The Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival announced this morning that Icons, the highly successful documentary series that highlights six must-see films that take audiences into the fascinating lives of influential queer icons of the past, present and future, is returning for this year’s festival. Also unveiled today was the In Focus program featuring five films that dive into the dark, twisted and supernatural.
This year’s Icons showcase a selection of powerful documentaries including the Canadian Premiere of Game Face, the moving story of the trials and tribulations of transgendered professional MMA Fighter Fallon Fox, and Terrence Clemens, a gay, small-town basketball player as they work to overcome the ignorance and disapproval of the public, media and their peers. Both Fallon and Clemens will be in Toronto for the premiere of the movie.
Other program highlights include She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry, a documentary that transports audiences to the American Women’s Movement of 1966 to 1971, a time when lesbians and women of color fought to take their place in the revolution; and the Canadian Premiere of To Russia With Love, which offers a glimpse into Putin’s Russia, where anti-LGBT violence is not frowned upon.
The dark side of queer film is explored in the In Focus series with titles such as Marçal Forés’ Everlasting Love, an erotic horror film about a Spanish teen’s relationship with his teacher that takes a terrifying turn; Nasty Baby starring Kristen Wiig and Sebastián Silva as best friends who resort to some really nasty things in a desperate effort to get pregnant, as well as the dark comedy You’re Killing Me.
In celebration of Inside Out’s silver anniversary, the Festival reflects back on the history of LGBT cinema with the 25th Anniversary Retro Series. The five films screening during the festival are the 2008 audience favorite Love Songs, the 20th anniversary of Patricia Rozema’s When Night Is Falling, Gus Van Sant‘s 1991 film My Own Private Idaho, Golden Globe winner for Best Foreign Language Film My Life in Pink; and Dee Rees’ acclaimed debut feature Pariah. Tickets for each Retro Series screening are $5.50, the cost of admission at the very first Inside Out in 1991.
The 25th Anniversary Festival runs from Thursday, May 21 to Sunday, May 31 with tickets on sale starting May 5 for members and May 7 for the general public.