...kicks off at the end of the month with an Opening Night Gala screening of Happy Endings which we'll be reviewing sometime ahead of the festival. It stars Maggie Gyllenhaal, Lisa Kudrow and Steve Coogan. If you enjoyed The Opposite of Sex, then we think you'll like this LA based comedy too. The Festival closes with the UK's first certified Dogme95 film, Gypo. Galas aside the majority of screenings will take place at the BFI, but the Tate Modern will also be highlighting the work of writer, composer and independent film/video-maker Stuart Marshall.
This year films on offer are from Japan, Argentina, Israel, Iceland, the Philippines, Korea, Spain, Norway, France, Germany, Canada, the USA, India, and the UK. Should be quite a line up. Time to Leave asks searching questions about what we value and why, while The Journey is an unconventional slice of Indian cinema that boldly affirms lesbian desire in the face of traditional arranged marriages and compulsory heterosexuality in Southern India. Also showing is an investigation into the reality of gay men involved in fascism from Hitler's era in Men, Heroes and Gay Nazis. Playing a Part: The Story of Claude Cahun follows the scandalous life of this famous lesbian photographer, author, surrealist and wartime resistance fighter. We'd love to list everything that's going on but there's just. Too. Damn. Much.
One special mention must go to Margaret Cho's Bam Bam and Celeste. Cho will be attending the screening and it's bound to be a hot ticket. We caught her on tour last year and it was one of the funniest nights out we've ever had in London. This year she's back to do a single night of standup - tickets for that go on sale tomorrow from the usual outlets and are sure to go fast.
Full details of the festival can be found on the official website while bookings can be made from Monday and we couldn't live with ourselves if we didn't mention the Knit-Alonga Bette Davis event...