Friday 20 May 2011
International Gay & Lesbian film Festival
International Gay and Lesbian, will be holding its annual festival on the island from Friday 3rd June until Sunday 12th June.
Now in its 6th year the film festival draws some of the most significant figures from the gay and lesbian film community and prominent figures of culture and art who will meet on the island over the 10 days, view and discuss over 37 films that have recently been produced and come from all different parts of the world.
Through film, the festival aims to promote respect for diversity, and understanding of the reality of everyday life for gays and lesbians everywhere. The films focus on many different genres including comedy, drama, suspense and action.
This festival is designed for all lovers of film, and is reflected in the diverse crowd that it usually attracts.
Films showing at Teatre Sindical C/Francesc de Borja Moll 3. Palma de Mallorca.
Program of films showing over the 2 weeks.
Friday 3rd June @ 20:00 pm
Inauguration Ceremony with the screening of: SASHA
Dennis Todorovic, (Alemania – Germany / 102’) Cast: Saša Kekez, Tim Bergmann, Željka Preksavec, Pedja Bjelac, Jasin
Sasha, confronted with the everyday prejudice of his homophobic immigrant family, struggles with his urge to come out. When his beloved piano teacher Gebhard Weber plans to leave the city, the young man is heartbroken. After a failed audition, Sasha swears never to play piano again. A consoling telephone call from Gebhard causes a turn of events. When the next morning all secrets are exposed Sasha’s father doesn’t hesitate to take out a gun.
Saturday 4@ 20:00 pm
YOU SHOULD MEET MY SON! (¡DEBERÍAS CONOCER A MI HIJO!)
Keith Hartman (USA / 86’) Cast: Joanne McGee, Carol Goans, Stewart Carrico, Steve Snyder
Mae is a Southern mother who just wants the best for her son Brian. Mae and her sister Rose invite every single girl in town to meet Brian. But he never seems to be interested. A "Is Your Son Gay?" survey in a magazine reveals the truth to the ladies. Now the sisters change their mission and try to find a boyfriend for Brian. But therefore they have to discover a whole world of unknown places and people, starting from Internet dating sites up to gay bars with drag queens, leather buddies and strippers.
22:00 pm - MY NORMAL
Irving Schwartz, (USA / 77’), Cast: Nicole LaLiberte, Mark Saturno, Dawn Noel Pignuola, Ty Jones, Heath Kelts, Naama Kates, Maine Anders
Natalie, a young lesbian, is struggling to find a balance between her dreams of becoming a film maker and her lifestyle as a dominatrix. Her exotic looks and unconventional techniques makeher one of the most desirable mistresses in the NYC underground. After igniting a steamy love affair with her new girl, Natalie gets an internship on a real movie set. But things are getting tough and Natalie realizes that the only way to turn her dreams into reality is to use her unique talents as a dominatrix.
Sunday 5th @ 20:00 pm
VIOLET TENDENCIES (TENDENCIAS VIOLETAS)
Casper Andreas, (USA / 99’),Cast: Mindy Cohn, Marcus Patrick, Jesse Archer, Samuel Whitten
She´s Manhattan´s most fabulous Fag Hag! At 40, Violet is the racy, fun-loving belle of the ball. She spends her nights as royalty, but when the party ends she always heads home alone. While her co-worker Riley struggles with his baby-crazy boyfriend Markus, and her room-mate Luke tackles “monogomania”, Violet is torn between two advices: to seek out a straight male version of herself – the mythical fag stag – or to abandon all her gay boys in order to find a man for herself.
EL CUARTO DE LEO (LEO’S ROOM)
Enrique Buchichio,(Uruguay / 101’),Cast: Martín Rodríguez, Cecilia Cósero, César Troncoso, Gerardo Begérez
Leo lives in a permanent awkwardness and dissatisfaction, typical for someone who fights to lead a life he doesn’t want to. He tries to please his mother, his girlfriend, but forgets to fulfil his own wishes. While struggling with sexual definition and self-acceptance, Leo meets Seba on internet and discovers the kind of relation he really wants to have.
Monday 6th @ 20:00 pm
Session de cortos “A”.
TERAPIA DE CHOQUE (SHOCK THERAPY)
Salva Martos Cortés,(España – Spain / 12’), Cast: Isabel Ordaz, Pablo Fortes, Eva Gamillo, Emilio Martínez
Dolores is a wealthy woman who keeps her son in a hotel room with an absurd and bizarre purpose; cure his homosexuality.
A LOS QUE GRITAN (SARAH´S SHOUT)
Juanan Martínez, (España – Spain / 7’), Cast: Anna Allen, Alfredo Alba, Luisa Ezquerra, David Tortosa, Marika Pérez
Sarah is about to reveal a secret...
Carlos Ruano, (España – Spain / 16’), Cast: Zigor Bilbao, Andrés Ariza, Elena Mª Sandoval
Jesús, a shy twenty-something guy with no luck in love, has been waiting for Laura for hours, whom he met on line. When he is about to leave, a friend of Laura appears and warns him that the girl of his dreams may not be exactly as he imagined…
Eduardo Fuembuena Loscertales, (España – Spain / 16’) ,Cast: Óscar Sinela, Ana Rujas, Joel Bosqued, Assumpta Serna, Francesc labial, David Sancho, Chus de Castro
“Dear voices of those who have died, or of lost those as if they have died. Sometimes in dreams they speak to us, or at time we imagine they do.”
Irene Zoe Alameda, (España – Spain / 18’), Cast: Lowena McDonell, Nadia Casado, Lucía Caraballo
Margaret is a lonely but very observant girl. Every day, she is impacted by numerous uniforming messages that try to educate her to fulfill a concrete social role. Nevertheless, Margaret has a little secret. And from the shelter of her room, she will show us the strength and the imagination with which she will overcome the established stereotypes
22:00 pm - CHILDREN OF GOD (HIJOS DE DIOS)
Kareem Mortimer, (Bahamas / 103’), Cast: Johnny Ferro, Stephen Tyrone Williams, Margaret Laurena Kemp, Van Brown
Lena is the conservative, deeply religious wife of a secretly gay firebrand pastor; Romeo, a handsome young black man, is hiding his sexuality from his loving family, and Jonny, the conflicted and creatively-blocked white artist is in search of himself. Soon, their disparate worlds collide in unexpected and affecting ways, with the backdrop of a nation grappling with violent homophobic crime.
Teatre Municipal Catalina Valls, Passeig de Mallorca, 9, Palma de Mallorca
Tuesday 7th @ 20:00 pm
JE TE MANGERAIS (SERÁS MIA / YOU WILL BE MINE)
Sophie Laloy, (Francia – France / 96’) , Cast: Judith Davis, Isild Le Besco, Johan Libéreau
Marie leaves home to study the piano at the conservatory in Lyons. Through lack of money, she is obliged to share an apartment with Emma, a friend of the family who has lived alone since the death of her father and the desertion of her mother. The two young women develop a strange fascination for one another, which soon turns into an intense mutual need...
22:00 pm - Sesión de cortos “B”.
Jack O'Dowd, Christian Martin, (Reino Unido – UK / 11’), Cast: Ben Moorman, John Mason, Leigh-Ann Clarke, Vanessa Fletcher
A 16 year old completes his exams and can’t wait to enjoy life. With the blessing of his Mum he’s off to celebrate with his best friend, Jess. Intoxicated by the music and atmosphere of the nightclub, he is seduced by an older man. Allowing himself to be swept up in the passion of the moment caution is thrown to the wind.
DINERO FÁCIL (EASY MONEY)
Carlos Montero Castiñeira,(España – Spain / 15’),Cast: Mario Casas, Ales Furundarena, Cristian Mulas
Jaime, a male prostitute for men, young and sexy, comes to a hotel room for a sexual service.Soon he realizes that the customer has actually asked for another very different service: he needs a killer to kill his wife. When the real professional killer arrives, Jaime already knows too much.
VIVIR DE NEGRO (LIVING IN BLACK)
Alejo Flah,(España – Spain / 12’),Cast: Manuel Morón, Álvaro Cervantes, Iván Morales
How is the most intimate life of a soccer referee? What kinds of secrets can the world of the sport that most passions moves in Spain hide?
Benoit Forgeard, (Francia – France / 14’), Cast: Tibo Motte, Anne Steffens, Eliott Chaumet
This morning, Steph a 30 years-old adolescent, decides to announce some great news to his partner Flippy, the star-bear of Flip’s cereals. But, what will he think about Steph’s plans to join a ninja-school in Japan?
Eric Geynes, (Reino Unido – UK / 18’), Cast: Nicole Pschetz, Eric Geynes, Tamsin Urquhart, Andrew David
Lawrence and Maxine have professional lives, good friends and a stable family with their baby daughter. One evening a dinner party and a long-standing friendship between two men leads to an unforeseen sequence of events.
Wednesday 8th @ 20:00 pm - Sesión de cortos “C”.
Aaron Chan, (Canadá / 8’), Cast: Nelson Wong, Minh Ly
The relationship between a young, gay, Chinese couple is questioned when one of them refuses to stay the night.
A MAIS FORTE (LA MÁS FUERTE – THE STRONGEST) - Ricky Mastro, (Brasil – Brazil / 10’),Cast: Imara Reis, Nyrce Levin
Will the apartment that brought two sons together push two mothers apart?
MUY MUJER (SO WOMANLY) Luís Escobar, (España – Spain / 25’), Cast: Carlos Castel, Ana Rujas, Amaia Salamanca
Andrés is happily married to Bea, who is expecting their second child. Nevertheless there is something in Andrés’ past what Bea ignores. Will they be able to withstand it when the secret will be revealed?
TOTO FOREVER (TOTO PARA SIEMPRE) - Roberto F. Canuto, (Estados Unidos – USA / 14’), Cast: Kylan James, Kjord Davis, Diana Grivas
Young postman Toto dreams of a new life. Gangster Mark is in deep trouble with a Mafia group. Despite all, Toto will never lose hope to achieve a better future for this impossible love.
BEDFELLOWS (COMPAÑEROS DE CAMA) - Pierre Stefanos, (Estados Unidos – USA / 15’), Cast: Paul Caiola, Bret Shuford
When a hot hookup leads to a romantic sleepover, will Bobby’s dreams about a future together help make the relationship real?
LA MIRADA DE LAS FOTOS (STARING PICTURES)- Miguel Lafuente, (España – Spain / 15’), Cast: Pablo Olewski, Dani Gómez, Miguel Jiménez Ramos
A young couple needs some place to have intimacy, so they use Arturo’s grandmother’s place when she is not there; but Carlos has a problem: he can’t do it in front of the pictures of relatives.
HOLLYWOOD, JE T’AIME - Jason Bushman, (Estados Unidos, Francia - USA, France / 95’) ,Cast: Eric Debets, Jonathan Blanc, Diarra Kilpatrick, Chad Allen
Recently broken up and barely enduring a dreary winter, gay Parisian Jerome impulsively books a solo Christmas vacation to Los Angeles. While there he meets some colorful locals and pursues a dormant desire to become a movie star - but never can quite put the past behind him. Jerome enjoys friendship and adventures in the sun-drenched City of Angels but ultimately arrives at an old Hollywood maxim: there’s no place like home.
Thursday 9th @ 20:00 pm
BUFFERING (CARGANDO) - Christian Martin, Darren Flaxstone, (Reino Unido - UK / 81’), Cast: Alex Anthony, Conner Mckenzy, Jessica Matthews, Oliver Park, Bernard Hodges
A gay couple is going through financial difficulties and starts a lucrative online activity in order to resolve their problems. To have sexual intercourse in front of the lens of the camera to satisfy anonymous viewers on the net ends up being an exciting task... for both? Tension raises as a new guy, pretty and well built, joins the team in order to increment the expectation among the spectators of the popular live shows.
22:00 pm - Sesión de cortos “D”.
NUBES (CLOUDS) - Francisco Boira, (España – Spain / 11’), Cast: Carmen Balagué, Lluís Homar, Cristina Alcázar, Ana Gracia
For Isabel, a good reputation is more important than anything else. And she is sure that her own is impeccable, absolutely impeccable.
NOTA A NOTA (NOTE BY NOTE)- Olga Monteagudo Piqueras, (España – Spain / 6’), Cast: Mamen Cano, Ana Serrano
A girl finds notes on the clothes she hangs on the rooftop.
MS. THING - Karen X. Tulchinsky, (Canadá / 7’), Cast: Melanie Bray, Buster Cherry, Sid Colman
Jill, an emotionally volatile urban lesbian is looking for love in all the wrong places until unexpectedly, she finds total fulfilment in an unusual package.
CINCO MINUTOS (FIVE MINUTES) - Ricky Mastro, (Brasil – Brazil / 10’), Cast: Nyrce Levin, Angela Barros
When you have spent your entire life next to someone, all the time in the world isn't enough to say good-bye.
NARANJAS (ORANGES) - Eli Navarro, (España – Spain / 23’), Cast: Celia Arias, Mara Barros, Elena Gómez, Bego Isbert
Lourdes begins a relationship with Cris, Edu’s colleague. Edu is Lucia’s boyfriend and Lucía is the former lover of Mar. Eli is Lourdes’s flatmate and friend of Mar. At Lourdes’ birthday, more guests than expected attend the party.
LA CAPRETTA DI CHAGALL (LA CABRITA DE CHAGALL – CHAGALL’S LITTLE GOAT) -Silvia Novelli, (Italia – Italy / 17’), Cast: Ilaria Pardini, Cristina Cavalli, Silvia Elena Montagnini
Emma loves her. Emma can’t cope with her life. Emma can’t stop imagining the most incredible things like the little goats dancing in Chagall’s skies.
Friday 10th @ 20:00 pm
ELENA UNDONE -Nicole Conn, (Estados Unidos – USA / 111’),Cast: Necar Zadegan, Traci Dinwiddie, Sam Harris, Gary Weeks, Mary Wells
The friendship between Peyton, an out lesbian writer, and Elena, the wife of an anti-gay pastor who has never experienced true love, transforms swiftly from a one-sided crush into a torrid extra-marital affair. As their relationship evolves, Elena confronts the choice of leaving her husband or ending her involvement with Peyton to save her unrevealing and unrewarding marriage and return to a drab and automated life.
22:00 pm - BEAR CITY (CUIDAD DE OSOS) - Douglas Langway, (Estados Unidos – USA / 104’), Cast: Joe Conti, Gerald McCullouch, Brian Keane, Stephen Guarino, Alex Di Dio,Gregory Gunter
It’s summer in New York City, and the neighborhood bears are coming out of hibernation. Closeted cub Tyler fantasizes about finding a Daddy bear to do more than cuddle. But as he dives into the bear community, he finds that it can be hard for a hairless guy to get some fuzzy loving. Tyler moves in with the open-minded couple Brent and Fred and meets rakish stud Roger. Showing his bowling prowess is not the only challenge for the young bear-loving Tyler.
Saturday 11th @ 20:00 pm
DO COMEÇO AO FIM (DE PRINCIPIO A FIN – FROM THE BEGINNING TO THE END) -Aluizio Abranches, (Brasil – Brazil / 94’), Cast: Fábio Assunção, João Gabriel Vasconcellos, Júlia Lemmertz, Rafael Cardoso, Jean Pierre Noher
Two half-brothers, Francisco and Thomas, develop a very close relationship as they are growing up in an idyllic and happy family. All begins when Thomas is born with his eyes shut. Weeks later, he opens them looking into his brothers face. When they are young adults their relationship grows even stronger, and becomes romantic and intimate. That’s why Francisco’s father tries to separate them.
22:00 pm- THE FOUR FACED LIAR (EL MENTIROSO DE CUATRO CABEZAS) -Jacob Chase, (Estados Unidos – USA / 89’), Cast: Marja-Lewis Ryan, Emily Peck, Todd Kubrak, Liz Osborn, Daniel Carlisle
Trip is a cool student that lives in a fabulous New York City apartment with Bridget, his best friend, an equally cool womanising lesbian. They meet a small town couple - Greg and Molly – at their favourite local dive FOUR-FACED LIAR. Greg and Trip hit it off and become best buddies, bonding over video games and sports. Molly and Bridget also get along well, forging a friendship over common study sessions that begin to drip with sexual tension.Soon the relationship starts to heat up.
Sunday 12th @ 20:00 pm
Closing ceremony with the screening of: DIVERSO DA CHI? (¿DIFERENTE DE QUIÉN? - DIFFERENT FROM WHOM?) - Umberto Carteni, (Italia – Italy / 102’), Cast: Luca Argentero, Claudia Gerini, Filippo Nigro, Antonio Catania, Francesco Pannofino, Rinaldo Rocco
Piero, an attractive gay rights activist, runs as the more progressive candidate in the mayoral election of Udine, Italy. At the other end stand the bigoted right-wing candidate and his option for vice-mayor, pro-family values champion Adele. In an odd twist, Piero not only betrays temporarily his faithful and sporty boyfriend, Remo, but also his political loyalties, letting Adele take more and more space in his life.
*All films will be screened in their original version with English and Spanish subtitles, if those are not the spoken language.