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BFI Flare to open with Ben A Williams’ The Pass

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- Catherine Corsini’s Summertime to close festival; Neil Armfield’s Holding the Man to be the central Gala

BFI Flare to open with Ben A Williams’ The Pass
The Pass by Ben A Williams

BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival (16-27 March) will open with the world premiere of Ben A WilliamsThe Pass [+see also:
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(UK). Catherine Corsini’s Summertime [+see also:
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(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:
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(Israel/UK), Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato’s Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures (US), Andrew Steggall’s Departure [+see also:
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(UK/France) and Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau’s Paris 05:59 [+see also:
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(France). In all, the festival will present over 50 features and more than 100 shorts.

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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 VigasFrom Afar (Venezuela/Mexico), Mika Kaurismäki’s The Girl King [+see also:
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(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 HaasReal Boy (US), Ingo Haeb’s The Chambermaid Lynn [+see also:
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(Germany) and Laura Bispuri’s Sworn Virgin [+see also:
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(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).

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