All Rossmoor Residents and Their Friends
are Invited to the

2018 LGBT FILM FESTIVAL

​​
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
​​sponsored by the
LGBT Alliance Club of Rossmoor
​​​​All films shown in Peacock Hall

CHAVELA

10:00 am

Directors: Catherine Gund and Daresha Kyi
Mexico, Spain, US, 2017, 93 Minutes
In Spanish and English, with English subtitles
  

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The documentary “Chavela” offers a captivating picture of the unconventional life of beloved performer Chavela Vargas (1919–2012), whose passionate renditions of ranchera, Mexican popular music, brought her international fame. Then later in life, after 15 hard years lost to alcoholism and heartbreak, Chavela returned to the stage in her seventies. She enjoyed a career renaissance and was enthusiastically received by audiences.

She was the winner of a Lifetime Achievement Grammy and an inspiration to filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar. During her lifetime, probably every lesbian in Mexico gained courage from Chavela’s passionate talent and boldness.  

Call Me By Your Name

12:00 noon

Director: Luca Guadagnino
Italy, 2017, 132 Minutes
In English, Italian, and French, with English subtitles
Rated R

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This film depicts the budding romance between Oliver (Armie Hammer), a 24-year-old American doctoral student/intern living for the summer with a professor and his family in Northern Italy, and Elio (Timothée Chalamet), the professor’s 17-year-old son.

The film vividly captures the gracious living of intellectuals in small-town Mediterranean Europe in 1983. It also deals with the choices one must make in living one’s life. James Ivory won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. Chalamet’s portrayal of first love earned him a nomination for Best Actor. Other nominations were for Best Picture and Best Song (“Mystery of Love” by Sufjan Stevens). 

OUT IN THE DARK

2:45 pm

Director: Michael Mayer
Israel, 2012, 96 Minutes
In Hebrew and Arabic, with English subtitles
Some violence

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A gripping, realistic drama set amidst the Middle East conflict that centers on a love affair between two men, a Palestinian graduate student and an Israeli lawyer. Together, they try to build a relationship despite having to take great risks to do so. But as much as they’d just like to be left alone, the hazards of where they live and where they are from threaten their happiness.

The film conveys in emotional and political terms the difficulties of a cross-cultural love affair when two cultures are at war with each other. Worldwide the film has received 17 awards and 22 nominations. 
4:15 pm to 5:15 pm 
Complimentary wine & cheese reception outside Peacock Hall 

CLOUDBURST

5:00 pm

Director:  Thom Fitzgerald
USA, Canada, 2011, 93 Minutes
In English, with subtitles
Profanity, Rated R

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This often humorous road movie costars Oscar-winning actresses Olympia Dukakis and Brenda Fricker as the foul-mouthed Stella and her endearing partner Dot, a crackerjack lesbian couple on the run from a nursing home.

They have been together for 31 years. When a niece decides the best place for Dot is a nursing home, the two flee to Canada where same-sex marriage is legal. On the way, they pick up a hunky young hitchhiker who, despite his bravado, is a confused soul, and has much to learn from them as they wage their own battle to stay together. Elders, in particular, will find this a touching, life-affirming movie. 

A FANTASTIC WOMAN

7:00 pm

Director: Sebastián Lelio
Chile, Germany, Spain, 2017, 100 Minutes
In Spanish, with English subtitles
Rated R

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In their daily lives, transgender people often face discrimination and mistreatment, but they are now speaking out more and more. That is why this film is so relevant today. In it, Marina, a trans woman living in Santiago, Chile, has just lost her lover, Orlando. Instead of being able to mourn for him, she is treated with contempt by the hospital staff, the police, and Orlando’s family, who view her sexual identity as an aberration.

As the film progresses, we see her battle the same forces she has much of her life to become who she is today—a strong, forthright, and fantastic woman. Actress Daniela Vega, who plays Marina, is herself trans, adding to the film’s authenticity. It won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film at this year’s Academy Awards.