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  1. The Happy Prince | SPECIAL PRESENTATION!

    RUPERT EVERETT / features / UK / 2017 / 105 mins
    SPECIAL PRESENTATION! The multi-talented Rupert Everett, one of filmdom’s first openly gay actors, brings his dream project to the screen – a study of the sunset years of legendary writer and wit Oscar Wilde. Hailed as a “brilliant tour de force,” we encounter Wilde at the end of the 19th century when the sophisticated dandy was the darling of London society. But his open homosexuality was his undoing and after a much publicized, notorious trial, Wilde is sent to prison. Impoverished and stricken by ill health upon his release, he goes into exile in Paris, surviving on the flamboyant irony and brilliant bon mots that defined him. After a half-hearted attempt to reconcile with his wife Constance (Emily Watson, BREAKING THE WAVES, ANGELA’S ASHES), he heads back into the arms of his young lover Lord Douglas (Colin Morgan, MERLIN; HUMANS), an emotionally disastrous decision. Supported by loyal friends, including Reggie Turner (Oscar winner Colin Firth) who try to protect him from his own excesses, Wilde reflects on his life while observing from an ironic distance with detachment and humor his reduced circumstances. Everett wrote the script, makes his directorial debut with THE HAPPY PRINCE and caps his extraordinary acting career with a deeply moving performance. “Rupert Everett is magnificent in a dream role,” THE GUARDIAN raved and so he is. Rupert Everett is scheduled to attend the screening. Scheduled to attend: Rupert Everett (director/actor/writer).
    The Happy Prince | Special Presentation

    Landmark's Century Centre Cinema
    Thursday, September 27 7:00 PM Buy Tickets


  2. He Loves Me

    KONSTANTINOS MENELAOU / features / Greece, UK / 2017 / 72 mins
    Convinced a holiday away from the city will help mend their rocky relationship, two young men hitchhike to a remote seaside enclave, filling their days and nights with passionate lovemaking in the crystal clear water and making excursions into the rocky outcrops for sensuous alone time under the sun. A narrator articulates their inner thoughts as they frolic in the sand and surf, but even in this golden paradise, doubts they left behind catch up to them, leading to an emotionally charged confrontation that will either result in the crumbling of their already fragile relationship, or an opportunity to once again discover the spark that united them in the first place. HE LOVES ME, frank in its depiction of sex, is an exploration of the unconventional nature of love and its ability to survive against the odds.
    He Loves Me

    Landmark's Century Centre Cinema
    Sunday, September 23 9:30 PM Buy Tickets


  3. In My Room

    AYELET ALBENDA / features / Israel, UK, USA / 2017 / 73 mins
    IN MY ROOM is a coming of age film that takes place inside the rooms of six teenagers, and is told entirely out of self-made videos they posted on YouTube. Not YouTube stars, these are just teenagers talking to anyone who is willing to listen. Arieh, a 12-year-old boy loves makeup; Lydia is questioning her gender and begins transitioning to Liam; Rachel struggles daily with anorexia; Lina is Muslim and fighting prejudice; Ryan is a sweet, straight Asian teen who lives for his music; and Sabrina is pregnant at 15. Through cross-editing of the characters, viewer comments, and footage from the entire video blogosphere, their lives are woven into one collective journey. The result is a visual and narrative kaleidoscope of adolescence, a rare invitation to peek inside the world of these fearless kids whose insights are both heartbreaking and inspiring. Scheduled to attend: Ayelet Albenda (director)
    In My Room

    Landmark's Century Centre Cinema
    Saturday, September 22 1:15 PM Buy Tickets


  4. Just Friends

    ELLEN SMIT / features / Netherlands / 2018 / 80 mins
    Yad (Majd Mardo), a handsome Middle Eastern medical student in Amsterdam, quits his hard partying lifestyle to spend the summer in a small Dutch city with his parents. A temp job as a domestic working for the energetic Ans (Jenny Arean) leads to Yad meeting her hunky blonde grandson Joris (Josha Stradowski). The erotic fireworks between the two are off the charts and their affair is the perfect respite from their respective family problems. But can this be more than just a hot, summer fling? Can the possibility of love bridge the cultural differences threatening to tear the seductive heartthrobs apart? This ultra-sexy romantic dramedy offers something beyond the usual pleasures of a young gay love story, and the conflicts with their families have nothing to do with Yad and Joris’s sexuality, marking JUST FRIENDS as a truly modern tale of queer love.
    Just Friends

    Landmark's Century Centre Cinema
    Saturday, September 22 9:15 PM Buy Tickets


  5. Kill the Monsters

    RYAN LONERGAN / features / USA / 2018 / 80 mins
    Handsome control freak Patrick (writer-director Ryan Lonergan, A THOUSAND BEAUTIFUL THINGS), his second half, the charismatic, impulsive, trust fund baby Sutton (Garrett McKechnie, TERRITORY), and the third and newest member of their threesome, darling boy toy Frankie (Jack Ball, HENRY GAMBLE’S BIRTHDAY PARTY), live the charmed life of your average, everyday thruple. But when Frankie is stricken with a mysterious illness, the dynamic trio swings into action, heading west in search of a holistic cure. On the way, between fights and makeup sex in nondescript hotel rooms, the unique challenges facing this three-way relationship are probed. Shot in radiant black and white with a lively music score, part gorgeous travelogue, part political allegory, and a full on examination of the quirks and kinks of a loving threesome, KILL THE MONSTERS is the road trip you wish you could take.
    Kill the Monsters

    Landmark's Century Centre Cinema
    Wednesday, September 26 9:15 PM Buy Tickets


  6. Leitis in Waiting

    DEAN HAMER, JOE WILSON / features / Tonga / 2018 / 72 mins
    Tonga, the tiny island kingdom of Polynesia, is home to the “leitis” – an intrepid group of native transgender women fighting a rising tide of religious fundamentalism and intolerance in their South Pacific home. Over the course of an eventful year, we follow the gracious but quietly determined Joey Mataele, a devout Catholic of noble descent, as she organizes an exuberant beauty pageant, mentors a young contestant rejected by her family, garners the support of a Royal Princess, and spars with American-financed evangelicals threatening to resurrect colonial-era laws that would criminalize the leitis’ lives. With unexpected humor and extraordinary access to the Kingdom’s royals and religious leaders, this deftly observed documentary reveals what it means to be different in a society ruled by tradition and what it takes to be accepted without forsaking who you are.
    Leitis in Waiting

    Landmark's Century Centre Cinema
    Saturday, September 22 5:00 PM Buy Tickets


  7. Mapplethorpe

    ONDI TIMONER / features / USA / 2018 / 102 mins
    Matt Smith (THE CROWN; DR. WHO) gives a fearless, unabashedly sexy performance in this long awaited biopic as Robert Mapplethorpe, arguably one of the most important artists of the 20th century, who discovered himself both sexually and artistically in New York City through the ‘70s and into artistic renown in the ‘80s before his untimely passing from AIDS in 1989. Timoner’s unapologetically frank movie explores Mapplethorpe’s life as he and then girlfriend Patti Smith (Marianne Rendon, IMPOSTERS) move into the famed Chelsea hotel, home to a world of bohemian chic. Photographing his new found circle of friends of artists, musicians, socialites, film stars, and members of the S&M underground, Mapplethorpe soon discovers his unique photographic gifts. Enabled and emboldened by his lover and art patron, Sam Wagstaff (Tony Award winner John Benjamin Hickey), Mapplethorpe’s erotically charged photos shocked the art world, setting off a firestorm of controversy that is still being played out today in the court of public opinion.
    Mapplethorpe

    Landmark's Century Centre Cinema
    Friday, September 21 9:30 PM Buy Tickets


  8. A Moment in the Reeds

    MIKKO MAKELA / features / Finland, UK / 2017 / 108 mins
    Leevi, who has been living in Paris while attending college, returns to his native Finland for the summer to help his estranged father renovate the family lake house so it can be sold. Tareq, a handsome, soft-spoken recent asylum seeker from Syria, has been hired to help with the work, and when Leevi’s father returns to town on business, leaving them on their own, the two young men warily establish a connection that leads to a hot love affair set against the idyllic Finnish summer. Looming over the budding romance is the father’s imminent return, the inevitability of Leevi returning to Paris, as well as Tareq’s complex relationship with his family in Syria. Timely and thought provoking, writer-director Makela’s movie is also the first independent LGBT film ever made in Finland.
    A Moment in the Reeds

    Landmark's Century Centre Cinema
    Tuesday, September 25 9:30 PM Buy Tickets


  9. My Big Gay Italian Wedding

    ALESSANDRO GENOVESI / features / Italy / 2018 / 89 mins
    In this merry romantic comedy, tall drink of water Antonio and his cuddly bear of a boyfriend Paolo happily cohabitate in Berlin and are finally taking the plunge. They decide to celebrate in the small village in Italy where Antonio grew up. Though his mother is immediately supportive, her husband Roberto, the town Mayor, is much more reluctant. Paolo, who is estranged from his conservative mother, must also get her to the nuptials as a condition of Antonio’s mom attending and paying for the whole shebang – a lavish ceremony dreamed up by Italy’s most renowned wedding planner. Then there’s the problem of Antonio’s female stalker who insists that she, not Paolo, is his one true love. Throw in a couple of wacky roommates and the aisle to the altar is paved with hilarity, hijinks and lots of love in this warm-hearted commedia d’amore.
    My Big, Gay Italian Wedding

    Landmark's Century Centre Cinema
    Monday, September 24 7:00 PM Buy Tickets


  10. The Queens | DOCUMENTARY CENTERPIECE!

    MARK SAXENMEYER / features / USA / 2018 / 99 mins
    Using the framework of Chicago’s 35 year old Miss Continental Pageant as its backdrop, Saxenmeyer’s entertaining and insightful documentary explores the transgender subculture of competitive female impersonation in all its glittery glory. The journeys of several contestants are explored as they plot their paths to victory. Along the way we meet several other entertainers immersed in this fascinating close-knit community who share the dazzling highs and unique challenges of their lives on and offstage. The film also delves into the rich history of The Baton, Chicago’s historic female illusion showplace (now in its 49th year). A warm profile of Jim Flint, pioneering LGBTQ rights pioneer and local legend, owner of the Baton and the pageant, is also included. Part RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE, part POSE, part MISS AMERICA, and all absolutely fabulous, this is THE QUEENS. Scheduled to attend: Mark Saxenmeyer (director/writer/producer/editor) and various cast members.
    The Queens | Documentary Centerpiece

    Landmark's Century Centre Cinema
    Monday, September 24 9:00 PM Buy Tickets


  11. The Rest I Make Up

    MICHELLE MEMRAN / features / USA / 2018 / 79 mins
    María Irene Fornés has been called “America’s Great Unknown Playwright.” She’s written more than 40 plays, won nine OBIE awards, been a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and mentored thousands of playwrights across the globe. Theater luminaries like Tony Kushner, Paula Vogel, Lanford Wilson, and Edward Albee have credited Irene as an inspiration and influence. When she stopped writing in 1999 due to dementia, a friendship with a young female writer reignites her creative spirit. The camera becomes a catalyst, capturing Irene’s ability to teach, to inspire, and to turn the scraps of everyday life into moments worthy of wonder and delight. Memran’s film captures Irene’s memories – of creative triumphs, groundbreaking friendship, female love affairs long and short – weaving together present and past while moving mentor and student towards an ever-deepening connection in the face of forgetting. A warm, lively portrait of a virtuosic theater artist is the result. ***Scheduled to attend: Michelle Memran (director)***
    The Rest I Make Up

    Landmark's Century Centre Cinema
    Monday, September 24 7:15 PM Buy Tickets


  12. Riot

    JEFFREY WALKER / features / Australia / 2017 / 106 mins
    RIOT tells the story of the courage and passion behind Australia’s first Gay and lesbian Mardi Gras. In the late 1970s when homosexuality is still a crime in Sydney, a group of activists – some friends, some lovers, some just committed to their search for equality – don fancy dress, join hands and parade down Oxford Street – unaware that angry police lie in wait and that history is about to written. Gay rights pioneer Lance Gowland, uncompromising and utterly charming, is the leader of this eclectic band that includes a passel of his lovers, a lesbian couple fighting a losing custody battle, and others. Damon Herriman is superb as Gowland, heading a marvelous ensemble cast playing the real-life figures. Walker’s spirited, moving retelling of Australia’s Stonewall crackles with energy and fiery passion, culminating in the riot that finally changed hearts and minds Down Under.
    Riot

    Landmark's Century Centre Cinema
    Saturday, September 22 7:15 PM Buy Tickets


  13. Shakedown

    LEILAH WEINRAUB / features / USA / 2018 / 82 mins
    “Shakedown” was a series of parties founded by and for African American women in Los Angeles that featured strip shows for the city’s lesbian underground scene. Inspired by transwoman Mahogany who, as the mother of the scene, presided over queer strip shows and balls in the 1980s, butch Ronnie Ron created, produced, and presented these new shows. Showing the protagonists backstage and in interviews, this intimate chronicle reveals that Shakedown was more than just a strip club. As one of the few spaces for the lesbian subculture, Shakedown brought together and galvanized a queer community of color. Director Weinraub, well-known as the one-time CEO of the high fashion streetwear clothing brand Hood By Air, participated in the scene, shooting 400 hours of footage which she has edited into a swirling, intoxicating mass of raw female pleasure that has been critically hailed as a new form of documentary.
    Shakedown

    Landmark's Century Centre Cinema
    Friday, September 21 9:00 PM Buy Tickets


  14. Snapshots

    MELANIE MAYRON / features / USA / 2018 / 91 mins
    Set in the present with flashbacks to the early ‘60s, SNAPSHOTS brings together three generations of women – matriarch Rose (Oscar nominee Piper Laurie, CARRIE; TWIN PEAKS; THE HUSTLER), her daughter Patty (Brooke Adams, DAYS OF HEAVEN; THE DEAD ZONE; INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS), and granddaughter Allison (Emily Baldoni, RECKLESS; COHERENCE). Each year Patty and Allison spend a laughter-filled girl’s weekend with gran at her lakeside home. But this year will be different. Allison’s discovery of forgotten photos leads Rose on a trip into her past…to memories of the love of her life – the beautiful, free spirited Louise (Emily Goss), her one time next door neighbor. Rose’s secret past is set to collide with Allison’s secret future in this powerfully acted family drama from renowned actor-director Melanie Mayron (THIRTYSOMETHING; JANE THE VIRGIN; GLOW; GRACE AND FRANKIE).
    Snapshots

    Landmark's Century Centre Cinema
    Saturday, September 22 5:15 PM Buy Tickets


  15. Still Waiting In The Wings

    Q ALLAN BROCKA / features / USA / 2018 / 110 mins
    This delightful musical comedy follows the trial and triumphs of a ragtag team of actors waiting tables in Times Square. Buff Lee (Blake Peyrot) shakes his moneymaker at the gay strip club while Anthony (Jeffrey A. Johns) is dreaming of Broadway glory while working with his fellow wanna-be stars as a singing/dancing waiter. In-between the hilarious musical numbers, competition is heating up backstage at the restaurant. Naïve Anthony hasn’t figured out that his new bestie at work is scheming to take his place and grab his audition spots. And to Lee it looks like Anthony is cheating – nothing to sing about. Queer movie maven Q. Allan Brocka (BOY CULTURE and the EATING OUT series) keeps the action zipping along in this frothy and very sexy comedy that will be nirvana for showtune queens. The cast includes a host of cameos from Broadway legend Chita Rivera to Bruce Vilanch, Cindy Williams, Sally Struthers, Lee Meriwether, Ed Asner, Patricia Richardson, and Seth Rudetsky.
    Still Waiting In The Wings

    Landmark's Century Centre Cinema
    Saturday, September 22 3:00 PM Buy Tickets