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Another Shore
This year's Another Shore returns with an impressive selection of fresh queer cinema from around the world. The dozen of features that span through different genres and themes will take you on a journey through the physical and emotional, with an aim to entertain, inspire and provoke along the way.
While geographically, our emphasis this year lies mainly in countries from the European and American continents, the selection of films highlights the widening focus of queer cinema today and its continuous evolution. No longer restricted to coming out and love stories alone, the way queer films connect to social politics of the places in which they're set cannot be ignored. Issues of personal identity, often explored in queer cinema, are increasingly intensified by wider social matters.
Two out of our three US films this year deal with the acceptance of homosexuality in an immigrant community. With wit and affection they chart the clash of the conservative world with the equality laws of the western society. Eat With Me is a touching story of a gay chef reconnecting with his estranged Chinese mother, and in Appropriate Behavior, bisexual hipster Shirin struggles to be an exemplary Iranian daughter to her traditional parents. Helicopter Mom, on the contrary, puts a new twist on the popular genre of indie high school comedy, with a story of a mum who gets rather over-excited about having a gay son.
Queer cinema from Latin America has established itself as an undeniable presence that is here to stay, with its ambitions to explore a broader plethora of issues such as race, inequality and colonialism. Alongside established filmmakers who return to Febiofest with their new work, like Mexican director Julián Hernández (with his hypnotic I Am Happiness On Earth) and Brazilian Karim Ainouz (presenting his stylish tour-de-force Futuro Beach), it is great to see new talents making waves with their impressive debuts. New Chilean film In The Grayscale charts a journey of one man’s self discovery against the backdrop of a city that also had to reinvent itself in the post colonial era. Argentinian dreamy story of first love, Atlantida, premiered to much acclaim at Berlinale last year, and Venezuelan hit Blue And Not So Pink received the prestigious Goya Award for the Best Spanish Language Foreign Film.
In Europe, we are often reminded of hurtful consequences of homophobia - in highly topical drama Stand, the main character sets out on a dangerous investigation into gay-bashing in Russia, while Darker Than Midnight tells a story of a young effeminate boy, who, rejected by his violent Sicilian father, finds an alternative queer family among a gang of street outcasts and drag queens. Elegantly shot Summer Nights, which won the Queer Lion at Venice Film Festival, looks at a case of cross-dressing among men traumatised by war. Finally, the quirky playfulness of The Chambermaid Lynn proves what a refreshing and stimulating experience queer cinema can be, and not only for queer audiences.
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