Fire!! 2015 sets alight a multi-coloured Barcelona for ten days
by Alfonso Rivera
- The 20th edition of the International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival opens tomorrow, 2 July, with the touching British movie Lilting
Slap bang in the middle of a week in which Spain is celebrating LGBT Pride, the International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival joins the myriad events that are taking place over the next few days in the major Spanish cities, promoting an attitude of tolerance towards diversity. With its head office located at the French Institute in Barcelona, Fire!! 2015 – which has been organised by the non-profit association Casal Lambda for the last 20 years – kicks off tomorrow, 2 July, with the British drama Lilting [+see also:
film profile] (read the review), a moving film about grief, family and acceptance directed by Hong Khaou, which was screened at the most recent Seville European Film Festival.
Standing out among the European titles that audiences will be able to enjoy at Fire!! are Honeymoon [+see also:
film profile], the wedding with an added dash of surprise helmed by Czech filmmaker Jan Hrebejk (Best Director at Karlovy Vary); the French-Canadian co-production All Yours [+see also:
interview: David Lambert
film profile], a reflection on desire, brimming with humour, by David Lambert; The Gap (Germany), an arthouse exercise about transsexuality directed by Kim Anja Schicklang; and the magnificent Swedish movie Something Must Break [+see also:
film profile], the feature debut by Ester Martin Bergsmark, which chronicles the intense relationship between a young man who is gay and another who is heterosexual (read the review).
In the documentary section, the visiting public of all sexual orientations will be able to savour Nan Goldin, I Remember Your Face (Austria, Germany and Switzerland), in which Sabine Lidl lifts the lid on the creative world of the famous US artist; and the Italian title Off Road, by Elisa Amoruso, which is a courageous portrait of a highly unconventional family in a country that still has a closed-minded attitude towards difference.
Fire!! 2015 is rounded off by discussions, exhibitions and parties, which all, under the slogan “Fight Fire with Fire”, contribute to the effort to normalise LGBT life, right from school age. Some of the titles from the gathering will even be screened in other cities in Catalonia at the same time.
(Translated from Spanish)