Several LGBT-interest films will be among the 160 features, documentaries and shorts screened during the 32nd annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF), running through Nov. 19.
The festival, which opened Oct. 27, will feature films from 48 countries, including the United Kingdom, France and Russia, at Savor Cinema in Fort Lauderdale and Cinema Paradiso in Hollywood. A committee of local film experts selected the festival program from hundreds of submissions.
LGBT-interest films include:
“My Hero” (Shorts Program, “Count on Me”)
Loring Murtha, director
USA, 2017/8 min./English
Friday, Nov. 3, 1 p.m., Cinema Paradiso
In the Battle of the Sexes, does anyone win? Todd and Patricia clash over gender roles and societal expectations after an embarrassing evening out. Belief systems are challenged, however, when the night brings an unexpected guest.
“Pinsky” – Southeast Premiere
Amanda Lundquist, director
USA, 2017/73 min./English
Wednesday, Nov. 8, 8 p.m., Savor Cinema
Thursday, Nov. 9, 8:15 p.m., Cinema Paradiso
Sophia Pinsky seems like a functioning adult. But when she loses her girlfriend and her grandfather on the same day and moves back in with her authoritarian Russian grandmother, everything she thought she’d escaped is waiting to welcome her back with open arms.
“Cries from Syria” – Florida Premiere
Evgeny Afineevsky, director
Syria, 2017/111 min./English
Friday, Nov. 10, 6:15 p.m., Cinema Paradiso
From Oscar-nominated director, Evgeny Afineevsky (“Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom”) and featuring a theme song performed by Cher, “Cries from Syria” tells the story of the Syrian people who never lost hope during the country’s long and bloody civil war.
“Falling South” (Shorts Program, “Sunshine Trio”)
Lorraine Portman, director
USA, 2017/39 min./English
Saturday, Nov. 11, 12:30 p.m., Savor Cinema
Sunday, Nov. 12, 1 p.m., Cinema Paradiso
Charlotte puts Rochester in the rear view as she runs away from the life she knows. She has never been on her own and doesn't know if she'll make it. She meets diverse women who offer connection, insight and laughter on the road to Florida and a possible new life.
“Kali Mah Tina” – Filmed in Broward Feature
Tabatha Mudra, director
USA, 2017/81 min./English
Saturday, Nov. 19, 3 p.m., Cinema Paradiso
A tragedy provokes a mortuary makeup artist and a musician to make changes in their lives after they receive unexpected guidance from an eccentric internet guru, Kali Mah Tina. This feature was filmed locally in Broward County by director Tabatha Mudra.
“Larger than Life: The Kevyn Aucoin Story” – Florida Premiere
Tiffany Bartok, director
USA, 2017/96 min./English
Sunday, Nov. 12, 6:15 p.m., Savor Cinema
Monday, Nov. 13, 6:15 p.m., Cinema Paradiso
This documentary, featuring interviews with Cher, Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell and more, explores the life and career of make-up artist Kevyn Aucoin, who escaped bullying in Louisiana and found fame in New York City in the ‘80s and ‘90s, before dying mysteriously in 2002.
The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival runs through Sunday, Nov. 19 and features more than 160 films screened at Savor Cinema, 503 S.E. 6th St. in Fort Lauderdale, and Cinema Paradiso, 2008 Hollywood Blvd. in Hollywood. Tickets and more information at FLIFF.com.