Melvil Poupaud in Hong Kong for the Lesbian and Gay Film Festival
The Lesbian and Gay Film Festival opens its doors tonight, with 4 French films in its programme.
4 French films in the LGBT Film Festival
Winner of the Queer Palm Award and Best Actress Award in the Un Certain Regard Section of the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. Laurence Anyways tells the story of an impossible love between a man and a woman after the man decides to have a sex change. In the 1990s, Laurence tells his girlfriend that he wants to become a woman. Against all odds, the couple embarks on a tortured, on-again, off-again relationship that spans across ten years. Starring the French cinema icon Melvil Poupard as Laurence and Suzanne Clément as his lover Frederique, Laurence Anyways is Xavier Dolan’s third feature and his most stylish and mature work after “I Killed My Mother” (Official Selection –34th Hong Kong International Film Festival) and Heartbearts (Official Selection –2011 Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival).
From the director of Come Undone comes a contemplative documentary that looks into the lives of older gay men and lesbians in Europe. Eleven elderly homosexual men and women speak frankly about their pioneering lives. These men and women have nothing in common except their homosexuality, and their decision to live openly at a time when society rejected them. They’ve loved, struggled, desired, made love. Today they tell us about their courageous lives, and how they navigated the desire to remain ordinary with the need to liberate themselves in order to thrive. They were fearless. Official Selection of 2012 Cannes Film Festival.
Vassili is an aged prostitute with killer instincts. He finds a young, unconscious young man in the Bois de Boulogne and takes him home. The two men become lovers and accomplices. They work together as prostitutes and take up the habit of stealing from their clients. But, little by little, the net tightens around them. After being threatened with reprisals, the couple must abruptly flee Paris. The chase begins…
Joshua Tree 1951: A Portrait of James Dean
Joshua Tree, 1951 is a fearless, intimate portrait of James Dean on the cusp of becoming both a great actor and an outsider icon. Set in the early 1950s and focusing on Dean’s experiences as a rising star in Los Angeles, the film’s surreal and dreamlike vignettes blend biographical and fictionalized elements to present pivotal moments in his short yet remarkable life. Aware of his own potential to be legendary, Dean is at once childlike and world-weary; a brute and a romantic; an intellectual and an Indiana shit-kicker; a playboy and a man of great sensitivity. An unflinching and honest exploration of Dean’s complicated sexuality and formative relationships, Joshua Tree, 1951 redefines him for a new generation.
More information on the website of the festival.