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Love Next Door

Presented by GLOBAL GAM
Presented by GLOBAL GAM
Thailand / 2013 / Colour / 70 minutes
In Thai with English Subtitles
Director: Thitipan Raksasat
Cast: Asia Jeennukul, Top Smith

20/9 (Fri) 9:50pm / PALACE ifc

22/9 (Sun) 9:50pm / The ONE

01/10 (Tue) 2:35pm / The ONE

06/10 (Sun) 8:10pm / bc

* Cast & crew in attendance of 20/9 screening

“Love Next Door” is a gay sex comedy directed by Thitipan Raksasat, whose previous film producer “It Gets Better” was the closing film of 2012 Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. The story begins with Khao who runs away from home and stays at his friend’s house where people knock on the wrong door to pay for sex. Khao needs the money anyway, so he goes with the flow without knowing that he would end up falling in love with Pete, the guy next door who is actually the one all the customers are knocking for!
Schoolgirl Complex
Japan / 2013 / Colour / 95 minutes
In Japanese with English Subtitles
Director: Yuichi Onuma
Cast: Aoi Morikawa, Mugi Kadowaki, Maaya Kondo, Aoi Yoshikura

22/9 (Sun) 4:15pm / bc

26/9 (Thur) 8:00pm / The ONE

Manami is a kind and thoughtful girl who runs a successful broadcast club in an all-girls’ secondary school. Keen to have her fellow club members committed, Manami leads them through rigorous daily practices. When a mysterious and standoffish senior student Chiyuki is assigned to join the club, Minami finds herself attracted to Chiyuki, and allows Chiyuki to be the lead vocal for the annual Arts Festival performance of the tormented classic Japanese author Osamu Daza’s Schoolgirl. Facing opposition in her club, Manami is forced to face her own fears and disappointment. One of the most controversial selections for this year’s HKLGFF, this film took the programmers and their friends a full month to come to a decision.
Soongava: Dance of the Orchids
Nepal / 2012 / Colour / 85 minutes
In Nepali and English with English Subtitles
Director: Subarna Thapa
Cast: Deeya Maskey, Nisha Adhikar, Saugat Malla

1/10 (Tue) 7:40pm / bc

3/10 (Thur) 7:50pm / The ONE

Twenty-two years old Diya (Deeya Maskey) is training to be a traditional Nepalese dancer. She meets her dance pupil Kiran (Nisha Adhikari) and they soon develop deep emotional bonds. When Diya’s parents arranged for Diya to get married, she breaks off her engagement. Their relationship becomes the object of family ridicule and alienation. Shot with beautiful dance sequences, Katmandu-born, France-based director Subarna Thapa tackles the issue of same-sex love in a country which has made significant progress for LGBT rights but still has a long way to go. Winner of the Jury Award at Mumbai Film Festival 2012.

In Addition:

 

Two Girls Against the Rain

Two Girls Against the Rain
Cambodia / 2012 / Colour / 11 minutes
Director: Sopheak Sao
Documentary

A short documentary about a lesbian couple, Yun and Eang, who met and fell in love under the rule of Khmer Rouge.

 

Lesbian Factory + Rainbow Popcorn
Taiwan / 2010 & 2013 / Colour / 70 minutes + 50 minutes
In Mandarin and English with English subtitles
Documentary
Director: Susan Chen

20/9 (Fri) 7:30pm/ bc

29/9 (Sun) 3:40pm / bc

In 2004, 125 Philippina women lost their jobs and stranded without food or money when the Fast Fame electronics factory shut down. The Taiwan International Workers’ Association (TIWA) stepped in to help migrant workers to organize and fight for their rights. Featuring interviews with six lesbian couples, they share their stories of love, family and work experiences. A sequel to Lesbian Factory, Rainbow Popcorn follows their love stories and journeys to Luzon, Ilo-Ilo and Mindanao in the Philippines, to Dubai and elsewhere. Candid, heartwarming and touching, both documentaries will make you laugh and shed tears at the same time.

 

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