Arts & Culture » Festival

Lesbian and Gay Film Festival


The Music Box Theatre, at 3733 N. Southport, will be home for the seventh annual edition of the Chicago Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. Tickets for the seven-day event cost $4-$6 per show, with series tickets available at $40 for almost the whole package or $20 for six screenings. For program information and updates, call Chicago Filmmakers at 329-0854.

GAY AND LESBIAN SHORTS A program of eight shorts, all but one of which--Jeanne Crepeau and Stephan Fortin's Canadian L'usure--are American: Michael Wiggins's Buttered Side Down, Juan Valdivia's Transients, Michelle Parkerson's Storme: The Lady of the Jewel Box, Bill Daughton's Halloweenie, Connie Steinman's Cupid's True Love, and two by Gus van Sant, Five Ways to Kill Yourself and My New Friend. (Friday, September 25, 6:30)

THE OUTSIDERS Not to be confused with Coppola's teenage semiporn film of the same title, this is the first gay film licensed by the Taiwanese government--a suspense story directed by Yu Kan-Ping about a group of boys in Taipei whose families have expelled them for being gay. (JR) (Friday, September 25, 8:30, and Tuesday, September 29, 8:00)

THE BERLIN AFFAIR Liliana Cavani's Italian/West German production is set in 1938 Berlin and concerns an affair between the wife of a German diplomat and the daughter of the Japanese ambassador, threatened by blackmail and the involvement of the diplomat in the menage. Featuring Gudrun Landgrebe (A Woman in Flames) as the diplomat's wife. (JR) (Friday, September 25, 10:30, and Sunday, September 27, 8:00)

WE ARE FAMILY Documentary from Boston's WGBH about life in three gay families--one biological, one foster, and one adoptive--directed by Dasal Banks. To be shown with Liz Mersky's Labor More Than Once, also on video, about a lesbian mother's struggle to regain parental rights to her son. (Saturday, September 26, 10:00 am)

BRIGHT EYES Stuart Marshall's three-part videotape made for Britain's Channel Four examines the historical and social factors influencing current reactions to AIDS and homosexuality. To be shown with Stasiu Kybartas's video short Danny, a personal documentary about an AIDS Victim. (JR) (Saturday, September 26, noon)

P.A.N.I.C. IN GRIFFITH PARK Lee Garolington's videotape of a popular Los Angeles play speculating on what would happen if Proposition 64 passed and mandatory AIDS testing was put into effect. To be shown with Compromised Immunity, a British drama on tape about the first person with AIDS to enter a British hospital. (Saturday, September 26, 2:00)

ANNE TRISTER Lea Pool, French Canadian director of Women in Transition, charts, from a feminist perspective, the mutually supportive lesbian relationship between a young Jewish painter and a psychologist. (Saturday, September 26, 4:00)

DAMNED IF YOU DON'T Experimental filmmaker Su Friedrich deconstructs Black Narcissus and delves into history while essaying a portrait of a young nun fighting a losing battle against her sexual desires. Playing with this short feature are two other films by lesbian independents--Bruna Fionda, Polly Gladwin, and Isiling Mark-Nataf's The Mark of Lilith (from Great Britain), and Nina Koocher's Keeping the Faith. (Saturday, September 26, 6:00)

LA TRICHE The title translates as "the cheat"; a French police thriller, directed by a woman, Yannick Bellon, involving a male couple, which was voted best film at the New York Gay Film Festival, with Victor Lanoux, Xavier Deluc, Valerie Mairesse, and Anny Duperey. (JR) (Saturday, September 26, 8:00)

THREE BEWILDERED PEOPLE IN THE NIGHT Described as "a beatnik movie for the 80s," this new feature by writer-director Gregg Araki concerns an alienated gay performance artist named David, a video artist named Alicia, and a would-be actor and photographer named Craig who is ambivalent about his sexuality. Set in Los Angeles locations and made on a shoestring budget, this first feature was recently acclaimed at the Locarno Film Festival, and will be receiving its first U.S. showing here, with director Araki present to answer questions. (JR) (Saturday, September 26, 10:00)

I'M STILL ALIVE!: A PERSON WITH AIDS TELLS HIS STORY Michael Aue's German documentary tape about San Franciscan Peter Sieglar returning to his native Germany to tell his family he has AIDS. To be shown with Canalli's Heroism: A Community Responds, which features interviews with people who have survived AIDS for over five years, and documents several San Francisco AIDS care groups and individuals. (Sunday, September 27, noon)

RIGHTS AND REACTIONS Phil Zwickler and Jane Lippman's documentary tape about the recent successful fight for a gay rights ordinance in New York. A world premiere, to be shown with the British Framed Youth: Revolt of the Teenage Perverts, about lesbian and gay teenagers eliciting public opinion on homosexuality, produced by the teenagers themselves. (JR) (Sunday, September 27, 2:00)

VIDEO FESTIVAL SHORTS A program of ten videos made in the U.S., Canada, and Great Britain, by Margaret Moores, Cecilia Dougherty, Tom Rubnitz, Kathy Wolfe, Caroline Sheldon, and Christine Martin. (Sunday, September 27, 4:00)

METEOR AND SHADOW Greek filmmaker Takis Spetsiotis's film biography of Napoleon Lapathiotis (1888-1944), a leftist homosexual poet who scandalized Greek society. Turn of the century Athens is suggested rather than reconstructed. (JR) (Sunday, September 27, 6:00)

NOVEMBERMOND During the Nazi occupation of Paris, a Jewish woman finds refuge in the home of her female lover--who in turn takes a job at a collaborationist newspaper to hide her true sympathies. Alexandra von Grote (Depart to Arrive) directed this Franco-German coproduction from 1984; Gabriele Osburg, Christine Millet, and Daniele Delorme star. (DK) (Sunday, September 27, 10:00)

BUDDIES An AIDS patient's relationship with a young hospital volunteer develops into a tragic romance. Arthur Bressan Jr. (Abuse) directed this 1985 independent feature. (Monday, September 28, 6:00)

DAUGHTERS OF DARKNESS Originally released in 1971, Harry Kumel's stylish Belgian vampire film has been picking up a cult reputation through screenings in Los Angeles and on TV. Delphine Seyrig plays an elegant lesbian vampire who operates a luxury hotel on the Belgian coast; the action begins when a honeymooning couple checks in, mysterious "mother" in tow. With Daniele Ouimet and Andrea Rau. (DK) (Monday, September 28, 8:00)

BLACK LIZARD Akihiro Maruyama, one of Japan's most celebrated female impersonators, stars as an unthwartable female jewel thief in a 1968 feature based on a play by Yukio Mishima. Mishima makes a cameo appearance; the director is Kinji Fukasaku. (DK) (Monday, September 28, 10:00)

FIREWORDS A film portrait of three unconventional Quebec writers, Louky Bersianik, Jovette Marchessault, and Nicole Brossard, by Dorothy Todd Henaut, the producer of Not a Love Story. (Tuesday, September 29, 6:00)

MAEDCHEN IN UNIFORM A boarding school for the daughters of the Prussian military aristocracy becomes a microcosm of Germany, circa 1931. Leontine Sagan's remarkable film sees a lesbian relationship as the only available alternative to the authoritarian order. Independently made and cooperatively financed, it was one of the few genuine women's films of the 30s. Based on a play by Christa Winsloe and performed by an all-woman cast. (DD) (Tuesday, September 29, 10:00)

CURT MC DOWELL FILMS A tribute to the gifted independent filmmaker who died of AIDS this year, this program will feature six of his shorts, made between 1971 and 1975: Confessions, Wieners and Buns Musical, Ronnie, Siamese Twin Pinheads, Boggy Depot, and Nudes (A Sketchbook). (Wednesday, September 30, 6:00)

WOLFGIRL Dagmar Beiersdorf's West German feature about an intense friendship between two women--a successful filmmaker and a young black rebel. Featuring director Lothar Lambert as a meddling transvestite friend. (JR) (Wednesday, September 30, 8:00)

DRAMA IN BLOND Lothar Lambert stars in his own 1984 West German comedy about an uptight office worker who yearns to sing in a nightclub in glamorous drag. (JR) (Wednesday, September 30, 10:00)

THE WHOLE OF LIFE Described as a Godardian semidocumentary, Bruno Moll's Swiss film about a 50-year-old lesbian with a rocky past features both the woman herself and an actress (Serena Wey) portraying her. (JR) (Thursday, October 1, 6:00)

WESTLER--EAST OF THE WALL Wieland Speck's West German feature, secretly shot in East Berlin, describes the frustrated efforts of two gay men from opposite sides of the Berlin Wall to carry on their affair. (JR) (Thursday, October 1, 8-:00)

SIMONE The eponymous heroine, a mysterious stranger, enters the life of Francoise, a suicidal young woman, and they share an intense fantasy life together. This 1984 French film, directed by 19-year-old Christine Ehm, has been praised for its subtle wit and imaginative use of color. (JR) (Thursday, October 1, 10:00)

Add a comment