Programme for this years’ film festival
All films are screened by Portsmouth Film Society and are held at:
University of Portsmouth, Eldon Screening Room
Winston Churchill Avenue
Tickets cost: £6 per film or a 3-film pass for £12
All films start at 7pm (unless stated)
Weds 1st Feb – Who’s Gonna Love Me Now? (Regional Premier)
At the age of 21 Saar Maoz arrived in the UK after being kicked out of his religious Kibbutz. Following the highs and lows that accompanied his newfound freedom Saar discovered an alternative family with The London Gay Men’s Chorus. After 19 years, Saar has reached out to his conservative and Israeli family in an attempt at reconciliation. Now his parents are coming to visit…
This film celebrates the triumph of love over hate, of understanding over ignorance and the melding of cultures who traditionally view each other as extreme.
This isn’t Saar Moaz’s singular journey, it is a monumental trek undertaken by his entire family. The film producer/director of the film will be our guest for QA.( 85min).
Weds 8th Feb – The Beautiful Launderette
After the death of his wife and his subsequent descent into alcoholic near-agoraphobia, a crotchety Pakistani intellectual convinces his shady entrepreneur brother to provide work for his son in this multi-layered portrait of the immigrant experience in Great Britain. With the lead actor Daniel Day-Lewis and British-born, half-Pakistani playwright and novelist Hanif Kureishi won an Oscar nomination for his screenplay for this film, which was originally filmed for BBC television. Kureishi collaborated again with director Stephen Frears. The chair person of the KROMA, Tom Armstrong-Collett will introduce the film. Kroma is an organisation for those within the gender and sexual identities (LGBT+) community.(93min)
Weds 15th Feb – Loose Cannons (Italian)
Tommaso is the youngest son of the Cantones, a large, traditional southern Italian family operating a pasta-making business since the 1960s. On a trip home from Rome, where he studies literature and lives with his boyfriend, Tommaso decides to tell his parents the truth about himself. But when he is finally ready to come out in front of the entire family, his older brother Antonio ruins his plans. This Italian coming-out comedy has a neat central narrative gimmick. (110min)
Weds 22nd Feb – Girls Lost (Sweden)
After drinking the curious nectar that drips from a mysterious plant, best friends Kim, Bella and Momo magically transform into boys. Geeky girls by day and popular boys by night they find themselves living in two completely different worlds.
The thrill of experiencing life as the opposite sex soon wears off for Bella and Momo, but being a boy becomes addictive for Kim as he experiments with his sexuality and the possibility of first love with bad boy Tony. Panel discussion discussion after the screening, “Zooming in on the issues of transgender youth in education“. Chaired by Dr. Deborah Shaw, Reader in Film Studies, School of Media and Performing Arts, University of Portsmouth.