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Arranca el BFI Flare de Londres

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- En inglés: La 32ª edición del London LGBTQ+ Film Festival presenta más de medio centenar de largometrajes y casi un centenar de cortos entre los días 21 de marzo y 1 de abril

Arranca el BFI Flare de Londres
My Days of Mercy, de Tali Shalom Ezer

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The Opening Night Gala film of the 32nd BFI Flare London LGBTQ+ Film Festival (21 March-1 April) was the Tali Shalom Ezer-directed UK-US co-production My Days of Mercy [+lee también:
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, about two women (Ellen Page and Kate Mara) from vastly different backgrounds and with diverse political views who fall in love. The Centrepiece Screening is the world premiere of the British documentary A Deal With the Universe [+lee también:
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by former BFI Flare programmer Jason Barker. Made with home footage shot over a period of a decade, it details the attempts by male transgender Jason and his partner Tracey to conceive. The Closing Night Gala film is the European premiere of Postcards from London [+lee también:
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, starring Harris Dickinson and Jonah Hauer-King. Director Steve McLean has shot a Soho-set film in the spirit of Derek Jarman, which is a celebration of the homo-erotic in Baroque art.

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The programmers have pinpointed several themes that have emerged at the festival this year. There are several films by and about queer D/deaf and disabled people. This includes the shorts programme “Fighters of Demons, Makers of Cakes”, curated by Sandra Alland, which examines LGBTQ+ disabled, chronically ill and/or D/deaf lives. There will be a screening of Robin Campillo’s extraordinary account of the ACT-UP Paris movement in BPM (Beats Per Minute) [+lee también:
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 as part of a focus on HIV/AIDS, a topic that has been a central concern of queer filmmakers since the 1980s. Programmer Brian Robinson will deliver an illustrated talk on the “Cinema of AIDS”, featuring 30 years of the virus on screen, and the festival will be screening classic AIDS-related films. Another major thread of the festival is the exploration of LGBTQ+ families, and there will be a screening of Jessica Champeau’s Belgian documentary F.A.M.I.L.Y, which centres on the children of same-sex couples.

Other highlights of the programme include the Swiss football locker-room saga Mario [+lee también:
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by Marcel Gisler; the world premiere of Scottish director Tristan Aitchison’s candid account of intersex and trans life in Kenya Sidney & Friends; the world premiere of Gary Reich’s dark and disturbing sequel Uncle David 2Linda Cullen and Vanessa Gildea’s emotional documentary The 34th, on the battle to extend marriage equality to same-sex couples in Ireland; Rubi Gat’s documentary Dear Fredy, which tells the story of the heroic gay Jewish sportsman Fredy Hirsch, who ended up in Auschwitz; and the first UK screening of The Happy Prince [+lee también:
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, which sees Rupert Everett direct and star in the film about the final traumatic years of author Oscar Wilde.

Highlights from the wide range of events, talks and debates include Gary Garb delivering a lecture that pays tribute to gay directors of the golden age, the ever-popular Big Gay Film Quiz, and “Radfem/Trans: A Love Story”, in which programmer Jay Bernard will lead a clip show and talk on how rifts in the feminist movement have been represented on screen.

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