Lauderdale Film Festival Showcases LGBT-interest Films

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A biography about celebrity make-up artist Kevyn Aucoin is one of the LGBTQ-interest films being screened during the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival. Credit: IMDB.com.

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. 


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