Gay films from around the globe come to Gateway Mall

June 3, 2005 at 2:55 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The third installment of the 2005 Pink Film Festival kicks off on Friday at the Gateway Mall in Cubao with emphasis on the health and
human rights of the gay community.

Through the theme “In the Pink of Health,” the International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival as it is also called has garnered more support this year from foreign and local institutions. It has thus evolved into a comprehensive showcase of gay and lesbian perspectives from various parts of the world.

Mounted in celebration of the Gay Pride Month by Progay Philippines, Mowelfund Film Institute and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, the festival has for its partners the Norsk Filminstitutt, the Canadian Embassy the Swiss Embassy, the Philippine NGO Support Program, Women’s Educational Media, the Embassy of Finland, the Department of Health and the Japan International Cooperation Agency.

Pink films from around the globe will be screened beginning June 3 to 12 at the Gateway Cineplex 10, and at the UP Film Institute from June 8 to 14.

Pink events

Opening the festival at 7 p.m. on Friday is Ellen Ongkeko’s explosive adult romance fantasy, Mga Pusang Gala, starring Ricky Davao, Irma Adlawan and Reggie Curly.

The film shows Adlawan and Davao as next-door neighbors sharing a house, sex fantasies and lousy lovers. Davao gives a different portrayal of his role as he plays a torturous and hysterical Filipino gay character. Adlawan shares half of the fun-and the tears-in the film as she essays a highly sympathetic role of the fiercely independent bohemian Marta. The film is as much a woman’s as it is a
gay film.

Following the local film is the Taiwanese hit comedy Formula 17 on Saturday and the Berlin Film Festival blockbuster, That Man: Peter Berlin! on Sunday, both at 6:30 p.m. The latter is a biopic of the Germany’s gay-iconic photographer, filmmaker and model.

International prizewinning short films will also be featured.

Showing on May 10 at 6:30 p.m. is Touch of Pink, a romantic comedy featuring a young South Asian-Canadian who lives in London. He is so caught up in the romance, style and dreams of old films that he thinks he’s living with the ghost of Cary Grant. His ideal world collapses when his mother asks him to marry an Indian girl.

From Norway, Kenneth Elvebakk uncovers The Secret Club, an underground society for homosexuals established in Oslo in 1950 when homosexuality was still a criminal offense. With humor and a touch of sadness, a group of older homosexual men recall titillating episodes from their youth, as well as the negative reactions from society.

In a similar film, memories of teenage lesbian love are awakened when two old ladies bump into each other in Claudia Lorenz’s Hoi Maya from Switzerland.

The festival also showcases the talents of promising Filipino artists, such as Sigrid Andrea P. Bernardo who joins the digital revolution with her whimsical short film Babae, a tale of two women who boldly redefine what family means in a community set in the railroad tracks. A group of students from De La Salle University captures the magic of “hard-of-hearing” gays whose sign language takes wild flights of fancy in their thesis film, When Fingers Talk Pink.

Chris Pablo’s trademark gay digital sex drama dubbed Bathhouse shine alongside his rediscovered 1998 educational video Slow Motion, a subtle yet penetrating diatribe on antigay bullying in grade schools Academy award-winning director Debra Chasnoff brings from the American heartland three powerful documentaries about the intolerance and homophobia of young audiences in That’s A Family. In her One Wedding and a Revolution, she chases around town the trouble making Gavin Newsom, who figures in a huge debate as the new mayor of San Francisco when he gave same-sex couples the right to get married.

A Filipino American filmmaker Jennifer Ting peeks into the secret world of lesbians in Seattle, while the docu-drama Not Straightforward gives a glimpse as to how lesbians dispel stereotypes among their peer groups.

Talks, forums and other events will be held with the screenings to inform the public about HIV/AIDS issues and gay legal rights. Drag shows, gay choir concerts and poetry readings celebrating gay arts will highlight the 10-day event.

For more information and play dates, call 727-1915 local 203, 410-4567, (0921) 339-8955, e-mail them, or log on to their official website.

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