We love the SIFF and we want to share the love…we have some more tickets to give away for a screening tomorrow night, Friday, June 3 of Andrew Haigh’s Weekend, the follow up to his 2009 debut feature, Greek Pete.
Writer-director Andrew Haigh’s account of an intense Friday-to-Sunday affair was deservedly one of the hits of this year’s SXSW Film Festival. After a casual Friday night dinner with his straight friends, the semi-closeted Russell sets off for a gay club. Feeling that his life needs to be kick-started, he hooks up with Glen, a feisty, artsy type. The intended one night stand develops into something more when, the next morning, Glen asks Russell to tape his feelings about the encounter, and the two continue on through the weekend, hanging out in bars, having sex, taking drugs and telling endless stories as they get to know each other better. But the end is already in sight, since Glen is about to leave for America. Superficially, the film is anything but a romance, rather a contemporary love story constructed on the pragmatic mores of urban gay life. Yet Haigh slyly slips in hints that, even in its truncated existence, the relationship is more about love than lust (not least in the nod to Brief Encounter at the film’s climax), while capturing, through his excellent script and talented cast, the essence of today’s gay scene.
Weekend screens Friday, June 3 at 7pm at Harvard Exit and Sunday, June 5 at 4:30pm at SIFF Cinema and director Andrew Haigh will be in attendance, so if you’re free and interested in amazing indie British cinema with a queer theme, you’ll want to check it out. AND, we have tickets for the Friday screening…4 pairs to giveaway and all you have to do to win, is to answer this question…just reply in comments and the first four winners get two tickets. Here’s the question:
This 1999 British television series about gay life in Manchester shocked and delighted its audience and was subsequently adapted for the US by Showtime. Name this groundbreaking series!
It’s less than 24 hours to the screening! You don’t want to miss this “Weekend”…