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

Pride may be quickly fading into our collective queer consciousness for another year, but that just means it is time to gear up for summer’s next big party, the Vancouver Queer Film Festival.

The 26th festival opens August 14 with The Way He Looks (photo above), a coming of age drama from Brazil in which blind teenager Leonardo deals with overprotective parents, bullying classmates, and the excitement of first love in his small town.

Other highlights in the early days of the 2014 Vancouver Queer Film Festival (VQFF) include:

Eastern Boys (Aug 15), a seductive drama/thriller/love story about a middle-aged businessman, and the beautiful young hustler, he picks out of a crowd of rent boys at a Paris train station. Winner of Best Film at 2013’s Venice Film Festival.

Madeleine Olnek, director of the funny Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same returns to the VQFF with The Foxy Merkins (Aug 16), the story of neurotic, schlumpy and the least likely of a line-up of lesbians to be an escort-for-hire, Margaret who finds her way to sex work along with the help of the wry and seasoned pro, Jo.

Sunday Funday (Aug 17) is a new addition to VQFF, as the first ever family-friendly day takes over Granville Island with age-appropriate film screenings, a picnic, a teen slam poetry workshop, and more.

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