I Dream In Another Language directed by Ernesto Contreras (Mexico/Netherlands) 2017 involves the effort to preserve a dying language.
A young researcher arrives in a remote village nestled in a lush, Mexican rainforest hoping to record a nearly extinct indigenous language while the last three native speakers are still alive. One speaker dies shortly after he gets there, leaving only two men who haven’t spoken to one another in decades.
The heart of the film revolves around a complex, volatile relationship spanning years.
It’s one of the centerpiece programs of the forthcoming Frameline 41 festival and is scheduled to screen 20 June 2017 at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco.
Contact Frameline for more information and tickets.
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A casual encounter may lead to surprising consequences.
Weekend directed by Andrew Haigh (UK) 2011 opens with Russell in the bath in preparing for a night out. He arrives late at a house party hosted by straight friends and is soon caught up in the celebration. Already intoxicated when he leaves.
But instead of going home he heads to a gay disco in search of a hookup. His attention is focused on a man seated at the bar who he follows to the men’s room but looses sight of on the way out. Consequently willing to settle for a different man who’s attracted to him.
The next morning Russell prepares coffee for himself and his trick. What occurred in the dark is evidently somewhat of a blur to Russell and the audience as well. When he opens the bedroom door the man he came home with is revealed.
His sexual partner Glen holds a small recorder demanding that Russell talk about what led up to their meeting and the follow up but Russell isn’t interested in opening up. When he asks why, Glen says it’s part of an art project he’s working on.
The two men spend 48 challenging, playful, passionate hours together. They share more than sex. Learning quite a bit about each other in the process. Agreeing about some things but also expressing opposing views about relationships and life goals.
Both Russell and Glen are impacted by their time spent together.
Weekend is available in Blu-Ray and DVD from The Critereon Collection.
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