The Gender Bender package of 21st International film festival of Kerala includes a bunch of films, which were been appreciated by the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community around the world. This section features six films which propagate emotional, social, cultural and political situations of LGBT society. This is for the first time IFFK shows its solidarity with transgender community.
‘Front Cover’ directed by Ray Yeung, ‘Loev’ by Sudhansu Saria, Philippine drama film ‘Quick Change’ directed by Eduardo Roy Jr., ‘Rara’ by Pepa San Martín, Ester Martin Bergsmark’s ‘Something Must Break’,’The Summer of Sangaile’ by AlanteKavaite are the films which are included in this package.
The only Indian film in this category is ‘LOEV’ directed by Sudhansu Saria is a tender gay love story of Aspiring musician Sahil and wall street deal maker Jai. The film had its premiere in many prestigious festivals like Tallinn Black Nights film festival,Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival, BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival, Frameline film festival, Pink Apple – Lesbian and Gay Film festival etc.
Filmmaker Ray Yeung’s ‘Front Cover’ is a poignant dramatic comedy about a gay New York City fashion stylist and a famous Chinese actor.An unlikely friendship develops between them after a photo shoot and both of them starts a journey of self-discovery. Front Cover has won many awards and good audience response in film festivals like Chicago International Film Festival, FilmOut San Diego, US,Outflix Film Festival,Seattle International Film Festival.
Philppino film ‘Quick Change’ by Eduardo Roy Jr. deals with the story of a retired entertainer who offers quick cosmetic fixes to other transgendered performers and side effects caused by the beauty enhancers. Rara is about the complicated changes that happens in the life of Sara, a 13-year-old girl in a town in Chile, who lives with her mother, her younger sister, and her mother's lesbian lover.
Something Must break is a bittersweet story about the love between Sebastian, who wants to be a woman, and Andreas who is quite a heterosexual. The film has won awards in Chicago International Film Festival, CPH PIX ,Guadalajara International Film Festival, Guldbagge Awards,Göteborg Film Festival, London Film Festival,QueerLisboa - Festival Internacional de Cinema Queer,Rotterdam International Film Festival,Seville European Film Festival.’The Summer of Sangaile’ tells the story of Sangailė a teenager who wants to become a pilot develops a lesbian romance with a 17-year-old girl Austė.