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

World Pride Section

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The section that helps us experience diverse perspectives of many countries and people through films from beyond Asia. 

SIPFF’s World Pride Section selects and screens the films outside of Asia, that are not only popular but have great quality, and hence, have been noticed by diverse international film festivals. This year’s World Pride Section also chose great films presenting diverse life stories of people from distinct historical and cultural backgrounds, and social issues these people go through. The most noticeable work in World Pride Section is Firebird by Peeter Rebane, which won many awards from BFI Player, London LGBT Film Festival, etc. The film depicts suspenseful love triangle among a soldier Sergei, the secretary of his commander Louisa, and a fighter pilot though great storytelling and elegant directing skills. The Director Francois Ozon, who presented glittering youth story as an opening film of 2020 SIPFF, Summer 85, comes back to 2021 SIPFF with Everything Went Fine, the dark story of a middle-aged lesbian and her father who has hemiplegia. The acting of great Sophie Marceau, Charlotte Rampling, and Hannah Schygulla deepens the story. Another noticeable film is The Most Beautiful Boy in the World by Kristina Lindstrom and Kristian Perti. It is a documentary film of Bjorn Andersen, who became a big star by earning the title of “the most beautiful boy in the world” with the film Death in Venice (1971), looking back into his own life in the entrance of his old age. Death in Venice will also be screened in the same section this year, so audiences can have deeper understanding if they watch these two films as a set. World Pride Section also screens other great films with diverse stories of sexual minorities with distinct nationalities, ages, and backgrounds. My Father Marianne by Mårten Klingberg, A Skeleton in the Closet by Nicolás Teté, Leading Ladies by Ruth Caudeli are fun comedy film but still deal with the issues not frivolous. A Good Man by Marié-Castille Mention-Schaar depicts a story of a transgendered couple who want a baby, and Young Hunter by Marco Berger presents a story of 15-year-old gay boy who just became conscious of sex. There are also noticeable documentary films in World Pride Section. Family, You Hate Me by Gaël Morel presents the stories of young sexual minorities who suffered from extreme hatred and violence from their family members. With this film. Morel hopes that these young people can learn about their lives, respect themselves, and design their futures with positivity. World Pride Section also presents many great short films. The stories found in the States, Belgium, Brazil, Sweden, Spain, U.K., Iran, and etc. will add diverse and glittering colors to World Pride Section.