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Full Programme of The 32nd BFI FLARE: LONDON LGBTQ+ FILM FESTIVAL Announced Ahead of Festival Return on March 21

15 March 2018

Yesterday BFI Flare: London LGBTQ+ Film Festival unveiled its full 32nd programme.

One of the most long standing and important film events in the world’s LGBTQ+ calendar, BFI Flare will showcase over 50 features, 90 plus shorts and a broad range of special events, including: guest appearances, discussions, workshops, club nights and a lot, lot more.

Tickets can be purchased here

The Festival will open with the UK Premiere of MY DAYS OF MERCY (dir. Shalom-Ezer), and close with the European Premiere POSTCARDS FROM LONDON (dir. Steve McLean).

"Queer cinema has never offered more richly complex and diverse characters and stories than we have seen in the last few years and that shines through in the quality of Festival that the programme team have put together. This diversity has also inspired us to update our Festival name to BFI Flare: London LGBTQ+ Film Festival. That Q+ reflects shifts in cultural conversations around identity, but also the Festival’s own ethos as welcoming and inclusive." said Tricia Tuttle, Artistic Director, BFI Festivals.

The World Premiere of UK feature documentary, A Deal with the Universe acts as the festival’s Centrepiece Screening, a debut from former BFI Flare programmer Jason Barker that follows the inspirational story of an alternative pregnancy.

Robin Campillo’s soon-to-be ‘queer classic, 120 BPM forms part of The Special Presentation, a stirring, heart rendering account of the AIDS activist group ACT-UP in Paris.

And Rise: QTIPOC Representation and Visibility in Film, The Special Event, where for one-day a series of talks and workshops provide a platform examining the importance of inclusion.

A number of themes and highlights will arise, including showcases of work by and about queer D/deaf and disabled people. Along with Filmmakers who explore the diversity within LGBTQ+ families.

BFI Flare Programmer Brian Robinson will give an illustrated talk on Cinema of Aids, where the virus has been a feature on the screen for 30 years. Classic AIDS films: Buddies, Silverlake Life: The View from Here and A Home at the End of the World will receive screenings.

The Festival is divided into three sections - HEARTS, BODIES AND MINDS. Highlights include:

HEARTS - films about love, romance and friendship. The Happy Prince, written, directed and starring Rupert Everett as Oscar Wilde. Love, Simon (dir. Greg Berlanti), a warm and witty coming out drama. And a restoration of James Ivory’s Maurice, based on the E.M. Forster novel, to celebrate 30 years.

BODIES – looking at stories involving sex, identity and transformation.

MINDS - featuring reflections on art, politics and community. The 34th (dir. Linda Cullen, Vanessa Gildea) is a documentary about the battle to extend marriage equality to same sex couples in Ireland. James Crump’s documentary Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex, Fashion & Disco, about the bisexual illustrator who changed the fashion world forever. And The World Premiere of Southern Pride (dir. Malcolm Ingram), a timely documentary about two towns in Mississippi organising Pride events in Trump America.

BFI Flare will include a wide range of events, talks and debates, including:

The BFI Flare Film Quiz, lead by Michael Blyth.

And the return of the popular BFI Flare Club Nights.

Four of the best queer films to hit cinemas over the past 12 months will also be screened. Second Chance Sunday will be made of catch-up screenings, as well as some of the most popular titles in this year’s programmes including multi Oscar nominated Call Me By Your Name (dir. Luca Guadagnino, starring Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer). Battle of the Sexes (dir. Valerie Faris, Jonathan Dayton) starring Emma Stone as Billie Jean King in an account of her fight for equality in women’s tennis. God’s Own Country (dir. Francis Lee). And the Oscar-winning A Fantastic Woman (dir. Sebastián Lelio), where Daniela Vega stars as Chile’s first out trans actress, in a thought-provoking drama, which deals with intolerance.

MY DAYS OF MERCY will open the Festival on Wednesday 21 March, with POSTCARDS FROM LONDON closing it on Saturday 31 March. BFI Flare will then offer an additional day in 2018 with ‘Second Chance Sunday’ on 1 April, that will feature on-demand repeat screenings of audience favourites.

Writer c. Tremayne Miller

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