HK Lesbian and Gay Film Festival Opens with Bollywood’s First LGBT Love Story
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Asia’s longest running gay and lesbian film festival celebrates its 30th anniversary, featuring films ranging from comedies to works that address critical social issues.
The festival commences with Indian film How I Felt When I Saw That Girl, the first LGBT love story in Bollywood movie history. Starring veteran actor Anil Kapoor and his daughter Sonam Kapoor, the rom-com tells the story of Sweety, who has to contend with her family that wants her to get married while keeping the secret that she has found her true love.
The festival also features works from other countries, including The Shiny Shrimps (Les Crevettes Pailletees) by French director Cédric Le Gallo and Maxime Govare, The Daughters of Fire by Argentinian filmmaker Albertina Carri, and My Big Gay Italian Wedding by Italian director Alessandro Genovesi.
The local retrospective includes 3 films: Yang and Yin: Gender in Chinese Cinema (directed
by Stanley Kwan), Butteryfly (directed by Yan Yan Mak), and A Woman is A Woman (directed by Maisy Goosy Suen), with the additional screening of a short film My Way (directed by Ann Hui). The filmmakers will also attend post-screening Q&A sessions.
One of the special events this year is We Are GAYbours, a new initiative aiming to bring LGBT films to the community. Four screenings will take place at Form Society, an art and cultural space located at Sham Shui Po. LGBT speakers will also attend post-screening discussion sessions.