18th GAZE Film Festival will run for five days over the August bank holiday in the Light House Cinema. This year's GAZE offers a wealth of features, documentaries and shorts from countries as diverse as Uruguay, Brazil, Argentina, Spain, Switzerland, China, Sweden, Ireland, Norway, New Zealand, UK and USA. Boasting a jam packed and varied programme the Festival looks both outwards to the international screens and closer to home at LGBTQ work from the indigenous Irish film industry.
GAZE is delighted that the original founder of the Festival Yvonne O'Reilly, is programme director for this the 18th Festival. "Gaze has come of age" Yvonne commented, "the Festival is 18, emerging from its teenage years with a level of sophistication and confidence that is evident in the range of excellent film on offer this year. As the founder of the Festival, I'm proud to see how it's grown over its eighteen years and am delighted to return to programming the festival once more this year".
The 2010 line up celebrates and showcases the quality, diversity and invention which is now evident in LGBTQ film and includes a retrospective of Irish Gay shorts from the 18 years of the Festival, presented in collaboration with Culture Ireland. The 2009 shortlist for best international gay short will also be showcased over the weekend.
Documentaries feature strongly including the Toronto Film Festival award-winning documentary THE TOPP TWINS; UNTOUCHABLE GIRLS. Its themes of life's humour and pathos are shared by REGRETTERS, TWO SPIRITS, and ALL BOYS. PRIMA DONNA: THE STORY OF Rufus Wainwright'S DEBUT OPERA is both a record of an artistic process and an insight into his gifted family including interviews with his sister Martha, his father Loudon Wainwright III and his mother Kate McGarrigle.
GAZE also offers many top-notch feature films over the weekend. One of particular Irish interest is JorDan Scott's CRACKS starring Bond's Eva Green which was shot in Ireland.
At 18 the Festival looks forward but also reflects back on one of the seminal moments in gay history. STONEWALL UPRISING is a moving and definitive portrayal of what was to become a turning point in the history of the gay rights movement. GAZE also highlights a number of themes in the line up such as the fluidity of gender in TO DIE LIKE A MAN, PAULISTA, and THE LAST SUMMER OF LA BOYITA and documentaries like ASSUME NOTHING and REGRETTERS and the coming out story in THE MAN WHO LOVED YNGVE, LOOSE CANNONS, and the closing night film ANDER. There are also a number of truly unmissable debut films to chose from including SOUNDLESS WINDCHIME, LEO'S ROOM and I KILLED MY MOTHER.
Full programme details will be online 8th July www.gaze.ie
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Tickets on sale from: 8th July
Light House Cinema Box Office Market Square, Smithfield, Dublin 7
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