MQFF: growing up and out

Melbourne Queer Film Festival is turning 21 this year. As all budding adults must do, MQFF is embracing the wider world, and this year it is showing more international films than ever before. Being an early learner, MQFF has had an international focus for some years now, but it has certainly come a long way since its first birthday in 1991 when the majority of its films originated in the USA or the UK. The festival’s diversity is made possible as regions like Brazil, Hong Kong and Spain are producing an increasing number of quality queer films.

To celebrate its increasing international focus, the three Centrepiece Presentations of MQFF 2011 hail from Canada, Argentina and Peru, and are a fine representation of the best queer cinema to be had around the globe. 

What is that flavour that international film brings to MQFF; that je ne sais quoi? Perhaps you should decide for yourself! Here are some teasers to whet your appetite…

Heartbeats (Les amours imaginaires), Xavier Dolan, Canada/France, 2010

Heartbeats is also screening in a long play season at ACMI in April. See the ACMI website for session details.

Undertow (Contracorriente), Javier Fuentes-Leόn, Peru, 2010

I Don’t Want to Go Back Alone (Eu Não Quero Voltar Sozinho), Daniel Ribeiro, Brazil, 2010

The Sea Purple (Viola di mare), Donatella Maiorca, Italy, 2009

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2 Responses to “MQFF: growing up and out”

  1. Mathilda 22. Mar, 2011 at 8:41 am #

    I can’t but recommend Heartbeats by Xavier Dolan. Everything in the film is just well balanced, the picture, the musics…

    This young guy is definitely talented… and he’s only 22 (or 21, don’t remember…).

    I was actually surprised to see that his next movie is on a crowdfunding website ( in order to find money to produce it ! But i joined this opportunity to help this talented director, and I really hope that he’ll get more recognition with Laurence Anyways. Here is the link :

    And also an interview he did in french about it (english subs in comments) :

  2. ACMI 24. Mar, 2011 at 11:20 am #

    Thanks for the links. Lawrence Anyways looks like its going to be a fascinating film!

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