Monday, 4 April 2011

LLGFF Part 3: An imaginary love

The British Film Institute's 25th London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival heads into the week a bit bleary headed after the party-filled weekend. Since the festival is so short this year, everything has been packed into this one weekend - leaving us all feeling a little worn out as we look ahead to the next three days of screenings (and one more party). But it's been great fun to socialise with filmmakers and actors, as well as the festival staff and London-based distributors who I already know. This really is one of the friendliest, liveliest festivals we all attend, so we're making the most of it now, and we'll deal with the morning-after headaches and sleep deprivation later.

Here are some festival highlights on Monday and Tuesday...

dir Xavier Dolan; with Monia Chokri, Xavier Dolan 10/Can *****
At 21, actor-filmmaker Dolan proves that I Killed My Mother was no fluke. This is even bolder filmmaking that continually takes risks with its material. It's not always successful, but it's clever, funny and sharply observant... FULL REVIEW >

dir Dennis Todorovic; with Sasha Kekez, Tim Bergmann 10/Ger ****
This film's light, comical tone is slightly misleading, as something much more dramatic is going on under the surface. And this makes it an entertaining, sensitive exploration of a young man trying figure out a way to be himself... FULL REVIEW >

A Marine Story
dir Ned Farr; with Dreya Weber, Paris Pickard 10/US ***
While the filmmaking itself is a bit simplistic, this movie tackles a big subject with sincerity, never taking the easy route through the material and developing strongly involving characters along the way... FULL REVIEW >

Man at Bath
dir Christophe Honore; with Francois Sagat, Chiara Mastroianni 10/Fr ****
This odd experimental film has only the loosest sense of narrative, merely letting us observe the wrinkles and twists of a relationship between two men who are apart for a week. It's difficult to pin down, but still manages to engage us... FULL REVIEW >

The Advocate for Fagdom
dir Angelique Bosio; with Bruce LaBruce, Gus Van Sant 11/Fr ****
Lively and engaging, this documentary about iconic filmmaker Bruce LaBruce is a real gift to his fans. It takes a lucid, witty trip through his career, but it's definitely not for general audiences... FULL REVIEW >

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