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5 Movies to Catch at The Bangalore Queer Film Festival 2016

Roshni posted on 20th February

We already told you about the upcoming Bangalore Queer Film Festival (BQFF) here. Covering genres like experimental, erotic and animation, the four-day festival will include screenings of LGBT-themed movies, short films and documentaries from across the world. For those of you cinephiles who are eagerly waiting but confused about what to watch, we got the good folks at BQFF to pick out five movies (out of a whopping 65) that you definitely shouldn't miss.

Thomas Waugh Series 1 (Curated)

Titled Sex in the Eighties, this includes a curated set of three experimental short films that explore the politics, the pleasure and the danger of sex. Michael McGarry's In Black & White (1979), Midi Onodera's Ten Cents a Dance: Parallax (1985) and John Greyson's Kipling Meets the Cowboys (1985) are the shorts which are part of this series.

Country: Canada (all three shorts)

Language: English

Where: Goethe Institut, 716, CMH Road, Indiranagar 1st Stage

When: Thursday, February 25


Directed by British documentarian, Jake Witzenfeld, Oriented (2015) delves into the lives of three Palestinian friends who are gay. With the Israel-Gaza conflict of 2014 as the backdrop, the 80-minute feature documentary is all about the young men exploring their national and sexual identities.

Country: USA

Language: Arabic, Hebrew, English

Where: Alliance Francaise de Bangalore, 108, Thimmaiah Road, Opposite UNI Building, Vasant Nagar

When: Friday, February 26


What happens when a transgender sex worker discovers that her boyfriend and pimp has been cheating on her? This is what forms the plot of Sean S. Baker's American comedy-drama,  Tangerine, which has already garnered positive reviews from critics. Described as a “singularly delightful girlfriend movie with an attitude”, the movie was shot with three iPhone 5s smartphones.

Country: USA

Language: English

Where: Alliance Francaise de Bangalore

When: Saturday, February 27

Odum Raja Aadum Rani

This 2014 Malayalam film is the directorial debut of Viju Varma. Portraying the emotional struggles of a homosexual man, the movie deals with the subject in a realistic and sensitive way without caricaturising the character.

Country: India

Language: Malayalam

Where: Alliance Francaise de Bangalore

When: Saturday, February 27

Bande de filles / Girlhood

A French film by Céline Sciamma, Bande de filles/Girlhood is a coming-of-age drama that revolves around Marieme (a 16-year-old African-French teenager)'s life. Challenging concepts of race, gender and class, the movie received positive reviews from critics and is described as "a work of cinematic art".

Country: France

Language: French

Where: Alliance Francaise de Bangalore

When: Sunday, February 28

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Featured image via: i-D (Tangerine)

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