Last Friday, a full-house audience helped kickstart Golden Village’s 8th annual Love & Pride Film Festival with a screening of Oriented, a documentary by new filmmaker Jake Witzenfeld, who showed up at the end of the movie to take questions via Skype.

The 86-minute film was whittled down from more than 25 hours of footage taken by following three Palestinian friends exploring their national and sexual identity in Tel Aviv during the 2014 Israel-Gaza conflict.

Fadi, Khader and Naeem hamming it up in Oriented. Credit: Golden Village

Fadi, Khader and Naeem hamming it up in Oriented. Credit: Golden Village

Witzenfeld himself appeared via Skype to field questions from an audience who wanted to know what was the Arab community’s reaction to his documentary, among other things. “We’ve had very encouraging response,” he said. Click here to get tickets to Oriented, which will be showing at GV Suntec City next Monday, August 29, at 7.30 pm.

Don’t miss the other award-winning LGBT titles which will be screening until August 31!

Closet Monster

Oscar Madly is an imaginative ‘only-child’ in St. John, Newfoundland, whose closest friend is a pet hamster named Buffy. His life is challenging as he is caught in the middle of his parents’ turbulent divorce and viciously catapulted into adulthood when his father tells him about a shocking hate-crime involving a young gay man. Fearing that he too might be gay, Oscar is driven to suppress his femininity. Closet Monster was named Best Canadian Feature Film at the Toronto International Film Festival last year.

From Afar [scroll down for ticket giveaway]

Set in Caracas’ chaotic lower class communities, Lorenzo Vigas’ turbulent story reveals the complex bond between two men who are worlds apart. Wealthy middle-aged Armando (Alfredo Castro) lures young men to his home with money. He doesn’t want to touch, only watch from a strict distance. He also follows an elderly businessman with whom he seems to have had a traumatic relationship. From Afar is the shattering feature debut from Venezuelan writer-director Lorenzo Vigas. It won the Golden Lion Award at the Venice Film Festival last year.

The Summer Of Sangaile

Sangaile and Auste negotiate their fears and desires through love and friendship. Credit: Golden Village

Sangaile and Auste negotiate their fears and desires through love and friendship. Credit: Golden Village

Seventeen-year-old Sangaile is fascinated by stunt planes. Yet due to her fear of heights, she has never dared to enter any cockpit. At a summer aeronautical show near her parents’ lakeside villa, she meets Auste, a local girl her age.  Unlike Sangaile, Auste lives her life to the fullest with creativity and daring. As the two girls become lovers, Sangaile allows Auste to discover her most intimate secret. This film won the Directing Award for World Cinema in the Dramatic category at the Sundance Film Festival last year.

Thanatos, Drunk

The camera follows two brothers closely– one gay, the other straight. Both are looking for a job in order to survive and are also looking for themselves and long to find a foothold in life. The younger brother sells vegetables at the market where he meets a mute young woman who gets up to all sorts of crazy things. The older brother is attracted to a dancer at a nightclub and finds himself drawn into some shifty business. The film evolves into a portrait of manners, and a panorama of a society that does not appear to welcome its next generation.   This film swept a slew of Golden Horse Awards last year, including Best Supporting Actress, Best New Performer, Best Original Score & Best Film Editing. It was also named Reader Jury of the Siegessaule at the Berlin International Film Festival, and won Best Narrative Feature, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor & Best Supporting Actress at the Taipei Film Festival.

First Girl I Loved (Closing Film!)

A lovestruck Anne. Credit: Golden Village

A lovestruck Anne. Credit: Golden Village

A coming-of-age drama about 17-year-old Anne who falls in love with Sasha, a softball star athlete and the most popular girl at her LA public high school. But when Anne tells her best friend Clifton, she’s taken aback when his reaction is of jealously and hostility instead of being supportive. Clifton has always
harboured a secret crush on Anne and was hoping that their friendship could become “something more”. Meanwhile, Anne orchestrates meeting Sasha under the guise of a yearbook interview, and the two young women instantly click. After Anne has a spat with her mom, she sleeps over at her new bestie’s place, with some fireworks ensuing. This film won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival this year.

Giveaway

The Popping Post is giving away five pairs of tickets to From Afar.

From Afar is a turbulent story about the complex bond between two men who are worlds apart. Credit: Golden Village

From Afar is a turbulent story about the complex bond between two men who are worlds apart. Credit: Golden Village

To win, simply answer this question: Why do you think this film has been titled “From Afar”?

E-mail your answer to [email protected] with the subject header “From Afar ticket redemption”, including your name, I/C number and your mobile contact number. The film will be screened only on Friday, August 26, 9 pm, at GV Suntec City. Tickets must be collected between 8.15 pm to 9 pm from the duty manager. Contest closes on Aug 22, at 11.59 pm. 

You and your plus one must be above 21 years of age in order to qualify for the contest as this movie is rated R21 due to its homosexual theme and content. You will be asked to produce your identity card for age verification.

May the best answers win!