The Stockholm Film Festival is a dream come true for all cinema fans, and one of the leading film festivals in Europe. Hundreds of movies from all around the world are presented in different cinemas around Stockholm for a period of twelve days.
Here’s a selection of the LGBT movies that will be showing.
THE PARADE by SRDJAN DRAGOJEVIC
“Based on real newspaper headlines of violent demonstrations against homosexuals in Serbia, »The Parade« tells the story of Mirko – wedding planner by trade, gay activist at heart – and his struggle to arrange the first Pride Parade of Belgrade. Discouraged by a corrupt police force and going against his boyfriend’s sound advice, Mirko turns to a middle-aged gangster named Lemon for help. Surprisingly enough, homophobic ex- criminal Lemon ends up giving his outmost to protect gay rights, but the question remains: will this odd couple be able make Belgrade’s first Pride Parade happen?” Read more>>
MY BROTHER THE DEVIL by SALLY EL HOSAINI
“Amidst the rough and tumble quasi-gangster existence displayed in this dramatic debut of Welsh-Egyptian writer and director Sally El Hosaini, there are few taboos. However, while casually exposing the world of money, drugs and violence that is so inherent to the urban struggle, there is one last outpost of unthinkable offense – Muslim homosexuality.Read more>>
BEYOND THE WALLS by DAVID LAMBERT
“On a night out with friends with some heavy drinking, the rather inexperienced Paulo ends up in bed with male bartender Ilir, and what seems at first to be an innocent night of romance becomes increasingly serious. When Paulo’s girlfriend finds out about his nightly endeavors, she throws him out on the street. Soon, whilst at the peak of their mutual attraction, Paulo and Ilir make a somewhat premature agreement to move in together. As the story unfolds, Ilir suddenly disappears after leaving town for the weekend, and Paulo soon discovers that Ilir is serving 18 months in prison for hash possession, further stirring up the stormy nature of their already adventurous relationship.” Read more>>
LOVE ME NOT by GILITTE LEUNG
“This comedy revolves around two Cantonese friends, Dennis and Aggie, who have known each other since primary school. Already as youngsters, they knew that he was gay and she a lesbian, though for Dennis love for someone has always felt more important than sexual preferences. Years of friendship have created a strong bond between Dennis and Aggie, a bond that will be tested in many ways.” Read more>>
VITO by JEFFREY SCHWARZ
“Director Jeffry Schwarz leaves no stone unturned in this biographical documentary detailing the life of leading gay activist and LGBT film historian Vito Russo. We get to follow him from his involvement in the Stonewall riots of 1969 at the age of 23 to his rise as one of the founding members of GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation).” Read more>>
NOOR by GUILLAUME GIOVANETTI, CAGLA ZENCIRCI
“Young Noor decides to break free from life with the Khusras, the Pakistani transgender community, after being forced to undergo castration and dance for money. As Noor starts to live life like a man, he takes on a common Pakistani job as a truck decorator and spends most of his spare time looking for a woman who will accept him the way he is.” Read more>>
Stockholm International Film Festival
November 7-18 2012