DIRECTOR: ARANTXA ECHEVARRIA
COURTESY OF: LATIDO FILMSDRAMA | LESBIAN | SPAIN | UNCLASSIFIED 18+ | 105 MINS | SPAIN | 2018
In this touching and sensual Sapphic take on the star-crossed lovers story, two teenagers from a Spanish gypsy community, find themselves at odds with their people when they fall madly in love.
Carmen is engaged to be married, her life laid out for her by her elders. She works as a hairdresser, waiting it out until she can quit and become a housewife and mother. Lola is a feisty young woman who spends her days tagging graffiti and surfing the web for lesbian porn at the local internet caf. When the two women lay eyes on each other an undeniable attraction sparks and they begin a dangerous flirtation that will pit them against their family and peers.
15 Mar 9pm, Jam Factory
24 Mar 3.30pm, Cinema Nova
DIRECTOR: RUTH CAUDELI
COURTESY OF: SHORELINE ENTERTAINMENT, JULIA MATSON, JULIA@SLEFILMS.COMCOLOMBIA | DRAMA | LESBIAN | UNCLASSIFIED 18+ | 90 MINS | COLOMBIA | 2018
This sensual and complex love story traces the love lives of two women, a director and her actress, as they traverse the rocky path of love, domesticity and infidelity.
Swinging back and forth between the past and present, we trace the developing love story of Eva (Silvia Varón) and Candela (Alejandra Lara) as they first meet on a film set and find a creative kindred spirit in each other, which eventually blossoms into love. Over the course of years we see the women’s relationship swing from giddy highs to painful truths as they try to find a way back to the passions they once shared creatively and personally. Brilliantly portrayed by the two female leads, this is a bittersweet and intimate look at the constantly evolving nature of love.
15 Mar 6.15pm, ACMI
18 Mar 8.45pm, Jam Factory
DIRECTOR: LI CHENG
COURTESY OF: M-APPEALDRAMA | GAY | GUATEMALA | UNCLASSIFIED 18+ | 85 MINS | GUATEMALA | 2018
19-year-old Jose_ is a shy young man who when not working in a busy Guatemalan restaurant or tending to his demanding mother, frequently organises afternoon hotel hookups with men he finds online.
When he meets Louis, a migrant from the Caribbean coast, a romance blossoms and José begins to imagine another life outside of his cloistered and conservative background. Adopting a naturalistic style and featuring impressive performances from the mostly non-professional actors, José is a gentle portrait of a young man on the brink of crisis, hope and change.
17 Mar 6pm, Jam Factory
DIRECTOR: MARTIN RODRIGUEZ REDONDO
COURTESY OF: FILM FACTORYARGENTINA | DRAMA | GAY | QUEER | UNCLASSIFIED 18+ | 80 MINS | ARGENTINA | 2018
Based on true events, this riveting coming out drama takes place in rural Argentina, as we follow Marco the young son of farmers who is expected to follow in the family business. Marco however has a knack for dressmaking and an eye for the handsome son of a neighbouring farmer. When his father passes away unexpectedly Marco is forced to make some difficult decisions as he comes head to head with family expectation and following his own desires.
18 Mar 9pm, Jam Factory
24 Mar 3pm, Cinema Nova
DIRECTOR: MARCO BERGER
COURTESY OF: MATCHBOX FILMSUNCLASSIFIED 18+ | 108 MINS | ARGENTINA | 2019
Womanising Juan must quickly find a flatmate after his brother moves out. In moves Gabriel (the blonde of the title), Juan's stoic and very handsome co-worker, who is recently widowed and struggling to support his young daughter.
What starts off as a seemingly affable living arrangement soon turns to burgeoning attraction, then full-blown desire.
Director Marco Berger has made a career out of observing the unspoken erotic nature of men's social interactions. With his latest, he explores new territory, delivering one of his most directly passionate and heartfelt films.
16 Mar 9pm, Jam Factory
23 Mar 9.15pm, ACMI
DIRECTOR: MARCELO MARTINESSI
COURTESY OF: PALACEDRAMA | LESBIAN | PARAGUAY | UNCLASSIFIED 18+ | 95 MINS | PARAGUAY | 2018
This debut feature from Paraguayan writer/director Marcelo Martinessi stars remarkable newcomer Ana Brun as Chela, a socially-withdrawn upper class woman who finds herself adrift when domineering partner Chiquita (Margarita Irun) is sent to prison for fraud. As the maid sells off family treasures, Chela finds freedom in Chiquita’s Mercedes. Becoming a cash-in-hand Uber for the neighbourhood ladies that lunch, she quickly opens up to a more independent life, as inspired by the raw sexual charisma of one of the ladies’ feisty younger daughters (Ana Ivanova). Taking home both the FIPRESCI prize and the Silver Berlin Bear from last year’s Berlinale, this emotionally intelligent treat also scooped the top prize at the Sydney Film Festival.
17 Mar 6.15pm, ACMI
20 Mar 6.30pm, Cinema Nova
COMEDY | LESBIAN | SHORT FILM | UNCLASSIFIED 18+ | 95 MINS | VARIOUS | VARIOUS
A collection of entertaining, humorous and powerful shorts that will take you on a journey of light and shade. Watch as this diverse and fierce group of women take on antiquated tradition, learn to love again in unlikely situations, reconnect with high school crushes and take on the ugliest Lucille Ball tribute statue.
Scary Lucy Dir: Marteene Diaz, 2018, USA, 21 mins
Would You Look at Her Dir: Goran Stolevski, 2018, Macedonia, 18 mins
(Macedonian with English Subtitles)
Masks Dir: Mahaliyah Ayla O, 2018, USA, 23 mins
3 Centimetres Dir: Lara Zeidan, 2017, Lebanon,UK, 9 mins
(Arabic with English Subtitles)
Wild Geese Dir: Susan Jacobson, 2018, UK, 17 mins
*Forget-Me-Not Dir: Ferran Navarro-Beltrán, 2018, Spain, 7 mins
(Spanish with English Subtitles)*
Total run time: 95 mins
16 Mar 5.15pm, ACMI
21 Mar 6.30pm, Cinema Nova
COURTESY OF: M-APPEALGAY | SHORT FILM | SHORTS | UNCLASSIFIED 18+ | 97 MINS | VARIOUS | VARIOUS
Hooking up can happen in the most unexpected places, as we discover in this collection of steamy and eye-opening shorts. Discover what it was like picking up in East Berlin in the 80s, how to navigate the thorny subject of picking up your bestie’s crush and what to do when you bump into a loved one at an exclusive orgy.
Warning: Contains Sexually Explicit Material.
Rubber Dolphin Dir: Ori Aharon, 2018, Israel, 28 mins
(Hebrew with English Subtitles)
ruok Dir: Jay Russell, 2018, USA, 13 mins
*Free Fall Dir: Santiago Henao Vélez, 2018, Colombia, 14 mins
(Spanish with English Subtitles)*
Enter Dir: Manuel Billi, Benjamin Bodi, 2018, France, 18 mins
(French with English Subtitles)
Far Out Dir: Jan-Peter Horstmann, 2018, Germany, 24 mins
(German with English Subtitles)
Contains sexually explicit material
Total run time: 97 mins
15 Mar 10.15pm, ACMI
22 Mar 8.30pm, ACMI
A collection of short non-fiction wonders that take bite-sized slices of life and open up a revealing world of what it means to be queer from one generation to the next. These powerful testaments touch on the isolation of being a queer farmer, the lasting and damaging effects of draconian laws, navigating sexuality in a macho Cuban environment and finding your way through the dating scene as a young gay man with cerebral palsy.
Thomas Banks’ Quest for Love Dir: Pip Kelly, 2018, Australia, 30 mins. Note this film will be screening with Open Captions.
Bachelor, 38 Dir: Angela Clarke, 2018, UK, 15 mins
*Duo Impacto Dir: Miranda Everingham, 2018, Cuba, 8 mins*
Landline Dir: Matt Houghton, 2017, UK, 12 mins
Lasting Marks Dir: Charlie Lyne, 2018, UK, 15 mins
Pride Out West Dir: Alison Plasto, 2018, Australia, 11 mins
Total run time: 91 mins
14 Mar 3pm, ACMI
GENDER DIVERSE | SHORT FILM | SHORTS | TRANS | UNCLASSIFIED 18+ | 94 MINS | VARIOUS | VARIOUS
Meet the new generation of trans trailblazers, a fierce crew of fighters, lovers and wrestlers, as they break down barriers one headlock at a time. This luminous collection of local and international shorts take you on an essential journey ranging from the competitive world of professional wrestling, the complexities of drag as a transgender man and making amends with your ex- band and your ex.
WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that the following program may contain images and voices of deceased persons.
We Forgot to Break Up Dir: Chandler Levack, 2018, Canada, 16 mins
*Sam Dir:Stephanie Camacho Casillas, 2018, Puerto Rico, 11 mins
(Spanish with English Subtitles)*
Candy Crush Dir: Roberto Nascimento, 2018, New Zealand, 7 mins
Push Pink Dir: Kai Tillman, 2017, USA, 9 mins
Sistergirl Dir: Alexandra Edmondson, 2018, Australia, 11 mins
Something About Alex Dir: Reinout Hellenthal, 2018, Netherlands, 18 mins
Transblack: Max Dir:Charmaine Ingram, 2018, Australia, 11 mins
The Switch Dir: Neala Cullen, 2018, New Zealand, 11 mins
Total run time: 94 mins
19 Mar 8pm, ACMI
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