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Award-winning LGBT films showing at the Projector!

By Say Peng  /  09 Jul 2018 (Monday)

Pink Dot is around the corner. 

As part of Pink Fest 2018, where there will be photography exhibition, Zumba workouts, and book launches, four award-winning LGBTQ films will be screened at The Projector. 

Normally, we'd recommend 3 films to watch, but in this case, where only 4 films are showcased, it makes no sense to recommend 3 films or even just 1 film. Anyway, as all the four films are great films, we recommend you watch all of them.

1. BPM (Beats Per Minute)

Winner of the Grand Prix and the FIPRESCI Prize at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, BPM (Beats Per Minute), set in the AIDS epidemic of the 80s and early 90s, follows Nathan, a newcomer to the activist group, ACT-UP Paris. When Nathan meets Sean, the group's radical firebrand, and they fall in love, their passion fly admidst the fight for a breakthrough in their battle against big pharmateutical companies and weak government.

Directed by French-Morrocan filmmaker Robin Campillo and co-written by Philippe Mangeot, BPM is inspired by the time both Campillo and Mangeot were active members of ACT-UP.

2. God's Own Country

Winner of Directing Award at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, God's Own Country, a debut from British actor-director Francis Lee, follows an lonely young sheep farmer, Johnny Saxby, who numbs his frustrations with binge drinking and casual sex. The arrival of a Romanian migrant worker, Gheorghe, employed for the lambing season, ignites an intense relationship that sets Johnny on a new path. This may be Britain's best answer to Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain.

3. Tomboy

Winner of the Teddy Jury Award at the 2011 Berlin International Film Festival, French director Céline Sciamma's sophomore film Tomboy follows 10-year-old Laurie who moves to a new neighborhood during the summer holidays with her family. With her Jean Seberg haircut and tomboy ways, Laure is immediately mistaken for a boy by the local kids and passes herself off as Michael. 

Bringing a light and charming touch to this tale of childhood gender confusion, Sciamma's film probes the relationships between children, between children and their parents, and the even more complicated relationship between one's identity and body.

4. Kiki

Twenty-five years after Jennie Livingston's documentary Paris is Burning introduced the art of voguing to the world, filmmaker Sara Jordenö's Sundance-nominated Kiki revisits New York City’s thriving underground ballroom scene. It’s a larger-than-life world in which LGBTQ youths of colour are empowered by staging elaborate dance competitions that showcase their dynamic choreography, fabulous costumes, and fierce attitude. It’s also a safe haven for struggling, at-risk teens who find acceptance, support, and friendship within the Kiki community.

Granted intimate access to the scene, Jordenö introduces viewers to some of Kiki culture’s most prominent personalities, going beyond the glamour of the balls to highlight the serious challenges facing queer black and Latino young people. Bringing together heartrending personal stories with incredible displays of creative expression, Kiki is, according to the New York Times, “an indelible, must-see ode to gay New York”.

For more information and to buy tickets, please check out https://theprojector.sg/category/pinkscreen/
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