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In honour of the queerest holiday of them all – Halloween - image+nation 22 pays tribute to the horror film with a festival focus that runs the gamut from the deadpan Southern gothic thriller, Drool to the twisted (in a good way) ghost stories, Dream Boy and Ghosted to the sly, subversively silly and ultimately, good old-fashioned blood n’ gore zombie flick, Zombies of Mass Destruction. Grab yourself a date (or two) with big strong arms to hold onto, take a deep breath and come share each terrifying and entertaining minute with us.

Dream Boy

Drool

Ghosted

Homo Horreur shorts

Pornography: a Thriller

Zombies of Mass Destruction

 

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Dream Boy
James Bolton | U.S.A. | 2008 | vidéo | 90 min | english

Nerdy and nervous Nathan (Stephan Bender, Superman Returns) goes where he’s taken, because his hard-drinking, hard-hitting father is unable to keep steady work. That’s pretty much how it’s been for ... [+]

Nerdy and nervous Nathan (Stephan Bender, Superman Returns) goes where he’s taken, because his hard-drinking, hard-hitting father is unable to keep steady work. That’s pretty much how it’s been for most of his young life in rural Louisiana. He encounters the school bus driver, rough-and-ready Roy (Maximillian Roeg, 7th Heaven) – and their attraction is instantaneous. As they become study buddies, Roy’s protectiveness of Nathan arouses the suspicions of the boorish, brutal Burke. A hike into an uncharted wood takes this conventional coming-of-age story down a surprising but ultimately satisfying trail. James Bolton (Eban and Charley) returns to familiar territory in this lush adaptation of Jim Grimsley’s award-wining novel, Dream Boy. The delicate uncertainty of Nathan and Roy’s predicaments is charged by Bender and Roeg’s easy, fresh eroticism and precocious performances. Rock legend Rickie Lee Jones is perfect as Roy’s mother. Bolton’s firm direction prevents Richard Buckner’s rich but omnipresent score from overtaking things. As with Pornography, a supernatural touch infuses this powerful film about first love and forgiveness. [-]

friday 23 oct_17:00 | PGM 02 | Imperial



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Ghosted
Monika Treut | Germany/Taïwan | 2009 | vidéo | 89 min | german & taiwanese | s-t.a_en

Three women, two cultures, one love... Ghosted is an ethereal lesbian love story that bridges the ocean between Eastern and Western cultural beliefs. Artist Sophie Schmitt travels from Hamburg to ... [+]

Three women, two cultures, one love... Ghosted is an ethereal lesbian love story that bridges the ocean between Eastern and Western cultural beliefs. Artist Sophie Schmitt travels from Hamburg to Taipei to come to terms with the sudden and unexplained death of her Taiwanese lover, Ai-Ling. While in Taipei for the opening of her exhibition, Sophie meets Mei-Li, a pushy and beautiful journalist who eerily reminds her of Ai-Ling. Mei-Li’s constant questions and flirtatious overtures are too much, too soon, and Sophie retreats to Hamburg. When the journalist mysteriously turns up on her doorstep, Sophie decides to open herself to new sexual adventures. Her newfound trust is soon shattered when she discovers that Mei-Li isn’t who she claims to be. Suspenseful and complex, this globetrotting narrative is part love story, part detective thriller. Returning to festival screens after years of documentary practice, acclaimed director, Monika Treut (Virgin Machine, Female Misbehavior, Gendernauts) delivers an intimate and haunting work on the lasting power of love and the bridging of cultures. [-]

thursday 29 oct_19:00 | PGM 34 | Imperial



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Pornography: A Thriller
David Kittredge | U.S.A. | 2009 | vidéo | 113 min | english

A porn star’s disappearance at the height of his fame becomes an all-consuming passion for both another adult film star and journalist. Mark Anton (Jared Grey, The Art of Being ... [+]

A porn star’s disappearance at the height of his fame becomes an all-consuming passion for both another adult film star and journalist. Mark Anton (Jared Grey, The Art of Being Straight) disappears into a fog of rumours in 1995. Michael (Matthew Montgomery, Redwoods) an investigative journalist writing a book about porn stars, moves into a dream apartment where he stumbles across a videotape that might have captured Mark’s final moments. However, as Michael’s investigations deepen, an untimely death and his boyfriend’s strange behaviour smudge the lines between the real and supernatural. At the same time, smug porn star Matt Stevens feverishly pens a screenplay inspired by his dream about Mark Anton. However, ghostly appearances and mysterious occurrences threaten both the production – and perhaps, himself. A gripping whodunit where the kill is the ultimate thrill, David Kittredge’s entertaining if uneven buff-n-snuff debut is masterfully lensed and exquisitely edited. Echoing The Ring and Surveillance (image+nation 20), actors reprising different roles, up the eerily layered ante. David Lynch fans will love this sinister mix of mindf*ck and hot hunks that will challenge both your heads! [-]

thursday 29 oct_21:00 | PGM 35 | Imperial



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After
Mark Pariselli | Canada | 2009 | vidéo | 13 min | english

Inspired by the Dennis Cooper poem, After School, Street Football, Eighth Grade, After is a humourous and dark coming-of-age tale dealing with sexual awakening, friendship and death. ... [+]

Inspired by the Dennis Cooper poem, After School, Street Football, Eighth Grade, After is a humourous and dark coming-of-age tale dealing with sexual awakening, friendship and death. [-]

friday 30 oct_21:30 | PGM 38 | Imperial
Also in this program : Cowboy, Weak Species, Steam



 
Cowboy
Till Keinert | Germany | 2008 | 35mm | 35 min | german | s.t.a._en

Turning Deliverance on its head, this prize-winning short defies all expectations – subverting thriller clichés and ratcheting up homoerotic tension in a provincial world. ... [+]

Turning Deliverance on its head, this prize-winning short defies all expectations – subverting thriller clichés and ratcheting up homoerotic tension in a provincial world. [-]

friday 30 oct_21:30 | PGM 38 | Imperial
Also in this program : After, Weak Species, Steam



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Weak Species
Dan Faltz | U.S.A. | 2009 | vidéo | 35 min | english

Based on the writings of Dennis Cooper, Steve and George are part of a frightening food chain. High school rivals, each gravitates towards sex and violence in an attempt to ... [+]

Based on the writings of Dennis Cooper, Steve and George are part of a frightening food chain. High school rivals, each gravitates towards sex and violence in an attempt to feel. Their downward spiral could lead them to self-destruction… or to each other. [-]

friday 30 oct_21:30 | PGM 38 | Imperial
Also in this program : After, Cowboy, Steam



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Steam
Eldar Rapaport | U.S.A. | 2009 | vidéo | 16 min | english

Moving between anxiety, reflection and fear, two strangers try to make sense of their predicament... stuck in a steam room. Heat increasing, they need to get out but can’t find ... [+]

Moving between anxiety, reflection and fear, two strangers try to make sense of their predicament... stuck in a steam room. Heat increasing, they need to get out but can’t find the door. What is this place and how did they get here? [-]

friday 30 oct_21:30 | PGM 38 | Imperial
Also in this program : After, Cowboy, Weak Species




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Drool
Nancy Kissam | U.S.A. | 2009 | vidéo | 86 min | english

The trailer park love child of Thelma and Louise and The Opposite of Sex, Drool is an outrageous dark comedy that will leave audiences salivating for more. Meet the miserable ... [+]

The trailer park love child of Thelma and Louise and The Opposite of Sex, Drool is an outrageous dark comedy that will leave audiences salivating for more. Meet the miserable Fleece family. Dad abuses mom, Anora (Laura Harring, Mulholland Drive), daughter Tabby storms around in a teenaged snit and son Little Pete is bullied at school. Enter Imogene (Jill Marie Jones), the Kathy K. Cosmetics saleswoman who moves in next door, peddling products for the cocoa-skinned woman. Despite her arrival in a neighbourhood not too keen on cocoa-skinned anything, the unstoppable Imogene proceeds to give the family a radical makeover, starting with hand lotion and ending with a road trip in her purple Kathy K. car. Along the way, Imogene swiftly replaces the fantasy man who’s been starring in frustrated Anora’s steamy daydreams, and before you can say “purple eye-shadow” the daydream turns into reality. Under its outrageous plot, which includes racism, domestic violence, high school blowjobs, homicide and lots of masturbation, Drool is a sweet-natured Southern gothic about familial love with a generous helping of hilarious dead-pan humour. [-]

saturday 31 oct_19:00 | PGM 45 | Imperial
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Blink
Silas Howard | U.S.A. | 2009 | vidéo | 12 min | english

Ruminations on the dangers of first crushes, the weight of clean guns and the habits of sea cucumbers. ... [+]

Ruminations on the dangers of first crushes, the weight of clean guns and the habits of sea cucumbers. [-]

saturday 31 oct_19:00 | PGM 45 | Imperial
Also in this program : Drool




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Zombies of Mass Destruction
Kevin Hamedani | U.S.A. | 2009 | vidéo | 87 min | english

Port Gamble is a saccharine-sweet town where puppies are pets, liberal teachers jog in the fresh island air and American flags sway proudly on manicured lawns. But all is not ... [+]

Port Gamble is a saccharine-sweet town where puppies are pets, liberal teachers jog in the fresh island air and American flags sway proudly on manicured lawns. But all is not well on the island – Frida has dropped out of Princeton, Reverend Haggis gets better church attendance during Bingo Nights and Tom is terrified of coming out as he brings his boyfriend home to meet his mom. Mom’s already been exposed to the virus though, and needless to say, reacts to the news that her son is gay like a zombie. Taking place right after the U.S. invaded Iraq, race and sexual identity politics are examined as Frida, an Iranian-American, is captured by a local bigot. There’s no preaching in this film though, and the guts and yuks at the centre of it make for a compelling watch. Writer and director Kevin Hamedani, an Iranian-American, takes inspiration from the way he was treated after 9/11 – terrorists are blamed for the infection while Tom and his boyfriend try to fight off zombie attacks after coming out to mommy. ZMD is a gore-filled satire that combines deadpan humour with a light, post-911 commentary, taking a kitschy cue from Night of the Living Dead while delivering genuinely witty moments. [-]

saturday 31 oct_19:15 | PGM 46 | J.A. de Seve
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Cherchez la femme
Eyal Bromberg & Sivan Levy | Israel | 2009 | vidéo | 7 min | no dialogue

Vampiric desire? Lesbian lust? You decide.  ... [+]

Vampiric desire? Lesbian lust? You decide.  [-]

saturday 31 oct_19:15 | PGM 46 | J.A. de Seve
Also in this program : Zombies of Mass Destruction