Vancouver Queer Film Festival
August 15 @ 7:00 pm - August 25 @ 9:30 pm$10 – $14
Several films from Latin America and Brazil will be presented by the VQFF, including the Centrepiece Gala film, José (Guatemala), the Venice Queer Lion Award winner.
- Canadian premiere of the Brazilian documentary Mr. Leather (director: Daniel Nolasco), which tells the history of the Brazilian Mr. Leather competition, a thrilling opportunity for the emerging leather and kink community in the city of São Paulo.
- Canadian premiere of Socrates (co-presented with the Vancouver Latin American Film Festival), the debut feature film from Brazilian-American director Alexandre Moratto. Produced by the Querô Institute, a UNICEF-supported project that provides filmmaking mentorship to teenagers of low income households in the Baixada Santista region of São Paulo, Brazil. The film was co-written, produced, and acted by at-risk teenagers from these communities, under the mentorship of the director.
- The feature film, The Garden Left Behind (USA), about Tina, a young Mexican trans woman who lives in New York with her grandmother. Together they navigate Tina’s upcoming medical transition while struggling to survive as undocumented immigrants. U.S. based queer Brazilian refugee Flavio Alves’ first feature film stars an all trans cast, led by the stunning Carlie Guevara as Tina. Both Flavio Alves and Carlie Guevara will be Festival Guests.
The VQFF showcases more than 100 films from 27 countries including local and Canadian productions, and is a vibrant space for queer arts, culture, and community. A celebration of queer lives and experiences that prioritizes diverse identities in our communities.
Four Spotlight Themes: Coming Into Our Own: Youth Spotlight; Queer Kinship; A Higher Power; and projecting brilliance: a two-spirit showcase.
August 15 to 25, at the Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas, SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, the York Theatre, VIFF Vancity Theatre, and the Vancouver Playhouse. More information: www.queerfilmfestival.ca or facebook/VancouverQFF