65th Cork International Film Festival

This year’s 65th Cork International Film Festival is taking place online, until Sunday 15th November, and features a full program of world premieres in Irish Film, special events, international features, documentaries and shorts.

Check out this year’s selection of LGBT+ themed films below.

‘Falling’, a wonderful directorial debut from the talented Viggo Mortensen, tells us the story of Willis, whose advanced dementia has forced him – a conservative, homophobic, solitary man – to leave his rural farm and move to Los Angeles, to live with his son, John. John, who has overcome the trauma of his childhood with his domineering, unloving father, lives a happy, openly gay life with his family, but now finds himself obliged to take care of his ageing father, in this heartfelt family drama.

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I Am Samuel

‘I Am Samuel’, a feature documentary created by Peter Murimi and presented in association with the French Embassy in Ireland, in resonance with the upcoming ‘Africa 2020’ season in France, follows the experiences of Samuel, and his relationship with his traditional parents and his partner Alex. This documentary confronts the harsh realities of social discrimination and criminalisation of homosexuality, in this honest and compassionate depiction of LGBTQ+ people in Kenya. This film will be shown accompanied by ‘I Still Breathe’, a documentary short which speaks about the impact of George Floyd’s killing.

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Keyboard Fantasies

In 1986, Beverly Glenn-Copeland self-released a cassette of seven songs recorded at home, using a Yamaha keyboard, a Roland drum machine and an Atari computer. Decades later, now living as Glenn Copeland, he was astonished to discover that this release, titled Keyboard Fantasies, was being hailed as an influential precursor to modern electronic music. In documenting Glenn’s life and return to performing, director Posy Dixon has gifted us with a film that is every bit as soothing as the music it sets out to celebrate.

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Paris Is Burning

The influence of ‘Paris is Burning’ is vast. A portrait of Harlem NYC’s 80s drag-ball scene, where its young African American and Latinx participants would compete fiercely, parading the ballroom floors like catwalk models, ‘voguing’, and flamboyantly celebrating an LGBTQ culture that at the time was never visible in the media. Jennie Livingston’s documentary is just as important now as it was when it won at Sundance in 1991, the same year that it played Cork, and it is still a joy to behold.

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[via Cork Gay Project]

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