Since October, all cultural activities have been put on hold, and with them, our beloved Pink Screens festival. Having been robbed of this moment of solidarity, our collective strength was hit harder than we had anticipated – but only for a moment. We’re rallying!
Whilst there is no plan in the immediate future to reopen cinemas, the cultural scene is surviving, and some of our films simply cannot wait… So here we are again with this new proposal: this edition of the Pink Screens festival will be digital, rather than not be at all.
Whilst your presence, of course, is irreplaceable, we are happy to announce that we have picked out a few gems from the programme we had so lovingly put together for you. Until we meet again, you’ll be able to watch them online from 8th to 18th April 2021.
We believe in this proposal as an alternative, and we look forward to meeting you all again in person in November for the 20th Anniversary edition of your favourite queer, festive, activist, feminist event for film lovers – the Pink Screens festival.
Until then, and to help make the wait worthwhile, a selection of 13 sessions (11 feature films and 2 series of short films) will be made available online on Sooner. Over the course of 10 days, and for a small fee, you’ll be able to rent/buy films from our selection, and watch them at a time that suits you best.
The opening films planned for November 2020 are of course included in our selection. Lingua Franca (Brooklyn Secrets) follows the director herself as she interprets an undocumented trans woman who has migrated to the US, whilst Futur Drei (No Hard Feelings) explores the question of reconciling multiple identities when nowhere feels like home. The Acrobat tells the very raw story, behind closed doors, of a chance encounter between two men who share an irrational addiction, whilst Alltid Amber (Always Amber) paints a contemporary portrait of young and multiple identities. Naturally, we have not forgotten our traditional “Made in Belgium” short-film session. This online edition also includes two lesbian films - Kokon and Pyrale –, and what we hope you’ll consider as beautiful a discovery as we did – Cyrille, a tender yet terrible documentary about a young gay farmer fighting for the survival of his business, and Las Mil y Una, a glimpse of queer teenage life in the working-class districts of a Latin American city -.
All things considered, this edition, whilst reduced, will be fabulous, and we warmly invite you to join us. We hope you will make some beautiful discoveries and hope to see you in good health later in the year - whether at a cine-club or at the 20th edition of Pink Screens – within the walls of those movie theatres we are missing so much.
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