Out In Africa has announced the dates for the 2013 Gay and Lesbian Film Festival with a line-up of international award-winning films, features and a documentary, that cover all the bases – popular revolution, ballet, romance, drama, and an insightful look at a clash of cultures.
Among the international award-winners are:
How to Survive a Plague, directed by David France), is an Oscar 2013 nominee for Best Documentary. It’s the triumphant recounting of a popular revolution – the demand for treatment for HIV – that mobilised people in their thousands.
It uses precious archival footage and features such luminaries as Larry Kramer and Bill Clinton, and the less luminous George H.W Bush and Jesse Helms. It won Best Documentary at both the IFP Gotham Awards and the Boston Film Critics Awards.
Zenne Dancer, directed by M. Caner Alper and Mehmet Binay, is a drama that exposes the harsh traditions of Turkish culture – the power of the army, religion and the sanctioned horror of the family ‘honour killing’.
It won Best Cinematographer, Best First Film, and Best Supporting Actor and Actress at 2011 Antalya FF Golden Orange; Best Film at 2011 Turkish Film Critics Association Award; and the Öngören Prize awarded to the Directors at the 2012 Nuremberg Film Festival.
Tomboy, directed by Céline Sciamma, is an exploration of mistaken gender identity in a 10-year-old and the freedom, pleasure and pain that brings. It was awarded at the 2011 Berlinale Teddy Award; won the Golden Duke at the 2011 Odessa IFF; the Audience Award at the 2011 San Francisco Frameline G&LFF; Best Feature at the 2011 Philadelphia QFest L&GFF; and the Jury Award for Best Performance – Zoé Héran as Laure/Mickäel at the 2011 NewFest.
Swan Lake 3D, directed by Ross MacGibbon and Matthew Bourne, is a gender-bending version of the Russian classic that has been round the world four times, and garnered 30 international theatre awards, including a Tony. Here it is in vibrant 3D.
Four, directed by Joshua Sanchez, is an intelligent examination of two relationships that does not eschew issues of desire, age or race. Neil LaBute, award-winning director of In the Company of Men and Your Friends and Neighbours, is the executive producer.
It won Best Narrative Feature at the 2012 Urbanworld FF; the Ensemble Acting Award at the 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival; and was awarded the Jerome Foundation’s Film and Video grant
Beyond the Walls (Hor les murs), directed by David Lambert, examines the shifting dynamics in a relationship. The finely drawn characters, and appealing performances from the leads, enhance this depiction of a gay relationship.
Interior. Leather Bar., directed by James Franco and Travis Mathews. A curiosity from Golden Globewinner and Oscar nominee, James Franco. William Friedkin’s gay cult classic Cruising, starring Al Pacino, was cut by 40 minutes in order to allow for a wider release.
Franco and Mathews hour-long doc explores Hollywood’s homophobia, and professional and personal boundaries during the re-creation of that imagined lost footage.
It will be taking place from Friday, 12 to Sunday, 21 April at Nu Metro V&A Waterfront and Hyde Park.