Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street
Vancouver Queer Film Festival 2019
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When: August 15 - 25, 2019
Where: Various locations in Vancouver, including SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.
Additional Info: SFU Woodward's Cultural Programs is proud to celebrate seven years of collaboration with Vancouver Queer Film Festival.
The Vancouver Queer Film Festival, now in its 31st year, is the largest queer arts event in Western Canada and the second-largest film festival in Vancouver. Showcasing over 70 films from more than 10 countries, with themes ranging from the histories of local “troublemakers”, films centering on two-spirit stories, and beautiful narratives set against the backdrop of the opera. With over 100 films from over 25 countries, the Festival celebrates the best in independent queer cinema and facilitates a unique community space through a variety of performances, panels and workshops.
OPENING NIGHT FILM: Song Lang
In 1980’s Saigon, tough and embittered debt-collector Dung Thunderbolt works for a relentless loan shark, exacting rough consequences on those who don’t pay up. One day his boss sends him to collect from a local Cải Lương folk opera troupe who are running behind on their payments. There he meets Linh Phung, the young star of their new production who reluctantly impresses Dung when he stands up to his intimidation tactics. When Linh and Dung cross paths by chance again, they develop a friendship which grows into something more; a tender, tentative connection informed by a mutual love of music, storytelling and a desire for a higher purpose and connection. Dung can’t help but let down his guard around Linh’s sincerity and curiosity. As his heart opens up to the potential of love and reconnection with his creative self, he has to confront his painful past and reconcile with his own damaged relationship to the sensitive young boy he once was.
Director Leon Le delivers an operatic first feature film set against the dreamy, faded beauty of Vietnam’s most iconic, resilient city. Song Lang is both a tribute to the golden age of Cải Lương, and to the sweet cautious stirrings of budding desire.
Content Advisory: Explicit Violence.
Song Lang | Leon Le | USA | 2018 | 101 min | Vietnamese with English subtitles.
Be sure to attend our Opening Gala Party, happening right after the August 15 screening in šxʷƛ̓exən Xwtl’a7shn Plaza. Entry is free with membership.
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