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​Seventh edition of Bangalore Queer Film Festival to start from Feb 27

Bengaluru : The seventh edition of Bangalore Queer Film Festival (BQFF)will start on February 27. The three-day festival will feature over 55 films from 22 countries that includes France, Belgium, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Australia, Iran, Slovenia, Russia, India, Germany, Finland, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, USA, UK, Portugal, Spain, Myanmar, Fiji, Taiwan and China. 
 
Organised by Swabhava Trust, Good As You (GAY) We're Here and Queer (WHaQ) and Pirat Dykes, BQFF has brought together films on themes related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and other communities that fall outside the heterosexual norm.

Our Opening Night feature, Cheryl Dunye’s lesbian romp Mommy is Coming, will leave you gasping for breath. The Centre Piece features two films – Robin Campillo’s Eastern Boys, in which middle-aged Muller invites young ‘Eastern boy’ Marek to his house after spotting him at the train station in Paris, only to be pulled into another world; and Çağla Zencirci and Guillaume Giovanetti’s Noor, a story of a heart-broken khusra who wants to now be a man again and find love again. Our Closing Night showcases Joaquim Pinto’s surreal and evocative E-Agora? Lembra-Me (What Now? Remind Me). The filmmaker, who has been living with HIV for more than twenty years, looks back on his life in cinema, his friends and lovers, and at art and nature, all while undergoing experimental drug treatment. The audience can also lose themselves in Violette, a period film that fictionalises the relationship that grew between Violette Leduc and Simone de Beauvoir in the years after the war in Saint-Germain-des-Prés. And last but not least, our first full-length Indian experimental film, premiering at the BQFF – Moloy Mukherjee’s Amar Bhavna Kintu Dur Holona (Messy Forever), an indescribable play of image, identity and narrative, the organisers said.
This year, the Alliance Française de Bangalore will be showcasing 8 films as part of the Bangalore Queer Film Festival. The AFB screenings include Martin Provost’s Violette, Sébastien Lifshitz’s Les Invisibles, Mitra Farahani’s Fifi howls from happiness, Robin Campillo’s Eastern Boys, Céline Sciamma’s Tomboy, Zencirci and Giovanetti’s Noor, Alice Douard’s Extrasystole, and Yohann Kouam’s The Return.

The festival also includes two curated sets of films sent to us by the Goethe Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan: The Berlinale short film package, featuring Diogo Costa Amarante’s The White Roses, Marie Losier’s Bim Bam Boom, Las Luchas Morenas!, John Trengove’s The Goat, Roy Dib’s Mondial; and the Dresden short film package, featuring Tor Iben’s Das Phallometer, Anne Zohra Berrached’s Hellige & Hure, Gregor Zootzky’s Hermes and Aphrodite, and Victor Lindgren’s Ta av mig.
Besides the reels and reels of not-to-miss films, BQFF 2015 is also showcasing queer performances and a photo exhibition.

The performances will be held on Saturday and Sunday evening (28th and 1st) at the Alliance Française de Bangalore, and include music and dance. Our regular suspects, the piano stylings of Khiyanur Vallikad and the floor-splitting number of the Pink Divas, will take the stage this year as well. Kuchipudi, Odissi, Bollywood dance performances has also been organised.   

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