POUTfest is back for a second year showcasing some of the finest talents in international LGBT filmmaking, with a great selection of titles that will enthral and engage audiences. Over the first couple of weeks in December the Showroom will be hosting a strong selection of films. The highlights being:
Call Me Kuchu
Veteran activist David Kato labours to repeal Uganda’s homophobic laws and to liberate his fellow “kuchus” before the new “Anti-Homosexuality Bill” awaits debate in Uganda’s Parliament. This screening is particularly timely given the Bill is currently before a parliamentary committee with the expectation of being passed before the end of the year. I caught the documentary at Doc/Fest this year and it is a powerful and moving piece of documentary film-making.
Keep the Lights On
Keep the Lights On chronicles an emotional and sexually charged journey between two men in New York City through love, friendship, and addiction. Documentary filmmaker Erik and closeted lawyer meet through a casual encounter, but soon find a deeper connection. In an almost decade-long relationship defined by highs, lows, and dysfunctional patterns, Erik struggles to negotiate his own boundaries and dignity while being true to himself.
Ten years after writer-director Eytan Fox’s Yossi & Jagger, the former is now a closeted Tel Aviv cardiologist, still mourning the fellow IDF soldier who died in his arms in battle. On a trip to Eilat, a chance encounter with a group of lively soldiers ignites his desire to awaken from his emotional slumber. Heart-warming and sensual, Yossi is an ode to love lost and love found, in situations where we least expect.
North Sea Texas
Pim lives in a small town on the Belgian coast, together with his single mother Yvette, a local accordion starlet. It’s an ordinary existence which Pim brightens up by dreaming of princesses, beauty queens and handsome Gino, the boy next door. But when hunky traveller Zoltan blows through town, his life takes an exciting and unexpected turn.
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