Image + Nation, Montreal’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Film Festival, has reached one quarter century. For anything to last for 25 years in this city is quite impressive.
This year on Opening Night (November 22) there is a trio of films. Pariah, Keep the Lights On and Un Dernière Chance kick the festival off with a bang. Keep the Lights On examines issues like friendship, love, sex, and how certain relationships can be filled with love and still be destructive. With Pariah director Dee Rees has fabricated a prickly film that looks at Black lesbian relationships. Finally, Un Dernière Chance looks at the immigration and refugee laws of Canada vis a vis those who are fleeing homophobic countries.
Nine days later the documentary Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean will close things off. Joshua Tree is about the image (created or real) of iconic screen star James Dean. Filmed in black and white director Matthew Mishory’s film takes a look at how queer society was attracted the sexy and dreamy image constructed around the actor who died tragically at a very young age.
In between those four films will be a host of others that I’m sure will attract the attention of many a filmgoer. A sampling of the films being screened at this year’s Image + Nation include: A Perfect Ending starring Jessica Clark of television’s True Blood and Morgan Fairchild, a film about a middle age woman whose marriage is in crisis and who decides to frequent a female prostitute to spice up her life, the documentary How to Survive a Plague about AIDS, a documentary about feminist writer Audre Lorde entitled Audre Lorde: The Berlin Years 1984-1992, Canadian film Margarita starring television actors Patrick McKenna and Claire Lautier., and Struck By Lightning starring Glee’s Chris Colfer.
Two special events/screenings will happen during the festival. Both are AIDS related. The first is on November 22 at Concordia University. United in Anger: A History of ACT UP is about AIDS activism. The second is on International AIDS Day, December 1, and is at Cinema du Parc. Positive Youth chronicles the lives of several young people who have been diagnosed with HIV. Both screenings are free.
-Dates: November 22 – December 2, 2012
-Venues: Cinema du Parc (3575 Parc Avenue) and Cinema Beaubien (2396 Beaubien East)
-Ticket Purchase: Theatre box offices or www.image-nation.org
-Ticket Prices: Adult – $11.75
Cinephile Pass – 10 Tickets for $100.00
Special Events – $13.00