CAROL (Opening Film)
Dir: Todd Haynes
2015 | 118 min | UK, USA| English | Narrative Feature
Carol follows two women from strikingly different backgrounds who find themselves in an unexpected love affair in 1950s New York. Starring Kate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, this film was nominated for six categories at the Oscars.
Changing Reflections (Short Film Package)
Two films about acceptance and dignity for transgender community in our society.
Transindia (short documentary)
Anjali: How Long Can Someone Live In Other’s Skin (short documentary)
Two short documentaries about transgender community in India and Nepal
Between Hellos & Goodbyes (Short Film Package)
Seven short films from different countries explores the complicated terrain of happiness, anxiety, laughter and tears
Weird Is Who’s Not Weird (short film)
DADDY (feature film)
Director: Gerald McCullouch
2015 | 89 min | USA |English | Narrative Feature
A story about friendship, family, getting older, and the high cost of things left unsaid.
Panel Discussion: ‘Way Ahead with Sec 377’
This panel discussion at KASHISH 2016 attempts to bring together political activists, advocates, corporate thought leaders and community voices to unpack the challenges and chart out a road map for the future vis-à-vis Sec 377 and LGBT community in India.
KOTI (feature film)
Director: Suhas Bhosale
2015 | 126 min | India | Marathi | Narrative Feature
A family is caught in a dilemma between social burden and love. The elder son, Sham’s behaviour is feminine. The father, unable to face this social burden of ridicule, decides to send him away. But Babhrya, the younger son loves his brother and hence takes a stand to resist his father and the society.
It’s Complicated (short film package)
Three short films that stress the fact that sexual identities and sexual orientations are not mere labels, but an intrinsic part of who we all are.
HETEROSEXUAL JILL (feature film)
Director: Michelle Ehlen
2013 | 80 min | USA | English | Narrative Feature
A mix of over-the-top comedy, sharp wit, and pathos, “Heterosexual Jill” rides the edge of laughter and pain, desire and repression, and explores a complicated love affair between two women.
Bed Buddies (short film)
SHARED ROOMS (feature film)
Director: Rob Williams
2016 | 75 min | USA | Narrative Feature
‘Shared Rooms’ explores the meaning of home and family through three interrelated stories of gay men finding connections during the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day – a married couple who take in a teenage relative who was kicked out of his home after his parents discovered he was gay; a pair of roommates forced to share a bed for the week, much to the delight (and horror) of the one harbouring a secret crush on the other; and two men looking for a quick hook-up who end up finding a much stronger connection.
Rainbow on Roads (short film package)
Rainbow On Roads is a package of three films that highlight why pride marches are an important part of public action demanding equal justice for LGBTQ community.
Lost Years (short film)
PANSY! (documentary feature)
Director: Jean-Baptiste Erreca
2015 | 68 min | France | Documentary Feature
Pansy! Talks about the fight against discrimination. Through Paul Harfleet’s artistic project, Pansy! promotes respect and tolerance. Paul has been travelling the world for ten years meeting people and planting pansies at the site of homophobia. This is to arise consciousness, encourage reflection, provoke discussion in the public place. Pansy acts as a poetic plant for a symbolic commemorative gesture.
My Child Is Gay, I Am Happy (short documentary)
The film is a series of interviews with parents of various young men and women from the LGBT Community. The parents are supportive, but it has been a long journey. Now they are able to speak of their gay child confidently and warmth, without any hint of embarrassment.
GAY (Original Title: Magizhvan)
Director: Mani Shankar Iyer
2015 | 56 min | India | Tamil | Narrative Feature
The tale of two lovers, caught in a situation where coming out (about their relationship) seems to be the only way out. The biggest issue – they belong to different religions and come from ‘orthodox’, middle-class families. The movie realistically journeys through their lives post this decision, emphasizing on the need for confidence, perseverance and limitless love in such relationships.
BEAUTIFUL SOMETHING (feature film)
Director: Joseph Graham
2015 | 92 min | USA | Narrative Feature
Edgy, absorbing and raw, BEAUTIFUL SOMETHING follows 4 diverse men as they navigate life during one sublime night in Philadelphia. This narrative takes a fresh and unsentimental look at the links between young and old, black and white, sex and love, desire and art. The film explores the deeper meaning of how giving one’s self to love, and its necessary vulnerabilities, helps us turn the corner from seeing the world as a child to seeing the world as an adult.
‘Freedom of Expression & Censorship in Indian cinema’
A panel of eminent filmmakers, actors, and a media critic discuss issues around artistic freedom and censorship. Where does one draw the line?
I AM NOT HE, SHE… (Nanu Avanalla, Avalu) (feature film)
Director: B.S. Lingadevaru
2015 | 115 min | India | Kannada | Narrative Feature
Madesha is a boy who cherishes basic feminine characteristics. As he grows up, his wish to become a female grows stronger. Eventually, he gets acquainted with the appalling lives of trangenders, along with their conventions. He discovers that a transgender person is not accepted in the society and is forced to make a living either by begging, or as a prostitute. Madesha transforms into Vidya who has to discover her own identity and fight against all odds to lead a dignified life.
Winner of National Award (2015) for best Actor for Sanchari Vijay, playing a transgender character
DUNNO Y 2… LIFE IS A MOMENT (feature film)
Directors: Tonje Gjevjon, Sanjay Sharma
2015 | 105 min | India, Norway | Narrative Feature
The film follows a relationship between Aryan and Ashley. They meet in a sauna in Norway just a few days before Aryan is about to get engaged to his girlfriend Aisha. Through Aryan and Ashley’s relationship, one sees how humour and love can overcome the political and cultural differences between two countries.
BOYS IN BRAZIL (feature film)
2015 | 92 min | Brazil | Narrative Feature
Boys in Brazil is a colorful, fun and exciting film that offers a new angle on the romantic comedy genre, a bold narrative that tackles issues like friendship, courage and the challenges of first love. Four guys meet at a tragic event during Sao Paulo’s Gay Parade, the largest in the world. They make an important pact that will change their lives forever.
THAT FEELING CALLED LOVE (Short Film Package)
This package contains three Indian films that explore the different dimensions of love between same-sex couples and how the social and legal status in the country impacts their relationships. These stories offer hope that love conquers all.
MATTERS OF HEART (Short Film Package)
Continuing one of the most popular short film packages at KASHISH, this year brings six films that will tenderly caress your emotions and leave you overwhelmed about the most beautiful feeling – Love!
INNER JELLYFISHES (short film)
Director: Marc-Antoine Lemire
2015 | 24 min | English, French with EST | Canada | Narrative Short |ASIAN PREMIERE | IN COMPETITION
A young man meets another one in a bar and their relationship winds up into a one-night stand. But under the sheets, they realize that perhaps when skins touch eachother, that loneliness is the deepest.
HOW TO WIN AT CHECKERS (EVERY TIME)
Director: Josh Kim
2015 | 80 min | English, Thai with EST | Thailand, USA, Indonesia |Narrative Feature | INDIAN PREMIERE | IN COMPETITION
After the loss of both parents, a young boy faces an uncertain future when his older brother must submit to Thailand’s annual military draft lottery. Unable to convince his brother to do whatever he can to change his fate, the boy takes matters into his own hands resulting in unexpected consequences.
INDIAN MASALA MIX – I (Short Film Package)
One of the most anticipated short film packages Indian Masala Mix – I brings together five documentary short films that reflect the lived-in experiences of Indian LGBTQ community, seen from diverse prisms by young and upcoming filmmakers.
PANEL DISCUSSION – Crowdfunding and independent cinema in India
Director: Hansal Mehta
2015 | 114 min | India |Narrative Feature
Aligarh is based on a true story of Dr.Shrinivas Ramchandra Siras, a Marathi professor at the Aligarh Muslim University, who was suspended from his job because of his sexual orientation. He was ostracized by the society at large and was subjected to physical and psychological torture. Rookie journalist Dipu Sebastian is the man who sees him for what he really is. Aligarh is their journey.
REACHING FOR THE MOON
Director: Bruno Barreto
2013 |118 min | Brazil | Narrative Feature
Frustrated poet Elizabeth Bishop travels to Brazil and encounters the beguiling architect Lota de Macedo Soares. Initial hostilities make way for a complicated yet long-lasting love affair that dramatically alters Bishop’s relationship to the world around her. Anchored by magnificent lead performances from Miranda Otto and Glória Pires, Reaching for the Moon is an intimate snapshot of the search for inspiration, wherever and however you find it.
Director: Ray Yeung
2015 | 87 min | USA |Narrative Feature
Set in Manhattan, Front Cover tells the story of Ryan Fu, a gay American who rejects his Chinese heritage that he sees as a hindrance to his climbing up the social ladder. Through talent and hard work he has attained his dream job as an assistant to a celebrity fashion stylist.
One day Ryan is assigned to style Ning, an actor who has just arrived from Beijing, for a top magazine photo shoot. Ning dismisses Ryan’s initial Western styling and demands an image that represents the power of the new China. Their egos and opinions clash resulting in a strained and difficult working relationship.
Over the following days, they slowly discover that they share a lot in common. As they get closer, a mutual attraction develops leading them to examine their beliefs and identities.
LOL (Short Film Package)
One of the most anticipated short film packages at KASHISH every year, LOL brings together six hilarious films that not only make you laugh, but also touch your heart.
TAB HUNTER CONFIDENTIAL (Centerpiece Documentary)
Director: Jeffrey Schwarz
2015 | 90 min | English | USA | Documentary Feature | ASIAN PREMIERE
In the 1950s, Tab Hunter is number one at the box office and number one on the music charts. He is Hollywood’s most sought-after star and America’s boy next door. Natalie Wood, Debbie Reynolds and Sophia Loren are just a few of the actresses he is romantically linked to. Nothing, it seems, can damage Tab Hunter’s career. Nothing – that is, except for the fact that Tab Hunter is secretly gay.
BETTER HALF (Feature Film)
Director: Michelle Clay
2015 | 110 min | English | USA | Narrative Feature |INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE
For years, Tony and Leo has been a happy couple. They had always talked about having a child… someday. So when a sickly infant is abandoned at a local hospital, Tony sees it as a sign.
INDIAN MASALA MIX – II (Short Film Package)
The second part of the festival’s most attended short film package. This package brings together six narrative shorts that underline the joy, happiness as well as the anxieties and dilemmas of Indian LGBTQ lives through the gaze of young upcoming filmmakers.
AKRON (Feature Film)
Director: Sasha King, Brian O’Donnell
2015 | 88 min | English | USA, Ireland | Narrative Feature | ASIAN PREMIERE
Benny and Christopher, college freshmen, meet playing football and begin a relationship. They fall in love supported by their family and friends. As their love for each other grows, a past tragic event involving their mothers comes to light. This revelation tests their own love and Benny’s close-knit family.
PANEL DISCUSSION – Dialogue with Emerging Filmmakers
Director: Joey Kuhn
2015 | 89 min | USA |Narrative Feature
On Manhattan’s gilded Upper East Side, a young gay painter is torn between an obsession with his infamous best friend and a promising new romance with an older foreign pianist. Charlie is a handsome budding artist who is hung up on his self-centered friend, Sebastian. The feeling is not mutual. Sebastian’s life is turned upside down after a scandal puts his father in jail. When Charlie meets a hot Lebanese concert pianist, older & more grounded than Sebastian, their developing relationship starts to interfere with Charlie & Sebastian’s long time friendship.
NOTE: Schedule subject to change without prior notice at the discretion of the festival.