Special Pride Section
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For the Special Pride section of this year’s Seoul Pride Film Festival, we have joined forces with the Embassy of France in South Korea to present French Queer Cinema: New Generations, a selection of French queer cinema from 2000 onwards.
In the 90s, directors such as Gus Van Sant, Gregg Araki, Todd Haynes and Pedro Almodovar propelled the New Queer Cinema movement. In this section, we will introduce the work of the subsequent generation of French queer cinema.
The first film we bring to your attention is by François Ozon, whose work is familiar to the Korean audience, from 8 Women to Swimming Pool, Young and Beautiful, and the recently released, Frantz. In Time to Leave, a terminally ill photographer has three months to live and decides to confront death in his own way. That Time to Leave will be presented in 35mm format is even further reason to anticipate Ozon’s seminal queer film.
Next, we would like to showcase the work of France’s most reputed female directors: Catherine Corsini’s Summertime (La Belle Saison) and Céline Sciamma’s Tomboy. Jump-starting her career with Poker (1986), Catherine Corsini has continued to win the love of distinguished film festivals worldwide, particularly with Les Amoureux (1994) and The New Eve (1999). Corsini has fueled the attention of the film world for how she discusses the issues of the rights, romances and societal roles of women in her films, and Summertime continues this arc. Taking place during the early 70s when a new chapter has opened up for women’s rights thanks to the protests of 1968, Corsini incorporates her forte of subtle psychological portrayal of her characters. Céline Sciamma has been a prominent figure at major film festivals around the globe for Water Lilies (2007), Tomboy (2011) and Girlhood (2014). For our Special Pride section, we will be screening Tomboy, which was awarded the Teddy Awards Jury Prize by the Berlin International Film Festival and nominated for Best Film at the Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema.
Audiences will also be presented an opportunity to view Strangers by the Lake and Staying Vertical by Alain Guiraudie, the former of which was honored as the top film of 2013 by Cahiers du Cinema. Considering that every screening we provided for Staying Vertical was sold out last year, great cinephilic fervor is again expected for this film.
Also garnering high anticipation is Eastern Boys, a film by director Robin Campillo whose most recent film, BPM (Beats per Minute), which has been recently hailed for winning the Grand Prix Jury Prize at the this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Eastern Boys portrays Eastern European immigrant boys who sell sex to men upon moving to Western Europe after the collapse of the Soviet Union. It was awarded the Queer Lion at the 2013 Venice Film Festival.
And lastly, Paris 05:59: Théo & Hugo by Olivier Ducastel begins in a sex club and follows two men as they fall in love on the streets of Paris and greet the break of dawn together at 5:59AM…
French Queer Cinema: New Generations demonstrates that the genre of queer cinema is still relevant, as it depicts the normal lives of sexual minorities living in society today, as well as reexamine the recent history of queer culture. The genre has always fulfilled such roles, and now it continues to evolve in the new millennium with a stylistic significance of its own, and instils in us dreams of what is in hold for its future.
○ Staying Vertical
○ Stranger by the Lake
○ 120 Beats Per Minutes
○ Eastern Boys
○ Time to Leave
○ Paris 05:59