Monday, May 19, 2014

OUT IN AFRICA Gay & Lesbian Film Festival: CINEMA NOUVEAU Rosebank and V&A Waterfront

28 May to 1 June  - Bookings open 19 May - click here for website

The 21st Out In Africa Gay and Lesbian Film Festival opens on Wednesday 28 May at Cinema Nouveau (Rosebank Jozi and V&A CT) with a selection of four exceptional features and two documentaries bound to spark debate. The Festival runs until Sunday 1 June.

Festival guest Jan Soldat will present his unusual and extraordinary documentaries Weekend in Germany and The Incomplete at all screenings in both Jozi and CT. Soldat travels courtesy of the Goethe Institut.

Kill Your Darlings, starring Daniel Radcliffe as gay Beat poet Allen Ginsberg, will open the Festival. The film and refreshments on the night are courtesy of Cinema Nouveau.

The Festival is supported by the National Film & Video Foundation, the Goethe Institut, Graton Guest House, 6 Spin Street Restaurant, loyal 8333 members, the 700 MySchool contributors and our advertisers.    We would also like to thank Carolina Meyer of City Varsity School of Media and Creative Arts, for our programme cover design. 

Boy Meets Girl    / Dir:  Eric Schaeffer / 2014 / USA / 95min
Schaeffer’s film is a poignant, sexy, romantic coming of age comedy about three twenty year-olds.   A smart script, this is a sex/human positive modern fable and identification with its story crosses all gender and sexual orientation lines.

Concussion  /  Dir:  Stacie Passon / USA / 2013 / 97min
A suburban lesbian housewife pushing 40 suffers a blow to the head that unleashes her latent sexuality, and sends her on an erotic journey that gives birth to a secret second life.  Winner of the Teddy Jury Award at the Berlinale, it is palpably sensual and deliciously contained.

AWARDS:  Berlin International Film Festival 2013 – Won Teddy Jury Award; San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival 2013 – won Best First Feature – Special Mention

Kill Your Darlings / Dir: John Krokidas / USA / 2013 / 104min
Daniel Radcliffe is Beat Generation icon Allen Ginsberg in this biopic set during the famed poet’s early years at Columbia University, and centering on a murder investigation involving Ginsberg, his handsome classmate Lucien Carr, and fellow Beat-er William S. Burroughs.

AWARDS:  Cork International Film Festival 2013 – won UCC Film, Academy Student Jury Award; Hamptons International Film Festival – won Breakthrough Performer; Palm Springs Interntional Film Festival 2013 – won Directors to Watch

Stranger by the Lake / Dir:  Alain Guiraudie / France / 2013 / 101min
Winner of the 2013 Cannes Un Certain Regard Best Directing award, Stranger by the Lake is a candid and absorbing portrait of passion and murder at a secluded lakeside cruising spot. This stunning, minimalist erotic thriller explores how human identity is defined, and sometimes imprisoned, by our desires, drives, and passions.

AWARDS:  Cannes Film Festival 2013 – won Queer Palm & Un Certain Regard, Regard – Directing Prize; César Awards, France 214 – won César & Most Promising Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Original Screenplay and Best Sound; Montréal Festival of New Cinema 2013 – won Special Mention

Weekend in Germany (Ein Wochenende in Deutschland)  2013 / Germany / 25min + The Incomplete (Der Unfertige) 2013 / Germany / 48min   / Dir:  Jan Soldat
With unprecedented access, intimacy and humanity, without flinching or judging, Soldat invites us behind closed doors and into the meeting place of our deepest fears and desires. 

A provocative, outrageous and touching documentary double-bill!