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The men’s interest films will blow you away at this year’s Fort Lauderdale’s Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, taking place at the historic Gateway Theatre in Fort Lauderdale from Oct. 4 to Oct. 7.

Coming into its fourth year as a stand-alone festival, the 2012 FLGLFF will expand its schedule to include food and music components as well as more short films, documentaries and feature films by, about, and of interest to, the LGBT community.

On Oct. 5 at 5 p.m., there will be a screening of Jobriath A.D., directed by Kieran Turner. Jobriath was to be the gay American David Bowie and the unapologetic “True Fairy” of Glam Rock in the 1970’s. Turner painstakingly traces Jobriath’s life from his childhood to his untimely death, using archival footage and interviews with his closest friends.

Also on Oct. 5 at 10 p.m., catch Keep the Lights On directed by Ira Sachs. Director Ira Sachs will attend the screening. The movie chronicles Filmmaker Erik and closeted lawyer Paul’s emotionally and sexually charged journey through love and addiction. They are risk takers – compulsive and fueled by drugs and sex. In an almost decade-long relationship defined by highs, lows and dysfunctional patterns, Erik struggles to negotiate his own boundaries and dignity and be true to himself.

For those people that just love the foreign films The Invisible Men with director Yariv Mozer would be my pick for foreign film.  This amazing film is in Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles and tells the story of 3 gay Palestinians who have run away and are now hiding illegally in Tel Aviv. Louie, hiding in Tel Aviv for 8 years; Abdu, exposed as gay in Ramallah, accused of espionage and tortured by Palestinian security forces; and Faris, who escaped from the West Bank after his family tried to kill him. Their only chance for survival is to seek asylum and leave their homelands behind forever. Director Yariv Mozer will attend the screening.

Also be sure to catch the Swedish film “The Crown Jewels” directed by Ella Lemhagen On Oct. 6 at 5 p.m. This film is in Swedish with English subtitles. It’s about a child of a wealthy factory owner who was apparently shot by the beautiful Fragancia. For her alibi, Fragancia weaves a fantastic tale of unlikely events and mystical happenings, all set around the remote village where Fragancia and Richard grew up and populated with wacky characters.

On Oct. 7, the closing day and night of the Festival be sure to see these two breathtaking films. The first I would suggest is “Let My People Go!” directed by Mikael Buch. This film is in French and Finnish with English subtitles. This is a quirky comedy about Ruben, a French Jewish Postman who flees his life in a candy-colored Finland with his partner Teemu after “discovering” a bag full of Euros. Back in France, Ruben must deal with his hotheaded brother, smothering mother, lusting older attorney, gentile brother-in-law, and a chasing Teemu, all while trying to figure out what to do with all the money.

For the closing night film, be sure to see Bear City 2: The Proposal directed by Douglas Langway at 8 p.m. If you’re a bear or just a cub be sure to watch the fur fly in hilarious film. Bear Roger and his twink boyfriend Tyler are getting married and they decide to hold their nuptials in Provincetown – during Bear Week. With their bevy of bear and cub wedding party in tow, Roger and Tyler head to a charming B&B owned by Kathy Nijimy where hard-partying, bare bears and titillating temptations threaten the “I do’s.” Director Douglas Langway and Actor Gerald McCullough will attend this film screening.

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