This week in (gay) Vancouver: film, fringe and fabulous

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Quebranto at the Vancouver Latin American Film Festival

Another film festival, the Vancouver Fringe and Pride on an island are all part of another great week in Vancouver (and beyond).

The Latin American Film Festival continues with a couple of LGBTQ films to watch out for.  Quebranto (Sep 2) tells the story of Coral Bonelli who started life as “Pinolito,” a child actor in 1970s Mexico which soon became a winning film career. After the movies gave way to the demanding cabaret circuit, “Pinolito” announced he would henceforth be a woman—surgery and hormone treatments to follow. With the aging Lilia standing by, Coral copes with social prejudice and an already unforgiving show business environment.  The Way He Looks makes a return engagement to Vancouver after its screenings at the Vancouver Queer Film Festival.  In what our film reviewer called “a super sweet love story” it tells the story of blind high school student Leo and his BFF Gia are both infatuated with handsome newcomer Gabriel, who becomes friends with both, but much to Gia’s Chagrin ends up spending more time with Leo. The two boys eventually discover their feelings for each other and the film ends with their kiss.

The Vancouver Fringe Festival (Sep 4-14) gets underway and while the LGBTQ picks may be a little sparse compared to other years there are still some shows we’re looking forward to taking in this year.  We’ll have our full LGBTQ round-up later this week but some of the titles you should watch out for include: Meatloaf Jesus, Ludwig & Lohengrin, The Chariot Cities and Roller Derby Saved My Soul.

Normally we don’t go too far afield, but we decided that the tenth anniversary of Salt Spring Pride (Sep 5-7) was worth celebrating.  Hosted by the Gays and Lesbians of Salt Spring (GLOSSI), the weekend of fun includes a cabaret evening on Friday night, the Pride Parade and Party on Saturday and ends with a post-Pride potluck picnic on Sunday.

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