Chlotrudis co-sponsoring two films at Boston’s annual Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

The Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film (CSIF) is pleased to join with the BOSTON GAY/LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL once again to co-present two French-language films as part of the festival’s 24th year . WATER LILIES (Naissance des pievres), will play on Sunday May 11th at 8pm and LOVE SONGS (Les Chansons d’amour) will play on Saturday May 17th at 8:45 pm.  Both films will screen at the Regis Auditorium in the Museum of Fine Arts on Huntington Avenue in Boston.

WATER LILIES (Naissance des pieuvres) is directed by Céline Sciamma.  It’s summer and the girl’s synchronized swim team reigns over the vast city pool and social hub in the Paris suburb of Cergy. Floriane (Adele Haenel), is a shapely blonde, star swimmer and social diva.  Although Marie (Pauline Acquart), isn’t on the team she becomes Floriane’s confidante, often at the expense of Marie’s best friend, Anne (Louise Blachere) – who is also drawn to Floriane. The aching doubts and offhanded cruelty of 15 and 16 year old girls is on full display in this rich coming-of-age tale. In French with English subtitles.

Director Christophe Honore further makes a case as one of the most exciting filmmakers of our generation with the exuberant and tender LOVE SONGS (Les Chansons D’amour). A modern day musical told through unforgettable songs sung entirely by the cast and scored by Alex Beaupain, the film has overjoyed audiences at the Cannes and Toronto Film Festivals while earning recognition in its native country with four French Cesar nominations. In the hope of sparking their stalled relationship, Ismael (Louis Garrel, DANS PARIS and THE DREAMERS) and Julie (Ludivine Sagnier, SWIMMING POOL) enter a playful yet emotionally laced threesome with Alice (Clotilde Hesme, REGULAR). When tragedy strikes, these young Parisians are forced to deal with the fragility of life and love. For Ismael, this means negotiating through the advances of Julie’s sister (Chara Mastroianni, PERSEPOLIS) and a young college student, Erwann (Gregoire Leprince-Ringuet of STRAYED); who may offer him redemption.

Celebrating its 24th year, the Boston Gay/Lesbian Film Festival is one of the longest lived film festivals around town.  This year’s edition, showcasing a dynamic, international roster of films exploring gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender experience, will be held at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston from May 7 to May 18th.  Check the Film section at the museum’s website, for more information on WATER LILIES, LOVE SONGS and the rest of this year’s film offerings.

The Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film is a Boston-based non-profit group devoted to honoring and supporting independent and foreign films and their audiences.  For more than ten years, the group has worked with film festivals, local art-houses and theatres, production companies, directors and actors to bring creative, quality films to the attention of audiences and film-lovers.  Check for announcements of upcoming events, and for regular weekly independent film listings.