2015 Vancouver Queer Film Festival

The second biggest film festival in our city, the Vancouver Queer Film Festival turns movie screens a shade of pink for ten days this August. Here are three films in its first week that we think you should not miss.

[dropcap]1[/dropcap]Always a grand time, the opening gala film is always a great start to the festival. This year the festival kicks off with Peter Greenaway’s Eisenstein in Guanajuato (Aug 13). Never one to shy away from pushing cinematic limits, Greenaway recounts renowned Soviet filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein’s 1931 trip to Mexico, exploring the mind of a creative genius facing the desires and fears of love, sex and death through ten passionate days that helped shape the rest of the career of one of the greatest masters of cinema.

Eisenstein in Guanajuato is the gala opening film at this year's Vancouver Queer Film Festival
Eisenstein in Guanajuato is the gala opening film at this year’s Vancouver Queer Film Festival.

[dropcap]2[/dropcap]One of our favourite annual series at the Queer Film Festival, The Coast is Queer (Aug 14) goes hyper-local with an evening of fourteen shorts created by local filmmakers. From the sci-fi thriller The Future Perfect with its Hollywood heavyweights, to Same Boat and its story with singing lesbians, you just never know what to expect.

Same Boat is one of fourteen films to screen as part of The Coast is Queer this year
Same Boat is one of fourteen short films to screen as part of this year’s The Coast is Queer.

[dropcap]3[/dropcap]In The Turn (Aug 15) is one of those documentary films that will tug at your heart and make you realize that among the darkness, there really is good in the world. Isolated and bullied at school, 10-year old Crystal finds acceptance with the Vagine Regime, an international queer roller derby team. Filmmaker Erica Tremblay will be in attendance along with Crystal and her mom.

In the Turn centers around 10-year old Crystal who finds support and acceptance from the queer roller derby team, Vagine Regime,
10-year old Crystal finds support and acceptance from a queer roller derby team in the documentary In The Turn.

The 2015 Vancouver Queer Film Festival runs August 13-23. Visit http://queerfilmfestival.ca for tickets and information.