REFLECT written and directed by Lotte Laitinen
The PrideArts Spring Film Fest runs from March 14 to May 1, featuring 32 international LGBT short films grouped into four programs, followed by three feature documentaries. Find out how filmmakers around the world are enriching lives.
Week 3 movies explore prejudice and discrimination against people with queer identities, among other themes. A film addresses the challenges of sex during quarantine. Airing week 3 from March 28 to April 3 at Broadway Theater at the Pride Arts Center (4139 N Broadway Ave) in Uptown and virtually.
Spring Shorts Week 3 – March 28 – April 4, 2022
TO GET CLOSER (US, 6:16). Written and directed by Ethan Roberts.
Two stoned boyfriends navigate unexpected vulnerability (as well as giggles) while trying to get down. A micro-budget bedroom piece, GETTING CLOSER uses the immediacy of iPhone cinematography to explore modern intimacy and what it takes to get there.
IDENTIFY (Islamic Republic of Iran, 3 p.m.). Written and directed by Sajjad Shahhatami.
The protagonist of the story is faced with a dilemma of choosing between meaning and sensitivity regarding his innermost feelings. He was judged from the start by his relatives. The fear of these endless judgments fills him with doubt and he must work against the clock to achieve his goal because he knows his true identity is what matters most to them.
THINK (Finland, 15:44). Written and Directed by Lotte Laitinen
Mirva and Salla, each other’s first loves, meet for the first time in twenty years. The feelings they tried to hide from each other as teenagers still seem to arouse, so Mirva decides to confess her love to Salla hoping the feeling is reciprocated. But has adulthood made things easier than twenty years ago?
SEXUAL DISTANCING (Greece, 16:35). Written and directed by Dimitris Asproloupos.
Two guys, a deadly virus, a quarantined city and a whole lot of sexual desperation.
TAREK (Spain, 9:16). Directed by Anatael Perez. Written by Anatel Pérez, Cris Marín, Ágata Bentancort, Altair Jorge Leiros, Miguel Cruz and Eduardo Zerolo.
Four teenagers of different sexual orientation recount their experience at a party where they met a boy named Tarek. The four testimonies reveal a very deep connection between the characters, who despite their differences have experienced similar situations. “Tarek” tells how people belonging to the LGTBI collective suffer from discrimination and rejection because of their sexual condition.
SIEGFRIED’S BODIES (Chile, 12 p.m.). Written and directed by Emilio Rodríguez.
Siegfried is an artist in the midst of a gender transition. The documentary questions the relationship between his sexuality and his work, through a visual exploration of it, questioning the limits between art and pornography.
DEPOURED (Canada, 13:12). Directed by Kate Johnston, written by Joanne Vannicola.
With nowhere to go after a vicious homophobic attack, Jay finds himself in an abandoned house he lived in as a teenager.
Spring Shorts Week 4 – Airing April 4-11, 2022
The fourth and final week of the festival features films about identity and self-image as a queer person, the challenges of romantic relationships, and a shocking film about a hate crime.
ELECTRICITY (US, 17:44). Written and directed by Aaron Schoonover. Two friends reunite after a year apart, only to be caught in the middle of a summer blackout. The power is out but the electricity between them is undeniable.
MIDNIGHT RHYTHMS (US, 3:50 p.m.). Written and directed by Quincy Woo. In this conceptual and poetic tale, a young gay man struggles with his sexual identity and wanders into the world of drunken facades and nocturnal reflections, wondering who he is and if he’s willing to risk being himself where others can see him.
PRIVATE LIFE (US, 22:10). Written and directed by Aleksei Borovikov. When Eric, a reclusive young photographer, secretly follows his boyfriend Chris into the mountains, he hopes to find answers about Chris’ loyalty. Instead, Eric finds a deeper connection with himself and with Chris as they fall prey to a stranger who targets them, a tragedy that changes Eric forever. Private Life is inspired by a true hate crime.
WASHING MACHINE (Spain, 6:30 a.m.). Written and directed by Diane Malherbe. Starting a washing machine is not so easy for everyone. You still have to choose the right program…
WITHOUT TRUTH (China, 27:14). Written and directed by Badou Zhao. Transgender stand-up comedian Lady Lin has used her identity as a punchline in performances to get attention, but she’s unhappy with her approach. One day, his older brother shows up, informing him of their mother’s recent death. Her appearance is reminiscent of the pain she suffered when she was disowned by their parents seven years ago. Its loneliness pierces its glamorous facade. Touched, she decides to visit her hometown, only to learn the truth – her parents lied to everyone that she died years ago to hide her identity. Disillusioned, she turns around and leaves resolutely. Lin’s only hope for reconciliation with her family lies in the deceptive fantasies she fulfills on stage.
UNTIL TOMORROW (US, 10:13). Written and directed by Ian Graham. While stuck in a time loop at a party, a college student repeatedly falls in love with a boy who never remembers him.
Tickets for each program are $10, or a seven-week festival pass can be purchased for $25.
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