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“French Gay Bullies In Love” Is The Basic Premise For SIFF’s GayLa


From left to right: Kacey Mottet Klein, Corentin Fila and Sandrine Kiberlain star in SIFF’s 2016 GayLa film, “Being 17” from acclaimed French filmmaker André Téchiné

French filmmakers André Téchiné (Wild Reeds) and Céline Sciamma (Girlhood), team up for this year’s “GayLa” presentation from the Seattle International Film Festival which is happening this Thursday, June 9, 2016 at SIFF Cinema Egyptian on Capitol Hill. The French language (with English subtitles) film explores the relationship between two teen boys, Damien (Kacey Mottet Klein) and Thomas (Corentin Fila) living in a remote part of France who seemingly despise each other. When Thomas is forced to live with Damien and his mother, a local doctor, their hatred turns towards something else…

Yes, it’s one of those breathless teen love movies the French do so well, with barely clothed young lovers and flaring nostrils and impassioned declarations of hatred/lust and steamy embraces of hatred/lust.



See down below for more info and how to snag tickets to the GayLa (on Thursday) and the second “gayla free” screening on Sunday, June 12 at SIFF Cinema at The Uptown. The GayLa Party option includes admittance to the “big” party after the film, down the street at The Baltic Room.

Added incentive to see the film: adorable Corentin Fila is scheduled to be attendance. This film was the actor/model’s debut!

Being 17
(Quand on a 17 ans)
Gay-La | June 9 | Film: SIFF Cinema Egyptian | Party: Baltic Room
France | 2016 | 116 minutes | André Téchiné

Bullying between two French boys turns into an erotic awakening in a remarkable collaboration between filmmakers André Téchiné (Wild Reeds) and Céline Sciamma (Girlhood), which explodes preconceptions about teenage males.

June 9, 2016
SIFF Cinema Egyptian
7:00 PM Buy

June 12, 2016
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival
6:00 PM Buy

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Gay-La: Being 17 | June 9 | Film: SIFF Cinema Egyptian | Party: Baltic Room

Always a wild, colorful time! Dance the night away from 9 PM to midnight at The Baltic Room featuring catering from Poquito’s. Gay-La has evolved into one of the most treasured events of the Festival, so don’t miss this gem!

When Damien (Kacey Mottet Klein) first meets Thomas (Corentin Fila, in his screen debut), they inexplicably cannot stand each other, and their verbal sparring simmers intermittently with explosive physical altercations—yet at the same time they could just as easily have been great friends. When Thomas’ mother takes ill and is cared for by Damien’s country-doctor mother, Thomas is invited to stay at their house, forcing the boys to live under the same roof. Under this awkward arrangement, Damien and Thomas begin warming to each other and find some common ground. An adopted son of Maghrebi descent, Thomas feels out of place in the nearly all-white world of the Pyrenees, while Damien and his mother struggle with the absence of his jet-pilot father, who spends most of his life away from home. As time passes and tensions build, Damien and Thomas’ relationship vacillates between disdain and mutual attraction, and slowly they realize the root of their hostility is based on deeply hidden feelings that neither fully understands. Directed by prolific filmmaker André Téchiné and co-written by Céline Sciamma, director of several other films dealing with the emotional development of adolescents (Water Lilies, Tomboy, Girlhood), this coming-of-age drama is a refreshingly honest portrait of the ambiguity of teenage love—representing humanity in its most vulnerable and transitory state.

Director Biography
André Téchiné’s prestigious career has spanned over six decades and 20-plus films. His works have won or been nominated for awards in festivals and by critics’ associations across the globe.

Director: André Téchiné
Principal Cast: Sandrine Kiberlain, Kacey Mottet Klein, Corentin Fila, Alexis Loret
Premier Status: North American Premiere
Country: France
Year: 2016

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