The Torino Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (TGLFF) turns 30 this year - felice anniversario!
Giovanni Minerba has directed all the 30 Festivals which played an increasingly important role in both Italian and the international cinema. Social, political and economic changes marked the last three decades and the TGLFF every year has been able to read and interpret these changes creating a high-profile cultural moment for everybody and not only for people devoted to the issue. The Torino Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, run since 2005 by the National Film Museum of Torino, takes place with the sponsorship of Mibac – General Directorates in charge of cinematography, of Regione Piemonte and of Comune di Torino, and is part of the schedule of official events of EXPO TO 2015, of Torino, European Capital of Sport 2015 and of Torino Meets Berlino.
THE PATRONESS OF THE EVENT – THE VERNISSAGE AND FINISSAGE
The actress Carolina Crescentini, who starred in the last film by Taviani brothers, is the opening night Patroness, which begins on April 29, at 9 pm. Irene Grandi is the special musical guest of the event which will end with the screening of 54: The director's cut by Mark Christopher (USA, 2015). During the closing night (May 4, at 9 pm) the winners will be awarded and Zibba, one of the most interesting among the new Italian songwriters, will be the musical guest. All the closing night will be a mix of rock, jazz, up-beat rhythms, and songwriter’s poetic songs. Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks by Arthur Allan Seidelman (Hungary, 2014) will be screened at the event. With this film the wonderful, eighty-five-year-old Gena Rowlands gets back on-screen.
The TGLFF is one of the most prestigious international film exhibitions for the LGBT community. 30 Festivals, 115 film shows scheduled of which 49 are Italian previews, 5 European previews, 3 International previews, and 9 world premieres. The films presented come from over 30 countries: from the US to France, from Mexico to Philippines, from Senegal to South Africa.
Four prizes will be awarded. The Ottavio Mai Award, identified by a panel of three experts composed by the actor Lorenzo Balducci, Yair Hochner – the director of the Tel Aviv International LGBT Film Festival - and the philanthropist Beatrice Merz – the president of International Award Mario Merz. One of the 30 feature films of the Festival will be awarded with the Audience Award. Then the Queer Award and the Best Short Award, with two panels composed by the students by the DAMS of the University of Turin and the Academy of Fine Arts of Turin. The director Sebastiano Riso will lead the young jury for the Queer Award, while the Anglo-French director Antony Hickling will supervise the jury for the Best Short Award.
The subjects of the films, both the competing ones and not, will touch from the great ethical, social and civil subjects to the analysis of the relationships in families and individuals. Among the non-competing films Boulevard by Dito Montiel (USA, 2014) stands out, it is the international preview of one of the latest film Robin Williams starred in before his death, last August. On the occasion of the Torino, European Capital of Sports 2015, the Festival focuses on sports. The films on this subject are: Drown by Dean Francis (Australia, 2014), about a gay surf champion victim of homophobic bullying; Fuori by Chiara Tarfano and Ilaria Luperini (Italia, 2015), with the hockey player from Turin Nicole Bonamino, 24 years old, as main character; she came out of the closet on the occasion of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics and will attend the TGLFF.
In the official schedule of the Torino Meets Berlino 2015 there are two films: Praia do Futuro (Brazil, Germany, 2013) and the cult film Different from the Others (Germany, 1919) in the restored version by the Munich film Museum. Eat With Me (USA, 2014), first work of the director David Au, is the film dedicated by the TGLFF to EXPO TO 2015. It is the story of Emma: because of a crisis with her husband she moves at her son’s Elliot, a chef that she soon finds out to be gay; a witty comedy about the Sino-American community with, as the cherry on top, a cameo of George Takei, the legendary actor from Star Trek.
Also on the schedule is Dólares de Arena (Sand Dollars) by Israel Cárdenas and Laura Amelia Guzmán (Dominican Republic/Argentina/Mexico, 2014), with the masterful performance of Geraldine Chaplin.
THE TGLFF FOR CHILDREN
According to the Torino Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, education is a right for everybody. Following this principle every year the schedule is organized in order to reach a wider public as heterogenic as possible. Against the belief that the LGBT world and children are two distant, incompatibles worlds, the TGLFF, in collaboration with the magazine Giovani Genitori and the Italian Rainbow Families Association, hosts for the second year in a row the initiative of the National Cinema Museum addressed to all the families with children: Cinema con bebè. On the morning of Sunday, May 3 the animated film by Rob Minkoff, Mr. Peabody & Sherman will be screened with a special formula, specially fitting for children and their parents: reduced volume, low lighting, changing tables, snacks, bottle warmers and stroller parking.
TheTorino Gay & Lesbian Film Festival is online at: www.tglff.it
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