If you're undergoing post–Vancouver Queer Film Festival decompression and withdrawal, there's a nifty way of dealing with that. And that is to go see another queer film festival. In case you hadn't already heard, there's actually a mini queer film festival hidden within a festival that's coming up this week.
The Vancouver Latin American Film Festival kicks off this Friday (August 31) and runs until September 9. And amid the rich mix, they've got five queer cinema selections to check out.
The first title, Mía (on September 1), is actually one that played at VQFF and in fact, local audiences adored it so much, they voted it the winner of the OUTtv Peoples' Choice Award for Best Feature.
The beautifully crafted Argentine drama follows a trans woman who discovers the diary of a suicidal woman. When she tries to return the diary to the woman's family, she becomes determined to work her way into the lives of the surviving father and daughter.
In the Mexican film Todo el mundo tiene a alguien menos yo (Everybody's Got Somebody But Me) on September 3, the relationship between two women, a literary editor and a high-school student, faces hurdles due to clashing interests and a generation gap.
Later on the same day, the visually innovative and sexually explicit Chilean film Joven y Alocada (Young and Wild) also features a female teenage main character. This time, it's a 17-year-old girl who rebels against her religious family and connects to other teenagers through her sexually oriented blog.
Shifting gears, there's the Mexican documentary Morir de pie (Die Standing Up) on September 6 about Irina Layevska. Layevska tirelessly fought for personal freedom and social justice and in the Cuban Revolution, and also transitioned from male to female.
The last queer title at the festival is the Argentine feature El espacio entre los dos (The Space Between Us), which plays on September 8. In the Argentine town of Córdoba, three childhood friends form a rock band—and an awkward teenage love triangle.
As an added bonus, this matinee screening, at SFU Harbour Centre, is free.
This film and Mía are part of VLAFF's spotlight on Argentine cinema.
For full details about the festival (including venues and tickets), visit the VLAFF website. For more on what the festival has to offer, check out Adrian Mack's feature on the Cuban zom-com Juan de los Muertos.