A Song-and-Dance-Routine: image+nation honours the Musical
Is there anything gayer than a musical? Probably not. This year, image+nation’s song-and-dance routine is literally that – and with aplomb! We have amassed a delightful selection films that all – in very unique and accomplished ways –manipulate the musical genre. The remarkable, Colma: the Musical captures the ennui of suburb teen life through poignant (and catchy) lyrics that eloquently express the complexities of young adulthood. Shabnam Mousi recounts the compelling real-life-story of a hijra (eunuch), Shabnam, who ran for a seat in the Indian parliament with a Bollywood flair. Resurrected from the queer cinema vault, we are pleased to bring the classic, Cabaret to the big screen as well as the younger (but no less classic), Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Rounding out our Focus, Pick Up the Mic is a riveting documentary on the queer hip hop movement and our 19th edition closes with an elaborate number, 20 Centimetres, one of the most astonishing, innovative and heart-warming films you’re likely to see anytime soon.
20 Centimetres (20 Centimetros)
Colma : the Musical
Pick Up the Mic
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
In Deep Skin
Guess Who I Saw Today?
It Takes 2 to Tango
en español: Spanish and Mexican Film Focus
Image+nation 19 is muy caliente! From our spectacular opening film, Reinas (Queens) to the eye-popping musical extravaganza that closes the Festival, 20 Centimetres we are pleased to present a record number of Spanish language films this year. All decidedly different in tone, our Focus features remarkable works from Spain and Mexico. Electroshock chronicles the painful journey of one lesbian in Spain during the Franco era, Adam and Eve is an innovative and incredible film that poses the question: “What if Adam and Eve were subjected to eternal life?” and our second Mexican entry, Broken Sky represents some of the most innovative and compelling new filmmaking we have come across in years.
Transformations: Focus on Trans Identities
20 Centimetres (20 Centimetros)
Law of Desire
Adam and Eve (Adán y Eva)
An explosive trend in LGBT filmmaking over the past 7 years, representations of transsexuality and transgenderism have proliferated at an incredible pace. The stories told are rich, varied and decidedly unapologetic. Smashing fixed gender/sex categories in favour of self-determination and self-identification, these stories move beyond the need for affirmation into the confident territory of actualization. “Transformations” this year highlights documentaries, presenting three stellar works that explore the problematics and pleasures of transitioning from female to male. Boy I Am and Enough Man interrogate all aspects of the process, from the person to the political. From graphic (and very hot!) depictions of sex play to feminist critiques of the F-to-M phenomenon, these documentaries are essential viewing. And rounding out the triad, the film Transparent asks the compelling question: “What happens when Mommy becomes Daddy?”
Boy I Am
Pour une nuit: One Night Stand
With voices that echo proudly through the spaces of our cultural communities, LGBT youth are making their identities visible and audible in no uncertain terms. Again this year, image+nation celebrates the brash and bold works made by and for LGBT youth. The universe of growing up has expanded and the productions featured in our programming reflect this. At times light-hearted and humorous and at others darkly disturbing, the features, documentaries and shorts included this year offer a wide spectrum of perspectives and experiences on what it means to be young and queer in the 21st century. Fat GirlsEating Out 2: Sloppy SecondsVacationlandLoving AnnabelleColma: the MusicalBoy I AmMa saison super 8Whispering MoonPick Up the MicTan LinesBroken Sky
+ Generation Q shorts