The 32nd Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival is back from September 11–25. With more and more LGBTQ films made each year, the organisers say they’re spoiled for choice when it comes to offering audiences magical moments in the cinema.
So amid postponed screenings, shuttered cinemas, and a public that's sometimes still uneasy in public spaces, the festival has deliberately chosen some happier and more-light hearted LGBTQ-themed films this year.
With social distancing restrictions less tight than before in Hong Kong, organisers have brought back events like the opening and closing parties. And this year, a Short Screenplay Competition has been launched, which will see original work by local screenwriters read by a panel of industry experts. Two winners will receive one-on-one mentorship on how to turn their screenplays into films.
Movie screenings are taking place across Hong Kong. Here are five films you should try and see at the festival.
Get out, go to the cinema, support cinema and watch films...because they've been suffering for a long time— Joe Lam, Film Festival Director