Boston’s longest running fest, now in it’s 31st year, the Boston LGBT Film Festival has another great evening of entertainment in store for you tonight; two top notch films are playing, and once again, it’s going to be a tough choice!’
At 7 PM at the Remis Audiorium at the Museum Of Fine Arts in Boston, there is Summer of Sangaile:
Seventeen-year-old Sangaile is fascinated by stunt planes. Afraid of heights, she has never dared to even enter one of the cockpits. At a summer aeronautical show near her parents’ lakeside villa, she meets Auste—a local girl who, unlike Sangaile, lives her life to the fullest with creativity and bravery. As the two girls grow closer, Sangaile allows Auste to discover her most intimate secret, and finds in her teenage love the only person who truly encourages her to fly.
This year’s winner of the World Directing Award at the Sundance Film Festival, and directed by Alanté Kavaïté, this is one of those films that will surely tug at the heartstrings.
Meanwhile, at 8 PM at Cambridge’s historic Brattle Theater, the aussie entry Drown is playing:
Based on the acclaimed play, Drown is a hard-hitting drama set against the iconic backdrop of Sydney’s Beaches. Len is a Surf Lifesaving champion, a legend in the cloistered surf club just like his father. But when the younger, faster, fitter Phil arrives at the club, Len’s legendary status starts to crumble. Then Len discovers that Phil is gay. Over the summer season, Len starts to form unexpected, confusing feelings for Phil. It’s something Len can’t accept and after the annual awards dinner, Len explodes. He finds Phil in the clubhouse locker room and violently attacks him. But to Len’s surprise, Phil remains loyal to the mateship pack and refuses to rat on Len about the beating. Len stays in the Club and is free to compete in the annual Surf Lifesaving completion; a competition Len has won five times but Phil wins and Len’s defeat is final. Arriving back at the beach where Phil claimed his victory the day before, Len sets upon Phil. And in a series of humiliating acts, Len finally comes face to face with a fundamental question, can he accept the truth about his sexuality and identity or will he succumb to complete oblivion?
Drown has been on our radar for awhile, and we’re sure it will live up to our expectations.
Descriptions for both films taken from the fest’s official press release; if you want more info on the fest in general, as well as ticket and venue info and more, be sure to check out the festival’s official website at http://bostonlgbtfilmfest.net! And watch for tomorrow’s lineup – it includes a screening of an Oscar-nominated smash!