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Runtime: 74 mins
On Saturday 9th February 2013 the journey of this film began with the filming and recording of members of the LGBT community in Ireland. They, with true reflections, told their stories of Coming Out to claim full and equal rights as members of Irish society, when the result of the marriage equality referendum was announced in Dublin Castleon Saturday 23rd May 2015. A Different Country includes excerpts from interviews with some of these 155 LGBT people, including Tom Brace, Declan Buckley,...
Friday July 29 2016 @ 16:30
Runtime: 100 mins
Heartland is the story of a women’s struggle to find her way back from the dark cloud of grief left after the premature death of her girlfriend. Finding herself jobless and evicted, Lauren retreats to her childhood home in rural Oklahoma to live with her mother, who is well meaning, but whose love carries subtle limitations and who is lacking in the support her daughter needs to grieve. Things become instantly more complicated when Lauren’s brother, James, moves home with his fiancée,...
Friday July 29 2016 @ 16:30
Runtime: 85 mins
Coming from a hostile family background, with her parents at odds and a missing rebellious sister who has gone AWOL from the army, 17 year old Naama Barash uses alcohol, drugs and hanging out with like-minded friends as a means of escapism. When a new girl shows up at school, she falls deeply in love for the first time. The intensity of the experience immediately confuses her and disrupts her turbulent lifestyle, giving it new meaning. Barash effectively captures the emotional circumstance...
Friday July 29 2016 @ 18:30
Runtime: 89 mins
Irish Premiere
Charlie Kinberg is a 26 year old painter in his final year of graduate school. He has been in love with his best friend, Sebastian, for as long as he can remember, and spends his life bearing witness to his numerous romantic exploits and sexual adventures. Those People follows Charlie and Sebastian’s story alongside their eclectic group of friends - Ursula, a sardonic aspiring writer, Wyatt, a protective straight companion, and London, a recently out of work banker - as...
Friday July 29 2016 @ 18:30
Runtime: 91 mins
First Girl I Loved is a Sundance NEXT Audience Award winner that follows the story of 17-year-old Anne Santos. A headstrong girl who is wise beyond her years, her carefree existence of teenage misadventure with her best friend Cliff as unexpectedly disrupted when she becomes enamoured with Sarah Basanez, her high school’s star athlete. This non-linear narrative portrays the budding romance between the two girls. As Anne reveals the newfound attraction to Cliff, she is met with his own...
Friday July 29 2016 @ 20:30
Runtime: 100 mins
Starring Héctor Medina as Jesus, Viva presents the story of a young hairdresser working at a Havana nightclub showcasing drag performers. Having long entertained dreams of being a performer himself, Jesus’ drag debut is cut short with the abrupt reemergence of his estranged father, Angel, who disapproves of his work in the nightclub. Presented through the lens of an authentic Cuba, Viva explores the complex relationship dynamics between father and son as they clash over opposing expectations...
Friday July 29 2016 @ 20:30
Runtime: 98 mins
Davide is not your average teenager. There is something in his appearance that makes him look, and feel, like a girl. His androgyny fuels dispute with his hostile father, ultimately ending with Davide running away from home. His instinct, or destiny, leads him to the largest park of Catania for refuge, where a community of marginalized people exist at a distance from the families that do not accept them. For Davide's newfound community, street life is a constant battle against conventions....
Friday July 29 2016 @ 22:30
Runtime: 97 mins
Irish Premiere
Viscerally opening on a hard core scene in an underground Paris sex club, Theo and Hugo begins as a real-time narrative of sex and lust, before a dramatic tonal change turns into a tale of blossoming love on the streets of Paris, à la Richard Linklater’s classic drama Before Sunrise. After the headiness of the desire and ecstasy of their first encounter, the two young strangers, Theo and Hugo, are faced with the prospect of a burgeoning attraction, and forced to question...
Friday July 29 2016 @ 22:30
Runtime: 100 mins
Colonial Gods (2009) Dee Rees UK / USA 29 minutes
Boys Village (2011) Till Kleinert UK / Germany 22 minutes
Burger (2013) Magnus Mork UK / Norway 11 minutes
Spoilers (2016) Brendon McDonall UK / Australia 22 minutes
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of our very favourite festival, Iris Prize Festival Director Berwyn Rowlands has curated a special programme of short films created by Iris Prize-winning filmmakers, and produced by the festival. The...
Saturday July 30 2016 @ 14:30
Runtime: 120 mins
To coincide with the centenary of 1916, YesterGAZE will explore the legacy of the most prolific LGBT member of the Rising, with a screening of the documentary The Ghost of Roger Casement. The film chronicles the life, achievements, and ultimate downfall of the man, whose reputation was destroyed by allegations of homosexuality. To this day, the subject of Roger Casement’s sexuality, and the infamous ‘Black Diaries’, remain a contentious issue in Anglo-Irish relations, continuing one of the...
Saturday July 30 2016 @ 14:30
Runtime: 97 mins
Cecil & Carl Elvis León & Gaston Yvorra USA 15 minutes
The Orchid Ferran Navarro-Beltrán Spain 3 minutes
Hole Martin Edralin Canada 15 minutes
Crazy House Aaron Mirkin Canada 18 minutes
Peacock Ondrej Hudecek Czech Republic 27 minutes
This year’s GAZE Men’s shorts programme examines the universal themes of infatuation, love, desire, and tragedy, told through the unique perspective of the gay experience.
Though not a love story of grand...
Saturday July 30 2016 @ 16:30
Runtime: 90 mins
Sarah loves to run. Already a star of her local team, when she’s offered a place on Quebec’s best university athletics, she knows she has to go. Her mother is less convinced, and facing the move with no financial support, Sarah enters a marriage of convenience with her friend Antoine. Soon however, Sarah’s single-minded focus begins to unravel as she navigates her relationship with Antoine and develops an intense attraction to fellow runner, Zoey. Mobilizing a meticulous visual style –...
Saturday July 30 2016 @ 16:30
Runtime: 106 mins
Irish Premiere
Kim, Bella and Momo are three teenage girls going through the throes of finding themselves. In a world dominated by adolescent cruelty, marginalization and sexual confusion, they find comfort in each other. One evening, a strange plant blooms inside Momo’s beloved greenhouse, it's nectar temporarily shifting the trio’s gender to male. For Momo and Bella, the temporal change is a welcome experiment, but for Kim the change offers something stronger - a sense of identity she...
Saturday July 30 2016 @ 18:30
Runtime: 96 mins
Uncle Howard is an intertwining tale of past and present. New York filmmaker Howard Brookner died of AIDS in 1989, while making his breakthrough Hollywood movie. His body of work, which captured the late 70s and early 80s cultural revolution, was buried in William S. Burroughs’ bunker for 30 years. Now in a personal journey, his nephew Aaron unearths Howard's filmmaking legacy and the memory of everything he was. To Aaron, he was a loving and inspirational uncle who died of AIDS when Aaron...
Saturday July 30 2016 @ 18:30
Runtime: 94 mins
A dynamic coming of age story about the agency, resilience and the transformative artform of voguing, Kiki offers a riveting insight to the daily lives of LGBTQ youth-of-colour in the ‘Kiki’ scene. This documentary follows the exuberant Kiki balls in New York City, the infectious joy associated with them, and the scene’s urgent social function as an alternate to the nuclear family structure. In this film collaboration between Kiki Gatekeeper Twiggy Pucci Garcon and Swedish filmmaker Sara...
Saturday July 30 2016 @ 20:30
Runtime: 102 mins
Me, Myself and Her explores the relationship dynamics between two mature women, Marina and Frederica. Marina is a once popular and loved actress, confident about her sexuality, whereas Frederica, a divorced architect in her first ever relationship with a woman, is a closed character who is overtly discreet about hers. Marina and Frederica's contrasting attitudes to their relationship is confronted when Federica meets a long forgotten stranger from her past. She is faced with a crisis of...
Saturday July 30 2016 @ 20:30
Runtime: 131 mins
Madonna’s status as an icon was propelled to the forefront of popular culture with the emergence of the Blond Ambition World Tour. The expressed carnality at play in her live performance challenged the sexual repression and objectification of women within the music world. Her pop hits and progressive live show garnered global praise, while also attracting a storm of criticism and protest from the conservative right. This film also introduced the world to her Blonde Ambition dancers, whose lives...
Saturday July 30 2016 @ 22:30
Runtime: 106 mins
The Girl King is a queer historical telling of Queen Kristina Vasa, who became the first native, female sovereign of Sweden. In coming-of-age, she is propelled into a position of power within a court dominated by men, most of whom believe she has no destiny other than to marry and provide an heir for the kingdom. Despite her many male suitors, she becomes enamoured with her lady-in-waiting, an elegant countess, Ebba Sparre. Torn between reason and passion, The Girl King follows Kristina’s...
Saturday July 30 2016 @ 22:30
Runtime: 90 mins
LGBT film festivals such as GAZE were initially founded upon a radicalism that aimed to combat the underrepresentation of LGBT communities on screen. The widespread emergence of these festivals over the years has opened up a dialectic of radically liberated sexuality through invigorating content. This panel discussion will centre around the current state of LGBT film festivals within a wider cultural context, as well as society’s shifting reception to LGBT cinema. Speakers will include...
Sunday July 31 2016 @ 14:30
Runtime: 70 mins
Celebrating both emerging and established Montreal image-makers, this programme presents a eclectic and entertaining collection of stories that speak of and to uniquely Québécois cultural perspectives.
In House for Sale, a mysterious stranger arrives with ulterior motives at a suburban house that is for sale.
Good Morning depicts a touching and funny encounter between a man hung over from his 30th birthday party and an adorable 17-year-old stranger.
I'll Get There is a...
Sunday July 31 2016 @ 14:30
Runtime: 72 mins
‘I just want to be loved by my family,’ says Bennett, a 19-year old trans man. ‘But for my family, it’s not as simple as that’. Real Boy is the coming-of-age story of Bennett Wallace, a transgender teenager, musician, friend, son and man. It chronicles Bennett’s ups and downs as he strives to gain the love and support of his mother, who is struggling with her child’s transition. A raw and breathtakingly honest account of Bennett’s resilience throughout his transition, and his acceptance,...
Sunday July 31 2016 @ 16:30
Runtime: 82 mins
Over that enormous success that was our first ever GAZE Secret Screening last year, we are very excited to surprise our festival audience with another film gem to perk your curiosity. So what’s it going to be? Well, we can’t tell you because that would ruin the surprise! The name of the film will be kept strictly under wraps until the audience have taken their seats. We can guarantee that a ticket to this screening guarantees a special cinematic treat, and an intriguing filmic event not to be...
Sunday July 31 2016 @ 16:30
Runtime: 90 mins
Oscar Madly is a creative only child in St. John, Newfoundland, whose closest friend is a pet hamster named Buffy (voiced by the indelible Isabella Rossellini). In the middle of his parents’ turbulent divorce, Oscar is viciously catapulted into adulthood when he witnesses a shocking hate-crime involving a young gay man. Fearing that he too might be gay, Oscar is driven to suppress his femininity. But when Oscar comes of age, his resistance to his sexuality dwindles as he forms a tenuous...
Sunday July 31 2016 @ 18:30
Runtime: 90 mins
Breathe James Doherty 14 minutes
Little Doll Kate Dolan 12 minutes
Snowfall Conor Whelan 5 minutes
Between Us Daithí Ó Cinnéide 10 minutes
More than God Kev Cahill 9 minutes
The Betrayal Kamila Dydyna 26 minutes
This year’s GAZE Irish Shorts selection touches on an array of thematic content, such as the youthful naivety of a first crush, unrequited love, and LGBT stigmas in marginalised communities.
Breathe is the story of a hardy...
Sunday July 31 2016 @ 18:30
Runtime: 91 mins
Irish Premiere
Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four excavates the nightmarish persecution of Elizabeth Ramirez, Cassandra Rivera, Kristie Mayhugh, and Anna Vasquez — four Latina lesbians wrongfully convicted of gang-raping two little girls in San Antonio, Texas. The film begins its journey inside a Texas prison, after these women have spent nearly a decade behind bars. Using the women’s home video footage from 21 years ago combined with recent verité footage and...
Sunday July 31 2016 @ 20:30
Runtime: 96 mins
At 7:56 PM on June 24, 1973, an arsonist set fire to the Up Stairs Lounge, a gay bar located on the edge of the French Quarter in New Orleans, Louisiana. The fire saw the death of 32 individuals. In spite of the staggering historical significance of this appalling event, few people are familiar with the tragedy. Upstairs Inferno is a captivating documentary that accurately unearths the timeline of the attack, with poignant and distressing accounts from survivors, and discerns the cultural...
Sunday July 31 2016 @ 20:30
Runtime: 112 mins
Another year, another curatorial delight from Dublin Film Qlub and GAZE. This time, we present to you a screening of 1950 Hollywood classic Young Man with a Horn, starring Lauren Bacall and Kirk Douglas. Lauren Bacall was famed for her smokey voice, intense gaze, glamorous appearance, and her portrayal of sexually assertive and sharply intelligent women on screen. In Young Man with a Horn, Bacall plays Amy North, a sexually ambiguous woman struggling with her sexuality in the confines of a...
Monday August 1 2016 @ 13:30
Runtime: 90 mins
Vessels Arkasha Stevenson USA 15 minutes
Dawn Jake Graf UK 13 minutes
Viktor Ann Prim USA 11 minutes
Tomgirl Jeremy Asher USA 14 minutes
First Night Out Will Mayo USA 2 minutes
Still Liam Vuk Lungulov-Klotz USA 13 mins
Between Us Daithí Ó Cinnéide Ireland 10 minutes
An accurate representation of the rich, diverse tapestry of trans characters on screen is central to the stories presented in the GAZE 2016 Trans Shorts...
Monday August 1 2016 @ 13:30
Runtime: 86 mins
Burroughs: The Movie explores the life and times of controversial author William S. Burroughs, with an intimacy never before seen and never repeated. The film charts the development of Burroughs' unique literary style and his wildly unconventional life, including his travels from the American Midwest to North Africa and several personal tragedies. This is the first and only feature length documentary to be made with and about Burroughs. An unlikely queer icon, he embodied the beat generation...
Monday August 1 2016 @ 15:30
Runtime: 70 mins
Tits on a Bull Tim Worrall New Zealand 16 minutes
Girl Night Stand Jenna Laurenzo USA 10 mins
The Tunnel Ricardo Yebra Spain 8 minutes
Boxeadora Meg Smaker USA 7 minutes
In the Hollow Austin Bunn USA 15 minutes
Obligation Rhiannon Collins USA 10 minutes
The GAZE Women's Shorts programme this year offers a spectrum of female-centric stories - stories of clandestine love, passion, betrayal, and determination in the face of...
Monday August 1 2016 @ 15:30
Runtime: 102 mins
Cannes Film Festival darling and a boast-worthy example of Montreal filmmaking, Xavier Dolan’s second feature film is an appealing and stylish follow-up to his triumphant debut, I Killed My Mother. Revolving around a variant of the Jules et Jim ménage a trios, Heartbeats is the tangled tale of two friends, Marie (Monia Chokri) and Francis (Xavier Dolan), who both fall, and fall hard, for an attractive mutual friend, Nico (Niels Schneider). As their obsessions for Nico mount, he grows more...
Monday August 1 2016 @ 17:30
Runtime: 80 mins
Irish Premiere
By law In Thailand, all males turning 21 must participate in the annual military draft lottery. Drawing a black card grants exemption, while drawing a red card results in two years of military service. On the morning of his draft lottery, Oat reflects back on his childhood, when his older brother Ek faced the possibility of being drafted himself. Unable to convince Ek to do whatever he can in order to change his fate, a young Oat takes matters into his own hands, resulting...
Monday August 1 2016 @ 17:30
Runtime: 127 mins
Based on the much loved and hugely successful memoir and stage play of the same name, Holding the Man is the warm, funny and achingly sad story of the 15 year long love affair between Timothy Conigrave and the boy he fell in love with at high school, John Caleo. Tim was an aspiring actor and John, the captain of the school football team. Their relationship blossomed and endured in the face of prejudice, adversity and the cruel illness that devastated the gay community in the 1980s. An...
Monday August 1 2016 @ 20:00