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montreal LESBIAN GAY BI TRANS film festival

You’ll Never be Alone

Nunca vas a estar solo
Alex Anwandter 2016 Chile 81min spanish s.-t.en

Blossoming into his identity as a gay teen, Pablo (Andrew Bargsted) finds refuge from Santiago's drab, dangerous streets in his brightly lit, rose-hued room, lip-syncing to his favorite romantic ballads while clad in a sequined gown, hoping to one day make his mark as a drag performer, all while his father Juan (Sergio Hernandez) stews in his own workaday life as a supervisor at a mannequin factory, knowingly blind to his son's burgeoning sense of self. When a brutal betrayal by closeted neighbor Felix (Jaime Leiva) puts Pablo's life in the balance, Juan must confront his failure to truly connect with his son while navigating a callous insurance industry, staggering medical bills, a duplicitous supervisor, and an indifferent culture, leading to a devastating choice made to ensure Pablo's ongoing care. Based in part on the 2012 murder of gay Chilean Daniel Zamudio, this unforgettable debut feature from electropop musician Alex Anwandter is at once a pointed social critique, an engrossing tale of betrayal and redemption, and a stirring testament to a father's love.

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My Brother

Tania Galan 2016 Spain 23min spanish s.-t.en.

Having fled as far away as possible, young Spanish Alberto returns home from Berlin to deal with the suicide of his brother. To assuage the guilt he feels over his death - and the familiar reasons for it - he confronts the realities of the suffocating Castilian village the best way he knows how, through drawing. The result: a beautifully illustrated tale of love and a challenge to his homeland’s homophobia.

13.50 CAD