WOW! That went fast!
TWIST: Seattle Queer Film Festival just breezed through its first week of screenings of LGBTQ films from around the world and today the festival moves into its final three days of screenings at AMC Pacific Place Cinemas in downtown Seattle.
Here is the full line-up for Friday, Oct 20 through closing on Sunday, Oct 22.
The highlights include tonight’s Centerpiece Gala screening of the highly acclaimed French film “BPM” based on director Robin Campillo’s own life experiences as an AIDS activist in the early 1990s.
More on that film and the rest of the fest:
Robin Campillo; 2017; France; 140 min. in French with English subtitles
A blaring air horn signals an immediate sense of urgency at the start of writer-director Robin Campillo’s epic, heart-wrenching love story of courageous, resilient people who fought for our very existence.
Based on his life as an ACT UP activist in the early ’90s, Campillo draws on his personal relationships and experiences fighting pharmaceutical companies for the release of new life-saving protease inhibitor drugs against the backdrop of fear and indifference from thegeneral public and government.
The camera whirls from intense and shocking scenes of demonstrations to moments of pure dance-floor elation and unabashed gay sex, fading nicely to quieter moments focusing on two activists at the heart of the film: alluring Nathan and young, brash Sean (Argentine actor Nahuel Pérez Biscayart in a fearless, star-making performance), who quickly fall for each other. Full of authentic dialogue and details—as witnessed in the meetings where they finger-snap instead of clap to save precious moments— BPM pulsates with every frame.
Its exquisitely crafted finale left journalists in stunned silence at the Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Grand Prix, Queer Palm, and Film Critics’ Awards.
CLOSING NIGHT! “Transvisionary gender obliviator” Billy Bloom (a pitch-perfect Alex Lawther, THE IMITATION GAME) decides to run for homecoming queen despite hordes of conservative classmates devoted to football and Jesus. Supporting performances by Bette Midler, Abigail Breslin, AnnaSophia Robb, John McEnroe, and Laverne Cox.