The 21st Melbourne Queer Film Festival features the best in queer cinema from Australia and around the world.
Highlights include features, documentaries and shorts programs, along with panel discussions dealing with issues relevant to the queer community.
Friday 18 March - Sunday 27 March 2011
Tickets available from Thu 24 Feb
Full details at http://www.mqff.com.au/
Rock Hudson: Dark and Handsome Stranger Unclassified 18+
Andrew Davies & Andre Schafer, USA, 2009, 96 mins
Rock Hudson, one of the sexiest film stars that Hollywood ever produced, died of an AIDS-related illness shortly before his sixtieth birthday. This film sheds light on a man who performed a precarious balancing act between his private and public lives.
Prima Donna: The Story of Rufus Wainwright's Debut Opera Unclassified 18+
George Scott, UK, 2009, 85 mins
Exploring the rapid rise of the most mercurial talent of the modern music scene, an extraordinary singer and composer of some of the most sophisticated pop music and affecting lyrics of the last thirty years, this film recounts Rufus' colourful story and follows the creation of his very first opera, 'Prima Donna'.
The Last Summer of La Boyita (El Ultimo Verano de la Boyita) Unclassified 18+
Julia Solomonoff, Argentina, 2009, 93 mins
This compassionate Argentine drama recalls MQFF's 2008 closing night film, XXY
. Set in rural Argentina, it portrays the story of a young boy who is undergoing a change that will turn his life and his family relationships upside down.
Sasha (Sasa) Unclassified 18+
Dennis Todorovic, Germany, 2009, 101mins
Sasha has a crush on his sexy, openly gay piano teacher. When it's announced that he's leaving for a job in another city, Sasha is devastated. How will he be able to convince his object of affection to stay? This spirited dramatic comedy from Germany is funny and fresh, with a wonderful leading performance by Sascha Kekez.
Undertow (Contracorriente) Unclassified 18+
Javier Fuentes-León, Peru, 2010, 100 mins
Miguel and Mariela are a happily married couple in a small Peruvian fishing village. While Miguel genuinely adores his devoted wife, he also carries on a clandestine affair with gay drifter Santiago. Miguel insists on secrecy, but Santiago yearns to celebrate his love openly, provoking a dark twist in this turbulent, otherwordly tale.
Paulista (Quanto Dura O Amor?) Unclassified 18+
Roberto Moreira, Brazil, 2009, 83 mins
Director Roberto Moreira's engaging debut focuses on three tenants in a Brazilian apartment building who are brought together by their trials in love and relationships. Their stories ebb and flow together in this bittersweet drama, illustrating the tricky, tumultuous nature of love.
Eloïse's Lover Unclassified 18+
Jesus Garay, Spain, 2009, 92 mins
Eloïse is an art student, out, proud and unapologetic. Àsia, an architecture student, is inexplicably drawn to Eloïse, becoming a model for her art project. Despite many obstacles, the two young women fall in love but Àsia soon faces a tough choice between the expectations of her family and following her heart.
City of Melbourne Emerging Filmmaker Award Unclassified 18+
Don't miss our selection of the latest and greatest shorts from Australia's emerging filmmakers, then cast your vote for the Audience Choice Award. Attend the awards session to see who snares the $2000 cash prize for Best Short as judged by our jury of industry professionals.