By Tiago Elídio
For 18 days, over 15 thousand people attended the 21st edition of Lesgaicinemad, one of the most important LGBT film festivals in the world. The screenings took place at 17 different locations throughout Madrid and neighboring cities, and included the beautiful screening room of Matadero, a former slaughterhouse which has been converted to a large, diverse art center. A total of 110 movies, including 26 feature film, 30 documentaries and 54 short movies were screened. Photography exhibitions, workshops, conferences, and other activities rounded out the event.
Here are some of the highlights:
– You’ll never be alone (Nunca vas a estar solo). The movie chosen for the opening gala is a Chilean feature film inspired by the sad case of Daniel Zamudio, a young boy victim of a homophobic crime which shocked Chile. Told from the perspective of the boy´s father, it is a moving story.
– Closet Monster. A Canadian feature film about a creative teenager who wants to escape his hometown and the haunting memories of his turbulent childhood, the film maintains a atmosphere of magical realism, very suitable for the story. The soundtrack has a marked presence, much like the other great movie from Canada, C.R.A.Z.Y. Included is a superb cameo appearance by Isabella Rosellini. Definitely a must-see movie! In my opinion, the best movie in the festival.
– Esteros. An Argentine – Brazil coproduction the film is a tender story about two friends who meet again after ten years and deal with their past, when they were two boys in the countryside of Argentina. The movie won an award in the Gramado Film Festival.
– Tomcat (Kater). The movie starts off gently, but a turning point keeps us on the edge of our seats right up to the very end. The cat is a tremendous character with scenes reminiscent of cute cat videos on Youtube. The movie was awarded with the Berlinale Teddy Award 2016.
– The Objects of Love (Los objetos amorosos). This Spanish feature film shows the difficulties faced by Latin American immigrants when they arrive in Europe searching for a better life. During their journeys, two very different girls connect with each other in Rome, creating a very fragile bond.
– Taekwondo. Marco Berger, famous Argentinean director who won the Teddy Award with the movie Absent in the Berlinale in 2011, now returns, together with director Martin Farina, with a movie about desire. During a week-end in a country home, a group of young men get together. Opportunities (many opportunities) for shots of shapely bodies abound.
– The Sociologist and the Bear Cub (La Sociologue et l’ourson). This French documentary uses puppets as a creative means of discussing the nine months of legislative gestation and the many debates surrounding the equal marriage law in France.
The Lesgaicinemad 2016 was a tremendous success, providing a great opportunity to see great movies. ¡Hasta la próxima!