This week in (gay) Vancouver: three films not to miss at this year’s Vancouver International Film Festival

The 2015 Vancouver International Film Festival is well underway. Here are three films with LGBTQ themes that we think you should not miss this week.

The Amina Profile

The Amina Profile (Sep 28 & 30) – Amina Arraf, an attractive Syrian-American revolutionary, is having an online affair with Sandra Bagaria, a young, brilliant and well-informed Montreal professional. Amina then launches her provocatively named blog, A Gay Girl in Damascus. As the Syrian uprising gains momentum, the blog acquires a huge following. But it’s Amina’s subsequent abduction—carried out in broad daylight in downtown Damascus, allegedly by the Syrian secret police—that sparks an international movement to save her from torture, rape or even death. Filmmaker in attendance.


Hockney (Sep 28 + Oct 6 & 8) – for the very first time, hugely influential artist David Hockey has opened up his personal archive of photographs and film. The result is an extraordinary, often intimate account of this charismatic and incorrigibly unconventional figure’s life and career. It traces Hockney’s eventful journey from his working class origins in Bradford to Hollywood. The film also explores how his upbringing gave the openly gay artist the willpower not only to overcome problems in his private life but also to create some of his most renowned work. This exclusive preview screening will be followed by a live Q&A with the enduringly popular artist from his LA studio, where, at the age of 77, he still works seven days a week. North America Premiere.

The Summer of Sangailé

The Summer of Sangailé (Oct 4 + Oct 7) – 17 year-old Sangailé is fascinated by stunt planes. Afraid of heights, she has never dared to even enter in one of the cockpits. At a summer aeronautical show, nearby her parents’ lakeside villa, she meets Auste, a local girl of her age, who unlike Sangailé, lives her life to the full with creativity and dare. As the two girls become lovers, Sangailé allows Auste to discover her most intimate secret, and finds in her teenage love the only person to truly encourage her in flying.

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