It’s that time of year again! Let’s see what’s out there…
Thursday August 10
The opening gala, so there’s only one choice. It looks wonderful, though: dying indigenous languages, magical realism, and what looks like a deep meditation on cultures and communication? Yes please. Oh, and apparently there’s a long-lost love story between two guys, which makes this a queer film.
Final choice: I Dream In Another Language / Sueño en otro idioma
Friday August 11
Either gay horror and murder mysteries, or touching lesbian personal dramas. Hmm… Yeah, let’s go for the horror. When will I get another chance to see a zombie apocalypse in a bathhouse?
Final choice: B&B and DTF: Down To Fright
Saturday August 12
I’ve got plans that night, but I could catch an early show, one of the lesbian dramas I missed Friday. Don’t know if I’ll have time, that would cut into my Taiji. But we’ll see.
Final choice (maybe): Signature Move
Sunday August 13
At first I hadn’t planned anything for Sunday. Maybe because nothing really caught my eye, or I just wanted to pace myself… but I do have choices. Seems to be a lot of biographies and documentaries. Half focused on North America (and one just on Vancouver), half international. As interesting as some of these international stories are, I’m in the mood for something local.
Final choice: Troublemakers 2.0
Monday August 14
Either a look at LGBT communities and what anchors them, or a lot of weird sexy gay dramas. I’m feeling the former more.
Final choice: Stay Gold, March Forward and Jewel’s Catch One
Tuesday August 15
Either two sexy gay love stories, or a double-bill of Indigenous femme stories. I had settled on the early sexy gay love show (again, pacing myself)… but now I’m not so sure. Though now I’m thinking I may want to take in some queer First Nations culture.
Final choice (tentative): Center Of My World / Die Mitte der Welt
Wednesday August 16
The centrepiece gala, a documentary on the incarceration and aftermath of Black trans woman CeCe McDonald.
Final choice: Free CeCe!
Thursday August 17
Either a lot of short stories exploring intersectional queer identities, or a couple of bittersweet lesbian love stories. Originally I didn’t put down anything for Thursday. Do I have other plans? I don’t even remember. But either way, I think I’ll pass on the lesbian drama.
Final choice: The Migrant Mixtape
Friday August 18
Okay, you all know I’ll seeing The Coast Is Queer, right? And hey, the late show in that theatre is a biopic of one of the leaders of the Stonewall rebellion.
Final choice: The Coast Is Queer and The Death & Life of Marsha P. Johnson
Saturday August 19
I’ve got plans that night too! But, I think I’ll catch an early-early show, which would have been the late show on Thursday. It’s too bad, I really enjoyed Kumu Hina a couple years ago when it was just a short film, and would have liked to see the feature-length version.
Final choice: Taxi Stories
Sunday August 20
There’s only the ending gala to see. Fortunately it looks fun!
Final choice: Handsome Devil