The Austin Gay + Lesbian International Film Festival is held from September 7-10, 2017 at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar. This year as they celebrate the 30th season, aGLIFF hopes to accomplish even more than prior years.
Whether you attended the first film festival in 1985 or attended for the first time last year, they promise a full and diverse line up. On Thursday, 6:45pm the first night of the festival, Mayor Adler made opening remarks that contrast the divisive legislative sessions and the unifying efforts after Hurricane Harvey.
There is a full schedule of various feature and short films and the daily offerings can be viewed at http://agliff.org/2017-festival-2/
Among the huge line up of films, here are two highlighted from the features:
“Chavela” – will screen on Sunday, September 10 at 1:15 p.m.
Dir: Catherine Gund and Daresha Kyi – 2017 I United States, Mexico and Spain. In Spanish and English with English Subtitles – 90 min. – Texas Premiere
Winning the Audience Award for Best Documentary at Frameline and the U.S. Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at Outfest, “Chavela” is a thought-provoking, bittersweet tribute to one of best unknown treasures in music history. Chavela Vargas sang traditional rancheras songs like no other, and when she sang everyone who heard her could feel her pain and their own. She garnered attention from many celebrities, including Frida Kahlo, Ava Gardner, and Pedro Almodovar. While she never said the words “gay” or “lesbian,” Chavela was open about her lesbian experiences, even as she wore masculine clothing and sang about women. “Chavela” is an unique and somewhat controversial look of a woman who didn’t give a you-know-what about anyone and lived her life to the fullest, leaving behind an impressive legacy.
Co-Presented by: Cine Las Americas and Mercury Mambo
“No Dress Code Required” will screen on Sunday, September 10 at 10:15 a.m.
Dir: Cristina Herrera Borquez – 2016 – México. In Spanish with English Subtitles – 92 min. Texas Premiere
Marriage equality continues to be a battle that the gay community is engaged in around the world. The obstacles to overcome are different in each nation. For Victor Manuel Aguirre and Victor Fernando Urias, getting married in their hometown of Mexicali in the Mexican state of Baja California is a battle fraught with exasperating tricks and bureaucratic hurdles from their opponents. Yet these two wonderful men manage to get past these humiliations with courage and enormous perseverance. Their eventual victory is a heroic and deeply gratifying example of the power of love that would pave the way for many other couples to follow.
Co-Presented by: Cine Las Americas
Visit http://agliff.org/2017-festival-2/ for more details and individual ticket information.