2014 Vancouver Queer Film Festival returns in August

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Love is Strange is a multi-generational story of love and marriage starring John Lithgow, Alfred Molina, and Marisa Tomei.

The dates are set for the 26th edition of the Vancouver Queer Film Festival which will feature more than 80 films from eleven countries.

Presenting themes of gender identity, forbidden love, and culture from as far away as Russia, Brazil, and the Philippines, the 2014 Queer Film Fest will turn the local silver screens a bright pink from August 14-24.

“This is our biggest festival yet,” says Out On Screen executive director, Drew Dennis. “We’re the largest queer arts festival in Western Canada, and continue to explore boundaries and provoke meaningful conversations with our film lineup”.

Among the offerings this year is the Russian drama Winter Journey which offers a rare glimpse into queer lives in contemporary Russia. Released where ‘homosexual propaganda’ is banned, the film picked up prizes at the Window to Europe Film Festival, and the 11th Moscow Premiere Film Festival.

Also on tap this year is Kate Bornstein is a Queer and Pleasant Danger, a documentary about a queer scholar navigating a world where gender binaries are the norm and Love is Strange (photo above), a multi-generational story of love and marriage starring John Lithgow, Alfred Molina, and Marisa Tomei, which premiered earlier this year at the TriBeCa Film Festival.

“We really pushed the envelope this year, working hard to present the multifaceted lives of queer people through film,” explained festival programmer, Shana Myara. “I’m especially excited for Sundance festival selection Drunktown’s Finest, produced by Robert Redford. It explores the challenges of three Navajo people living on reservation, one of whom is a transgender woman. Sydney Freeland, the film director and former Navajo resident, will be attending the screening.”

The festival will once again host its opening and closing galas at the Vancouver Playhouse, special screenings at the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts at Simon Fraser University at Woodwards, and an expanded run at Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas.

Tickets and festival schedule are available online beginning July 24. Visit http://queerfilmfestival.ca for more information.

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