It’s raining outside, and inside its raining FILM! Wicked Queer: The Boston LGBT Film Festival has announced it’s full lineup for this year, and they’ve got some biggies among their week long offerings. We’ll have a full list here at a later date, but you can check the full lineup at the Wicked Queer website.
Among this year’s highlights, the opening night film Viva, co-presented by the just-ended Irish Film Festival. Viva was Ireland’s Academy Award entry this year, and although it didn’t make the final cut, it’s one of the most awarded films of it’s kind from the past year. From the festival website:
VIVA stars Héctor Medina as Jesus, a young hairdresser working at a Havana nightclub that showcases drag performers, who dreams of being a performer himself. Encouraged by his mentor, Mama (Luis Alberto García), Jesus finally gets his chance to take the stage. But when his estranged father Angel (Jorge Perugorría) abruptly reenters his life, his world is quickly turned upside down. As father and son clash over their opposing expectations of each other, VIVA becomes a love story as the men struggle to understand one another and reconcile as a family.
Sounds great, as does the closing night film, Blush. More from the festival website:
Described as the Israeli Blue Is the Warmest Color, this film is full of teen spirit, confidently directed and acted in a laconic, fluid style. Naama Barash is a typical, disaffected seventeen year old, whose life is largely a mystery to her parents. When they realize what Naama has kept to herself—her older sister has gone AWOL from the Israeli army—their frantic dis- traction allows her to conceal her powerful attraction to Hershko, the cool new girl in school who leads Naama into a hazy world of drugs and dance clubs. Naama plunges headlong into risky relationships and growing rebellion. But when she and Hershko hook up, clarity pervades Naama. Despite Hershko’s flighty nature, a certain emotional honesty flares between them. Shared laughter in response to tenderness. Sex approached clumsily. Yet Hershko has her own mystery. In the end, treacherous has more than one meaning. Description courtesy of Maine Jewish Film Festival.
Blush is co-sponsored by the National Center for Jewish Film.
There’s lots more in-between as well, and we’ll be highlighting films from the lineup as we run up to our coverage this year – the festival opens March 31 and ends April 10, and it is JAM PACKED with great films. We’ll have daily coverage of the festival and the films therein, so don’t you dare miss it – be sure to keep tuned to eCinemaBoston for all the latest from Wicked Queer!