image+nation, Canada’s longest-running LGBT film festival, is all set to return for another 10 days of the finest LGBT cinema from across the globe.
From 26 November - 6 December, image+nation 28 will bring to Montréal the cream of world LGBT cinema for an incredible 28th year in a row. With a line-up of unflinching, powerful documentaries, beautifully shot art-house creations, hilarious comedies and more, image+nation 28 has something for all tastes.
This year, for the very first time, The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts will host image+nation in the cultural heart of Montreal. As well as opening and closing events, the museum will be a primary venue for the duration of the Festival. As part of the image+nation @ MBAM series, where monthly image+nation screenings have been taking place throughout the year, the festival includes Welcome to This House: A Film on Elizabeth Bishop / Where Are The Dolls on Nov 28. image+nation @ MBAM is an intimate series of films and interviews that introduce a new voice and vision exploring the interweaving of identities and cultural expression.
Regularly importing the best world cinema to Montreal, the image+nation 28 program features the first ever Lithuanian LGBT-themed film The Summer of Sangailé as well as the first South African lesbian-themed, lesbian produced / directed film, While You Weren’t Looking. From Venezuela, Liz in September, In the Grayscale from Chilé, Germany’s offering, Where Are You Going, Habibi?, from New Zealand, All About E and last but not least, the remarkable Stories of Our Lives, a collaborative undertaking from Kenya. To celebrate Équipe Montréal’s 25th anniversary, sport also plays a big part at this year’s festival, with screenings of Canadian productions Out to Win and Take Up the Torch. Take Up the Torch will be screened at Lounge L’un et L’Autre as the festival continues to move into new neighbourhoods and venues, giving even more film-lovers the opportunity to enjoy movies in a completely different atmosphere.
Each year the festival celebrates Montreal talent with Queerment Québec, a shorts programme featuring the work of local filmmakers. This year Queerment Québec will feature a brand new concept: an event bringing together industry professionals, artists and the public in the spirit of an exchange of ideas and talk of the future. A full evening of festivities and films, all are invited to take part and raise a glass to our own Québec Kubricks at Never Apart on Dec 3. According to Katharine Setzer, image+nation Programming Director, ‘the all-new Queerment Québec evening at Never Apart is very exciting for the festival. We’re expanding the local films on offer and making the entire evening a networking event to bring together professionals from all areas of Montreal filmmaking.’
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.
TICKETS AND VENUES
Multi-film passes: 120$@10
Individual tickets: 12.75$ / 9.50$ student/senior
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Venues: Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (1379a Sherbrooke W.), UQAM Pavilion Judith-Jasmin Annexe / old NFB (1564 St. Denis), Never Apart (7409 St. Urbain), L’un et L’autre (1641 Amherst), Concordia University Cinema, Alexandre de Seve (1400 de Maisonneuve W.), and Laika (4040 St. Laurent Blvd)
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ABOUT IMAGE+NATION FESTIVAL
image+nation is Canada’s very first LGBT film festival. Launched in 1987 and currently helmed by Director Charlie Boudreau and Programming Director Katharine Setzer, it is a unique cultural event that brings together outstanding local, national and international films for both LGBT community and the city's avid film lovers hungry for innovative and groundbreaking cinema.
Nous tenons à souligner l'appui du Conseil des Arts du Canada, la Ville de Montréal, l'arrondissement de Ville-Marie et le Conseil des arts de Montréal.