SIPFF 2023 2023.11.02(Thu.) ~ 2023.11.08(Wed.)

World Pride Section

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A section presenting films from outside Asia that show audiences the various different perspectives of contemporary sexual minorities 

living in other countries |

The World Pride Section carefully selects films that have been awarded or nominated at major international film festivals, that demonstrate superb filmmaking or tackle noteworthy issues and that have thus received recognition from critics and audiences alike.

Christophe Honoré, who directed Beloved starring Catherine Deneuve, has come back with Sorry Angel. The film was selected to compete in the official selection at the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival. Set in early 1990s France, the love story follows 40-something writer Jacques and 20-something college student Arthur as they meet by change and fall in love. The film should be of great interest to those who enjoyed 120 Beats Per Minute at last year's Seoul PRIDE Film Festival as it also captures French ACT UP HIV/AIDS activist movements of the late 80s and early 90s.

Screened at the 2017 London LGBT Film Festival, Seattle, Cleveland international film festivals, A Moment in the Reeds, by Mikko Makela exudes strong sexual tension. love story between a Syrian refugee and Finnish young man, high level of completion as a melodrama.

Documentary about Nigerian homosexual seek asylum in Germany, The World is Round So That Nobody Can Hide in the Corners: Part 1 - Refuge by Leandro Goddinho, animation about an Egyptian refugee homosexual activist half a life by tamara shogaolu, coming to the fore globally, refugee, lives of sexual minorities as narratives, documentaries, animations, all various genres.

For short film that deliver a punch, guests should check out Manivald by Chintis Lundgren and The Marriage by Víctor Quintero and Sergio Rey. Manivald is a witty and cute animation that was nominated at Sundance Film Festival of this year and the 2017 Annecy International Animated Film Festival and is about a thirty-three years old frail, highly educated and unemployed fox named Manivald and his overbearing mother who both fall in love with the plumber wolf, Toomas. The Marriage is about a gay marriage that the truth of must be hidden from the grandmother of one of the grooms. It is a funny and bright comedy of errors that delightfully portrays the mother's struggles, including telling the grandmother that the wedding is a birthday party.

Mario by Marcel Gisler was nominated at this year's Locarno International Film Festival, and is about gay couple Mario and Leon who play on the same football team and their ordeal of having to hide and lie about their relationship. It captures the paradoxical situation in which despite most Western countries having legalized same sex marriage, being gay continues to be a source of discrimination in the conservative and macho realm of sports.

Cherry Grove Stories by Michael Fisher is a documentary about the modern history of Fire Island in the United States. Fire Island is located close to Long Island but of extremely different character and has been a secret haven for the gay community. The documentary foreshadows that gentrification, which is also on the rise here in Seoul, will cause the loss of the queer community. The camera beautifully captures the stunning landscape and the artistic editing is worthy of noting.


○ Pool

○ The Marriage

○ Disobedience

○ Dylan Dylan

○ Love, Simon

○ The world is round so that nobody can hide in the corners – Part I: Refuge

○ Let Me Fall

○ Manivald


○ Las herederas

○ Sweet Dreaming

○ Sleepover

○ Sorry Angel

○ Les engagés

○ L'animale

○ Going Out

○ Half a Life

○ Giant Little Ones

○ Cherry Grove Stories

○ Taste in men – vol 1,2,3

○ Tasty

○ A Moment in the Reeds

○ Stranger by the Lake