melbourne queer film festival

drifting flowers
Drifting Flowers
The 19th Melbourne Queer Film Festival brings to ACMI the best in national and international queer screen culture.

Thu 19 March - Sun 29 March 2009
Tickets available from Thu 26 Feb

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program highlights

Water Lilies (Naissance des Pieuvres) unclassified 18+
Céline Sciamma, 85 mins, France, 2007, French with English subtitles

For three 15-year-olds in the Parisian suburbs one hot summer, there's nothing to do but look at the ceiling. One day at her school's synchronised swimming competition, shy and reserved Marie spots Floriane, the beautiful and confident captain of the team. Marie is smitten, but dares not express her feelings, especially to her pal, Anne. Officially selected at the 2007 Cannes, Toronto and London Film Festivals, Water Lilies is a superb drama from newcomer Céline Sciamma.

Save Me unclassified 18+
Robert Cary, 96 mins, USA, 2007

Mark is a voracious party boy addicted to drugs and men, but is given a chance to alter his ways when he wakes up in hospital after a post-binge suicide attempt. He is promptly sent by his brother to Genesis House, a Christian-run ministry that 'cures' gay men of their urges through spiritual guidance. Initially sceptical, Mark finds solace and friendship with some of his fellow members, especially Scott who is wrestling with demons of his own.

Fashion Victims unclassified 18+
Ingo Rasper, 101 mins, Germany, 2007

Wolfgang Zenker, a middle-aged travelling ladies fashion salesman is in dire straits: his work rival is threatening to steal his best customers and he's lost his driver's license. Desperate to stay one step ahead of his young enemy salesman, he cancels his son's holiday and employs him as an unwilling chauffeur. Things soon go from bad to worse. The bank is after him, the tax man catches up with him, his wife leaves him and his son announces that he is gay ... and in love with his father's rival!

Drifting Flowers (Piao Lang Qing Chun) unclassified 18+
Zero Chou, 97 mins, Taiwan, 2007, Taiwanese with English subtitles

Taiwanese director Zero Chou (Spider Lilies, MQFF 2008) presents three subtle, interwoven lesbian tales of love - lost and found. Domestic bliss is cobbled together, in the first tale, by beautiful, blind nightclub singer, Jing and her younger sister Meigo. The middle story belongs to Lily, an Alzheimer's patient endlessly searching in her disintegrating memory for her lost lover, Ocean. The final story follows Chalkie coming to terms with her repulsion at her own budding body and her complicated feelings for girls.

Affinity unclassified 18+
Tim Fywell, 94 mins, UK/Canada/Romania, 2008

This sumptuous period piece, based on Sarah Waters' 1999 novel of the same name, is a women-in-prison movie with a gothic Victorian twist. Upper-class Margaret, mourning her father's recent death and looking for a diversion, goes to Millbank Prison as a Lady Visitor (presumably to act as a mentor to the female convicts). Fans of Sarah Waters (Tipping the Velvet, Fingersmith) will enjoy Davies' interpretation of the dark and eerie novel, faithfully transferring to the big screen Waters' fascination with the seamy underbelly of Victorian propriety.

Ask Not unclassified 18+
Johnny Symons, 73 mins, USA, 2008

Ask Not is a rare and compelling exploration of the effects of the US military's 'don't ask don't tell' policy which forces American gay and lesbian service-members to deny their sexuality. A provocative portrait of bravery amidst exclusion, the film reveals the personal stories of Americans willing to risk their lives for a country that criminalises the act of coming out.

Wrangler: Anatomy of an Icon unclassified 18+
Jeffrey Schwarz, 82 mins, USA, 2008

From the dawn of the sexual revolution comes the outrageous true story of 1970s gay porn icon Jack Wrangler, who became a major brand name in adult entertainment and a hero to the newly liberated gay population. Refreshingly humble today, Jack Wrangler reflects bemusedly on his adventures in the skin trade. His story is one of self-invention and determination, and although he has gone on to an accomplished career in legitimate theatre, he knows he will always be Jack Wrangler, former porn star.

City of Melbourne Emerging Filmmaker Award
Don't miss a selection of the latest and greatest shorts from Australia's talented pool of emerging filmmakers. Cast your vote to see who takes out the Audience Choice Award, or attend the awards session to see who wins the $2000 cash prize for best short as judged by a jury of industry professionals.

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