This week in (gay) Vancouver: queer film fest edition (part two)

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

Vancouver movie screens shine pink as the 26th annual Vancouver Queer Film Festival continues.  Here are a few of the highlights in the coming week:

Some of the best nights of film at the Queer Film Fest (QFF) each year are its collection of shorts. Young ‘n Fierce ‘n Fabulous (Mon, Aug 18)  is and eclectic mix of shorts with a focus on youth.

Director Ira Sachs returns to QFF with his latest film Love is Strange (Tue, Aug 19).  John Lithgow and Alfred Molina star in this story of Ben and George who take advantage of the new marriage laws in New York, but face the consequences after Ben gets fired from his longtime job as a choir director for a co-ed Catholic school.

From poignant to downright weird, the homegrown selection of shorts in The Coast is Queer (Wed, Aug 20) will always hold a special place with its diverse display of local filmmaking talent.

This year’s centerpiece gala puts the spotlight on Russia with Children 404 (Thu, Aug 21), about the online forum of the same name created by activist Elena Klimova for Russian-speaking LGBTQ teens.  Like Klimova, filmmakers Pavel Loparev and Askold Kurov have created their film despite risks to their own safety, adding it to a proud history of underground documentaries shedding a light on an important topic.

The 2014 QFF comes to an end with the Girltrash: All Night Long (Sun, Aug 24), the story of five girls and one epic night filled with overlapping plot lines and music.

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