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Homophobia in spotlight of LGBT Film Festival


The 38th Festival of LGBT Film will bring a total of 25 feature films and documentaries and 27 short films to multiple locations across Slovenia and Italy's Trieste between 10 and 18 December. Most films at this year's festival are about homophobia or internalised homophobia.

The festival will open with LGBT SLO 1984, a documentary by Boris Petković that sheds light on the history of the LGBT movement in Slovenia.

The key year was 1984, when the Festival Magnus - Homosexuality and Culture was hosted by the Škuc gallery in Ljubljana in what is considered a milestone for the movement and the start of the LGBT Film Festival.

The film shows the fight of a minority for its place in the world.

The trailer for LGBT SLO 1984, one of the highlights of this year's festival.

Some of the other highlights include Bent, a Japanese-British co-production based on a 1979 play by Martin Sherman of the same title about the persecution of gays in Nazi Germany.

After the screening a Slovenian translation of The Men with the Pink Triangle, a well-known testimony by Heinz Heger, a gay survivor of Nazi concentration camps, that inspired the play, will be presented and a discussion will be held featuring historian Marco Reglia.

My Tender Matador (Tengo Miedo Torero), an adaptation of the novel with the same title by Pedro Lemebel, a pioneer of the queer movement in Latin America, will be screened as well.

Norwegian film Young and Afraid (Nattebarn) by Petter Aaberg and Sverre Kvamme is another film worth seeing, according to the organisers. It has been described as "an authentic and raw documentary about choosing to live". Kvamme will be present for debate after the screening.

The short films will be available on the festival's website free of charge.

The best films will be picked by an international jury and the audience.

The detailed programme in English is available here.


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