In order to celebrate the present 15th anniversary, we have invited filmmakers, actors and some other professionals from Canada, Israel, India, France, Denmark, United States and Italy who will present themselves their latest films. This year, our guest country is Mexico.
Since last year we surprised you with a new subject, never touched before in cinema: woman violence within the lesbian couple, this year the Festival is also dealing deeply with themes such as childhood transgender, rejection of Islamic homophobia, sexual harassment in family, sexual relations between Muslim women, sadomasochism as a philosophy of life, public humiliation at school, and we also pay homage to Tom of Finland and Ralf König’s characters, still in force. Ah!, and also a cinephile review about the legendary porn cinema made in France and performed by very young actors.
The short and feature films programmed from Latin America are some examples of independent cinema, and in the case of the Cuban film, some official institutions, such as the ICAIC, and in the Mexican film, IMCINE are participating as well. This means that the film production is having less governmental links and where creativity may overcome the budgets. In the end, this is a lesson that changes the policy of institutional economic aids for film production.
Please enjoy yourselves another year of an accurate film selection in which you will find more than 50 titles offered in the most provoking programme scheduled in this 15th edition of The Barcelona International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.
Founder and Director
Brazil, 2017, 94′
Graça is a single mother who works as a massage therapist and lives with her two children. When she decides to go after her brother, Luiz Carlos, whom she hasn’t seen in over 15 years due to a quarrel, they meet. He has become Gloria, a beautiful and successful trans. She accepts Graça’s invitation to meet her nephews and eventually realizes that maybe, to be complete, she needs to become a mother.
India, 2017, 52′
Within this hetero-patriarchal world, the women resist with their bodies, with their hearts, their love and desires.
2011.In a small village of West Bengal,India – Swapna and Sucheta-two young women in love with each other – took their own lives. No one from their families came to claim their dead bodies.They remain unclaimed… They had died for love but still live among us, for us.Based on a true story.
Taiwan, 2018, 96′
As same-sex couples, Cindy, Joanne, Charles, and Tim collaborate together to help each other to own a baby. Even though it’s not generally acceptable in many places in Taiwan to be same-sex parents.
Over 25 years after The Wedding Banquet (1993), on the crucial period of Taiwan becoming the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage, Bao Bao (2018) can be regarded as the most significant LGBTQ film in this generation.
Chile, 2018, 102′
It’s Christmas Eve, 1986, and Borja is a precocious teenager with a passion for his brother. This hypnotic story from Chile is both an enticing family melodrama and an explicit erotic thriller about the ways that passion and desire control our lives — from our pop-culture tastes to our sexual fantasies.
India, 2018, 102′
In South India and in a conservative family the love between two boys is debated by the repressive code 377 that exists in the country.
Israel, 2018, 79′
Returning home to attend her grandfather’s funeral, Efi (Noa Biron) finds that nothing has changed, when she discovers that her uncle is still up to his devious ways. Set on revenge, Efi takes matters into her own hands.
USA, 2017, 95′
A young woman diagnosed with cancer tries to play matchmaker between her soon-to-be-widowed husband and her bisexual twin brother.
Denmark/USA, 2017, 67′
“This film is made as a gender liberation manifestation, through the artist Miss Rosewood is the intention to give an experience of self-empowerment to live out who you believe you are or what you want to be. There is no specification to this process and the message is of that to free the mind from classification. The images are rough to unsettle the morality of a perfect view to the gender liberation, its intentional to provoke inner conflict with what is freedom.”Helle Jensen.
Catalonia, 2018, 52′
Iago Pericot ‘The Conquest of Innocence’ is a journey through the events that marked his life (Franco’s repression, awareness of his homosexuality, his stay in London during the troubled 60s) and his works (“Rebel Delirium”, ‘Bent’, ‘MozartNu’), which were essential for modernizing the Catalan theater. It is the story of the creative process of an artist who, at 85, wants to continue talking about the world through his art. It is the portrait of his relationship with Josep, his companion for 15 years.
Mexico, 2018, 20′
Miguel arrives to the city after the death of his younger brother Julio to find out the possible causes that led him to commit suicide. There he meets Angel, his brother’s boyfriend who reveals that Julio practiced bugchasing.
Spain, 2018, 10′
Marcos wants to be a writer. He usually goes to the park in his urbanization and sits on the swings. One afternoon he meets Pedro. Between both of them will arise an unexpected complicity.
Argentina, 2018, 10′
The Shirley and the Luciana get married. A wedding of transvestites that left in suspense the entire popular neighborhood of La Cumbre in the city of La Plata. Thanks to the law of gender identity and equal marriage, it was the first marriage that It took place in Latin America.
USA, 2017, 15′
The bond between a disabled Muslim father and his son is tested when love is pitted against religion. Everyday Waleed washes his disabled dad, Khaled, for prayer as a part of their Islamic religious obligation. But, when Khaled suspects his son is gay he’s torn between accepting him or living on his own unable to pray.
Argentina, 2017, 14′
Adela is a lonely woman aged 60 who works as a treasurer in a neighbourhood club. She lives there most of the time with her only friend Naomi. When Christmas comes, all her adolescent memories about games are awaken and also a new approach between both of them.
Spain, 2018, 2′
Canarian struggle means a lot to Mayron.
Venezuela, 2017, 11′
A young woman dressed as Alice in Wonderland has never had an orgasm and hopes for tonight during a party to be the night.
Australia, 2017, 5′
Catt breaks out in a rash and thinks she might have become allergic to her long-term partner.
Spain, 2018, 13′
Christmas Eve might become an ideal set to solve all the problems that have come up along the year with your loved ones. For this reason, Juan and Luis will invite Tere and Ana in order to release the tenseness created in the past.
USA, 2018, 7′
An afternoon visit to a small city Sex Shoppe inspires excitement, surprise, and comic relief.
Catalonia, 2018, 17′
Andreu, a teen under the preasure of society’s rules, tries to find his own way of living.
USA, 2018, 5′
An emotionally nuanced reconnection at a tree stump.
Spain, 2017, 17′
History of a couple who, after years trying to adopt in Spain, decides to be parents through motherhood surrogate. During the process, however, they discover that they are not such close as they thought.
Spain, 2018, 5′
When Raquel gets home she’s met with bad news: her dog has thrown himself out of the window.
Colombia, 2017, 19′
Isabella, Mario and Cristina look in an application to some stranger with whom to make a trio. The three of them are in a sleazy motel room between sex and drugs. Will strangers be the ones who finally know us better?
USA, 2018, 4′
Liz, an out lesbian, and Kylie, a questioning heterosexual, are neighbors. When they first meet, there is an undeniable attraction between them. Their chemistry is immediately apparent even to Kylie’s boyfriend Matt. The two girls fall in love and Matt is soon out of the picture. But despite all their passion, Kylie continually pulls away, fighting the reality that she is in love with a woman.
USA, 2017, 18′
Film about Carson, a gay twenty-something looking for love on all the wrong apps. After being rejected by an online hookup for being too “femme”, Carson embarks on a hilarious journey towards self-discovery and acceptance by way of a manic existential crisis and a drag queen fairy godmother. Set in Hell’s Kitchen, the epicenter of New York City gay life, Carson must confront his own notions of masculinity, gender performance, and discrimination within the LGBTQ community.
Spain, 2018, 11′
Laura wakes up with a hangover at Lucia’s house. Laura wants to get out of there however, but Lucia convinces her to
stay for breakfast.
USA, 2018, 14′
A 15-year-old teenager wants to lose her virginity. She has four mothers who advise her.
Denmark, 2018, 12′
The young Samir accompanies the politician Stefan to a hotel room. Samir is in love and has set everything aside to be able to go with Stefan, as they had planned. But under the surface lies a big misunderstanding, and outside in the rain a journalist is waiting for the next big headline.
United Kingdom/ Australia, 2017, 4′
A sexually explicit study of hanky codes, visual signifiers, and gay fetishes set against the backdrop of 1970s San Francisco.
Spain, 2018, 17′
How hard is it to be a lesbian in a rural environment? Five women talk about their personal experience and expectations while the 4th edition of “Agrocuir” festival is taking place.
Spain, 2017, 5′
Lorenza is about to be 80 and has just become a widow. She decides to return to her youth home, but her daughter does not agree. However her granddaughters, Sofia and Alba, decide to go with her. It’s a minimal story as simple as necessary.
USA, 2018, 13′
A photographer and his boyfriend have problems with jealousy.
USA, 2018, 4′
Matt and Dan play lovers , just after some seemingly satisfying-sex. But when Matt tells Dan he “just has a few notes”, Dan doesn’t expect just how intensive this note session is, and soon realizes he has more work in store than he thought…
Catalonia, 2017, 9′
The racial and sexual diversity of Carla and Helena, two young women who dream of being Olympic swimmers and who maintain their friendship in secret due to the racism of their families.
Mexico, 2018, 5′
A portrait of the human relationships, their complexity and coldness, reflected in a couple who freely enjoy their physical relationship in a small room.
Germany, 2017, 12′
A young guy hopes to fill his inner emptiness by having sex with strangers.
Sweden, 2017, 11′
Two dads put their young son to bed unaware that a mysterious stranger is threatening their loving and S&M family home. The son’s fear of fairy tale witches seems to come reality…
Australia, 2017, 17′
Having always felt she was born in the wrong body and now at her third school, 10-year-old Mrs McCutcheon is having trouble settling in and finding acceptance from her newfound peers – but a school dance is about to revolutionize it all.
Israel, 2018, 6′
Eze Raymond never knew how to date other men. Today, at the age of 82, he spends his days in his small apartment in Tel Aviv, and longs for dreams that may never come true.
Spain, 2018, 20′
Being young and LGTIB is not easy in Spain. Despite being one of the best countries to be LGTIB, they continue to suffer harassment in educational centers by their peers. The ignorance of the real problems of the children only increases their suffering.
Spain, 2018, 6′
Rocio doesn’t feel like weddings because her partner has just left her. However her sister Lola is going to sing a ranchera sounding as a break-up.
Argentina, 2018, 8′
Three teenage friends take a walk through the red zone of their city to learn about the world of prostitution and transsexuality in the 90s.
USA, 2017, 8′
Burlesque icons Luminous Pariah and Chris Harder star in this Tom of Finland inspired queer retelling of ‘The Little Mermaid’. Antonin Dvorak’s opera score accompanies this sexy homage to Hans Christian Andersen, vintage homoerotica and the golden era of silent film.
Germany, 2017, 4′
One Boy, One Girl and her Stepbrother. A date goes wrong.
Mexico / Germany, 2018, 15′
The very day the Mexican singer Juan Gabriel died, Beto and Daniel, two Mexican teenagers, will strengthen their friendship. Daniel imagines how his day-to-day would be like if he was a girl, perhaps then his feelings could be seen as a daily life.
EUA, 2017, 6′
A gay Chinese American believes that his traditional mom would have a hard time accepting his boyfriend. However, it turns out that she is more complex than he has supposed.
USA, 2018, 10′
A surreal farce about a man with a big secret: he can’t stop thinking about sucking dick. It uses boundary-pushing humor to ask: after all the strides we’ve made, why do queer people still feel ashamed of our desires?
USA, 2017, 5′
Idealistic young man Nigel has been in a secret romantic relationship with his friend, Malik, for several weeks, seemingly content with their unofficial status, but he longs for more.
United Kingdom, 2017, 19′
In the belief of being gay as a shameful sin, Jesus will prove how nothing could be more wrong during his last chance to admit who he truly is, in a journey into self-discovery, friendship and love.
Catalonia, 2017, 20′
A year. A boy. An instant.
Spain, 2018, 20′
The society has created a stereotype of the LGTBI collective in which its members are fashionable people, with money, who have a lot of fun and never go beyond 40 years. But where are the elders?
Italy, USA, 2017, 8′
During an attack, police officer Xavier, among his injured fellow-officers, was shot dead.
There are broken dreams and unanswered expectations of peace. But there is no place for hate, dialogue and tolerance being the only possible solutions.
Turkey, 2017, 4′
Exhibited in Contemporary Art Museums.
Israel, 2018, 5′
Yes and No are in the middle of the desert. Yes lies on a mat and eats strawberries from a straw basket and No turn around with her hands tied behind her back with a red rope…