FRIDAY 08/SEP 17.00
Director: John Trengove
2017 | South Africa/Germany/The Netherlands/France | 88 m
Xhosa | English subtitles
Cast: Nakhane Touré, Bongile Mantsai, Niza Jay Ncoyini and Thobani Mseleni
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Xolani is a loner. He works at a factory during the day, but takes time off his job to assist during the annual Xhosa circumcision initiation, which brings the tribe’s boys into manhood. In a remote mountain camp, the young men are appointed their own elder guide and painted in white ochre, as they learn the masculine codes of their culture. In this environment of machismo and aggression, Xolani’s initiate is the defiant city boy, Kwanda. It doesn’t take long before the boy learns Xolani’s best kept secret – that he is in love with another man. Tension builds, as the young Kwanda increasingly calls into question the patriarchal codes of the initiation, but another crisis forms in Xolani, as he must choose between the traditional world that he knows and his own fulfillment. -(BY)
TOM OF FINLAND
FRIDAY 08/SEP 21.00
Director: Dome Karukoski
2017 | Finland/Denmark/Sweden/Germany | 114 m
Cast: Pekka Strang, Lauri Tilkanen, Werner Daehn and Jessica Grabowsky
Age Limit: 18
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Behind the iconic drawings of Tom of Finland, lies the incredible story of the Finnish artist, Touko Laaksonen. Returning home, traumatized from World War II, his own war began by hiding his homosexuality from the secret affairs and the police. He emerges in his artistry, creating homoerotic drawings of muscular men in uniforms, finding inspiration from his oppressors.
In this stunning portrayal of one of the most influential and admired figures of twentieth century gay culture, Karukoski manages to capture the essence of a man, who went from being chased became a celebrated hero in America. It’s a must-see for fans of his work. If you haven’t heard of Tom of Finland, this film will make you want to join the club! -(NA)
STORIES OF OUR LIVES
SATURDAY 09/SEP 18.30
Director: Jim Chuchu
2014 | Kenya | 60 m
Swahili | English subtitles
Cast: Kelly Gichohi, Paul Ogola, Tim Mutungi, Mugambi Nthiga and Rose Njenga
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Members of the multi-disciplinary art collective, The NEST, spent several months traveling around Kenya. They collected stories of young LGBTI people, focusing on their experiences and their lives in a country that is still extremely homophobic. Based on countless anonymous interviews, they developed five screenplays for short films, which provide an insight into the current situation and the problems of these sexually marginalized youths.
These short, unadorned scenes are presented by director, Jim Chuchu, in crisp, poetic black-and-white images and accompanied by a measured soundtrack. The episodes address topics, such as the search for identity, self-determination, enforced heterosexualization and the struggle for acceptance. In spite of the film being banned from public screenings in Kenya, the members of The NEST are determined to continue their struggle for recognition. -(BY)
Winner of Berlinale’s Teddy Award 2015, Best Feature Film.
Closing Night Film
+ award ceremony
SATURDAY 09/SEP 20:30
Director: Jennifer Reeder
2017 | USA | 82m
Cast: Fawzia Mirza, Shabana Azmi, Sari Sanchez, Audrey Francis, Charin Alvarez, Molly Brennan, and Mark Hood
Expected guests: Director, Jennifer Reeder & co-writer/star Fawzia Mirza.
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Zaynab is a queer, Pakistani, Muslim lawyer, who is a funny and awkward character, to which we quickly fall in love. Between juggling her soap-opera obsessed mother, who has moved in, she is trying to hide her new hobby: Lucha Libre wrestling. With daily rants about finding a husband, her sexual orientation is not exactly a conversation she is ready to have yet. Things don’t get any easier when Alma comes in the picture. This Mexican, free-spirited goddess, who unlike Zaynab, is free and has a great relationship with her mother. What starts out as a casual hookup, eventually grows deeper. The laughter is not spared and we see how she handles being caught between two strong women; one, her mother, and, the other…well you’ll see…
Signature Move is more than just a funny, romantic comedy; it’s about relationships, family, and finding common ground across cultures and experiences. A must-see film, if you are looking to be entertained, whilst moved.
Winner of the Grand Jury Prize Best U.S. Narrative Feature at the 2017 Outfest Film Festival.
SUNDAY 10/SEP 20.30
Director: Park Chan-Wook
2016 | Korea/Japan | 144 m
Korean/Japanese | Danish subtitles
Cast: Kim Min-hee, Kim Tae-ri, Ha Jung-woo, Cho Jin-woong, Kim Hae-sook and Moon So-ri
Age Limit: 18
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From the Victorian, English-set Sarah Waters novel Fingersmith, Park Chan-Wook’s version is a must-see explicit, beautiful, dark and erotic film, creating an emotional rollercoaster.
In 1930’s Japanese-occupied Korea, two young women meet under very peculiar circumstances. Sookee is to serve as the handmaiden under the beautiful heiress, Lady Hideko, who is captured in a secluded estate by her rich sadistic uncle. Even though Sookee has teamed up with the con artist, Fujiwara, with a secret plot, we can’t help, but empathize with her. We get drawn into the women’s growing friendship, which we see evolve into intimate and romantic feelings. The twist and turns in the story leave you on the edge of your seat, until Wook beautifully ties it together. -(NA)