BFI Flare to open with Ben A Williams’ The Pass
by Naman Ramachandran
- Catherine Corsini’s Summertime to close festival; Neil Armfield’s Holding the Man to be the central Gala
BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival (16-27 March) will open with the world premiere of Ben A Williams’ The Pass (UK). Catherine Corsini’s Summertime [+see also:
film profile] (France/Belgium) will close the festival. Neil Armfield’s Holding the Man (Australia) will be the central Gala. The festival turns 30 this year, making it one of the world’s longest running LGBT events. Highlights of the festival include Barak and Tomer Heymann’s Who’s Gonna Love Me Now? [+see also:
film profile] (Israel/UK), Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato’s Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures (US), Andrew Steggall’s Departure [+see also:
film profile] (UK/France) and Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau’s Paris 05:59 [+see also:
film profile] (France). In all, the festival will present over 50 features and more than 100 shorts.
The programme is divided into three sections Hearts, Minds and Bodies. In Hearts, films about love, romance and friendship include last year’s Venice Golden Lion winner, Lorenzo Vigas’ From Afar (Venezuela/Mexico), Mika Kaurismäki’s The Girl King [+see also:
film profile] (Finland/Germany/Canada/Sweden/France), Michal Vinik’s Barash (Israel) and Natalia Leite’s Bare (US).
In Bodies, stories of sex, identity and transformation include Rigoberto Perezcano’s Carmin Tropical (Mexico), Shaleece Haas’ Real Boy (US), Ingo Haeb’s The Chambermaid Lynn [+see also:
film profile] (Germany) and Laura Bispuri’s Sworn Virgin [+see also:
Q&A: Laura Bispuri
film profile] (Italy/Switzerland/Germany/Albania/Kosovo/France).
In Minds, reflections on art, politics and community include screenings of the work of London pop artist Duggie Fields, Barbara Hammer’s Welcome to this House (US/Brazil/Canada) and Gillian Armstrong’s Women He’s Undressed (Australia).