Sat, June 1
5PM: KISS ME
THERESE KEINING, 2011 | SWEDISH W/SUBTITLES | 105 MIN
Kiss Me is a sensual romantic drama about how love appears in the most unexpected ways at the most unexpected times. Uptight Mia is about to be married, but when she meets serene Frida, her emotions are stirred. The women begin a passionate love affair, eventually leading them to painful, life-changing decisions. Set in the picturesque countryside of Sweden, Kiss Me is a vibrant film that follows one woman’s journey to self-discovery.
7PM: LOVE FREE OR DIE
MACKY ALSTON, 2012 | USA | 83 MIN
In 2003, the Episcopal Church in New Hampshire came under fire when it became the first to elect an openly gay bishop. Director Macky Alston follows Bishop Gene Robinson into the breach in the struggle for equality. While resolute in his calling, Robinson grows increasingly critical of the central role that religious institutions have played in fostering homophobia and hatred. Winner of the US Documentary Special Jury Prize for An Agent of Change at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.
Sun, June 2
5PM: ANY DAY NOW
TRAVIS FINE, 2012 | USA | 97 MIN
Any Day Now is a powerful tale of love, acceptance and family. When a teenager with Down Syndrome (Isaac Leyva) is abandoned by his mother, a gay couple (Alan Cumming and Garret Dillahunt) takes him in and becomes the loving family he’s never had. But when their unconventional living arrangement is disconcerted by authorities, the men are forced to fight a biased legal system to save the life of the child they have come to love as their own. Inspired by a true story from the late 1970s, Any Day Now touches on legal and social issues that are as relevant today as they were 35 years ago.
Friday, June 7
5PM: NORTH SEA TEXAS
BAVO DEFURNE, 2011 | DUTCH W/SUBTITLES | 96 MIN
This masterful Belgian coming-of-age film set in the 1960s follows the relationships of a young gay teen, his best friend and former beauty-queen mother.
7PM: MOSQUITA & MARI
AURORA GUERRERO, 2012 | SPANISH W/SUBTITLES | 85 MINUTES
Studious, sweet-natured 15 yr. old Yolanda
feels the pressure to succeed under the eyes of her hard-working immigrant parents. When she meets her new neighbor, the feisty and alluring, BMX-riding Mari, Yolanda’s humdrum high school routine gets a jolt. The two girls don’t have much in common on the surface, but they become fast friends and their deep bond develops into a tension that neither one expected nor quite knows how to handle. Aurora Guerrero’s impressive feature film debut (which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival) features two breakout lead performances by Fenessa Pineda and Venecia Troncoso, who perfectly embody the awkwardness and cautious desire of two teenage girls experiencing love and desire for the first time.