Queer Screen's film festival full of cinematic treats
Queer Screen's second annual film festival to be held in September will open and close with two sparkling cinematic gems. Garrett Bithell reports.
Queer Screen has announced the opening and closing night films of their 2014 festival, which will take place September 17-21 at Event Cinemas, George Street and Dendy Cinemas, Newtown.
The Opening Night film is The Way He Looks by Daniel Ribeiro, winner of the Teddy Award at Berlin Film Festival 2014 and the Audience Award winner at Frameline 2014 in San Francisco.
This charming film is based upon one of the great gay short films, I Don’t Want to Go Back Alone, and follows Leonardo, a blind teenager living in Brazil, who is trying to break away from his protective parents and live independently. His best friend Giovana guides him home from school every day, but soon finds herself replaced by the new boy at school. The screening will be followed by an Opening Night Party at Events Cinemas George Street.
The Closing Night movie is Pride by Matthew Warchus, winner of the prestigious Queer Palm at Cannes Film Festival 2014. An uplifting British comedy-drama inspired by a remarkable true story, Pride is set in the summer of 1984, when Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is on strike. At the Gay Pride March in London, a group of gay and lesbian activists decides to raise money to support the families of the striking miners. The problem is, the Union seems embarrassed to receive their support. Pride was also selected as the Closing Night film in the Directors’ Fortnight section of the 67th Cannes Film Festival.
Watch the trailer for Pride
The full program of the 2014 Queer Film Festival will be announced in August, and is set to represent the very best of international queer cinema.
[Image] The Way He Looks by Daniel Ribeiro
The Way He Looks, Wednesday, September 17 at 7pm, Event Cinemas George Street.
Pride, Sunday, September 21 at 8.30pm, Event Cinemas George Street.
Tickets on sale now at www.queerscreen.org.au.