Triple Oscar nominee Albert Nobbs will have its African première at the first edition of the 19th Out In Africa Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, which runs from Friday, 23 March-Sunday 1 April 2012 in Cape Town and Johannesburg.
Glenn Close received her sixth Oscar nomination for her titular role as a woman passing as a man in order to work and survive in 19th Century Ireland. Janet McTeer, nominated as Best Supporting Actress, also has a cross-dressing role, and the film is up for Best Makeup. Rising star Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland, Jane Eyre) is the love interest.
Director Rodrigo Garcia, son of the Nobel Prize winning novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez, is an Emmy-nominee who’s worked on some of the biggest TV shows of the last decade, from The Sopranos and Six Feet Under to Big Love and In Treatment.
The festival will play host to three international guests alongside one of their strongest programmes yet.
Lead actress and producer Dreya Weber will present A Marine Story, which has won 16 major awards. The drama is a timely reminder of the US military’s invidious “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, which caused extraordinary damage to thousands of soldiers before being overturned in September 2011.
Weber, a Festival favourite in The Gymnast, is a famous aerialist and choreographer who has performed at the Grammys, the Winter Olympics and with the likes of Michael Jackson, Madonna, Rihanna, Christina Aguilera and Pink.
Swedish actor and producer Josefine Tengblad will present Kyss Mig (Kiss Me), a lekker lesbofliek which was named Best Breakthrough Film by the American Film Institute last year. Tengblad worked with Lars von Trier on Dogville and Manderlay, and on the popular TV series Wallander.
Belgian director Bavo Defurne will present screenings of his film North Sea Texas, a subtle, nuanced and satisfying coming-of-age, boy-next-door love story, which was named Best Feature Début at the Montreal World Film Festival and won the Fipresci International Press Award.
Soweto-born Fanney Tsimong, a former VUKA! Raw Talent Award winner, is also a guest of the festival as the writer and director of The Secret (Imfhilo), a contemporary humour-filled story about a married man in denial. The Secret will play with two South African short films: Anders by Werner Coetzee, and Mthokozisi Lembethe’s Paving Forward, a short documentary about a fabulous 50-year-old dyke and her journey to acceptance, featuring a surprise appearance by COPE leader Mosiuoa Lekota.
Other highlights include: the award-winning, wickedly funny British film 9 Dead Gay Guys – the queer flick Guy Ritchie should have made; Christopher and His Kind, a lush drama and the real story of Christopher Isherwood’s Berlin, fabric of the cult classic Cabaret; the award-winning Chilean My Last Round, an exquisite South American sleeper in the fashion of the runaway hit Undertow and German must-see Romeos, a trendy, unconventional and very contemporary take on the issues facing queer teens.
Out In Africa screens at Nu Metro cinemas - V&A Waterfront in Cape Town and Hyde Park, Johannesburg.
Out In Africa's new format of three mini-festivals a year proved very successful in 2011, allowing the Festival to keep up with the latest releases and present more opportunities for the LGBTIQ community to see films in a way that is easier on the pocket and the social calendar. 2012’s second edition is planned from 27 July-5 August, with the third edition scheduled for 17-28 October 2012.