102016Aug

Paris 05:59

PARIS 05:59: THEO & HUGO (Theo et Hugo le meme bateau)

Dir. Olivier Ducastel, Jacques Martineau I 2016 I France, In French w/English subtitles I 97 min. I Austin Premiere
Saturday, September 10 at 11:45 p.m. | Buy Tickets

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Synopsis: For Theo and Hugo one night of passion can lead to a lifetime of regret… or something more. Writer/directors Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau (The Adventures of Felix) return to aGLIFF with a French love story with scenes so steamy and graphic that James Franco would blush. Theo and Hugo meet in a torrid bathhouse encounter. Though it is love at first sight, they find a casual indiscretion may have disastrous consequences. In their ensuing late-night wander around the city, the two struggle with insecurity that threatens to derail their natural intimacy, and a possible bright future together hangs on the delicate balance of their mutual trust.

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ZEBRA
Dir. Paul Detwiler I 2015 I U.S.A. I 5 min. I Texas Premiere

Synopsis An exploration of the complex emotional and erotic landscapes navigated by two men, illustrating the multiple dimensions underlying their relations in an aggressive but loving dynamic, when individuality is lost and bodies merge into a totemic figure of animalistic sensuality and desire.

102016Aug

Jonathan

JONATHAN

Dir. Piotr J. Lewandowski I 2016 I Germany, In German w/English subtitles I 99 min. I Southwest Premiere I Drama.
Sunday, September 11 at 12:40 p..m. | Buy Tickets

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Synopsis Winner of the Jury Prize for Best First Feature at the 2016 Frameline, San Francisco’s LGBTQ Film Festival, “Jonathan” is a haunting and moving portrait of a family ready to unfold. They say family is the best and most important thing in life – that seems to be the very opposite in the case of Jonathan. He has an uncertain future, a dying father who cantankerously refuses to talk about his late mother, and an estranged aunt bitter about the past and the reappearance of the man at the heart of this conflict. But for all this dysfunction, Jonathon’s story is not one of despair, but hope. A beautiful and touching tale that shows no matter how great the anguish, there is always the chance to heal, forgive and open one’s heart again.


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102016Aug

Girls Lost

GIRLS LOST (Porkarna)

Dir. Alexandra-Therese Keining I 2015 I Sweden & Finland, In Swedish w/English subtitles I 106 min. I Austin Premiere
Sunday, September 11 at 6:00 p..m. | Buy Tickets

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Synopsis A tight-knit trio of three Swedish schoolgirls, tormented by their male peers, find freedom and excitement with the discovery of a mysterious flower growing in their garden. After drinking from the sap that flows from it—allows them to transform into male alter-egos at night. In this dark fantasy, “Girls Lost” presents an exploration of gender and burgeoning sexuality, and the desire to live authentically and free, no matter the cost. One of the most unusual films at the festival this year, this haunting supernatural drama explores the fluidity of gender and sexuality and defies our expectations of human relationships.


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102016Aug

First Girl I Loved

FIRST GIRL I LOVED

Dir. Kerem Sanga I 2016 I U.S.A. I 91 min.
Sunday, September 11 at 10:00 a..m. | Buy Tickets

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Synopsis: Anne (Dylan Gelula, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”) realizes that she’s in love with Sasha (Brianna Hildebrand “Deadpool”), the most popular girl at school and the best player on the girl’s soccer team. This is a shock to Clifton (Mateo Arias), because he wants to move from the “friend zone” to a romantic relationship with Anne. Sasha is trying to be on the down low because of her parents and other pressures, which is confusing to Anne. Writer/Director Kerem Sanga captures the volcanic emotions of first love with a beautiful sensitivity, which earned him the NEXT Audience Award at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.


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QUEEN’S MILE
Dir. Martin Delaney I 2016 I United Kingdom I 10 min. I Texas Premiere
Synopsis “Queen’s Mile” is a heartwarming story of a young woman’s courage in coping with depression, in her own unique way.

92016Aug

Closet Monster

CLOSET MONSTER

Dir. Stephen Dunn I 2015 I Canada I 90 min. I Texas Premiere
Thursday, September 8 at 7:30 p.m. | Buy Tickets

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Synopsis: A coming of age movie unlike any other, Closet Monster tells the story of Oscar (Connor Jessup, recently named one of the 25 new faces of Independent film), a teenage boy whose dual childhood traumas—the virulent breakup of his parents, and his witness to an act of graphic violence—lead him to grow up with a vibrant, off-kilter, and often strange fantasy life (including his close confidant, a talking hamster voiced by the incomparable Isabella Rossellini). Veering from sweet to disturbing, banal to explosive, this dark and comedic film takes us on a coming out journey filled with intimately familiar emotions, while remaining uniquely original.


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92016Aug

Being 17

BEING 17 (Quand on a 17 ans)

Dir. Andre Techine I 2016 I France, In French w/English Subtitles I 116 min. I Southwest Premiere
Sunday, September 11 at 3:15 p.m. | Buy Tickets

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Synopsis: Always picked last for school teams and bullied by fellow students, Damien takes self defense lessons from a family friend. His life is turned upside-down when his mother’s latest patient is a parent of Thomas, his biggest nemesis (and secret crush). Things go from bad to worse when his mother invites Thomas to stay with the family. As the two enemies are forced to rely on each other, hate gives way to grudging respect that is tested with each new challenge they face. Set against the glorious backdrop of the French Alps, French master Andre Techine’s (“Wild Reeds”) latest, Being 17 captures with authenticity the many trials of young men from vastly different backgrounds as they come into their own.


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92016Aug

Arianna

Arianna

Dir. Carlo Lavagna I 2015 I Italy, In Italian w/English subtitles I 84 min. I Austin Premiere
Friday, September 9 at 12:25 p.m. | Buy Tickets

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Synopsis: Arianna (Ondina Quadri) has felt like something was wrong for a long time, but didn’t know what to do about it. At 19, she has not had her first period. Her body has not developed like the other girls growing up around her. Then she goes away with her family to the lake house and notices her body looks different from her cousin’s. Finally, when Arianna has some time to herself away from her parents, she starts her search to find answers… What she discovers changes everything. Featuring a stunning debut performance from Quadri, “Arianna is a gem not to be missed.


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92016Aug

Two Soft Things, Two Hard Things

Two Soft Things, Two Hard Things

Dir. Mark Kenneth Woods & Michael Yerxa | 2016 I Canada I 71 min. I Texas Premiere
Saturday, September 10 at 3:20 p.m. | Buy Tickets
Director Mark Kenneth Woods will be in attendance.

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Synopsis: What are the words for lesbian and gay in the Inuit language? The Inuit are an ancient, aboriginal people from the arctic regions of Canada. Formerly a semi-nomadic culture, their society had been affected by western missionaries over several generations. These include alterations to their social structure, their spiritual beliefs and their views on sexuality. Such changes had made it difficult, even perilous, for LGBTQ community to live openly and authentically, especially in such an isolated community. The last two decades, however, has seen an evolving shift in attitudes thanks to the determined individuals who are not only bringing about true acceptance in Inuit society, but a celebration of queer life.


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92016Aug

Memories of a Penitent Heart

Memories of a Penitent Heart

Dir. Cecilia Aldarondo I 2016 I USA/Puerto Rico I 74 min. I Texas Premiere
Saturday, September 10 at 10:00 a.m. | Buy Ticket

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Synopsis: “Memories of a Penitent Heart” is both a good mystery as well as a documentary. Filmmaker Cecilia Aldarondo’s uncle Miguel died 30 years prior from AIDS, and his presence haunts her family like an unspoken specter. Her family claims that on his deathbed, Miguel repented for the sin of homosexuality. As Cecilia digs deeper into her uncle’s life, pouring through home videos and interviewing surviving family members, more and more hidden truths emerge. What secret was Miguel’s father hiding, and who exactly is the mysterious Robert? In the heart of the AIDS crisis, after the passing of their loved ones, families hid what they perceived as shameful. “Memories of the Penitent Heart” examines the impact when those long buried truths are laid bare.


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92016Aug

Growing Up Coy

Growing Up Coy

Dir. Eric Juhola I 2016 I U.S.A. I 83 min. I Texas Premiere
Saturday, September 10 at 2:30 p.m. | Buy Tickets
Director/Producer Eric Juhola & Producer/Editor Jeremy Stulberg will be in attendance.

Growing Up Coy


Synopsis: In Colorado, an elementary school bans Coy, a six-year-old transgendered girl, from using the girl’s restroom. Coy’s parents decide to stand up for their daughter’s rights, but when their fight gains national media attention the spectacle that ensues threatens to tear their family apart. A topical film more than ever as every state is contending this civil rights issue, director Eric Juhola’s outstanding documentary brings a family forward to fight for their daughter’s rights, even if it means losing your own family and rights at the end of a long fought battle.


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