Our gay guide to the 2014 Vancouver International Film Festival

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Man on High Heels at the 2014 Vancouver International Film Festival

While it may never reach the breadth of films as our annual Queer Film Festival, the LGBTQ offerings at the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) continues to grow each year.  Here are the feature films with LGBTQ themes set to play at this year’s VIFF.

The 2014 Vancouver International Film Festival runs September 25 to October 10.  Visit http://viff.org/festival for tickets and information.

52 Tuesdays
Sophie Hyde (Australia, 109 min)

So much can happen in a year. For instance, your mom can transition from female to male. Such is the case in Sophie Hyde’s provocative, authentic and refreshingly modern coming-of-age tale. Winner: Directing Award: World Cinema Dramatic, Sundance 2014.

Thu. Sep 25, 4:30 pm, Rio | Sat. Oct 4, 9:00 pm, Rio | Tue. Oct 7, 1:30 pm, SFU-Goldcorp Centre

Before the Last Curtain Falls
Thomas Wallner  (Belgium/Germany/Canada,  88 min)

It’s closing night for popular Belgian cabaret Gardenia and its gay and trans stars face reintroduction into reality. Winner: Special Jury Prize: Canadian Feature, Hot Docs 2014.

Thu. Sep 25, 7:00 pm, Rio | Fri. Sep 26, 1:30 pm, International Village | Mon. Sep 29, 4:30 pm, Rio

Disconcerto
Omori Tatsushi  (Japan,  124 min)

Omori follows The Ravine of Goodbye with a delicious comedy-drama about the perfect odd couple  Tada, who runs a shaky do-it-all service, and his buddy Gyoten, who usually gets in the way. The storyline involves phoney organic farming, pensioners, babysitting, yakuza and lesbian parenting.

Fri. Sep 26, 8:15 pm, International Village | Sat. Sep 27, 10:30 am, International Village

Man on High Heels
Jang Jin (SOUTH KOREA, 125 min)

Yoon (Cha Seungwon) is the ultimate hard man, a battle-scarred cop who gets his man by any means necessary. But Yoon has a secret: she’s a woman trapped in a man’s body. Arch-satirist Jang Jin delivers all the thrills and ultraviolence we’ve come to expect from Korean cop/gangster movies, but with a very subversive twist.

Thu. Sep 25, 1:30 pm, Rio | Thu. Oct 2, 8:45 pm, Vancity | Mon. Oct 6, 10:00 am, Cinematheque

Regarding Susan Sontag
Nancy Kates  (USA, 101 min)

Susan Sontag’s contributions to the intellectual zeitgeist of the 1960s, 70s and 80s is beyond reproach for its seriousness of purpose and wide-ranging influence. And while it might seem that that very seriousness would make Sontag less than happy with Nancy Kates’ intimate portrait of the writer—a portrait that delves into Sontag’s personal life as much as it surveys her critical and literary accomplishments. Winner: Special Jury Mention, Tribeca 2014. Filmmaker in attendance.

Tue. Sep 30, 10:30 am, Cinematheque | Wed. Oct 8, 6:30 pm, SFU-Goldcorp | Thu. Oct 9, 10:30 am, SFU- Goldcorp

Something Must Break
Ester Martin Bergsmark (Sweden, 81 min)

While identities and genders are alluringly fluid in Ester Martin Bergsmark’s narrative debut, the desire for connection is unrelenting.Initially trepidatious to explore a feminine side, Sebastian–who sometimes prefers to be called Ellie–falls hard for Andreas, a straight man. But when Andreas proves a fast friend but reluctant lover, Ellie rushes to the fore. Winner: Hivos Tiger Award, Rotterdam 2014.

Sat. Sep 27, 12:15 pm, Cinematheque | Mon. Sep 29, 2:00 pm, International Village | Thu. Oct 9, 7:00 pm, Rio

The Sun, the Moon and the Hurricane
Andri Cung  (Indonesia, 101 min)

Rain falls in love with the enigmatic Kris when they’re both high-school seniors and is devastated when Kris abruptly goes abroad. Several years later he gets an invitation to visit his former crush, now married and living in Bali. But what does Kris really want? Andri Cung’s debut feature is sexy, seductive and emotionally intense.

Sun. Sep 28, 6:30 pm, Cinematheque | Wed. Oct 1, 12:15 pm, Cinematheque

The Sun, the Moon and the Hurricane

Andri Cung’s The Sun, the Moon and the Hurricane

Two 4 One
Maureen Bradley  (Canada, 74 min)

Oddball couple Miriam and Adam have an ill-advised and pivotal one night stand that sees them both wind up pregnant.  Engagingly shot by Amy Belling, the film features standout performances from Gavin Crawford, Naomi Snieckus and Gabrielle Rose. Filmmaker and guests in attendance.

Wed. Oct 1, 9:00 pm, Rio Theatre | Fri. Oct 3, 11:00 am, International Village

Two 4 One screens as part of the 2014 Vancouver International Film Festival

Maureen Bradley’s Two 4 One

Uncertain Relationships Society (Aimei buming guanxi yanjiu xuehui)
Heiward Mak (HONG KONG , 71 min)

International Premiere. Hong Kong pop meets art in Heiward Mak’s latest feature, a rich, moving, dazzling, and deeply, sympathetically savvy look at the amorous and professional lives of six twenty-something Hong Kongers. Their complex, ambivalent lives play out over six years in fascinating, interlocking stories. Mak’s fiercely contemporary sensibility creates an essential snapshot of Hong Kong’s hopes, anxieties and pleasures today. Filmmaker in attendance.

Sat. Sep 27, 11:45 am, Vancity | Mon. Sep 29, 7:00 pm, Cinematheque

White BIrd in a Blizzard
Gregg Araki (USA, 91 min)

Shailene Woodley plays the insecure suburban daughter of a seriously disturbed mother  who disappears without a trace in Gregg Araki’s skewed and provocative 80s-set drama.  Former enfant terrible Gregg Araki has crafted a haunting, passionate and occasionally campy film that starts as a mystery and ends as a tragedy. In between, we get sex, violence, love and hatred—all of the brute elements of life that we repress in order to pass as ordinary. It’s the story of a kid who doesn’t know enough, a father who knows too much and a woman too beautiful for the life she has.

Fri. Sep 26, 9:30 pm, International Village | Sat. Sep 27, 1:00 pm, International Village

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