the filmmaker’s first kiss overseas told in animated delight. [-]

saturday 29 nov_19:15 | PGM 49 | Imperial
Also in this program : The Young and Evil, Bramadero, Untitled Film Stills, Japanese Sandman, Silver Road, The Lonely Lights. The Color of Lemons, Souljah, The Window


 
Japanese Sandman
Ed Buhr | U.S.A | 2008 | video | 12 min | english

At once wry travelogue and heartbreaking tale of love lost, The Japanese Sandman is a visual interpretation of a letter William S. Burroughs wrote to Allan Ginsburg in 1953. ... [+]

At once wry travelogue and heartbreaking tale of love lost, The Japanese Sandman is a visual interpretation of a letter William S. Burroughs wrote to Allan Ginsburg in 1953. [-]

saturday 29 nov_19:15 | PGM 49 | Imperial
Also in this program : The Young and Evil, Bramadero, Untitled Film Stills, Pat's First Kiss, Silver Road, The Lonely Lights. The Color of Lemons, Souljah, The Window


 
Silver Road
Bill Taylor | Canada | 2007 | 35mm | 13 min | english

Childhood friends say goodbye in this ode to growing up and letting go. ... [+]

Childhood friends say goodbye in this ode to growing up and letting go. [-]

saturday 29 nov_19:15 | PGM 49 | Imperial
Also in this program : The Young and Evil, Bramadero, Untitled Film Stills, Pat's First Kiss, Japanese Sandman, The Lonely Lights. The Color of Lemons, Souljah, The Window


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The Lonely Lights. The Color of Lemons
Benjamin M Piety | U.S.A | 2007 | 35mm | 16 min | english

A gorgeous study of love, longing and sexuality, this film offers up a collection of memories rich with meaning. ... [+]

A gorgeous study of love, longing and sexuality, this film offers up a collection of memories rich with meaning. [-]

saturday 29 nov_19:15 | PGM 49 | Imperial
Also in this program : The Young and Evil, Bramadero, Untitled Film Stills, Pat's First Kiss, Japanese Sandman, Silver Road, Souljah, The Window


 
Souljah
Rikki Beadle-Blair | U.K. | 2007 | video | 10 min | english

A beautiful African schoolboy with a penchant for glittery eye makeup knows more about combat than his drug-dealing bullies. ... [+]

A beautiful African schoolboy with a penchant for glittery eye makeup knows more about combat than his drug-dealing bullies. [-]

saturday 29 nov_19:15 | PGM 49 | Imperial
Also in this program : The Young and Evil, Bramadero, Untitled Film Stills, Pat's First Kiss, Japanese Sandman, Silver Road, The Lonely Lights. The Color of Lemons, The Window


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The Window
Philippe Gosselin & Ronald Regina | Canada | 2008 | video | 6 min | no dialogue

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saturday 29 nov_19:15 | PGM 49 | Imperial
Also in this program : The Young and Evil, Bramadero, Untitled Film Stills, Pat's First Kiss, Japanese Sandman, Silver Road, The Lonely Lights. The Color of Lemons, Souljah



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No End (Senza fine)
Roberto Cuzzillo | Italy | 2008 | 35mm | 75 min | italian | s-t.a_en

Long-term and loving partners, Giulia (Cristina Serafini) and Chiara (Irene Ivaldi) are preparing to have a child. Given that Italian law restricts access to artificial insemination to heterosexual couples, Chiara and Giulia must undergo ... [+]

Long-term and loving partners, Giulia (Cristina Serafini) and Chiara (Irene Ivaldi) are preparing to have a child. Given that Italian law restricts access to artificial insemination to heterosexual couples, Chiara and Giulia must undergo the procedure in Holland. Chiara, however, discovers an ominous lump in her breast – but resists confiding in Giulia, fearful that her illness may tarnish their candidacy for the artificial insemination programme. As Chiara risks destabilising their relationship, Giulia braces herself for a confrontation with her mother about her prejudices concerning same-sex families and parenting. Roberto Cuzzillo’s surprisingly assured debut combines thoughtful framing with a warm palette in this affecting and affectionate story of hope. Relative newcomers Ivaldi and Serafini smooth over an occasionally untidy script with arresting, emotionally disciplined performances that command our empathy. Supported by Cuzzillo’s adroit use of silence and sound, No End is a brilliant tale about the never-ending challenges that life throws our way. [-]

saturday 29 nov_20:00 | PGM 51 | J.A. de Seve
Also in this program : Le fossoyeur (The Gravedigger)


 
Le fossoyeur (The Gravedigger)
Sylvie Benavides | France | 2008 | video | 19 min | french | s-t.a_en

His wife having left him for another woman, how far will a man go to end his suffering? ... [+]

His wife having left him for another woman, how far will a man go to end his suffering? [-]

saturday 29 nov_20:00 | PGM 51 | J.A. de Seve
Also in this program : No End (Senza fine)



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The Universe of Keith Haring
Christina Clausen | Italy/France | 2007 | video | 90 min | italian | s-t.a_en

A vibrant portrait of the (pop) Artist as a Young Man. Christina Clausen chronicles the life and art of Keith Haring, from his working-class upbringing, development of a trademark approach to art, and rise ... [+]

A vibrant portrait of the (pop) Artist as a Young Man. Christina Clausen chronicles the life and art of Keith Haring, from his working-class upbringing, development of a trademark approach to art, and rise to pop art superstardom. Marrying his signature sly symbolism to a single idea, “Art is for Everybody!”, Haring’s distinctive brand of urban primitivism earned many prestigious commissions until his untimely death from AIDS. Clausen reveals a compulsively generous and gregarious spirit who fearlessly challenged complacency, prejudice and stereotypes through his art. Angelo Talocci’s evocative 80s retro original score drives this eye-popping visual feast, while close friend Junior vasquez signs us in and out with The Artist Speaks. Clausen crams archival footage of Grace Jones, Madonna, paradise Garage and Andy Warhol (among others) and interviews with Haring himself, Jeffrey Artstar Deitch, Fab 5 Freddy, Bill T. Jones, David LaChapelle, Yoko Ono and Kenny Scharf in this bouncy and breathless celebration of the late, great Keith Haring. [-]

saturday 29 nov_21:00 | PGM 53 | ONF_NFB


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The New Twenty
Chris Mason Johnson | U.S.A | 2008 | 35mm | 92 min | english

::DIRECTOR PRESENT:: Ambitious Andrew’s engagement to Asian alpha-female Julie triggers a downward spiral of hedonism and heroin for fellow-groupie Felix, who continues to nurse his bruised longing for her. Budding cub and court jester, ... [+]

::DIRECTOR PRESENT:: Ambitious Andrew’s engagement to Asian alpha-female Julie triggers a downward spiral of hedonism and heroin for fellow-groupie Felix, who continues to nurse his bruised longing for her. Budding cub and court jester, Ben soothes his self-hatred with secret hook-ups and sitcoms. Meanwhile Julie’s brother, the pouty and precious Tony finds himself rethinking both career and life choices when he falls hard for an HIV+ older man. Andrew, seduced by sexy beast Louie’s charisma and crass materialism, becomes the focus of their great expectations. As money changes everything, a bachelor party threatens an enduring camaraderie cultivated in a liberal arts hothouse… Chris Mason Johnson’s debut feature explores the subtle tensions that exist in relationships that appear to have transcended class, race and sexual orientation. A soundtrack lush with alterna-folk angst and indie pop introspection accompanies this ensemble gem of thirtysomethings in turmoil. A St. Elmo’s Fire for a new generation, could forty actually be the new thirty and thirty the new twenty? [-]

saturday 29 nov_21:30 | PGM 52 | Imperial
Also in this program : For The Love of God


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For The Love of God
Joe Tucker | U.S.A | 2007 | 35mm | 11 min | english

Living in a Christian bookshop, Graham and his mother both love God… but in very different ways. ... [+]

Living in a Christian bookshop, Graham and his mother both love God… but in very different ways. [-]

saturday 29 nov_21:30 | PGM 52 | Imperial
Also in this program : The New Twenty



 
Steam
Kyle Schickner | U.S.A | 2007 | 35mm | 117 min | english

Finally, a film with three strong female leads – each delivering stunning and nuanced performances of women faced with profound changes in life. Kate Siegel (The OC) plays Elizabeth, a beautiful college student with overbearing parents. ... [+]

Finally, a film with three strong female leads – each delivering stunning and nuanced performances of women faced with profound changes in life. Kate Siegel (The OC) plays Elizabeth, a beautiful college student with overbearing parents. Falling for a young bisexual activist in her class, Elizabeth soon finds herself alternately preparing safe sex kits and dreaming up ever more flamboyant excuses for missing church. Coming out to her parents – in a jailhouse showdown no less – our young heroine turns the corner into adulthood – with all the promise and angst that it entails. In the meantime, Ally Sheedy stars as Laurie, a single mother going through a bitter custody battle. At the urging of her best friend, she begins dating her son’s much younger football coach, gaining a new lease on life and learning the true value she brings as mother, friend and lover. Joining the two women in their steam room ritual of introspection is Doris, a newly-in-love widow played by the Oscar nominated, Ruby Dee. Filled with charming dialogue and sweet intensity, Steam is a gem of a film that reveals the unseen interconnectedness of love and selfdiscovery. [-]

saturday 29 nov_22:15 | PGM 54 | J.A. de Seve


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Who is Afraid of Kathy Acker
Barbara Caspar | Austria | 2008 | video | 87 min | english

Just about everyone, it seems, is in this fractured valentine to a true American original. Kathy Acker’s post-feminist work, in the words of one critic, had “something to offend everybody.” Whether rewriting canonized texts ... [+]

Just about everyone, it seems, is in this fractured valentine to a true American original. Kathy Acker’s post-feminist work, in the words of one critic, had “something to offend everybody.” Whether rewriting canonized texts like Don Quixote, or forging new boundaries of form and taste, Acker’s work pushed the very limits of literature. Her journey towards self-creation is said to have included stints working as a stripper and a porn actress. Whether this true, or merely apocryphal is difficult to say. She didn’t become “classic” Acker until the Punk movement of the late 70s where at CBGBs – in the company of people like Richard Hell and Robert Mapplethorpe – she refashioned herself into a sexual messiahcum- literary-terrorist. Acker’s meteoric rise with her novel Blood and Guts in High School brought her huge notoriety; groupies, acolytes and sex of every conceivable variety, soon followed. After charged with plagiarizing a coterie of other significant male writers, Acker’s star plummeted. She found a new home and admirers in San Francisco’s riot grrrl scene, where she became den mother to an emerging crop of female troublemakers. Footage of Acker in full terrorist-mode is interspersed with archival clips, animation and interviews with those who knew and loved her best. [-]

sunday 30 nov_13:00 | PGM 56 | ONF_NFB


 
Nés en 68
Olivier Ducastel & Jacques Martineau | France | 2008 | 35mm | 167 min | french | s-t.a_en

In the heady and hedonistic atmosphere of Spring 1968, Catherine (the beguiling and emblematic Laetitia Casta), Hervé and Yves are lovers and student revolutionaries at the Sorbonne. Indelibly marked by the idealism of this ... [+]

In the heady and hedonistic atmosphere of Spring 1968, Catherine (the beguiling and emblematic Laetitia Casta), Hervé and Yves are lovers and student revolutionaries at the Sorbonne. Indelibly marked by the idealism of this era, they decide to establish a communal utopia in Lot. Catherine’s romanticism and sheer willpower steers the commune through the inevitable economic and social upheavals, and historical and personal tragedies. Her children will inherit her militancy, but different political and social circumstances: For Boris, it will be the scourge of AIDS and Ludmilla, the Internet revolution. Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau (Crustacés et coquillages) breathlessly transport us through the turbulence of the late 60s to Nicolas Sarkozy’s election. From Peyrefitte, the fall of the Berlin Wall, ACT UP and the extension of PACS to same-sex couples, they reflect on how the Spirit of 68 is translated by each generation. A superb companion piece to Renaud Betrand’s excellent Sa raison d’ętre, Nés en 68 is essential viewing for activists of every age, history buffs and those missing a little revolutionary something – today. [-]

sunday 30 nov_13:30 | PGM 55 | Imperial


 
Altromondo (Otherworld)
Fabiomassimo Lozzi | Italy | 2008 | video | 106 min | italian | s-t.a_en

Based on extensive interviews by Antonio veneziani and Riccardo Reim in their criticallyacclaimed books Pornocuore and I Mignotti, Fabiomassimo Lozzi’s Altromondo is a refreshing hybrid of documentary and drama. Constructed loosely around three different themes, ... [+]

Based on extensive interviews by Antonio veneziani and Riccardo Reim in their criticallyacclaimed books Pornocuore and I Mignotti, Fabiomassimo Lozzi’s Altromondo is a refreshing hybrid of documentary and drama. Constructed loosely around three different themes, a bevy of sinspirationally beautiful and talented stars of film and stage from Rome’s renowned Actors Centre, command our empathy and understanding – even when recounting difficult or repellent stories. As the narrative moves through denial, the gulf between the emotional and sexual, to full-blown acceptance and outright pride, a conversation of an intensely national and personal nature evolves into something of universal resonance and significance. Fag basher, ghosts of unfortunate trysts, internalized homophobe, kitchen queen and Madonna club puppy, we recognise others and ourselves, and our struggles in the people and situations represented in these 43 vignettes. Expanding and reinvigorating the staid documentary format, Lozzi’s Altromondo joins Ozpetek’s Saturno contro and Cuzzillo’s No End in a simply outstanding year for queer Italian cinema. [-]

sunday 30 nov_15:00 | PGM 57 | ONF_NFB


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Newcastle
Dan Castle | Australia | 2008 | 35mm | 100 min | english

The beautiful ocean near the city of Newscastle, Australia takes center stage in this comingof- age film focusing on the lives of the often shirtless Jesse (Lachlan Buchanan), his brother Fergus (Xavier Samuel), step-brother ... [+]

The beautiful ocean near the city of Newscastle, Australia takes center stage in this comingof- age film focusing on the lives of the often shirtless Jesse (Lachlan Buchanan), his brother Fergus (Xavier Samuel), step-brother Victor (Reshad Strik) and their friends. With the exception of Fergus – who is more interested in one of Jesse’s pals than he is in surfing – the guys are hardcore surfers whose lives revolve around their boards, their girls, and the ocean. Rivalries serve as motivation, and none is as bitter as the one between Jesse and Victor. Needing a break, Jesse and his pals take off for a weekend of surfing on a quiet beach away from life’s stresses. The weekend is filled with sexual exploration and teenage pranks until Victor and his buddies arrive, looking for trouble. Not surprisingly, tragedy strikes, changing each of their lives forever. Gorgeous camera work above and below water showcase the brilliant colours of the sea and the landscape, not to mention the surfers’ phenomenal bodies and outrageous moves. [-]

sunday 30 nov_17:00 | PGM 58 | Imperial


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The Beirut Apt
Daniele Salaris | U.K./Italy | 2007 | video | 50 min | english & arabic | s-t.a_en

The Beirut Apt is a poetic documentary tribute to Lebanon’s gay and lesbian citizens, who live in a nation where homosexuality is not only punishable in practice but also illegal to discuss publicly. In ... [+]

The Beirut Apt is a poetic documentary tribute to Lebanon’s gay and lesbian citizens, who live in a nation where homosexuality is not only punishable in practice but also illegal to discuss publicly. In May 2007, a collective of Italian filmmakers headed to Beirut to journey into the lives of Lebanese gays and lesbians, both Muslim and Christian. In a country where the notorious Article 534 is still used to harass and suppress LGBT people, the filmmakers found an apartment in the Rouche district where interviewees could talk freely and openly about their lives. The apartment becomes a confessional for them, with the cityscape as a backdrop. Not only are we privy to how they express their sexuality, but also learn their views on the recent Hezbollah-Israeli conflict and whether this volatile political situation hindered or improved the situation for queer people in Lebanon. At a time when Western media conjure up stereotypes of Islam and the Middle East, The Beirut Apt presents a complex, and surprising portrait of a cosmopolitan Arab city. [-]

sunday 30 nov_17:00 | PGM 59 | ONF_NFB


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Were the World Mine
Tom Gustafson | U.S.A | 2008 | video | 95 min | english

:: DIRECTOR PRESENT :: What if Puck was as much fairy as fairie, and his love potion worked its magic most un-heterosexually? An imaginative, modern retelling of a Midsummer’s Night Dream gives Timothy (Tanner ... [+]

:: DIRECTOR PRESENT :: What if Puck was as much fairy as fairie, and his love potion worked its magic most un-heterosexually? An imaginative, modern retelling of a Midsummer’s Night Dream gives Timothy (Tanner Cohen) – the only gay senior in an all-boy class populated by the rugby team – the chance to get even with small town homophobia. In the Bard’s footsteps, reality is but a play within the play, or is it? Recruited into the starring role by quirky drama teacher Mrs. Trebbit (Wendy Robie, Twin Peaks) – who may very well be Titania herself –, Timothy’s reoccurring escapist fantasies are musical numbers featuring his lean, muscular classmates, and center around his love’s desire, the class jock, who seems at least sympathetic to his plight. With all of the gender confusion and mayhem of Shakespeare’s play and more, and informed by a gentle American- flavoured magic realism, this feature-length adaptation of director Tom Gustafson’s 2003 short, Fairies, Were The World Mine has garnered an octet of awards, especially from appreciative audiences. Would that all pansies shoot as far and with such delicious results! [-]

sunday 30 nov_19:00 | PGM 60 | Imperial