Another week, another festival! Following on the heels of a successful tenth edition of HIFF this week is the fifth edition of OUTeast, Atlantic Canada’s only exclusively LGBTQ+ film and video festival. There’s an extensive program this year but perhaps the most artistically daring selection is the real-time drama Paris 05:59—”while some hetero audiences will unquestionably feel sidelined by the explicit orgy, the loss is theirs.”
The documentary section of the program includes a couple of notable Hot Docs selections: Strike a Pose, which catches up with Madonna’s Blond Ambition dancers some 25 years on, and Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four, which documents the role that hysterical homophobia played in a false gang-rape conviction in 1997.
On Sunday, the final day’s program features the French lesbian romance Summertime, and a directorial debut from SNL’s Chris Kelly, Other People, which garnered a nice notice in The Guardian, and sounds like a funnier James White.
In theatres this week you can catch Whit Stillman’s Jane Austen confection Love & Friendship, which is a riding a wave of glowing reviews, and which I frankly cannot wait to see. And this Sunday, Cineplex Park Lane and Dartmouth Crossing have the sublime David-Lean-directed Brief Encounter, a truly peerless film—”the best romantic film of all time.”
- In theatres, new/notable:
- Halifax area screening picks for this week:
- Friday (June 17) — Strike a Pose, Museum of Natural History, 9pm, $12, presented by OUTeast. Ester Gould & Reijer Zwaan, Belgium/Netherlands, 2016, 83 minutes.
- Saturday (June 18) — Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four, Museum of Natural History, 4:30pm, $12, presented by OUTeast. Deborah Esquenazi, USA, 2016, 91 minutes.
— Paris 05:59 (Théo et Hugo dans le même bateau), Museum of Natural History, 9pm, $12, presented by OUTeast. Olivier Ducastel & Jacques Martineau, France, 2016, 97 minutes.
- Sunday (June 19) — Brief Encounter, Cineplex Park Lane & Dartmouth Crossing, 12:55pm, $6.99. David Lean, UK, 1945, 86 minutes.
— Summertime (La belle saison), Museum of Natural History, 3pm, free, presented by OUTeast. Catherine Corsini, France/Belgium, 2015, 105 minutes.
— Other People, Museum of Natural History, 6pm, $12, presented by OUTeast. Chris Kelly, USA, 2016, 96 minutes.
- Annapolis Valley & South Shore screening picks for this week:
- Wednesday (June 15) — The Meddler, Astor Theatre (59 Gorham Street, Liverpool), 7pm, $8. King’s Theatre (209 St. George St., Annapolis Royal), 7:30pm, $8. Lorene Scafaria, USA, 2015, 100 minutes.
- Sunday (June 19) — The Man Who Knew Infinity, Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville), 8pm, $9. Matthew Brown, UK, 2015, 108 minutes.