CINE GAY returns to San Diego Latino Film Festival for the 6th year in its continuing effort to extricate misconceptions surrounding the LGBT experience, in defiance of historical exclusion of the community in mainstream media.
Recent declarations such as the support of gay marriage by President Barack Obama and openly gay persons in the public eye firmly supporting their identity as a member of the LGBT community help dissolve some illusions but there is still more to be done to finally and rightfully cast off non-heterosexual orientation as taboo.
CINE GAY features a lineup of feature length and short films all representing the LGBT community internationally – giving way to a global understanding while taking advantage of SD Latino’s unique ability to represent the specific experiences of the Latino LGBT community.
Here are the features for this year’s SD Latino CINE GAY Program:
SAT 3/9 / 2:30 / S2
Dir. Eric Brach
(Cuba , 70 min., 2010)
The story of an especially odd love triangle between Chino,a deaf mute in Havana, his mute wife, and his male lover far away in Mexico, who promises to support the family financially. This love affair turns into something quite unexpected in Eric Brach’s beautifully observed documentary about class and sexuality.
FRI 3/9 / 9:30 / S7
Dir. Jules Stewart
(USA, 88 min., 2012, English)
K-11 follows Raymond Saxx Jr. (Goran Visnjic), a powerful record producer who wakes from a drug-induced blackout to find himself locked up and classified “K-11.” Plunged into a nightmarish world ruled by a transsexual diva named Mousey (Kate del Castillo), Raymond is truly a fish out of water. His struggle to contact the outside world and regain his freedom seems impossible; but he must learn to navigate this new power structure if he’s ever going to survive and be in control of his life again. Also starring Portia Doubleda, Tommy ‘Tiny’ Lister, D.B. Sweeney.
SUN 3/10 / 7:30 / S6
WED 3/13 / 5:00 / S6
Dir. Omar Ynigo
(Mexico, 95 min., 2012)
Marcelo (Aarón Díaz) feels he’s found the incarnation of his favorite superhero in Julio (Héctor Jiménez of Nacho Libre), his troublesome and eccentric neighbor whose biggest dream is to become a porn star. But Ms. Martha, who still treats her son Marcelo like a kid, will never permit such a relationship to flourish. Emotionally disturbed, she will try to protect the only thing she has left in the world… her only son. Part of the Cine Gay Showcase.
La Pasion de Michelangelo
FRI 3/8 / 10:30 / S1
THU 3/14 / 8:00 / S2
Dir. Esteban Larrain
(Chile, 96 min., 2012, Spanish w/ English subtitles)
In 1983, the tyrannical Pinochet regime experiences strong political demonstrations against their military. The protesting minority loses its momentum when the peculiar story of Miguel Angel, a fourteen-year-old orphan with repressed sexual desires, diverts the nation’s attention away from rebellion. Miguel’s sightings and conversations with the Virgin Mary draw hundreds of thousands of Chileans to make the pilgrimage to his remote village.
THURS 3/7 / 10:30 / S1
MON 3/11 / 5:00 / S6
dir. Stefan Butzmühlen & Cristina Diz
(Spain/Germany, 82 min., 2012, Spanish w/ English subtitles)
Set in rural Spain, Carlos has returned to his home village to help his father herd sheep for the summer. Although the plan was only temporary, Carlos contemplates staying in the countryside after political unrest spreads through Madrid; but also due to the newly developed relationship with local police officer named Juan.
Todo mundo tiene a alguien menos yo
TUES 3/12 / 10:30/ S1
FRI 3/8 / 8:00/ S2
Dir. Raúl Fuentes
(Mexico, 90 min., 2012, Spanish w/ English subtitles)
Raúl Fuentes’ debut film examines the turbulent emotional perspective of a woman caught in a vicious self-destructive cycle. Alejandra, a condescending intellectual with many emotional problems, lacks the capacity to connect with anyone around her. When she meets Maria, an evolving and curious private school teen, the two start a passionate love affair that makes their generation gap seem trivial. This daring love story is both poetic and deeply humanistic.
CINE GAY is presented by the San Ysidro Health Center. For more information on Cine Gay and the SD Latino Film Festival visit http://www.sdlatinofilm.com.