The Audi Dublin International Film Festival is running a special night especially for the LGBTQ community on Thursday February 25th this year. Although the festival featured an event with uber-gay icon, Angela Lansbury, and is featuring Marc O’Halloran’s seminal Viva as the closing film, Thursday evening is very specifically aimed at the gay community, with two carefully-chosen films showing, and both pre and post screening food and drink offers.
Unfortunately, the movies are running at the same time, which isn’t ideal if you want to see both, but to help you make up your mind the offerings are Summertime from French director Catherine Corsini, and Departure from Andrew Steggall.
Summertime is described as a direct and unapologetic lesbian romance. Set in the 1970s, it follows farm-girl Delphine (Izla Higelin) as she moves to Paris, where she falls for Carole, a radical feminist (Cécile De France). Throwing herself into the cause, her enthusiasm masks her true feelings for Carole. However, Carole herself isn’t all she seems, and has a boyfriend at home. Despite this, working so closely together on such radical projects sees them thrown together with intoxicating results.
The second offering, Departure, is a UK/France co-production telling the tale of Elliot (Alex Lawther) who is struggling to deal with the end of his parents marriage as they pack up their French holiday home. When he spots the bold, brash Clement (Phénix Brossard) in a nearby village, the pair strike up a friendship that runs far deeper for Elliot as he begins to explore just who he is.
With Departure kicking off at 6pm in Cineworld, and Summertime at 6.15pm in the Lighthouse, you will need to choose carefully as to which offering you will see. However, you’ll have no such dilemma regarding pre and post movie imbibing, as Slice on Manor Place is offering pre-screening dinner options, when you buy tickets for either film. Audiences can avail of a three-course dinner option and film ticket for €35, or for €40 you can get a cocktail with the dinner and ticket option.
Meanwhile, the Front Lounge is hosting a post-screening Celebration to Cinema, with Hollywood star-inspired cocktails, and with film sound bites and images playing in the background. However, if you can’t make this don’t panic, as the Hollywood-inspired cocktails will also be available throughout the festival.
With both movies hugely acclaimed by critics, which one you attend really will be a matter of personal taste, but if you a truly torn may we suggest – flip a coin.
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