FLIFF Highlights LGBT-Themed Features, Shorts

A holiday celebration hosted by a gay Swedish couple provides the setting for “A Holy Mess,” one of the featured films of the 2016 Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival. Submitted photo.

Once again, the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF), opening Nov. 4, will feature more than 100 screenings, including world, regional and Florida premieres of the best in indie, short and documentary films.

The festival, led by president Gregory von Hausch, will present screenings at Cinema Paradiso Fort Lauderdale, recently renamed Savor Cinema, and Cinema Paradiso in downtown Hollywood. Celebrities will be in attendance at the many screenings and parties, including director Robert Schwartzman (“Dreamland”), actress Talia Shire (“Rocky,” “Godfather I, II, III”) and actor Martin Landau (“Ed Wood”).

FLIFF also features several LGBT-themed features and shorts:


“Kiki, Love to Love”
Spain, 2016, 102 min.

Spanish w/English subtitles

Nov. 6, 8:30 p.m., Savor Cinema; Nov. 18, 8:30 p.m., Savor Cinema

Five stories of love and sex unfold over one hot summer in Madrid, when the protagonists discover strange and unusual sources of sexual indulgence with unpronounceable names: Dacryphilia, Eliphilia, Somnophilia, Polyamory, and Harpaxophilia. Taboos are broken one by one as our horny couples enter into a thrilling liberation in which no pleasure is denied, whatever form it takes. No one under 17 admitted.




Southeast Premiere

Brazil, 2015, 85 min.

Portuguese with English subtitles

Nov. 9, 8:30 p.m., Cinema Paradiso; Nov. 10, 8 p.m., Savor Cinema


The year is 1984 and São Paulo, Brazil, is on the brink of immense political change. Estela, enduring the troubled phase of adolescence, is preparing for her dream trip to California, where her Uncle Carlos, a pop-culture and music journalist, lives. But, Carlos suddenly returns to Brazil sickly thin and pale. The family assumes he has been stricken with AIDS, the deadly epidemic of the ’80s.



“Women Who Kill”

Florida Premiere

USA, 2016, 90 min.

Nov. 12, 7 p.m., Savor Cinema; Nov. 13, 6:30 p.m., Cinema Paradiso


Two women, Morgan and Jean, former lovers, but still friends, host a crime thriller podcast from Jean’s apartment. They interview convicted killers, relatives of victims and coworkers in a Sherlock and Watson exercise to solve the unsolved. Into their dynamic enters the mysterious Simone, who seems to be connected to the mystery of a dead coworker at the food co-op. Comedy ensues when these two deadpan sleuths attempt to ensnarl Simone. The Nov. 12 screening will be followed by a “killer” party in the John Mager Courtyard of Savor Cinema and is included with the film ticket. Individual tickets to the party only are also available for $15 for FLIFF members and $20 for non-members.



“A Holy Mess” (“En Underbar Jävla Jul”)

Southeast Premiere

Sweden, 2015, 108 min.

Swedish with English subtitles

Nov. 14, 6 p.m., Savor Cinema; Nov. 15, 8:30 p.m., Cinema Paradiso


A Holy Mess asks the question how tolerant the tolerant Swedes are, a warm comedy about the modern family and their continual struggle to "do things right.” When a gay couple invites their somewhat homophobic families to meet for the first time during the Christmas celebration, they have a special gift in store for them.


A complete schedule and tickets are available at FLIFF.com.

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