November 24th will be the kick off date for Canada’s oldest LGBTQ film festival – Image + Nation. It has also been running for almost 30 years. Over the 11 days of the festival there will be plenty of films, special guests and events happening that you won’t want to miss.
Storytelling is the backbone of any community. It allows those within to communicate their realities and those on the outside to get a window in. The LGBTQ community is no different. They have faced abuse, dealt with misinformation and discrimination for many years. Film allows them to shed light on their lives and realities. Stereotypes can be shown to be false
The festival involves feature films, shorts and documentaries. Style runs the gamut from heart wrenching drama to love stories to light hearted comedy. The diversity of subject and style shows the variety within the community. All ages are represented from teens to seniors. Issues that preoccupy the LGBTQ community are there with the goal of bringing some awareness.
New on the docket this year is a cultural exchange with Ireland and the United States. A partnership has been forged with the LGBTQ Irish film festival, Gaze, and as a result several Irish films will be screened at Image + Nation. The festival’s opening film, Handsome Devil by John Butler, and a documentary called The Queen of Ireland, about the LGBTQ community’s fight for marriage rights and overall equality are just the tip of the Irish iceberg. Handsome Devil was a hit at this year’s TIFF, so many are looking forward to its screening. As for the United States, despite what you might fear based on the recent election, Image + Nation and the U.S. Consulate General are working together to bring American films that reflect the openness and inclusion to be found south of the border.
The Phi Centre is hosting the Queerment Quebec section this year. It is a celebration of films produced right here in Montreal. Short films by local filmmakers will be featured. The highlight of this section will happen on November 28 with something funded by the Ministère de la Justice, comité de lutte contre l’homophobie. It is called LGBToujours/#partagezvoshistoires. An online project that attempts to make LGBTQ stories everyday stories.
Faces that you recognize are all over this year’s festival. Established actors/actresses like Molly Ringwald, Alicia Silverstone, Riley Keough (Elvis Presley’s granddaughter), Christian Slater, James Franco, Jean Malone, Geoffrey Rush, Anthony LaPaglia, and Guy Pearce will appear in films in the festival.
-Dates: November 24 – December 4, 2016
-Venues: Phi Centre, Concordia University, Imperial Cinema, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Cinémathèque Québécoise, Never Apart (7409 St. Urbain)
-Ticket Prices: single ticket 12,75 $
special events 13+ $
cinephile pass 10@120 $
student/ 65+ ticket* 9,75 $
*limited availability; student id / proof of age required; one ticket per person per screening