68 films in 8 cities – the 13th LGBT + Film Festival starts on Friday

Polish premieres of titles shown at the best world festivals: Berlinale, Sundance, Outfest LA, BFI Flare, Cannes, Venice and Toronto, as well as new productions debuting only on the big screen: fiction, documentaries and animations – you will see all this during the 13th edition LGBT + Film Festival. We can be proud – we have the biggest celebration of LGBT + cinema in Central and Eastern Europe in Poland.

The festival will be opened by the Brazilian Oscar candidate, winner of the Venice Days Audience Award at the “Private Desert” Festival in Venice, which ends in autumn, exploring the boundaries between love and personal freedom. The closing gala will be graced by the enthusiastically received “Wildhood” at the Toronto festival – a road and coming-of-age story about a teenager who gets used to his sexual orientation, while learning the truth about his roots.

This year we will visit Warsaw, Bydgoszcz, Konin, Poznań, Wrocław, Łódź, Gdańsk and Kraków, and we will be hosted virtually by the MOJEeKINO.pl platform. – Anna Flagmańska, the programmer invites. – In addition to full-length stories and documentaries, we will present a record number of short films divided into blocks devoted to lesbian, gay, transgender and non-binary people; for the first time, they will be joined by a separate set of animated shorts.

Which program items are worth paying attention to?

The film “Girls”, premiered in Poland at the LGBT + Film Festival, won the audience award at Sundance. His protagonists are two friends. One of them starts a relationship with a girl, the other experiences a series of disappointments during intercourse with men. Is it worth looking for a prince from a fairy tale? The finale of the film is surprising. “Girls” is an original, perverse cinema without banal solutions and clichés, and at the same time a pleasant comedy and dramatic entertainment.

It’s great to watch “Softie”, the story of a boy who falls in love with a French teacher. The director, instead of dumbing down the protagonist and showing a sweet, innocent story on the screen, turns into bolder areas, while not romanticizing this relationship in any way and not escaping into the clichés known from stories about girls in love with older men. The film also shows a strong social background and the boy’s difficult home situation. “Softie” is a rare cinema in which the character of the child is as subjective and non-obvious as possible.

“Love, Spells and All That”, previously awarded at several festivals around the world, is appreciated by all viewers who have seen the film. This is a very original story of two lesbians set in Turkey.

Lesbian and gay short films are also a good selection of films in various conventions, from the hilarious comedy “F ^ ¢ k ‘€ m R! Ght B @ ¢ k” to the drama of saying goodbye to his deceased wife “The Going”. All these productions avoid harmful stereotypes and focus on the emotions and feelings of the characters, not their sexuality.

After many festival screenings, there will be meetings of the authors and experts with the audience, including journalist and director of the documentary “Everything about my child” Piotr Jacoń, actress Magdalena Żak, director Filip Gieldon and sexologist and addiction psychotherapist Agata Stola.

The 13th LGBT + Film Festival will take place on April 22-29, in 8 Polish cities: Warsaw, Krakow (here exceptionally on May 9-15), Gdańsk, Wrocław, Łódź, Poznań, Bydgoszcz and Konin, and then online on the MOJEeKINO platform. PL. For the Warsaw edition, the organizers invite you to a new place on the cultural map of the capital: the KinoGram rooms in the Norblin Factory.

Detailed program and all details on the website https://lgbtfestival.pl/ and on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LGBTfestival

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