GAZE International LGBT Film Festival Dublin celebrates LGBT storytelling. Our exciting programme of films and events engages filmmakers and audiences in a vibrant social experience.
GAZE programmes thematically to explore the many facets of LGBT lives worldwide, expressly including films which deal with the difficulties facing our LGBT sisters and brothers around the world and at home.
Awards & Prizes
Spirit of GAZE Award
Best Irish Short
Best International Short
Riot shines a spotlight on Australia’s gay and lesbian rights movement and the passionate individuals who, facing ever-present adversity, conceived a celebration of diversity, in what is now a key moment in LGBTQ history.
In the infancy of the Australian gay rights movement of the 1970’s, LGBT people lived a life of mistreatment in their communities and faced police brutality and legislative persecution. Led by gallant everyman Lance Gowland, a devoted and seasoned activist community began to focus on the fight for civil rights. Securing a permit for a legal protest, a small but passionate group collected behind a truck driven by Lance, to stage a street party and joyfully declare their pride. Riot is not a sombre tale of torment and oppression, but rather an uplifting and inspirational tale of the roots of Sydney’s Mardi Gras parade, and those who fought to bring equality to Australia’s LGBTQ community.
Form: Fiction / Country: Australia / Year: 2018 / Run time: 105 Minutes
Director: Jeffrey Walker
When unambitious musician Becks is forced to move back to her childhood home in St. Louis after a crushing break-up with her longtime girlfriend, she must contend with issues from her past and her struggles to find a connection with her ultra-Catholic mother. Making ends meet by playing for tips in a local bar, she strikes up a magnetic friendship with the wife of her former high school nemesis. Though she begins to grow more confident as a musician, complications in her personal life jeopardize her chances of finding a new life in her old town.
Becks perfectly encapsulates that unwelcome feeling many of us can relate to; that of regression in life; and faltering behind the perceived notions of one’s conventional life trajectory. A unique take on the American movie musical, it is a charming story of drifting, divergence and the redemptive power of finding your artistic voice.
Form: Fiction / Country: USA / Year: 2017 / Run time: 91 Minutes
Directors: Daniel Powell & Elizabeth Rohrbaugh
An artfully crafted and auspicious feature debut, They offers a simple and realistic filmic depiction of a complex subject - a pre-teen’s decision process on whether they want to change their gender.
Fourteen-year-old J goes by the pronoun ”They” and lives with their parents in the suburbs of Chicago. J is exploring their gender identity while taking hormone blockers to postpone puberty. After two years of medication and therapy, J has to make the decision on whether or not to transition. Over a crucial weekend while their parents are away, J’s sister Lauren and her partner Araz arrive to take care of “They”. An intelligent study of modern-day identity issues, which premiered at Cannes and counts the legendary Jane Campion as executive producer, They shows great promise from it’s Iranian writer/director Anahita Ghazvinizadeh and takes an interesting and introspective look at a complicated matter.
Form: Fiction / Country: USA / Year: 2017 / Run time: 80 Minutes
Director: Anahita Ghazvinizadeh
Outitude is a heartfelt documentary that attempts to get to the core of what it means to be lesbian - exploring what defines us, what connects us, and what our commonalities are. Conducting numerous interviews and group discussions with members of the Irish LGBTQI+ community of all ages and walks of life, the film delves into the lives of rural and urban lesbians, poets, writers, activists, self-professed bar dykes, and queer and curious women.
The film gathers the personal stories of lesbians involved in many of the organisations past and present that have made the community what it is today. Telling tales of coming out, experiences of homophobia and the varied types of activism that offer a kaleidoscope of the richness of the Irish lesbian community, this film is an important document for posterity, and celebrates the diversity of voices of this community for both current and future generations.
Form: Documentary / Country: Ireland / Year: 2018 / Run time: 90 Minutes
Director: Sonya Mulligan
Recalling the era when it was illegal for two men to hold hands in public, the pristine beachfront hamlet depicted in Cherry Grove Stories was a safe haven for gay men and women seeking refuge from the persecution of their everyday lives.
Within this oral and visual history, residents recount folklore from the community, starting in the 1940s when gay men first began congregating in a place that offered a rare retreat from the pervasive homophobia of the time. Their tales are poignant, funny and often outrageous; include tales of the first drag parties and escapades to the infamous Meat Rack.
Visually, this documentary comes to life on-screen through compelling and intimate original interviews intercut with emotionally-charged archival footage, uncovering long-hidden secrets and exposing little known stories of this oft mythologised gay paradise.
Form: Documentary / Country: USA / Year: 2018 / Run time: 77 Minutes
Director: Michael Fisher
When Leon joins Mario’s football club, an immediate tension brews between them; both
players are talented, driven and dedicated to their sport. When the pair are moved into a flat with one another, the competitive tension turns sexual. As their romance intensifies, and rumours of their relationship begin to circulate, the boys are forced to make a choice; their careers, or each other.
Addressing the silence surrounding homosexuality in the professional football industry, Mario tells a forbidden story of romance between two players and shines a light on the pressures of secrecy put upon players who identify as gay, in favour of preserving their careers.
Form: Fiction / Country: UK / Chile / Year: 2017 / Run time: 114 Minutes
Director: Sebastián Lelio
Hot on the heels of his Oscar-winning feature A Fantastic Woman, Sebastián Lelio’s follow up Disobedience tells the story of forbidden love, faith, and the consequences of suppressed desire on family and community.
Rachel Weisz plays Ronit, who, on returning to the community that shunned her, reignites a passion with her now married childhood friend, Esti; portrayed by Rachel McAdams. Disobedience considers themes of women unable to express themselves in highly conservative societies, and the conflict of religion and identity. Lelio presents these complexities in a rather unemphatic and sombre style in his English language debut. However, his beautifully composed storytelling, combined with intense and introspective character studies by both leads, delivers to the audience an incisive and sensitive portrayal of liberations against the prejudices of a strict and traditional Orthodox Jewish community.
Form: Fiction / Country: UK / Chile / Year: 2017 / Run time: 114 Minutes
Director: Sebastián Lelio
GAZE, in association with Grindhouse, brings you your late-night Friday delight with a rare screening of the 50th Anniversary of 1968 Robert Aldrich’s (yes, he of The Whatever Happened to Baby Jane fame) The Killing of Sister George.
Beryl Reid reprises her tony award winning role in this much darkened toned and blackest of black humour adaptation, as an aging lesbian actress who is fighting to save her likeable and popular TV character she portrays, while balancing her long term off screen relationship as it disintegrates around her.
Considered shocking and explicit at its time of release for its treatment of lesbianism in the mainstream, this film perfectly captures the subtler neuroses of the hagsploitation movies that came before it.
Form: Fiction / Country: UK / Year: 1968 / Run time: 140 Minutes
Director: Robert Aldrich
After a series of humiliations, the young disabled man at the centre of Pulse decides to transition - but not in the manner you’d expect.
Olly’s health problems means he struggles to keep up with his friends. They’re nice, but sometimes they overlook him in their typical teenage exploits, which hurts him greatly. After an embarrassing episode that ends with him in hospital, the pain finally becomes too much. With the support of his fiercely loyal and loving mother, Olly decides to transition, but things don’t quite go to plan. Pulse is an unusual experiment that challenges our understanding of disability, sexuality and gender. Set in an alternative present in which medical procedures are drastically different, the question of what it means to change gender is complicated by the question of what it means to find love when you have a disabled body in an ableist world.
Form: Fiction / Country: Australia / Year: 2018 / Run time: 85 Minutes
Director: Stevie Cruz-Martin
As part of our ongoing commitment to promoting the creation of Irish LGBTQ film content, GAZE presents the MobDoc - Mobile Filmmaking Workshop, an initiative to encourage our festival audience to become active storytellers, to embrace their creativity, and to stimulate the propagation of Irish LGBTQ storytelling.
MobDoc involves practical exercises focused on learning how to tell LGBTQ stories utilising mobile filmmaking technologies. The aim is to teach people how to begin to challenge the narrative in LGBTQ films by developing skills to create a film during the workshop. Ultimately we hope to empower participants to tell their own stories using their smartphone.
The session will be facilitated by tutor Deirdre Mulcahy who has spent the last 11 years training BBC journalists, after a long successful career as a BBC camerawoman.
For our first ever queer family screening, GAZE presents the wondrous stop-motion comedy horror Paranorman. The film tells the story Norman, an 11 year-old boy who is ridiculed by his peers for being different – he can talk to the dead. Along with his also bullied best friend, he takes on ghosts, zombies (and grown-ups!), to save his town from a century old curse.
The first mainstream animated film to feature a gay character, directors Chris and Sam Fell felt that they had to practice what they were preaching in the film’s storyline – never judge others on who they are or their appearance. A trailblazer in family film, ParaNorman went on to be nominated for an Academy Award and Bafta Award for its merits.
Form: Documentary / Country: USA / Year: 2012 / Run time: 93 Minutes
Directors: Chris Butler & Sam Fell
Lesbians didn't always get to see themselves on-screen. But between Stonewall, the feminist movement, and the experimental cinema of the1970s, they built visibility, and transformed the social imagination about queerness. Featuring filmmakers Barbara Hammer, Su Friedrich, Rose Troche, Cheryl Dunye,Yoruba Richen, Desiree Akhavan, Vicky Du and Jenni Olson, Dykes, Camera, Action shares poignant, personal and often humorous stories of how the identities of queer women have been portrayed through film.
The screening will be followed by a discussion entitled ‘Has Lesbian Cinema entered it’s Golden Age?’, which will delve into the annals of lesbian cinema, discussing it’s trajectory and transformation, and will explore the ever-changing representations of queer women on screen, and the recent flux in lesbian cinema.
Form: Documentary / Country: USA / Year: 2018 / Run time: 91 Minutes
Directors: Caroline Berler
Analysing subject matter including the emotional turmoil of unrequited love, the tribulations of same-sex parenting, and colloquial accounts of LGBT history, the GAZE 2018 Men’s Shorts programme intercepts and interprets these varying themes, and comes together with great emotion, pathos and synergy - in reflection of the rich humanity of the gay male experience.
The Things you Think I’m Thinking
Canada / 2017 / 14 Minutes / Sherren Lee
A male burn-survivor and amputee goes on a date with a non-disabled man for the first time since his accident, facing his demons as he attempts to experience intimacy and understanding.
Australia / 2017 / 15 Minutes / Meaghan Palmer
A queer-teen gets caught up in a police drug raid during their first visit to a gay nightclub in Melbourne, 1994. Based on a true event.
The News Today
USA / 2017 / 12 Minutes / Lisa Donato
The last ordinary moments between two guys in love become precious in an instant.
Harding and His Camera
UK / 2017 / 12 Minutes / Rob Eagle
An ambiguous 'love story' documentary told through the 1930s archive of a British archaeologist who took a camera on his digs in the British Mandate for Palestine and fell in love with his Bedouin assistant.
UK / 2017 / 4 Minutes / Emma Gilbertson
Two young working class men explore the intimacy and vulnerability of relationships in a combative dance against the backdrop of an inner city estate.
Belgium / 2017 / 11 Minutes / Sonam Larcin & Gaspard Granier
Recently, Tristan and his husband had a little girl together. But when he arrives to the nursery, Tristan realizes that not everyone sees his paternity the way he does.
UK / 2017 / 19 Minutes / Gregory Oke
During a hot summer in rural England a sheep shearer in his late adolescence struggles with a growing attraction to his colleague.
Drag personalities and pageants are fertile subject matter in LGBT cinema, but Black Divas brings this oft-explored facet of queer cinema to new terrain, taking the audience behind the glitz, glamour and hot glue guns of Australia’s inaugural Miss First Nation pageant.
Following each contestant as they talk candidly about what brought them to this glittering stage, the film delves deep into their personal triumphs and tragedies, their experiences as a minority within a minority, and what being Miss First Nation means for them and their communities.
Form: Documentary / Country: Australia / Year: 2018 / Run time: 67 Minutes
Director: Adrian Russell Wills
This bold and inventive series of formally adventurous and engaging shorts highlight animations varied capacity to capture self-expression, identity, and communication. Audacious, gut-busting, poignant, and a little absurdist - get ready for a gorgeously realized emotional roller coaster!
Japan / 2017 / 5 Minutes / Honami Yano
In love, there are as many different forms as there are people.
Australia / 2013 / 3 Minutes / Igor Coric & Sheldon Lieberman
A story of transition – from male to female, and from despondency to happiness.
Out of the Box
USA / 2017 / 6 Minutes / Marcel Saleta
Miles the mime must choose between his happiness and the acceptance of his mother.
Hi, It’s Your Mother
Canada / 2016 / 5 Minutes / Daniel Sterlin-Altman
A shocking tragi-comedic stop motion short about family ties and blood.
Canada / Croatia / 2017 / 13 Minutes / Chintis Lundgren
A sly, quirky and refreshing take on the delicate bonds between parents and children.
For A Change
Israel / 2016 / 4 Minutes / Keren Nir
A transgender man struggling with his developing body while searching for self-acceptance.
USA / 2017 / 4 Minutes / Shwenn Shunya Chang
A poetic story about searching for an unexpired romance.
The Night Cleaner
Canada / 2016 / 6 Minutes / Blair Fukumura
Travis takes us on an amusing and sometimes harrowing tour through his nightly duties at a gay bathhouse.
USA / 2016 / 3 Minutes / Amy Jingyi Xu
A woman recounts the nostalgic childhood romance between two girls.
The Fish Curry
India / 2017 / 12 Minutes / Abhishek Verma
Lalit decides to come out to his family over his father’s favorite fish curry.
Denmark / 2018 / 5 Minutes / Rikke Alma Krogshave Planeta
Alex, a young woman bored with modern life, is lured by Bacchus into a colorful and mysterious world to explore her deepest desires.
USA / 2017 / 7 Minutes / Joe Sulsenti
Stranded at sea from a devastating ship wreck, a sailor learns a lesson of love and acceptance when he's accompanied by a drag queen mermaid.
Set in a vibrant, neon-lit, imaginary vision of Soho, Postcards from London is a beautifully shot morality tale and homage to homo-eroticism and high art.
When teenage beauty Jim arrives from Essex to seek his fortune, the promised cultural excitements of Soho prove themselves true when he discovers a group of art-loving rent boys who take him under their wing. The group exist to provide very special services for art connoisseurs – intelligent, post-coital conversation based on an intense knowledge and appreciation of the great masters. Both dazzling and audacious, this is a film for anyone who has ever fallen in love with one of the beautiful subjects in an old master painting. With a script that keeps you invested in Jim’s journey; recounting a theatrical sensibility; Postcards from London illuminates the influence of queer appreciation in art history.
Form: Fiction / Country: UK / Year: 2018 / Run time: 88 Minutes
Director: Steve McLean
Chela and Chiquita, both descended from elite Paraguayan families, have been together for over 30 years. Encountering unforeseen financial difficulties, their debts lead to Chiquita to be imprisoned on fraud charges, forcing the habitually passive Chela to face a new reality. Channelling her unexpected new independence, Chela begins driving for the first time in years, providing a local taxi service to a group of wealthy elderly ladies. Settling into her new life, she encounters the younger Angy - forging a fresh new connection and embarking on her own intimate revolution.
A quietly radical and subversive cinematic work, The Heiresses is exquisite in the portrayal of its older female leads. This portrayal highlights how shamefully under-represented mature female characters, and in particular older lesbians, are on screen, and justifies the current discourse around the importance of proportional representation in cinema.
Form: Fiction / Country: Paraguay / Year: 2018 / Run time: 95 Minutes
Director: Marcelo Martinessi
Moody and withdrawn loner Pedro scrapes together a living as webcam performer NeonBoy, and the erotic displays of his naked body smeared with neon paint have attracted a devoted following online. This expression and exposure is in direct opposition to his alienation from the real world. When he discovers another male performer, Leon, has copied his act, it prompts a radical change to Pedro’s performance and life. This upset, coupled with his reluctance to leave the house and his desperate need for money, compound a deeper anxiety that force Pedro to confront his internal issues; and his entire existence.
Hard Paint methodically examines the inherent frustrations and angst of a tortured youth. It beautifully weaves a narrative commentary on Pedro’s struggles to show resilience in the face of moral, social, sexual and personal change, and is an examination of love, commerce, family and relationships.
Form: Fiction / Country: Brazil / Year: 2018 / Run time: 118 Minutes
Director: Filipe Matzembacher & Marcio Reolon
The illustrious Grand Jury Prize winner at Sundance earlier this year – The Miseducation of Cameron Post maps out one teenage girl’s experience of being forced into a gay conversion therapy centre. Chloë Grace Moretz inhabits the role of Cameron Post with the quiet reflective observation of a girl caught in a decade that demanded we fix and exorcise desires and identities that needed ‘curing’. Her journey of self-discovery and that of her campmates mirror the unnecessary inner doubt and societal scrutiny LGBTQ teenagers endure to be their authentic selves.
Desiree Akhavan’s sophomore feature, after the 2014 GAZE audience favourite Appropriate Behavior, The Miseducation of Cameron Post has been described by the director as a cross between a John Hughes film and Todd Haynes’ Safe, and is certain to go down in the annals of coming-of-age cinema for the next generation.
Form: Fiction / Country: USA / Year: 2018 / Run time: 91 Minutes
Director: Desiree Akhavan
Tranny Fag is a feature-length documentary picturing transgender Brazilian singer Linn da Quebrada. Born and bred in the favelas of São Paulo, she has faced livelong prejudices, based upon her gender identity, race and social class. Channelling her strong and daring on-stage presence, she seeks to fight gender paradigms and stereotypes, using her music as a striking force against toxic masculinity and the patriarchy.
Beneath the facade of her fanciful and fancy-free persona, Linn is a true activist - weaponizing her trans body as a radical statement, and utilizing her chosen art as activism. For her, music as a gateway to the soul; the ultimate catharsis. It is rare to find a factual film protagonist so endearing and captivating. However, Linn’s valiant, defiant and hilarious persona, blended with her subversive on-stage presence, create a near perfect documentary character; and a captivating screen presence you will not be able to take your eyes off.
Form: Documentary / Country: Brazil / Year: 2018 / Run time: 75 Minutes
Director: Cláudia Priscilla & Kiko Goifman
Martin Clement, born Marvin Bijou, is a free man. He has escaped a small-minded village in the French countryside. He has escaped his family, his father's tyranny and his mother's submissiveness. He has liberated himself from the intolerance, rejection and the bullying he suffered from being singled out as "different."
Finally, he has found allies - his chosen kin. First Madeleine Clement, the middle school principal who introduced him to theatre and whose name he will later adopt as a symbol of his salvation. Then Abel Pinto, his mentor and role model, who will encourage him to tell his story on stage. Finally, Isabelle Huppert (even playing herself this woman owns the screen!) will help him get his show produced and bring it to life. Marvin/Martin will risk everything to create this show that represents so much more than success - a valiant display of catharsis and his path towards re-invention.
Form: Fiction / Country: France / Year: 2017 / Run time: 115 Minutes
Director: Anne Fontaine
This years Yestergaze will mark two milestone anniversaries - 100 years since women won the right to vote and 25 years since the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Ireland - with a special spoken word performance by an exciting cast of commentators.
Combining Slam Poetry, Free Verse and personal reflections, this session will be thought provoking, emotional, challenging, while also being celebratory. Yestergaze will also include some extraordinary moments from the RTE film archive.
Kindly supported by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland
Queer cinema, by its very nature, has modelled its intentions as a voice for the voiceless, recognising the power of representing the spectrum of LGBTQ+ people on screen. However, there are still voices missing, particularly in representation of ethnically diverse talent, and portrayals of differently abled queer people. The Iris Prize have been thrilled to see some incredible films in the past year which challenge this, and have curated a programme of shorts which raise up the intersectionality of voices in our community.
Run time: 70 Minutes
Weaving together distinct and compelling narratives around the queer female voice, the GAZE 2018 Women’s shorts programme traverses age, nationality, ethnicity and time period, curating a creative and candid coalescence that is representative of the similarities and differences of the shared lesbian experience. We are still challenging the patriarchy, testing bechdel, and committed to showcasing strong women both on camera, and behind it.
Run time: 77 Minutes
Australia / 2017 / 6 Minutes / Brianna Freckleton
An incident during a football match forces two girls to confront who they are and who they can choose to be.
UK / 2018 / 18 Minutes / Susan Jacobson
Amy catches her husband in the act and she falls down a flight of stairs, waking up with amnesia believing she is 16 and the year is 1999! This is a story of recovery and the redemptive nature of love.
USA / 2017 / 14 Minutes / Nate Trinrud
Jesse, a seventeen-year-old Iranian-American girl, musters the courage to tell her high school best friend, Roxanne, that she's in love with her. But when Roxanne invites out new girl Evelyn, Jesse's perfect night takes an unexpected turn.
Lebanon, UK / 2017 / 9 Minutes / Lara Zeidan
Four Lebanese girls go on a Ferris wheel ride to make their friend feel better about her break-up. Their conversation drifts to a less fun place.
Brazil / 2016 / 30 Minutes / Leandro Goddinho
On a quest to understand her grandmother's past, Claudia meets Marlene, an old woman who's created an homage to her memories inside an empty pool.
Inspired by and based upon long lost audio recordings with Timothy Conigrave, Remembering the Man uncovers the true story of how Romeo met Romeo; their long, amorous courtship; and the tragic manner in which their relationship ended.
At a prestigious Catholic boys school in Melbourne 1974, Tim Conigrave and John Caleo fell madly in love. Their passionate, tempestuous, operatic romance lasted for 16 years, facing disapproval, temptation, separation, and their sad demise in the wake of the AIDs epidemic. Their star crossed relationship was immortalised in Timothy Conigrave’s memoir Holding the Man, and has been adapted for stage and screen. This devastating yet heartwarming documentary gets to the heart of their relationship, illustrating their unbridled infatuation, unwavering connection, and the lamentable notion that their sad downfall was ultimately what brought them closest together.
Form: Documentary / Country: Australia / Year: 2016 / Run time: 83 Minutes
Director: Eleanor Sharpe & Nickolas Bird
The apple of our eye - the GAZE 2018 Irish shorts programme annually reaffirms the quality of LGBT film and filmmaking talent within Ireland, as well as the standard of work being produced internationally by Irish creators. The sheer scope in the exploration in themes, concepts and artistic approaches is proof that queer Irish film has come of age. This curated programme reflects the diverse spectrum of voices, the wide-eyed fantasies and the distinct experiences of the Irish LGBT community. GAZE is committed to promoting these voices outside of the festival, and is proud to include the programme in our upcoming 2018 / 2019 GAZE On Tour season.
Run time: 77 Minutes
2018 / 18 Minutes / Eleanor Rogers
A young driven female relay runner begins to question her sexuality when a new member joins the relay team.
2017 / 9 Minutes / Eoin Maher
Drew leaves another disappointing gay hook up and wonders why he feels so alone. His internal monologue delves deep into the mind of a lonely gay man - his desires, his insecurities and his wavering belief he'll find love.
2017 / 9 Minutes / Kate Dolan
Dead Men Don't Catcall. A sexual predator gets his comeuppance when he picks the wrong girls to mess with.
2017 / 11 Minutes / Harry Lighton
On the day after Christmas, a Catholic priest from Cork drives his nephew to prison.
2018 / 8 Minutes / Hugh Rodgers
Johnny is a young Traveller who has to come to terms with his sexuality, and wants to help
his deeply traditional community to do the same.
The Red Tree
2018 / 22 Minutes / Paul Rowley
The Red Tree is a “powerful and poetic” short film that tells the little known history of Italian gay men being arrested and exiled to a remote island during Mussolini’s Fascist regime.
In a small town in the American Midwest, Suzanna, aged 23, changes gender and becomes a boy - Coby. Her transformation deeply disrupts the lives of all who love her. Coby’s emergence from his chrysalis prompts the transformation of a whole family compelled to modify their own perspectives. Not only a physical metamorphosis is at stake here, but also a spiritual and personal one.
Coby’s transition emerges before the eyes of the world, even viewers on YouTube. A daily video shows each new step toward his new body. This documentation captures not only his physical transformation, but his psychological and emotional evolution. Coby’s body, voice, feelings and desires alter significantly before the audience’s eyes, and cause great upheaval. Ultimately, this upheaval leads to greater intimacy between Coby and his family and friends, as he makes his transition to finally become his authentic self.
Form: Documentary / Country: France / Year: 2017 / Run time: 83 Minutes
Director: Christian Sonderegger
A Moment in the Reeds is a tender, romantic and sensual love story, with undertones pertinent to the current socio-political climate in Europe, which intercepts and interprets a moment of connection and intense intimacy between two relative strangers.
College student Leevi returns to his native Finland for the summer to help his estranged father renovate the family lake house in preparation to be sold. Tareq, a recent asylum seeker from Syria, has been hired to help with the work, and when Leevi’s father has to return to town on business, the two young men establish a kinship and spend a short but profound time discovering one another during the Finnish midsummer.
Their brief, intense relationship cuts through both language and social barriers, and proves that there are no obstacles which can curb the power of human attraction, affection and connection.
Form: Fiction / Country: Finland / Year: 2017 / Run time: 107 Minutes
Director: Mikko Makela
Tom boy Mati and her exclusively male gang of friends spend their days loitering, riding dirt bikes, and generally terrorising the inhabitants of their small Austrian village. When Sebastian, the leader of the pack, falls in love with Mati and she rebukes his advances, she runs the risk of losing her place with the boys, and the only peer group she has ever known.
Simultaneously Mati meets Carla and begins to secretly explore her sexuality, causing her world to become unstable. The encounter with this independent, liberated girl shows Mati who she could really be; alive and open; something that is in direct opposition to the life she had known with her competitive, conventional, and quite unexceptional friends.
Exploring the subtle seismograph of the social realities of small town life, L’Animale is a stunning ensemble piece, and a truly european take on the family melodrama.
Form: Fiction / Country: Austria / Year: 2018 / Run time: 100 Minutes
Director: Katharina Mueckstein
Transgender stories are reaching maturity in both their craft and thematic exploration, as this richly diverse short film programme demonstrates. Curating many intersecting narratives and representations, this collection of finely crafted short film intricately dissects the complex interior and exterior worlds of trans people, as well as the joys, frustrations and complications of trans identity.
Run time: 106 Minutes
Sununu: The Revolution of Love
UK / 2017 / 24 Minutes / Olivia Crellin
This fascinating documentary is an intimate and portrayal of a couple getting to grips with parenthood while they challenge complex ideas of gender roles.
We Forgot to Break Up
Canada / 2017 / 15 Minutes / Chandler Levack
After a few years absence, Evan unexpectedly returns one night to face his now-famous former bandmates. The surprise reunion is bittersweet, in this intimate depiction of the knotty complexities of relating to old friends after everything has changed.
The Lady that Dances
UK / 2018 / 4 Minutes / Joppe Rog
Her body. His Voice. A tender exploration of transition through ballet and spoken word.
The Netherlands / 2017 / 19 Minutes / Reinout Hellenthal
Alex, a troubled and isolated teenager, finds a true and supportive friend in Hendrik, his sister's boyfriend. When Hendrik and Annelies announce their plans to leave the family home, Alex must face what is troubling him.
Brazil / 2017 / 14 Minutes / Thiago Kistenmacker
A transgender woman is haunted by her own past and gets to face the child she once was.
Austria / 2017 / 30 Minutes / Clara Stern
Mathias is transgender. Although he is more than sure about his decision to live as a man, he still has to find his way in his new identity, in his existing relationship and especially in his new job.
As the republic of Ireland’s activist community celebrates it’s long awaited referendum victory against the 8th amendment, GAZE turns its attention to our compatriots in Northern Ireland. How can the queer and women’s movements, as well as our strong, mobilised activist community, use the momentum from our recent achievements to help further the campaigns for Marriage Equality and Abortion Rights in the north? We explore what’s next for liberal activism on the island of Ireland.
The programme will feature a series of specifically curated activist film, which will be followed by a discussion with a group of seasoned activists from both sides of the border, including Emma Campbell (Alliance for Choice, Belfast), Brian Finnegan (GCN), Ruth McCarthy (Outburst Queer Arts Festival), John O’Doherty (The Rainbow Project / Love Equality NI) and Irish activist Ailbhe Smyth.
Run time: 90 Minutes
Every Act of Life is a joyful and honest account of the life of revolutionary, gay playwright Terrence McNally, and chronicles the joys, torments and creative experiences of this enduring artist.
Terrence McNally knew struggle and hardship from an early age, and had to escape his difficult background as an adolescent. He found sanctuary in New York, later travelling the world as tutor to John Steinbeck's children. Steinbeck’s only advice - "don't write for the theater, it will break your heart”. Falling upon deaf ears, McNally has gone on to write dozens of renowned works about sexuality, homophobia, faith, and finding meaning in every moment of life. He has won four Tony Awards; had long relationships; lost a lover and many friends to AIDS; and helped launch many the broadway career.
Exploring the mythical powers of human connection, imagination and the relentless quest for inspiration, the film is a beautiful portrait of endurance, exultation, and the agony and ecstasy of the creative path.
Form: Documentary / Country: USA / Year: 2018 / Run time: 92 Minutes
Director: Jeff Kaufman
Continuing our long-running, cinematically fruitful collaboration with Dublin Film Qlub, GAZE presents a screening of Thai auteur Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s 2004 Cannes Jury Prize Winner Tropical Malady. You know when two people circle around each other, desperate to get closer but unsure of how to go about it? In this extraordinary film, that familiar feeling is given a gigantic twist.
In the first half, two young men appear to connect in a war-torn country. In the second half, everything suddenly changes, and we seem to have jumped onto a different story… until we realise that this may be another version; a surrealist version of the love chase. Tropical Malady is one of the most original and daring films ever made. And it’s gay! It brings together the oldest story in the world, a faultless sense of rhythm, and magic realism. Another visual poem by the genie from Thailand, Apichatpong Weerasethakul. If you thought that everything had been invented in cinema, think again.
Form: Fiction / Country: Thailand / Year: 2004 / Run time: 125 Minutes
Director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul
The reference of Emily Dickinson invokes painful memories of Leaving Cert English exam trauma in many Irish people. With the programming of this raucous comedy re-telling of the reclusive writers’ story, GAZE has taken it upon ourselves to redress these memories, and replace them with a sordid reimagining of Ms. Dickinson’s clandestine lesbian love affair.
Wild Nights with Emily, starring queen Molly Shannon in the titular role, challenges the poet’s popularized persona - that of a reclusive spinster and a delicate wallflower, too sensitive for this world. The film explores her vivacious side that was covered up for years - most notably in Emily’s lifelong romantic relationship with another woman. Directed by Madeleine Olnek, whose previous titles include GAZE favourites The Foxy Merkins and Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same, Wild Nights with Emily is an irreverent and surreal look at the (maybe) true life story of the legendary poetess.
Form: Fiction / Country: Thailand / Year: 2018 / Run time: 83 Minutes
Director: Madeleine Olnek
Following the journey of a young gay musician who is attacked and paralyzed from the waist down, Love, Scott is an intimate and visually evocative window into the queer experience. Not only does it beautifully capture a complex character for the screen; it is a highly creative and original rendering of the observational documentary form, which was filmed over three years following the incident.
What follows Scott Jones’ attack is a brave and fragile journey of healing and the transformation of the young man’s life. Capturing true intimacy in a subtle and understated way is a very difficult thing to achieve in factual filmmaking, yet this empathetic film has realised this delicate balance with grace and poise. It captures both the trauma and triumph of it's character's journey in a respectful, loving and nuanced way, and exemplifies great trust, affection and deference between director and protagonist.
Form: Documentary / Country: Canada / Year: 2018 / Run time: 76 Minutes
Director: Laura Marie Wayne