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Lovers Film Festival

Lovers Film Festival

Torino International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

Wednesday, 24 April 2019 until Sunday, 28 April 2019

In 1981 Ottavio Mai and Giovanni Minerba decided to stage their own rebellion against mainstream movies where homosexual "characters" were always relegated to marginal roles and/or to offensive stereotypes. Their opposition took the form of their first film, shot in video, Dalla vita di Piero. The film was well received at Festival Cinema Giovani di Torino, Turin's festival for young film-makers, and was then presented at several international festivals. 

So the seed of the Torino International Film Festival on Homosexual Themes, "From Sodom to Hollywood", was planted. As Mai and Minerba travelled to the various festivals to present their film, they realized that there were many excellent films being made on GLBT themes that were never released in Italy in any shape or form. They therefore began to work on the concept of a Festival and presented their ideas to local government bodies: to the Piedmont Regional Council, to the Turin Provincial Council and to the City Council of Turin. For three years they received no response. Then in 1985, the City Council appointed a new Councillor for Culture, Marziano Marzano, a man of open, liberal ideas, and non-conformist attitudes. With his support the first festival took place in 1986, in the face of the fierce opposition and controversy which was to dog the event over the years to come. The festival also managed to obtain funding from the Turin Province and from the Piedmont Region, and, subsequently, the invaluable artistic and cultural backing, which has been maintained through the years, of such prestigious national and international bodies as the Museo Nazionale del Cinema, the British Council, the Goethe Institut, the Colegio de Salamanca, the B.F.I., the Canadian Embassy, the Spanish Ministry of Entertainment, and the Centre Culturel Français.


2019 films...

A Blowjob Is Always a Great Last-Minute Gift Idea - Erika Lust

A Dog Barking At The Moon - Lisa Zi Xiang

Adorable - Cheng-Hsu Chung

Alfredo D’Aloisio in arte (e in politica) Cohen - Andrea Meroni - Enrico Salvatori

Allah Loves Equality - Essere LGBT in Pakistan - Wajahat Abbas Kazmi

Amare Affondo - Matteo Russo

Antoine - Federico Papagna

Apenas o Que Você Precisa Saber Sobre Mim (Only What You Need To Know About Me) - Maria Augusta V. Nunes

Armonia - Giovanni Mauriello

At The End of the Day - Kevin O'Brien

B&B - Joe Ahearne

Between My Flesh and the World's Fingers - Talena Sanders

Breve historia del planeta verde (Brief Story from the Green Planet) - Santiago Loza

Butterflies in Berlin - Diary of a Soul Split in two - Monica Manganelli

By the Kiss - Yann Gonzalez

Capital Retour - Léo Bizeul

Carmen y Lola (Carmen & Lola) - Arantxa Echevarria

Chechnya - Jordan Goldnadel

Clothes & Blow - Sam Peter Jackson

Come non detto (Tell No One) - Ivan Silvestrini

Concern for Welfare - Fadia Abboud

Control - Natasza Parzymies

Cubby - Mark Blane - Ben Mankoff

Dani Boi - Logan Mucha

Days Off - Filip Blažek

Did you know? - Lynn Kim

Doppio Sei (Midnight) - Pierluigi Braca - Luigi Montebello

En Armé Av Älskande (An Army of Lovers) - Ingrid Ryberg

Enter - Manuel Billi - Benjamin Bodi

Eye Candy - Katharina Kraft

Female Pleasure Circle - Erika Lust

Four Quartets - Marco Alessi

Franco e Gianni - una storia di Torino - Angelo D'Agostino - Marta Lombardelli

Gender Bender - Erika Lust

Gruppo di famiglia in un interno (Conversation Piece) - Luchino Visconti

Heart of Hunger - Bernardo Zanotta

Helmut Berger, meine Mutter und ich (Helmut Berger, My Mother and Me ) - Valesca Peters

Hot Power Couple - Erika Lust

I Wish I Was A Lesbian - Erika Lust

Il condannato a morte (The Man Condemned to Death) - Matteo Blanco

Infinito Enquanto Dure (Infinite While It Lasts) - Akira Kamiki

INTANGOUT - Vito Alfarano

Isabella - Rohan Reddy

Jonas (Boys) - Christophe Charrier

José - Li Cheng

Keep the Lights On - Ira Sachs

L'unione falla forse (Union is strength, maybe) - Fabio Leli

La Bague Au Doigt (The Proposal) - Gerlando Infuso

La Chambre des filles (The Sister's Bedroom) - Claire Brognez

La Pornographe (The Pornographer) - Gabrielle Demers

Land of My Dreams - Yann Gonzalez

Lemebel - Joanna Reposi Garibaldi

Les astres noirs (Three Celestial Bodies) - Yann Gonzalez

Les crevettes pailletées (The Shiny Shrimps) - Maxime Govare - Cédric Le Gallo

Linfa - Carlotta Cerquetti

Little Men - Ira Sachs

Love Is Strange (I toni dell'amore) - Ira Sachs

Love, Simon (Tuo, Simon) - Greg Berlanti

Luciérnagas (Fireflies)

Bani Khoshnoudi

Madly in Love with My Best Friend - Erika Lust

Mark's Diary - Giovanni Coda

Mary Poppins Returns (Il ritorno di Mary Poppins) - Rob Marshall

Mishpaha Betrance (Family in Transition) - Ofir Trainin

Mors lilla Olle (Little Boy Blue) - Nader Pahlevani - Andreas Samuelson

MORT-BOIS, une enfance de Jean GENET (MORT-BOIS, a young Jean GENET)

Frédéric Bonnet - Frédéric Labonde

Mr. Leather - Daniel Nolasco

Mudar de vida-Libera vita - Tonino De Bernardi

Narkissós (Narkissos) - Nora Štrbová

Next Level Shit - Gary Jaffe

Normal - Adele Tulli

Nous ne serons plus jamais seuls (We Will Never be Alone Again) - Yann Gonzalez

Only Fools Rush In - David Moragas

Parlami, Orlando - Giuseppe Bucci

Pink Pink - Youssef Youssef

Plaire, aimer et courir vite (Sorry Angel) - Christophe Honoré

Rafiki - Wanuri Kahiu

Riot - Jeffrey Walker

Sauvage - Camille Vidal-Naquet

Skate Kitchen - Crystal Moselle

Soleils Bruns (Total Eclipse) - Nicolas Medy

Sr. Raposo - Daniel Nolasco

State of Priden - Robert Epstein - Jeffrey Friedman

Tell It to the Bees - Annabel Jankel

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert - Stephan Elliott

The Bed and the Street - Heather Frise - Mike Hoolboom

The Delta - Ira Sachs

The Shit! An Opera - Kevin Rios

The Wizard of Oz - Victor Fleming

Thrive - Jamie Di Spirito

Tommy Brilho - Savio Fernandes

Tucked - Jamie Patterson

Turning - Linnéa Haviland

Two Words - Jesper Emborg

U For Usha - Rohan Parashuram Kanawade

Un rubio (The Blonde One) - Marco Berger

Un'Ultima Volta (The End) (One Last Time (The End)) - Charlie Benedetti

Violeta - XAHO

Wild Nights with Emily - Madeleine Olnek

You Look Good In Blue - Harrison Sheehan

Yulia & Juliet - Zara Dwinger