A LITTLE TOUCH OF QUEER FROM ASIA IN BRATISLAVA

Disclaimer: Despite it might look otherwise, there are no spoilers.

The 2016 edition of Slovak Queer Film Festival screened three Asian films. Korean take on an English pseudo-Victorian rose-water novel with lesbian zest The Handmaiden by Park Chan-wook. Israeli film on rebellious teen and her first love Blush by Michal Vinik. Last but not least came (out) Sudhanshu Saria’s first feature LOEV, an Indian gay road movie about incapacity to admit and show love – hence the intended misspelling. Because „loev“ is what is left of love when one is afraid.

This year the Festival decided to make it official and set a ground zero for a geographically focused section QueerAsia, that might become a regular part of its programme. Here is a little teaser for what to expect in Cinema Lumière and Kino Film Europe through October 25-29, 2017. The program is available HERE.

Cute sparkle from the past: Blue Gate Crossing by YEE Chih-yen (2002)
What to expect of a puppy love gay themed Taiwanese film from 15 years ago ? Lazy hazy mood, silly girl talks, cheeky boys, swimming and bicycle rides. And the male protagonist whose looks made him one of favourite Taiwanese export actor of these days. (Screened thanks to Taiwan Cinema Toolkit program.)

Japanese soul food: Close-knit by OGIGAMI Naoko (2017)
With films of Ogigami Naoko in general, it is her quirky loving humour and some charming ways out of cliché settings of story. In her Berlinale 2017 premiered film, she puts it in service of a story about a little girl, who decides to leave her problematic mum and to live with her uncle and his girlfriend who happens to be a trans-woman.

Pinoy ode to queen life: Die Beautiful by Jun Robles LANA (2016)
As the title suggests, death does not avoid the story of Trisha. The very truth is, Trisha is dead. All her life she wanted to become Total Beauty Queen. It is now up to her friends to face all the odds and bid their farewells in the most fabulous style.

Korean re-telling of the 1970s classic: Our Love Story by LEE Hyun-ju (2016)
Borrowing title from the Arthur Hiller directed classics Love Story (1970), Our Love Story introduces two young women who casually fall in love and then have to live with it. Much less depressive than the story of Jenny and Oliver.

 

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