The 27th BFI Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, taking place between 14th and 24th March, in London, have announced the full line-up and schedule for this year’s event. The programme launch last week showcased what will be a mixture of new documentaries and features, special screenings and seminar discussions.
Opening the fest is Jeffrey Schwarz’s documentary on cult icon, Divine. The star of countless John Waters movies was transformed from a nobody to one of underground cinema’s most fascinating and popular figures. Also screening on the first night is Canadian drama, Margarita, directed by Dominique Cardona and Laurie Colbert. Margarita is the tale of an immigrant’s experience of life and work in Toronto, Canada.
Also selected to screen is the much-anticipated Jack and Diane, a drama with lupine overtones that features not only animation sequences from The Brothers Quay, but a small role for pop star Kylie Minogue. Xavier Dolan’s Laurence Anyways is making an appearance again after a handful of screenings at the 55th BFI London Film Festival, last year.
To mark the BFI’s forthcoming retrospective of Italian filmmaker, polemicist and poet, Pier Paolo Pasolini, several events are planned. Pasolini’s Last words (‘a conceptual biography’), Queer Pasolini (a seminar and panel led by experts) and a screening of the murdered director’s controversial adaptation of the Marquis de Sade’s 120 Days of Sodom (Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom) will feature over the course of the festival.
For more information on the entire programme and tickets, see the BFI’s official website: BFI.org.uk