It is the 28th edition of Image + Nation 28, the longest running LGBT film festival in Canada, and as usual there is a cornucopia of film screenings and special events to attend. Image + Nation 28 will bring you the best LGBT films from all four corners of the globe.
With this festival you get all the hot topics from within the diverse LGBT community. The variety within the films, documentaries, comedies, art house, drama, and shorts, being screened will satisfy even the most discriminatory of film goer. Expect power, fearless, hilarious, and moving from the films you will see within the festival. All will explore the faces, identities and voices of this varied community.
To ensure this claim of variety the programmers of the festival have searched high and low as well as far and wide for the films that make up the program. There is a lesbian film from South Africa, the first ever Lithuanian LGBT-themed film, as well as ones from Kenya, Germany, New Zealand, and Chile. Per usual the festival will also shine its light on local talent via Queerment Quebec. Professional from all facets of filmmaking will gather to discuss and exchange ideas about the industry and muse about the future.
From the official press release:
OPENING AND CLOSING EVENTS
Opening Event – That’s Not Us, Friday 27 November, 7pm, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Whiskey-fuelled card games, buzz-killing wisecracks and overdue emotional conversations are just part of what three New York couples pack into one end-of-the-season beach house vacation. From the refreshingly natural, accessible ensemble cast to the consciously relaxed filmmaking style, everything about That’s Not Us invites the viewer to join the romantic ebb and flow of these young, thoughtful friends. Alex and Jackie are best friends who have been together for seven years but are struggling to keep things exciting. James and Spencer have moved in together but their future becomes uncertain when Spencer is unexpectedly accepted to grad school across the country. Dougie and Liz still can’t keep their hands off each other but, despite two years together, they don’t know each other well. The filmmakers set out to make a romantic comedy about “the marathon of romance,” and they’ve achieved that goal in spades, highlighting the often awkward, funny and messy work it takes to make love last. Relatable in ways that may be uncomfortable, the characters in That’s Not Us are probably you and me, and everyone we know.
Closing Event – Kiss Me, Kill Me, Sunday 6 December, 7pm, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
With Kiss Me Kill Me, director Casper Andreas and screenwriter David Michael Barrett have finally created the first queer giallo. Packed with kitschy condos, outrageous stereotypes and ludicrous plot twists, it’s just the injection of onscreen nuttiness we all needed. Poor Dusty (Van Hansis) is madly in love with his boyfriend (Queer as Folk’s Gale Harold), but alas, infidelity threatens to ruin their fun. After Dusty blacks out during an attempted robbery at a local liquor store, his boyfriend is found dead—and Dusty is a prime suspect. The police are mighty suspicious, so Dusty has to navigate his way through this West Hollywood mystery and figure out who actually killed his beloved. Kiss Me Kill Me works precisely because it embraces its own sheer ridiculousness and takes no prisoners: the over-the-top melodrama and swishy dialogue combine to feel like The Eyes of Laura Mars arrived at General Hospital. KMKM is part spoof, part homage, and fully inspired.
Young and queer. The cultural universe of growing up LGBT is in constant flux and ever expanding – pushing the boundaries and definitions of both “youth” and “queer” to carve out self-identified spaces and realities. The international roster of productions featured in Generation Q offer vibrant reflections of this. At times light-hearted and humorous and at others darkly disturbing, the features and shorts included this year offer a wide spectrum of perspectives and experiences on what it means to be young and queer in the 21st century.
The 2015 Generation Q series features: Fire Song, Jess and James, Stories of our Lives, Summer (Zomer), and The Summer of Sangailé
MADE AU CANADA
A spotlight on Canadian productions, image+nation 28’s Made au Canada series features documentaries, shorts and narrative films with a diversity of voices and cultural perspectives from all regions of the country.
The 2015 Made au Canada series includes: Ce qu’on a (What We Have), Fire Song, Portrait of a Serial Monogamist, Ville-Marie, Raymond Gravel: Un Sacré Curé, Le Profil Amina, as well as a number of extraordinary shorts.
Paying homage to maverick artists, activists and thinkers that have helped mould and define queer culture for more than a quarter century, image+nation 28’s Vanguard Series features a strong line-up, including: Les mains déliées:à la recherche du cinéma gay israélien (Hands Untied:Looking for Gay Israeli Cinema), Welcome to This House: A Film on Elizabeth Bishop, Raymond Gravel: Un Sacré Curé, and more.
For the first time the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts will function as the primary venue, including the opening and closing nights of the festival.
-Dates: November 26 – December 6, 2015
-Venues: Pavillon Judith-Jasmin (1564 St. Denis), Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (1379a Sherbrooke W.), Laïka (4040 St. Laurent), Never Apart (7049 Saint Urbain), L’un et L’autre (1641 Amherst), De Sève Theatre – Concordia University (1400 de Maisonneuve W.)
-Ticket Purchase: www.image-nation.org
-Ticket Prices: Single ticket $12.75
Special events $13+
Cinephile pass 10@$120
Student/ 65+ ticket* $9,50
*limited availability; student id / proof of age required; one ticket per person per screen