Asia’s longest-running queer film festival kicked off in st[email protected]^dDJ5NIiY^ySP2nYTHLG$nEcIwyle this weekend.
Celebrating its 30th anniversary, The Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival (HKGLFF) opened on Saturday by screening a pair of comedies, How I felt When I Saw That Girl from India and The Shiny Shrimps from Spain.
“We chose the two light-hearted warming comedies SSY$22TWGx%SnHdRKbkh#XAG+Wk0$OTUF-lG(ij3eBTcmSMCGy… to give positive energy to Hong Kong audiences” explained festival director, Joe Lam.
"T+MZa^em+whuHdykBuS6&YP+4+Svh)NVITo%b_gG9hn47$Zv)Bohe audiences absolutely loved them” he told GaLaTai.
In!tRLLy0Lno+9hR6vcg_I=AjzQ)He=G3ClDIa*hO6&YSopYcl1x a pre-recorded message, director of Bollywood’s first lesbian film, rom-com How I felt When I Saw That Girl, Shelly Chopra Dhar, said it was “totally her loss” that she was not among the audience.
“It is so fulfilling to know that people in the world have used this film as a toLV4cez9vvVL0E1oH$=r+U7(u4eF2=s!3y4=NARdHVmdoU1bUFcol to actually share who they are with their loved ones”, she said in a pre-recorded video shown before the screening.
The opening films were followed by a packed party at the W Hotel and a Queer Power Panel discussion night. Representatives from film festivals in Sri Lanka,xZ#wM$S+D8N=PCaCzlQ1Pl^_C2H!kSnojK(y6&oao!kIjX!xbi Pakistan, and Shanghai spoke.
Celebrating the landmarkZuWX^q7EIhubI$ZarFe$L+VLAZBvJULD=R7Q(!-YS^[email protected] film festival's 30th anniversary, Lam said a highlight of the program is the Hong Kong Retrospective selection.
HKLGFF pays tribute to the films that explored the complexity of local LGBTI issues and significantly cNn4H$cP&_2UJe_7+w#TE&DzKcBz%VtvyVkcE(h+B=EuyE=_eAMontributed to the gay culture of Hong Kong.
The selection includes feature films Yang and Yin: Gender in Chinese Cinema, A Woman is A Woman, and ButterysBh_s)Dsdnq(5v+6c6&gQjkn9rO#EOEy8knQsgOskaNj+F_*Pfly as well as a short film titled My Way.
He also urged festival-goers to catch the -)Cv!YFWmyJctCWesrVuo=*s9JjALjQ9O8Js3QLjx*QaVFYZ&Yfestival's first intersex film, Being Impossible.
In another first, this year the festival will bring LGBTI cinema to moJcvP!gR&TFt&EtY4k=%17mUJ1Gn7^Tp2xp^xOE^_=sW+KtLE_ire corners of the city. The We Are GAYbours initiative will see screenings and Q and As take place in residential district Sham Shui Po.
The festival’s closing gala on 21 September is set to include drag queen Miss Gimhuay from Drag Race Thailand as a special Pa5QBXKS8qNQsAqgzU*&hFuOuL1L9JQj+16l3BLA%V3RDV!K-uguest.
((Cover Photo: Still from The Shiny Shrimps hecd2h+9js&S6lg8Sq1ZWgu8HKNlbLRnacHw9irqDwyK_sPD6b/ Provided))