Have you been seeing all the awesome pride parades happening in cities like New York, San Francisco and Vancouver lately? Such vibrant displays of love all around the world is making us crave our own celebration. But while we wait for Bangkok Pride to assemble—hopefully sometime in the near future—here's away we can celebrate pride right now.
Starting Tuesday, July 3, Bangkok Screening Room is hosting the LGBT+ Film Festival. Lasting a week long, the event will be screening LGBT-themed movies curated from various countries. With everything from comedy to heartbreak in store, this is film festival is worth your time this week, especially if you consider yourself a film buff.
Here are short synopses to each of the programmes to get you going:
Screening: Tuesday, July 3 at 6:45 pm; Thursday, July 5 at 9pm
A Finnish biopic by director Dome Karukoski, Tom of Finland explores the life and work of one of the most influential gay figures of the 20th century, Touko Laaksonen. After returning to Finland after World War II, Laaksonen became known for his graphic homoerotic drawings. This screening is supported by the Embassy of Finland.
Tale Of The Lost Boys
Screening: Tuesday, July 3 at 9pm; Friday, July 6 at 9pm
Directed by Joselito Altarejos, Tale of The Lost Boys is a relatively undiscovered film about a Filipino man and Taiwanese aborigine student who meet each other at a crossroads of self-discovery.
The Queen Of Ireland
Screening: Wednesday, July 4 at 4:15pm; Sunday, July 8 at 4:15pm
An Irish documentary about a drag queen of course, The Queen Of Ireland follows Pandora Panti Bliss, or just Panti, on her fight for LBGT rights leading up to the historic referendum on same-sex marriage in Ireland. This screening is supported by the Embassy of Ireland.
The Adventures Of Priscilla Queen Of The Desert
Screening: Wednesday, July 4 at 6:45pm; Friday, July 6 at 4:15pm
This 1994 Australian comedy-drama centres on the journey of two drag queens who travel from Sydney to Alice Springs, across the Australian Outback in a tour bus named Priscilla. This screening is supported by the Australian Embassy.
Hard Paint (Tinta Bruta)
Screening: Wednesday, July 4 at 9pm; Friday, July 7 at 9pm
A socially repressed young Brazilian feels alive when he strips and paints his body in an artistic performance in front of a webcam.
Screening: Thursday, July 5 at 4:15pm; Sunday, July 8 at 11:45pm
Set in Chicago, a thirty-something Pakistani Muslim who spends most of her time taking her of her mother falls for a charismatic Mexican woman, a wrestler.
BPM (Beats Per Minute)
Screening: Thursday, July 5 at 6pm
BPM is a film about French HIV/AIDS activists in the 90s who protested the government's counterproductivity towards AIDS research and treatment. Nathan, a HIV-negative newcomer to the ACT UP activism group, begins to fall for one of the group's leaders, who has AIDS. This screening is supported by Alliance francaise de Bangkok and the Embassy of France.
The Wound (Inxeba)
Screening: Friday, July 6 at 6:45pm
During his own initiation ritual from teenage to manhood, Xolani's taboo secret begins to unravel, threatening his existence in this African community.
Those Long Haired Nights
Screening: Saturday, July 7 at 11:45pm; Sunday, July 8 at 8pm
Tuesday, Amanda and Barbie are three transgender prostitutes who work Manila's Burgos district. Each dealing with their own problems—Tuesday dreams hopelessly of love, Amanda lives a lie in the face of her family and Barbie is involved in the dangerous world of drug-dealing—they have each other and the common goal of pursuing happiness.
Bangkok Screening Room's LGBT+ Film Festival begins this Tuesday, July 3. Find more details on the programmes, or book your tickets at bkksr.com/lgbtff2018. Note that there are special discussions and Q&A sessions on Saturday and Sunday.