This February, World Movies celebrates the world’s most joyous and spectacular celebration of LGBTQI pride there is, the Mardi Gras with a queer cinema special.
Starting Monday 20th February, here are our World Movies top 6 queer screen gems:
Monday 20th February 8.30pm
How many cinematic love stories have you seen that begin with a graphic, 18-minute gay orgy in a Parisian sex club? French film Paris 05:59 is one. Written and directed by real life couple Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau, Paris 05:59 begins with a lust-filled encounter between two young gay men at 4:27 am, and concludes with the couple full of hope and walking hand-in-hand at 5:59 a.m.
Tuesday 21st February 8.30pm
Barash tells the story of an Israeli school girl, Naama Barash who struggles painfully towards liberation from her family and everything they stand for. This all changes when she falls deep in love with another girl Dana, and the intensity of the experience both confuses her and gives her life new meaning.
“’Barash is a portrait of detachment, of detached youths from a detached family from a detached country” – Variety
Wednesday 22nd February
Robin Williams makes his final onscreen appearance in Indie drama, Boulevard. Williams plays a married, closeted man who works a mundane job as a bank manager. He struggles with his sexuality, until he picks up and befriends a young gay street hustler.
“Tapping into the same loneliness felt in ‘One Hour Photo’ and ‘Good Will Hunting,’ Robin Williams tenderly plays a married man who faces his homosexuality late in life.” –Variety
La Belle Saison
Thursday 23rd February 8.30pm
La Belle Saison tells the story of Delphine (Izia Higelin) who leaves her rural home in central France and relocates to 1971 Paris, where she falls in love with women’s rights activist, Carole (Cecile De France).
In an interview by The Australian with film director Catherine Corsini, she says “There are movies… that help you to live. You can see yourself in certain films and say to yourself, ‘There, I’m not alone.” – The Australian
Friday 24th February 8.30pm
Tamara, directed by Israeli filmmaker Elia K. Schneider, is an adaptation of the real life story of Tamara Adrian, Venezuela’s first transgender politician. The film explores Teo Almanza’s journey of gender reassignment and his desire to become a woman whilst struggling against societal taboos and inner conflict.
“‘Tamara is a reaction to the norms and the codes of conduct prescribed by a society that refuse any change in the societal mind set attributed to the human condition. ” –Digital Goa
Saturday 25th February 8.30pm
Wrapping up our World Movies celebration of queer cinema is Tomcat, a story exploring changing relationships between established gay couple Stefan (Lukas Turtur) and Andreas (Philipp Hochmair) when one of them inexplicably kills their beloved cat.
Don’t miss WM Celebrates: Queer Cinema, starts 20th February at 8.30pm.