Sweden’s Largest LGBTQ Film Festival Released Its Programme

Earlier in September the Cinema Queer International Film Festival, which is Sweden largest LGBTQ film festival, presented its programme. The festival takes place in Stockholm between 27 September and 1 October. The theme of this year’s festival edition is history, and the organizers aim at exploring 101 years of the political and social queer revolution from Mauritz Stiller’s The Wings (Vingarne, 1916) to events happened at Stonewall in the late 60s. Besides film screenings, interesting performances and discussions are organised.

The festival’s opening title is The Wings directed by Mauritz Stiller, one of the greatest Swedish directors of all time. The film tells the story of sculptor Claude Zoret, who is possessed by the idea of creating a sculpture of Icarus, one of the most known figures in the Greek mythology. Zoret’s model is the young, irresistible Eugène Mikael, and the sculptor can’t help it but falls for him. But their romance is challenged by another model named Lucia de Zamikow, so the drama can begin.

Robin Campillo’s film 120 BPM previously awarded at the Cannes Film Festival will have its premiere at the festival. The film distributed by Folkets Bio is about the ACT UP movement in Paris of 1990s. It shows its inner circle that aims at propelling AIDS activism forward. Spanish film director Pedro Almodóvar has also praised the film. He says it is impossible not to like this it.

The Life and Death of Marsha P. Johnson directed by David France and premiering in Sweden on the 30th September, is about the murder of one of the most prominent figures of the Stonewall uprising. Marsha was well known and a beloved person in New York, but she has many enemies because of her activism. The film is not just the history of her unsolved murder, but about the celebration of her life.

Interested in the entire programme? Read it here: http://cinemaqueer.se/schema/


Barbara Majsa

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