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The 27th Raindance Film Festival Queer strand showcases films that celebrate queer life and love. In this strand we aim to not only provide a platform, but to commend the inspiring stories told by, or about, the Queer community. Raindance 2019 will be showing these life changing stories from the 18th- 29th September in central London. Including a range of both narrative films and documentaries, you can be sure that the indie filmmakers of this year’s programme have compelling stories that need to be told. Without further ado, here are the selection of feature films that make up our Queer film strand.
The very first gala and screening of this year’s festival is dedicated to the world premiere of director Gina Hole Lazarowich’s documentary Krows TRANSformation. Telling the story of Krow, a twelve-year-old who flies to Japan to start their career as a female model. Six years later, the same person cuts his ponytail off, takes his first dose of testosterone, and adopts the name Krow. The intimate documentary shot over three years depicts in detail the long, difficult, and rewarding journey of one trans male model. Join us for the opening gala and screening of Krows TRANSformation by using the link below.
Queering the Script
Gabrielle Zilkha’s documentary Queering the Script paints a detailed and intimate history of on-screen romances between women, and the adjacent growth of fandoms. Zilkha’s tracing wisely points to the subtextual queerness of such televised relationships, and smoothly develops to the complexities of unashamed queer representation. This film underlines not just the necessity of candid LGBTQ+ representation, but the stories that this community deserves. It has already been screened at Outfest Los Angeles, Inside out Toronto LGBT Film Festival and will be having it’s UK premiere at Raindance.
Trans people are sometimes portrayed as something ‘new’ – they are not. Bobbi Charlton underwent her transition at the age of 51, and this touching documentary traces both the highs of her new life, and the lows of the one that came before. Directed by Scot Morison and Ava Karvonen, this inspiring story is opening at Raindance on 20th September for its European Premiere.
Written and directed by rising star Kai Kreuser (who has already picked up an award for the film at the Max Ophüls Film Festival) LABEL ME is a film of unique sensitivity. While considering a slew of social issues – masculinity, sexuality, and the status of refugees – it also examines the societal, and the personal. Already having a successful festival run, LABEL ME has been shown at Outfest Los Angeles and Sehsüchte Film Festival to name only a few. The German film will be coming to Raindance for its UK Premiere.
World Beyond My Mind
Eibe Maleen Krebs’s directorial debut feature unfolds entirely within a single room. Sven is almost entirely paralysed, and relies on his carer, Christoph, to assist with his everyday needs. Sven’s caustic attitude and Christoph’s inexperienced optimism result in an unlikely friendship, and a truly moving conclusion. The film has already picked up by the Atlanta Film Festival 2019 but will be having its UK Premiere at Raindance.
Family In Transition
In a relatively conservative neighbourhood, one family decides to forge their own path as their much-loved parent transitions from male to female. It’s a story of resilience, raw emotion, happiness, and heartbreak, set against a backdrop of religious and cultural norms. Director Ofir Trainin was awarded Best Film at DovAviv Film Festival for Family in Transition, in amongst its many festival appearances including Krakow International Film Festival and Toronto Jewish Film Festival.
Leon Le directs a love story masquerading as a crime film, set in 1980s Vietnam. A thug working for a loan shark will go to any lengths to recoup a debt. A young Cải lương performer tries to save his opera troupe from destruction by repaying the debts owed to the loan shark. The UK Premiere of the film at Raindance will be on the 23rd September, coming after it’s win at Bejing International Film Festival for Best Director.
Explore the other festival strands here.