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Image+Nation XXII: Queer film for everyone

Posted by Andrés / October 22, 2009

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Image+Nation, Canada's oldest LGBT (that's Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trangender for you neophytes) rolls out its 22nd annual programming starting tonight. Off the success of last year's "homo horreur" zombie flick Otto; or, Up with Dead People, a whole slew of Halloween-prepped films join the already packed schedule, which includes drama that's hard-hitting, whimsical romance, and even the downright silly.

Opening the festival tonight is Hollywood, je t'aime, borrowing its title from the popular short film anthologies Paris, je t'aime and New York, I Love You. This is where the similarities end. Parisian Jérôme is down and out and decides to head to Hollywood to find love and be a star. Along with The Big Gay Musical ('nuff said), it is the film that is best able to drum up the crowds due to the lack of a third in the Another Gay Movie series. Both these are bright, colorful and (well) gay films to be enjoyed in a group and sure to bring in the masses.

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On the girl side, the big hitters this year are And Then Came Lola, which screens tomorrow. Borrowing elements from German film Run Lola Run (including similar animated sequences and a time-bending narrative) the festival is calling it "the fun-filled lesbian mad dash rom-com of 2009". Also of interest is Drool, born of the Slamdance Film Festival screenplay competition and a big winner at American LGBT festivals. It's a dark comedy that starts with spousal abuse and murder (!) and ends with a hot fling between an estranged wife and a neighbourly friend.

Filmgoers looking for a more serious experience may want to check out the wide range of political and personal documentaries. This is a area in which the festival has always excelled. Last year's highlights included Be Like Others about the oppressed gay community in Iran. The Other Side of Istanbul takes another look at how countries continue to stifle freedom of expression. Diagnosing Difference and Beyond Gay: The Politics of Pride similarly take moral and educational stands.

The two that most intrigue me are Canadian director John Greyson's Fig Trees (below), an experimental documentary-cum-musical about AIDS and art. The film has already gained acclaim internationally for what seems to be a wholly original voice in the film community. The other is The Good American , a documentary about a German immigrant to New York City who became homeless and decided to run a gay escort/hustler business that has grown to a major website.

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The above is just a smattering of the wide range of material being screened at this year's Image+Nation. I implore Midnight Poutiners to take a gander through their film list and check it out. For straight filmgoers looking for a different perspective on film there are plenty of choices to be made, including Zombies of Mass Destruction, given the moniker of a "political zomedy". While there are certain films (Eating Out 3: All You Can Eat - I'm looking at you!) that straight audiences may not fully appreciate, there are plenty of choices. The atmosphere is fun (I can attest to that as I volunteered last year), and the selection of quality LGBT is sure to astound anyone who has noticed a clear lack of queer-oriented film in mainstream theaters.

Image+Nation takes place at Cinéma Imperial primarily (1432 de Bleury, just next to the Musique Plus headquarters), with additional screenings at the Goethe-Institut, Concordia and Iaika. Check out the Image+Nation website details. It runs from October 22nd to November 1st.

Images stolen from various press kits.

Discussion

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Wilma / October 23, 2009 at 11:17 am
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I am looking forward to ''Champions''. I watched the trailer for this film, and wow, it looks intense.
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Onyekachukwu / February 4, 2015 at 05:18 am
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We will be in bed too!! You can't party hard when kids won't sleep in the following day. Not to mienton I have about as much energy at midnight as an 80 year old does. Well, maybe a tad more, but not much lol

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