Tale of love interrupted

Queer Fest

Tale of love interrupted

Acclaimed: Colin Firth and Julianne Moore in A Single Man.

The auditorium was overflowing with people of all age groups. People sat on the floor, shared chairs and stood in very nook and corner to watch the movie. A Single Man is the story of George Falconer, a British college professor struggling to find meaning in his life after the death of his long-time partner Jim. The movie is set in Los Angeles of 1962, at the height of the Cuban missile crisis. George is not in a position to get over his past and is not able to view his future. On a particular day, a series of events and encounters lead him to wonder whether there was any meaning at all to life post Jim’s death.

George is also consoled by his best friend Charley, who is very beautiful and is wrestling with her own questions about her future. A young student of George, Kenny, is coming to terms with his true nature and keeps stalking George as he finds in him a kindred spirit. The movie is a romantic tale of love interrupted, the isolation that is an inherent part of the human condition and ultimately the importance of the seemingly smaller moments in life. It is also based on the 1964 novel of the same title by Christopher Isherwood.   
Jerome J, a photographer, said, “Film festivals like BQFF should be supported by people of all kinds and background. It’s high time all of us got out of the nutshell and started viewing things in a broad manner. Certain concerns can be brought into the limelight and certain causes will be supported. Such activities have become a platform to hear the voices of a section of people in the society.”

A huge LGBT community was present at the film festival, who looked excited about being part of the event. Meeli, said, “I liked the movie a lot especially, the part where George is just not able to spark any chemistry with Charley. I am glad that so many people turned out for the screening. It shows the kind of support we all have.”

The festival screened various documentaries and short films like Muxes, V is for violet, Jalhawar Dinbadal and also a collection of short stories and documentaries made by LGBTQ people in Hong Kong called as GDOTTV Selections. Lost and Found and Are we talking straight? were also screened. Panel discussions were also held. Apphia Kumar, Christy Raj and Sumathi were part of the discussions.         

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