With more than 600 screenings of 359 films from 80 countries, the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) continues to grow. Along with the usual mainstream offerings, or as mainstream as a film festival can get, the VIFF also brings a number of LGBTQ films to its screens. The 2010 Festival sees ten features and five shorts slated to run during the Festival, September 30th through October 15th.
We are pleased to provide a comprehensive listing of the entire line-up of LGBTQ features that will play during the 2010 VIFF including everything from Bruce LaBruce’s Australian-banned zombie-porn L.A. Zombie to the Chinese sex comedy Single Man to Xavier Dolan’s latest offering, Heartbeats.
Be sure to check out our guide to the VIFF LGBTQ shorts as well!
For a complete listing of screenings and ticket information visit http://www.viff.org/festival.
108 (Cuchillo de palo)
When director Renate Costa’s flamboyant uncle Rodolfo died, his life as a closeted gay became symbolic of a hidden part of Paraguayan history. Under the Stroessner dictatorship, men who were suspected of being homosexuals appeared on the infamous “108 Lists,” meaning they could be detained and brutalized because of their sexual orientation. More information on this film at http://www.viff.org.
Fri, Oct 8th 7:00pm Empire Granville 7 Th 1
Wed, Oct 13th 10:30am Empire Granville 7 Th 2
Director: Renate Costa | Country: Spain | 91 min
Daniel Schmid (Daniel Schmid–Le chat qui pense)
Daniel Schmid made wonderful films like Tosca’s Kiss and The Written Face, directed playsand operas, and was a close early collaborator of Fassbinder’s. This deeply affectionate andquite beautiful tribute captures the ineffable mystery of the creative process through Schmid’soeuvre. More information on this film at http://www.viff.org.
Wed, Oct 6th 6:45pm Pacific Cinematheque
Thu, Oct 7th 10:45am Pacific Cinematheque
Tue, Oct 12th 11:00am Vancity Theatre
Director: Pascal Hofmann, Benny Jaberg | Country: Switzerland | 83 min
The Family Complete (Kazoku Complete)
Can there be such a thing as an all-male family? A mysterious virus which stimulates man-on-man sex strikes the Kanba family on the day a man dressed as a giant cat rapes Grandpa. Porn industry graduate Imaizumi Koichi offers a surreal and provocative vision of gay life. For adults only. More information on this film at http://www.viff.org.
Tue, Oct 5th 9:30pm Pacific Cinematheque
Wed, Oct 6th 3:45pm Pacific Cinematheque
Director: Imaizumi Koichi | Country: Japan | 106 min
Family Tree (L’ arbre et la forêt)
When an elderly man (Guy Marchand) refuses to attend the funeral of his son, his decision confounds his remaining children. But the motivation behind his actions proves more astounding… Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau’s (Jeanne and the Perfect Guy) drama picks apart the intricacies of one family’s mysterious past with intelligence and deep compassion. More information on this film at http://www.viff.org.
Fri, Oct 1st 4:00pm Empire Granville 7 Th 2
Sat, Oct 2nd 6:15pm Empire Granville 7 Th 4
Tue, Oct 5th 10:15am Visa Screening Room @ Empire Granville Th7
Director: Olivier Ducastel, Jacques Martineau | Country: France | 95 min
Heartbeats (Les amours imaginaries)
Like multiple Cannes prize-winner I Killed My Mother, Xavier Dolan’s more confidently stylish sophomore effort garnered the Prix de la Jeunesse at the French festival, as well as the grand prize in Sydney. Dolan and Monia Chokri star as inseparable friends who both fall for the same handsome young man. More information on this film at http://www.viff.org.
Mon, Oct 11th 9:45pm Visa Screening Room @ Empire Granville Th7
Wed, Oct 13th 1:15pm Visa Screening Room @ Empire Granville Th7
Director: Xavier Dolan | Country: Canada/France | 97 min
I Am (Afia megha abhimanyu omar)
In four different Indian cities, four stories inspired by actual events unfold. In “I Am Afia” a single woman searches for the ideal sperm donor. “I Am Omar” uncovers how police abuse their power to persecute gay men. “I Am Abhimanyu” tells the story of a childhood sexual-abuse survivor. “I Am Megha” reveals the struggle of two friends separated by ethnic cleansing. Onir/Director & Sanjay Suri /Actor, Producer) attending VIFF. More information on this film at http://www.viff.org.
Fri, Oct 1st 9:15pm Empire Granville 7 Th 2
Sat, Oct 2nd 3:00pm Empire Granville 7 Th 4
Sun, Oct 10th 3:15pm Empire Granville 7 Th 1
Director: Onir | Country: India | 110 min
Insects in the Backyard
Jennifer (17) and Jonny (15) live with their elder “sister” Tania, a somewhat overweight transvestite whose “mothering” irritates the hell out of both of them. Quirkily humorous and visually striking, Thanwarin Sukkhaphisit’s debut feature follows this odd ménage through the crucial weeks in which each member finds–or loses–love. Thanwarin Sukkaphisit/Director, Sutthiket Kongthaworn/Co-Producer and Waritpol Jiwasurat/Co-Producer attending VIFF. More information on this film at http://www.viff.org.
Tue, Oct 5th 9:00pm Vancity Theatre
Wed, Oct 6th 3:30pm Vancity Theatre
Director: Thanwarin Sukkaphisit | Country: Thailand | 93 min
A masterpiece of melancholia, Bruce LaBruce’s oneiric second foray into the gay zombie porn genre is about an alien (who may or may not be a homeless schizophrenic, played by French porn star François Sagat) who emerges from the ocean and finds corpses in Los Angeles to bring back to life. Not for general audiences. More information on this film at http://www.viff.org.
Sat, Oct 9th 11:45pm Empire Granville 7 Th 2
Tue, Oct 12th 4:00pm Empire Granville 7 Th 1
Wed, Oct 13th 9:45pm Vancity Theatre
Director: Bruce LaBruce | Country: Germany/USA | 63 min
Single Man (Guanggun)
A strange and delightful find from China: a sex comedy, bawdy and a little raunchy, about four elderly farmers. New director Hao Jie, with a bit of Boccaccio and a dollop of Rabelais, shows you a side of rural China you’ve never seen before. Hao Jie/Director attending VIFF. More information on this film at http://www.viff.org.
Sun, Oct 3rd 6:30pm Empire Granville 7 Th 1
Tue, Oct 5th 3:30pm Empire Granville 7 Th 1
Director: Hao Jie | Country: China | 95 min
A turning point in queer history is brilliantly examined by Kate Davis and David Heilbroner. “The most thorough… exploration of the three days of unrest beginning June 28, 1969, when patrons of the Stonewall Inn, a seedy Mafia-operated gay bar in Greenwich Village, turned on the police after a routine raid…”–The New York Times. More information on this film at http://www.viff.org.
Thu, Sep 30th 12:20pm Empire Granville 7 Th 1
Wed, Oct 6th 9:30pm Empire Granville 7 Th 1
Director: Kate Davis, David Heilbroner | Country: USA | 82 min