Asia’s oldest LGBT film festival returns next month! The Hong Kong Lesbian & Gay Film Festival is back with a new lineup of 29 feature films and a further 31 shorts.
One of the most notable films to look out for is the fest’s closing entry, Bao Bao. A Taiwanese drama that explores the issues faced by many same-sex families, the film tells the story of Taiwanese expats Cindy (Emmie Rays) and Joanne (Huan-Ru Ke), living in London, who are about to have their first child. Their marital bliss is threatened when Cindy discovers that Joanne has promised their unborn son to another gay couple, their friends Charles and Tim.
Opening film My Days of Mercy, starring Ellen Page and Kate Mara, tells the story of Lucy (Page), a passionate activist campaigning against the death penalty, who falls in love with Mercy (Mara), a woman on the opposing side, when they clash at a political rally. The attraction is instant, and they embark on a secret romance despite their different political stances. It's a thought-provoking drama about political priorities as well as a compelling love story.
This year's festival also features various LGBT films from across Asia, plus a special panel discussion, with members of the Asia Pacific Queer Film Festival Alliance, about the difficulties in organising LGBT film festivals in India, Pakistan and Myanmar.
Tickets are available now at selected cinemas. See here for a list of what’s showing when and where.