KASHISH 2012 has a French date this year. The Country Focus at the 3rd Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival is France.
The festival will screen two highly acclaimed French Features Gigola (2010 / 102 min) directed by Laure Charpentier and Le Fil (The String) (2009 / 93 min) directed by Mehdi Ben Attia. Both the films boast of wonderful cameos by two of France’s extraordinary top notch actresses - Marisa Paredes in Gigola and Claudia Cardinale in Le Fil.
2010/ Narrative Feature/ 102 min/ French with EST
Set in 1960's underbelly of Paris, adapted and directed by Laure Charpentier from her own novel, Gigola is a story of a mercurial woman who abandons herself to the sensual world of Sapphic desire. After her lover’s suicide, an emotionally aloof Georgina butches up as Gigola and becomes part of the notorious nocturnal life of Place Pigalle. With the riches an infatuated and aristocratic Odette showers on her, Gigola tries to free a fellow prostitute from an Italian gangster-pimp’s ownership, and in the process falls in love with both of them. This film plays as part of the ‘Country Focus - France’ package.
Writer / Director Laure Charpentier has already published more than 15 novels including Gigola in 1972 and its sequel Père, Impair et Passe in 1998. She has also published many articles in women’s magazines. She recently wrote a gay theatre comedy La Parenthèse that played in Paris at the Daunou theatre for two years. Gigola is her debut film as director.
Film Courtesy: Wide Management
Screening at: Cinemax Versova on May 25, 2012 at 8.30 pm & Alliance Francaise on May 26, 2012 at 6.30 pm
The String (Le Fil)
2009/ Narrative Feature/ 93 min/ French, Arabic with EST
After living for years in France, Malik is back at the family home in Tunisia. He’s recovering from his father’s death and struggling to keep his homosexuality a secret from his domineering mother, Sara. She continues to invite eligible, young woman, while he gets his kicks cruising for trade. Even as Malik’s childhood anxieties start resurfacing, things perk up when he encounters Bilal, the handsome handyman who lives at his mother’s bourgeois estate. Malik is immediately smitten, but does Bilal feel the same way and can he trust his feelings? Examining the tensions between French-raised Arabs and their more conservative fellow countrymen, debutant director Mehdi Ben Attia creates an insightful and engaging portrait of gay life in Tunisia.
Writer/ Director Mehdi Ben Attia wrote several scripts for cinema and television, including, Loin and Impardonnables, by French director André Téchiné. Le Fil is his debut feature film. It was released in France in 2010 and won the Best Feature Audience Award at Frameline. He is currently in the process of post-production for his second film, Alter Ego.
Film Courtesy: Embassy of France, Institut Français
Screening at: Alliance Francaise on May 24, 2012 at 3.15 pm
A package of six short films portraying Contemporary French Queer Cinema – ranging from tender love stories to tongue-in-cheek humour to an action thriller.
In Girls of Fire (Les Filles De Feu) directed by Jean-Sébastien Chauvin two girls on the phone are looking for each other but never succeed to connect. Then, one of them vanishes...
An Other World (Un Autre Monde) directed by David Haddad is a funny twist to the norm! In a society where to be ‘straight’ means to live with someone of the same sex, Gabriel is ‘abnormal’ because he is in love with a woman.
Manhunt (Chasse à l’homme) directed by Stéphane Olijnyk is a short thriller based on the novel Chasse à l’homme by Jean-Bernard Pouy and Patrick Raynal. A young terrorist is trapped by Gavras, a hunter of the Special Intervention Unit who is tracking him. Thus begins a long march through the forest with many battles for control – some verbal, some physical.
Just For Sex (Plan Cul) directed by Olivier Nicklaus. What can you do if you have a sex date but your house, as always, is full of people and you have just fifteen minutes to send them all away!
In La Derade directed by Pascal Latil, Simon and his sailor boyfriend François are devoted to each other. But Simon has a chronic illness and is awaiting a heart transplant. Sometimes love is not the most important gift that one can give.
The Incredible Adventures Of Fusion Man directed by Marius Vale and Xavier Gens is a gay superhero story! Marc is preparing to spend a quiet romantic evening with his boyfriend-the superhero Fusion Man, who has to rush to rescue a young man from the trap laid by his arch-enemy Wako, who dares to reveal Fusion Man’s secret.
Screens at; Cinemax Versova on May 24, 2012 at 11.15 am and at Alliance Francaise on may 24, 2012 at 6.30 pm