melbourne queer film festival

spider lillies
Spider Lillies

The 18th Melbourne Queer Film Festival brings to ACMI the best in queer film from Australia and around the world.


Thu 6 March - Sun 16 March 2008

Tickets available from Thu 14 Feb

Find out more at http://www.melbournequeerfilm.com.au/



 2008 MQFF Program (7MB)

 2008 Festival Planner (200kb)

18th Melbourne Queer Film Festival - Driven by Volkswagen
Principal Sponsor: City of Melbourne


program highlights

Vivere unclassified 18+
Angelina Maccarone, 107 mins, Germany, 2007

On Christmas Eve, Francesca's little sister, Antonietta, runs away to Rotterdam with her musician boyfriend. On the way to find her, Francesca picks up Gerlinde, a suicidal lovesick woman. Eventually the paths of the three lost souls converge as they criss-cross across Rotterdam and before too long it becomes hard to tell who
is saving who.

A Four Letter Word unclassified 18+
Casper Andreas, 87 mins, USA, 2007
In this fast-paced indy flick, writer/director Casper Andreas dares to answer the timeless question: can a playboy overcome the complications of the scariest four letter word in the gay dictionary - love? With a delightful set of queer, straight, and everything-in-between characters, A Four Letter Word is like a sexy gay sitcom with a pulse.

Spider Lilies (Ci Qing) unclassified 18+
Zero Chou, 94 mins, Taiwan/China, 2007, Mandarin with English subtitles

Director Zero Chou casts spunky, butch gal Isabella Leong and steamy but vulnerable Taiwanese singer Rainie Yang in her first lesbian feature. Spider Lilies uploads a dreamy, layered conversation among soft-porn cyber-sex players, the tattooed and the wanna-be-tattooed - all framed by an earthquake, absent parents, repressed memory and family guilt. Winner of the 2007 Berlinale Teddy Award for Best Queer Feature.

XXY
unclassified 18+
Lucia Puenzo, 87 mins, Argentina/Spain, 2007, Spanish with English subtitles
Alex is a 15-year-old hermaphrodite living in secret with her parents in an isolated house tucked away in the dunes of the Uruguayan shoreline. When friends from Buenos Aires visit with their 16-year-old son Alvaro, Alex's mutual attraction to Alvaro forces them all to face their worst fears as rumors are spread around town and her secret is at risk of being revealed.

Dolls (Pusinky) unclassified 18+
Karin Babinská, 90 mins, Czech Republic, 2007, Czech with English subtitles
In this vibrant coming-of-age tale, three high-school friends try to extend their adolescence by hitchhiking to Holland on a post-graduation lark. When the little brother of one finds a way to tag along, he inadvertently becomes their guide to self-discovery. Under the passionate direction of Karin Babinská, the young actors deliver fearless performances.

Vampire Diary
unclassified 18+
Mark James and Phil O'Shea, 88 mins, UK, 2006

Whilst making a documentary on vampires, Holly meets the enigmatic and beautiful Vicki - who claims she is a real-life vampire - and the two embark on a passionate affair. When a series of bloody murders occur throughout the area, Holly is shocked to discover that Vicki is responsible. She continues their relationship, however, and soon becomes drawn into a web of death and deceit.

Through Thick and Thin unclassified 18+
Sebastian Cordoba, 77 mins, USA, 2007

Filmmaker Sebastian Cordoba follows the extraordinary stories of various bi-racial couples whose lives are dramatically affected by the current immigration laws in the US. The film captures intimate moments between the couples as they struggle to stay together at whatever cost, and in doing so demonstrates that love does not conquer all. Followed by a panel discussion on immigration issues relevant to Australian gays and lesbians co-presented by the Law Institute of Victoria. World premiere!

City of Melbourne Award for Best Australian Short Queer Film
Don't miss this selection of the latest and greatest of shorts from emerging Australian filmmakers. Cast your vote for the audience choice award and see who snares the $2,000 cash prize for Best Short as judged by the festival's jury of industry professionals.

Full program available mid February.



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