Gay & Lesbian Film Fest

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Boasting films from all over the world including South Africa, the Gay & Lesbian Film Festival runs from 1 March at Nu Metro Hyde Park in Johannesburg and from 15 March at Nu Metro V&A Waterfront, Cape Town.

Highly anticipated films include: “A Love to Hide’ (France); “Beautiful Boxer’ (Thailand); “The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros’ (Phillipines); “Boy Culture’ (USA); “Black Beulahs’ (SA) and “Left Lane’ (USA).

“Of great interest to filmmakers and Festival audiences this year will be a special presentation by the SABC,” says Nodi Murphy, Out In Africa Festival Director, “and a platform for dialogue regarding opportunities and LGBTI representation. The SABC will be represented by all Content Hub Heads of Genre. It is an opportunity not to be missed. Entrance is free but booking is essential.”

Here are synopses of some films:

“Beautiful Boxer’ (Ekachai Uekrongtham): Beautifully shot and performed, this is the true story of Parinya Charoenphol, who discovered he had a talent for kicking people. His career as a Muaythai (kick boxer) allows him to become who he really is – imagine the reactions of enraged opponents when they realise they are fighting (and

being beaten by) a transvestite.

“The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros’ (Auraeus Solito): Keenly observed, this is the story of a young queen, Maximo, accepted by friends and family alike. His first love is Victor, the new young policeman who is as handsome as he is incorruptible. There’s trouble ahead when Victor’s principles are on a collision course with Maximo’s family’s shady business dealings. Director Solito is a guest of the Festival.

“Boy Culture’ (Allan Brocka): X, is he the cool unemotional high-end hustler without a heart, or with a heart in hiding? Narrated with wry honesty and self-depreciation, this is a well-crafted, intelligent, a-typical film that explores one of life’s emotional conundrums – to take a risk and fail, or to never risk and never know. Director Brocka and actor Darryl Stephens (also Noah in “Noah’s Arc’) are guests of the Festival.

“Left Lane’ (Samantha Farinella): Alix Olson is an American lesbian activist spoken word poet. A self-proclaimed global patriot, she is talented, widely read, aggressive, amusing, progressive, witty and deadly serious about her role as a poet, artist and revolutionary. Olson and Farinella are guests of the Festival. Olson will perform live at Constitution Hill on Saturday 10 March. See www.oia.co.za for details.

‘A Love to Hide’ (Christian Faure): Elegant, nuanced and deeply moving, this remarkable wartime epic of love and loss, set in Nazi-occupied Paris, reveals a little known, yet horrifyingly true aspect of Nazi violence, the persecution of the ‘third sex’.

Tickets for the 2007 Gay & Lesbian Film Festival are available through Computicket and at the Hyde Park and V&A Waterfront Nu Metro Theatres. Out In Africa and Nu Metro are offering discounts of up to 30% for regular Festival-goers.

Concessions for Edgars’ members apply and Exclusive Books Fanatics members earn 200 points for each ticket bought. Tuesday half-pricing does not apply to the Festival but Gay & Lesbian Festival Cards are being offered for the first time this year to enable attending multiple festival screenings at discounted rates. Festival Cards are on sale at cinemas only.

For further information: Nodi Murphy – Out In Africa on 082-467-2383 or Sharon Jackson on 072-606-8136.

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