gay and lesbian
Saturday 5/23 - 7:30 p.m.
The Country Teacher (Venkovský učitel)
Bohdan Slama, 2008, Czech Republic/Germany/France, 113 min
(In Czech with English subtitles)
A gifted and well-qualified young teacher takes a job teaching natural sciences at a grammar school in the country. Here he makes the acquaintance of a woman and her troubled 17-year old son. The teacher has no romantic interest in the woman but they quickly form a strong friendship, each recognizing the other's uncertainties, hopes and longing for love.
When the teacher's ex-boyfriend comes to visit from the city, he quickly realizes that nobody in the village knows that the teacher is gay and harbors a secret affection for the teenage boy. His jealous actions set in motion a series of events that will test the inner strength and compassion of the teacher, the woman and her son to a breaking point. A beautifully shot, powerfully acted, profoundly moving story of desire, responsibility, forgiveness and the need to belong, from the internationally-acclaimed director of Something Like Happiness and Wild Bees.
A.J. Bond, 2007, Canada, 14 min
Kyle is a young scientist who is struggling to build a time machine until one day he comes face to face with an arrogant and hairless future version of himself. Is pretentious Kyle the original time traveler? Can two Kyles exist at the same time?
Shorts Program: Heroes! (or Queeroes?!)
In Twilight's Shadow
Dir. T.M. Scorzafava, 2008, USA, 12 min
Carlisle, a female immortal, is suspended between the worlds of light and dark. When the mortal she loves is taken captive, she is summoned from her self-imposed isolation and must release the creature that stirs within.
Pascal-Alex Vincent, 2007, France, 13 min
(In French with English subtitles)
Panic at the orphanage! Children there start falling mysteriously ill. Candy Boy, the most valiant of the orphans, leads the inquiry. Then the arrival of a new resident complicates our hero's investigations.
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A Day at the Beach
Veronique Courtois, 2008, USA, 2 min
It seemed like a regular day at the beach for two buff, apparently heterosexual couples. That is, until a wave catches one couple by surprise. An animated look at the complexity of modern love.