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Out in Africa’s 2nd installment

in SOUTH AFRICA, 13/07/2012

Documentaries about activists Funeka Soldaat and Judith Kotzé are some of the highlights that feature in the second installment of the 19th Out In Africa Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, which runs from 27 July to 5 August in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Out In Africa screens at Nu Metro V&A Waterfront in Cape Town and Nu Metro Hyde Park in Johannesburg. This is the second year in a row that Out In Africa is running three mini-festivals, with the third edition scheduled for 17 to 28 October 2012.

Other films to look out for in the second installment of the festival include Keep The Lights On, the 2012 Berlin Teddy Award winner for Best Feature. Directed by former Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner Ira Sachs (Forty Shades of Blue), Keep The Lights On is a New York love story about a sex-addicted filmmaker and a cokehead literary lawyer.

In the wickedly funning, multi-award-winning Cloudburst, Oscar-winners Olympia Dukakis (Moonstruck, Tales of the City) and Brenda Fricker (My Left Foot) star as an aging lesbian couple who take to the road when one of them is committed to a nursing home.

Three (Drei), directed by Tom Tykwer, is another highlight. Tykwer is one of the world’s most acclaimed directors, responsible for cult films like Run Lola Run, Perfume and The International. He’s already won seven international awards for Three, the deceptively simple story of a couple falling in love with the same man. Simon and his lover Hanna meet and have an affair with Adam separately, neither initially aware of the others infidelity. Unashamedly intellectual, 3 is for the thinking queer, tired of the coming out stories and the Hollywood pink of mainstream gay cinema.

Kaboom, directed by Gregg Araki (Mysterious Skin), won the first ever Queer Palme at Cannes International Film Festival for its contribution to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex issues. It’s a quirky, entirely bizarre dark comedy that’s part David Lynch, part Glee, and all about sex.

Director Rikkie Beadle-Blair will attend the festival for the screening of Bashment, which explores the aftermath of a brutal gay bash attack at a reggae dance hall competition in London. He’s conducting filmmaking seminars at The Big Fish School of Digital Filmmaking in both Cape Town and Johannesburg.

This year’s South African programme includes two documentaries from the I Am Woman – Leap of Faith series: Funeka Soldaat, about the intersex activist who heads up the Free Gender movement, and Judith Kotzé, about the convener of the Inclusive and Affirming Ministries (IAM). These screen together with two great local short films: Daniel McCauley’s Letting Go and Corné Koegelenberg’s Welkom By Die Schoemans.

Other must-see films include Ausente (Absent), an Argentinian suspense thriller about an older straight man being oursued by one of his students. it won the 2011 Berlinale Teddy Award; The Skinny, about the loves and losses of a group of black men, and a lesbian, who reunite in the Big Apple, is from the director of the ever-popular Noah’s Arc TV series; and Stud Life, a new Brit film that intertwines the love stories of two best friends, a cool black butch and a sharp white twink boy.

Out In Africa is made possible through support from Atlantic Philanthropies, the National Film and Video Foundation, The Times, Goethe Institut, British Council, 6 Spin Street, Graton Guest House, Rutland Lodge and Holdenmanz Wine Estate.

For more information, visit http://www.oia.co.za /

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