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Love! Valour! Queer Cinema! 

A guide to the Lesbian and Gay Film Fest

Wednesday, Jun 18 1997

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-- Gary Morris
Plays Saturday, June 21, 9:30 p.m. at the Roxie

Director David de Coteau tries to rediscover romance in gay life in the '90s in this black-and-white Bildungsroman set, like many a recent gay movie, in the bohemian enclave of L.A.'s Silverlake. Kyle is an 18-year-old blond naif whose attempts to write poetry fail because, as a Greek chorus of transvestites kindly inform him, he's never really lived. A hunky, promiscuous construction worker is only too happy to further his education in life and especially love, but things get complicated when Kyle falls for him after their first encounter. Sweet, unmannered performances by the two principals redeem the too-frequent moments of bathos, and the film's extensive nudity and sweaty, upfront sex seem downright revolutionary in these reactionary times. The ever-welcome Mink Stole has a brief bit as a poetry impresario.

-- Gary Morris
Plays Tuesday, June 24, 10 p.m. at the Victoria

Canada's long been written off as a cultural backwater by jingoistic American commentators, but Canadian John Greyson is producing films as challenging as any American director today. Lilies is the most Brechtian work yet by a director who specializes in visual trickery and distancing devices. The story is based on a play that's in turn based on a startling conceit -- in a prison, a group of convicts kidnap an old priest and force him to re-experience, through their own re-creations and Greyson's rich tableaux of the priest's memories, most particularly the events that led him to the priesthood and his long-ago male lover to the prison. Greyson here counters his past tendencies toward Peter Greenaway-like coldness with unexpected rushes of feeling in this baroque melodrama of love, betrayal, arson, and murder.

-- Gary Morris
Plays Thursday, June 26, 7 p.m. at the Castro

This hard-core doc about producing gay porn films is also an instruction manual with some fascinating little-known facts. Who knew there was a name for the jet of water spraying out of an ass after an enema? (It's called "ducktailing.") Straight actors abound in gay porn because it pays more than straight (they're called "gay for pay"). And of course, never use a couch for three-ways because, as drag queen director Chi-Chi La Rue warns, "the men will fall between the cushions!" Filmmakers like La Rue and Gino Colbert, shown on the set and in candid interviews, take their work as seriously as any Hollywood auteur, down to the smallest details. During a routine inspection, La Rue notices a "problem" on one of the players: "You have to shave your butthole!"

-- Gary Morris
Plays Friday, June 27, 11:30 p.m. at the Castro

More proof, after L'Escorte and Lilies, that Canada is producing first-rate gay celluloid. A group of men all named "Peter" play out a variety of personal obsessions -- the Jackson 5, Pierre Trudeau, circumcision, censorship -- in witty dramatizations, interviews, and documentary footage of everything from Trudeau's speeches to circumcision operations. Director John Greyson invokes another Peter -- Greenaway -- in his visual game-playing, which includes text superimposed on the screen. In a subtly comic scene, two men cruise each other by "typing" on imaginary typewriters, while their sexy messages appear like subtitles. Window-box inserts offer oblique commentary on the action occupying the rest of the frame. Greyson's bracing mix of documentary and dramatics makes Uncut refreshingly unclassifiable.

-- Gary Morris
Plays Saturday, June 28, 7 p.m. at the Roxie

The San Francisco International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, now in its 21st year, is presented by Frameline, San Francisco's center for the distribution, promotion, funding, and exhibition of lesbian and gay film and video.

The fest runs June 20 through 29 at three venues:

The Castro, 429 Castro (at Market);
The Roxie, 3117 16th St. (at Valencia); and
The Victoria, 2961 16th St. (at Mission).

The festival's 24-hour info number is 703-8663.

Admission is $7.50 for evening shows, $6 for afternoon screenings (up to 5 p.m.).

Advance tickets are available at the fest's ticket outlet, 2193 Market, from noon to

7 p.m. daily save Mondays. You can also charge by phone at 436-0086 from noon to 7 p.m. daily save Mondays as well.

Note that you can't buy tickets at the outlet for shows the same day.
Those are available only at the theaters a half-hour before show time.
Sold-out shows generally feature a "hope line" at which any unclaimed reserved tickets will be sold shortly before the movie starts.

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