Love & Pride Film Festival 2016
||The Love & Pride Film Festival is back with a slate of award-winning titles around the world centering on LGBT themes. Curated by Singapore Film Society, and organized by Golden Village.
||19 August 2016 (Friday) - 31 August 2016 (Wednesday), Various
Opening Night: $25 (includes 1 bottle of Hofbräu Original & light refreshments)
Closing Night: $17 (includes a popcorn combo)
Tickets for regular screenings priced at: $12 (Mondays - Thursdays) / $15 (Fridays – Sundays)
Singapore Film Society members need to present valid SFS membership or reel card at any GV Box Office counter to enjoy $2 off prevailing rates above.
For more info and scheduling: http://goo.gl/A1fMtI
Dir. Jake Witzenfeld
2015 | Israel/UK | Documentary | 86 mins | In Arabic, Hebrew & English with English subtitles |
R21 (Homosexual Theme)
Cast: Khader Abu Seif, Fadi Daeem, Naeem Jiryes
‘Oriented’ follows the lives of three Palestinian friends exploring their national and sexual identity in Tel-Aviv during the Israel-Gaza conflict of 2014. Khader is a Tel Aviv "darling" from a prominent Muslim mafia family living with his Jewish boyfriend, David, a local LGBT nightlife impresario, and their Dalmatian, Otis, in Tel Aviv.
Khader is conflicted by his desire for change in the face of a seemingly hopeless situation. Fadi is an ardent Palestinian nationalist confronted by guilt-ridden Jewish love and Naeem must confront his family with the truth about his sexuality. Determined to make a change, these three best friends form a non-violent, cultural resistance group (“Qambuta”) making viral content for gender and national equality. While their work may not change the world, it certainly helps them deal with the frustration of living with multi-faceted identities.
• Official Selection – Los Angeles Film Festival 2015
• Official Selection – NewFest New York LGBT Film Festival 2015
• Official Selection – Nashville Film Festival 2016
Dir. Stephen Dunn
2015 | Canada | Drama | 90 mins | In English | R21 (Homosexual Content)
Cast: Connor Jessup, Aaron Abrams, Joanne Kelly, Isabella Rossellini
Oscar Madly is an imaginative “only-child” in St. John, Newfoundland, whose closest friend is a pet hamster named Buffy. If his life wasn’t challenging enough being caught in the middle of his parents’ turbulent divorce, Oscar is viciously catapulted into adulthood when his father teaches him about a shocking hate-crime involving a young gay man. Fearing that he too might be gay, Oscar is driven to suppress his femininity.
But when Oscar comes of age, his resistance to his sexuality weakens as he forms a tenuous friendship with a tattooed co-worker from Montreal who opens his eyes to a whole world of new possibilities. A talking hamster, vivid imagination and the prospect of love help him confront his surreal demons and discover himself. ‘Closet Monster’ marks the debut feature film for writer-director Stephen Dunn.
• Won Best Canadian Feature Film – Toronto International Film Festival 2015
• Won Jury Award – Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival 2016
• Won Jury Award – Melbourne Queer Film Festival 2016
Dir. Lorenzo Vigas
2015 | Venezuela | Drama/Crime | 93 mins | In Spanish with English subtitles | R21 (Homosexual Content)
Cast: Alfredo Castro, Luis Silva
Set in Caracas’ chaotic lower class communities, Lorenzo Vigas’ turbulent story reveals the complex bond between two men worlds apart. Wealthy middle-aged Armando (Alfredo Castro) lures young men to his home with money. He doesn’t want to touch, only watch from a strict distance. He also follows an elderly businessman with whom he seems to have had a traumatic relationship.
Armando’s first encounter with street thug Elder (Luis Silva) is violent, but this doesn’t discourage the lonely man’s fascination with the tough handsome teenager. Financial interest keeps Elder visiting him regularly and an unexpected intimacy emerges. But Armando’s haunted past looms large, and Elder commits the ultimate act of affection on Armando’s behalf. ‘From Afar’ is the shattering feature debut from Venezuelan writer-director Lorenzo Vigas, which won him the top prize of Golden Lion at the 2015 Venice Film Festival.
• Won Golden Lion – Venice Film Festival 2015
• Won Horizons Award (Special Mention) – San Sebastian International Film Festival 2015
• Won Best Actor and Best Screenplay – Thessaloniki Film Festival 2015
First Girl I Loved
Dir. Kerem Sanga
2016 | USA | Drama/Romance | 91 mins | In English | R21 (Homosexual Theme)
Cast: Brianna Hildebrand, Pamela Adlon, Dylan Gelula
A coming-of-age drama about seventeen-year-old Anne who falls in love with Sasha, a softball star athlete and the most popular girl at her LA public high school. But when Anne tells her best friend Clifton, she’s taken aback when his reaction is not supportive but is of jealously and hostility. Clifton has always harbored a secret crush on Anne and was hoping that their friendship could become “something more”.
Meanwhile, Anne orchestrates meeting Sasha under the guise of a yearbook interview, and the two young women instantly click. After Anne has a spat with her mom, she sleeps over at her new bestie’s, with some fireworks ensuing.
• Won Audience Award – Sundance Film Festival 2016
• Official Selection – Cleveland International Film Festival 2016
The Summer of Sangaile
Dir. Alante Kavaite
2015 | Lithuania | Drama/Romance | 88 mins | In Lithuanian with English subtitles | R21 (Homosexual Content)
Cast: Julija Steponaityte, Aiste Dirziute
17 year-old Sangaile is fascinated by stunt planes. Afraid of heights, she has never dared to even enter in one of the cockpits. At a summer aeronautical show, nearby her parents’ lakeside villa, she meets Auste, a local girl of her age, who unlike Sangaile, lives her life to the full with creativity and dare. As the two girls become lovers, Sangaile allows Auste to discover her most intimate secret, and finds in her teenage love the only person to truly encourage her in flying.
• Won World Cinema Directing Award – Sundance Film Festival 2015
• Won Best Actress – Stockholm Film Festival 2015
• Won Best Director – Athens International Film Festival 2015
Dir. Chang Tso-chi
2015 | Taiwan | Drama | 107 mins | In Mandarin and Hokkien with English subtitles | R21 (Some Homosexual Content)
Cast: Lee Hong-Chi, Huang Shang-Ho, Lu Hsueh-Feng, Chen Jen-Shuo, Chang Ning
The camera follows closely on the heels of two brothers – one gay, the other straight. Both are looking for a job in order to survive. But both are also looking for themselves and long to find a foothold in life. The younger brother sells vegetables at the market where he meets a young woman who cannot speak but who gets up to all sorts of crazy things. The older brother is attracted to a dancer at a nightclub and finds himself drawn into some shifty business. The film evolves into a portrait of manners, and a panorama of a society that does not appear to welcome its next generation.
• Won Else-Siegessaule Readers’ Jury Award – Berlin International Film Festival 2015
• Won Best Supporting Actress, Best New Performer, Best Original Music & Best Film Editing – Golden Horse Awards 2015
• Won Taipei Grand Award, Best Narrative Feature, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress – Taipei Film Festival 2015