Is it friendship, a relationship, or just skinship one seeks via a gay dating app? How does a 17-year-old boy cope with being forced to live with someone he just wants to punch in the face? What happens when a transgender woman and her boyfriend meet a lonely girl?

Golden Village’s Love & Pride Film Festival returns for its 9th year armed with a bold lineup of internationally acclaimed foreign titles, including Looking for? (Mandarin), Being 17 (French), and Close-Knit (Japanese), whose premises were briefly mentioned in the introduction. Curated by the Singapore Film Society (SFS), the 12-day festival showcases six independent titles that make for excellent cinematic viewing as the film lineup champions the unifying theme of “Identity”.

It opens next Wednesday (September 27) with Looking for? as the debut film for the festival opening night. Directed by Chou Tung-Yen, the documentary focuses on the way dating apps have changed contemporary society’s perception of love and relationships, and will be followed by a 30-minute Q&A session with film editor, Huang Chia-Wen. Tickets for the opening night are priced at $15 for GV Movie Club members and $18 for the public, and includes a beer.

Other films to be featured are Die Beautiful (Tagalog), Don’t Look at me That Way (German/Mongolian) and Don’t Call Me Son (Portuguese). The Popping Post is giving away three pairs of tickets to the Looking For? screening on September 28, which will be followed by a 30-minute Q&A session with the editor – find out how you can win on our Facebook page!

Here are the synopses and trailers for all six films:

Looking for? (Mandarin)

This is the most commonly seen start up line in gay dating apps. It’s the quickest way to find out what you are looking for. Friendship? Relationship? Or just skinship? When the director of the film was being asked what he was “looking for?” for the first time, he was dumbfounded and almost did not know how to reply. This in turn inspired him to do this movie “Looking For?” whereby he interviewed more than 60 gays in various developed cities to exchange their life stories. He used the dating app as a focal point to reflect the contemporary change of how dating app has changed us to show how society perceives love and relationships in the modern world now.

Being 17 (French)

17 years old Damien lives with his mother, Marianne, while his father is on a military mission abroad. In school, Damien is constantly bullied by Tom, the adopted son of local farmers. But to help out Tom’s sick mother, Marianne offers to take him in. Forced to live together, the tension between the two boys becomes more and more palpable…

Close-Knit (Japanese)

Rinko is a transgender woman with a heart of gold. Her boyfriend Makio was captivated by her heart and accepts her for who she is. A lonely girl named Tomo suddenly appeared in their life. This is the story of sixty heartwarming days in the life of these three individuals who each find their own happiness amid the blooming cherry blossoms of spring.

Die Beautiful (Tagalog)

Trisha, a Filipino transgender woman, suddenly dies while being crowned in a beauty pageant. Her last wish was to be presented as a different celebrity on each night of her wake, but her conservative father wants to bury her as a man. Trisha’s friends are left with no choice but to steal her body and hold the wake in a secret location. And as Trisha is transformed to look like different celebrities, they also look
back at the colorful and extraordinary life that she has led – being a son, a sister, a mother, a friend, a lover, a wife, and ultimately, a queen.

Don’t Look at me That Way (German/Mongolian)

Hedi is the new neighbour of Iva, who raises her daughter Sophia by herself. The two women start a relationship and Iva is desperately in love with Hedi. Suddenly Iva’s father appears. Hedi feels strongly attracted to him. It seems that only one world exists for Hedi. Her own.

Don’t Call Me Son (Portuguese)

A bike, high school, joints, girls, a rock band. Pierre is a teenager like any other. After a DNA test, he discovers that the woman he calls “mum” is not his biological mother, and he now has to move in with his real family. In a new home and with a new name, he starts to wonder about his real identity.



Regular screenings: $10 for GV Movie Club and Singapore Film Society members; $13 for the public
Festival dates: September 27 to October 8
Locations: Golden Village Grand, Great World City and Golden Village Suntec City
Please click here for a schedule of the screenings.
All films are rated R21 due to homosexual theme and content.