Image + Nation Film Festival Preview

Montreal's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered film festival is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and they've pulled out all the stops with their program. There will be films (of course!), workshops, keynote addresses, and parties to suit everyone's tastes. Starting off as a small film festival with a loyal core fan base, the festival has grown by leaps and bounds over the years to become the biggest one in Canada.

Like every film festival we will have the opportunity to see feature films, shorts and documentaries. The opening film is an Israeli one by director Eytan Fox called "The Bubble". "The Bubble" is a film with a very topical subject about an Israeli-Palestinian love affair between two men who meet at a checkpoint under less than ideal circumstances and yet love blooms. Closing out the festival is Swiss film "Comme Des Voleurs" by director Lionel Baier. It is a different and humourous look at coming out and immigration. Do not think that because it is a GLBT film festival that you will not be able to see stars on the screen. The films screening will include such household names as Catherine Deneuve, Alan Cummings, Miou-Miou, Emmanuelle Béart, Steve Buscemi, Anne Heche, Carrie Fisher, and David Boreanaz. There will be stars galore!

There will be a section of the festival dubbed the Vanguard Documentary Series, which will pay homage to the forefathers of GLBT community. The lives and careers of pioneers such as photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, artist Andy Warhol and Kenneth Anger will be showcased in documentaries. Another focus of the festival is Social Justice and Human Rights with films covering issues from all corners of the globe including the Middle East, Cuba and Belgrade.

In regards to workshops and keynote addresses they will be happening on the opening weekend at the Concordia University J.A. de Sève Theatre. The ones on Friday and Saturday will be free admission and on Sunday it is the regular price of a screening ticket. Issues such as HIV/AIDS, local culture and politics, the 1980s, and current issues in the community will be poked, prodded and discussed.

Additional Information:
-Website: www.image-nation.org
-Venues: Imperial Theatre (1432 Beury), NFB Cinema (1564 St. Denis – Berri metro), J.A. de Sève Theatre – Concordia University (1400 de Maisonneuve West – Guy metro)
-Ticket purchase: www.inage-nation.org or Imperial Theatre (1432 Bleury – Place des Arts metro)
-Ticket prices: Special Events: $15+, Single Ticket: $10, Movie Buff Pass: 10 for $85, Student/Senior (65+): $7

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