Choosing what films to see at a festival is a challenge for even the most up-to-date cinephiles. So here are a few recommendations to help you separate the riff from the raff.
Fans of comedy should consider seeing The Baby Formula, about the trials and tribulations a Canadian lesbian couple faces while trying to start a family. Director Allison Reid’s film draws inspiration from the real-life pregnancies of its two principal actresses.
Saturday, April 25 at 5:15 p.m. at the Regal 18.
Politically minded individuals might want to check out Annul Victory, a documentary about the recent fight over same-sex marriage in California. The film reminds audience members that while much of the free world celebrated Barack Obama’s election to the United States’ highest office on Nov. 5th, gay rights activists received a slap in the face, when voters in one of the country’s most progressive states eliminated gay couples right to marry.
Saturday, May 2 at 1 p.m. at the Miami Beach Cinematheque.
Fans of classic cinema should attend a special screening of the 1961 classic film noir Victim. The film stars Dirk Borgande, a British actor whose own homosexuality was never made public during his acting career. Borgande’s performance as a barrister who risks his reputation to investigate a ring of blackmailers that target homosexuals - at the time homosexuality was a crime in both Britain and the United States - is one of those rare performances where an actor’s personal struggles are brought to life by the character he portrays. Victim was banned from American theaters for its usage of the word “homosexual.”
Tuesday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the Regal 17.
There is also an experimental shorts program that is being billed as “not for the faint of heart.” Six short films that address topics from stop-motion animation to children’s beauty pageants has a running time of 83 minutes.
Saturday, May 2 at 3 p.m. at the Miami Beach Cinematheque.
The festival’s final film, Little Ashes, is not coincidentally its most prestigious. Starring Twilight’s Robert Pattinson as famous surrealist artist Salvador Dali, Little Ashes is a fictional account of Dali’s life in Madrid and his friendship/romantic infatuation with fellow artist Federico Garcia Lorca. This marks the film’s world premiere.
Sunday, May 3rd at 6:30 p.m. at the Colony Theatre.
-- Kevin Craft
Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival 2009. The Baby Formula.