“There’s always something for everyone!” says Charlie Boudreau, executive director of the festival.
Together with programming director Katharine Setzer, the duo has worked hard to diversify this year’s image+nation, with a bigger focus on international films. One of the top picks for the year from select i+n staff is the opening night’s screening of Reinas (Queens), a Spanish comedy-drama that is sure to tickle anyone’s funny bone and shed a tear here and there as well.
There are movies for the men and for the ladies and all those in-between: Another Gay Movie seems to be the buzz title for the many queer teen flicks on the festival’s program selection this year. Loving Annabelle is also sure to raise a few eyebrows with another tale of teen rebellion and attraction.
There is a special focus on queer musicals this year with the screenings of 20 Centrimos (20 Centimetres, also in Spanish), Colma: The Musical, the crowd-pleasing Hedwig and the Angry Inch, the Bollywood-inspired Shabnam Mousi and Liza Minelli spectacle that is Cabaret.
Other events alongside the films at i+n include nine nights full of parties at a multitude of bars, lounges and clubs throughout the city and the launch of author Tom Waugh’s book “The Romance of Transgression in Canada: Queering Sexualities, Nations, Cinemas” partnered with a panel discussion on queer cinema with specially invited filmmakers like Ptricia Rozema (When Night is Falling) and Dayna McLoed (Big Girl Town). Waugh’s launch takes place at Concordia University’s de Sève Cinema on Saturday, November 18 beginning at 1:00 p.m.
Locations for image+nation’s theatres are the National Film Board Theatre (1564 St-Denis), the de Sève (1400 de Maisonneuve West) and the newly-restored Imperial Cinema (1432 Bleury).