Narcoleptic Transgender Woman-to-Be, Gay Bosnian Drama: Chicago Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

20 Centimeters movie monica cervera'20 Centimeters' movie, controversial Bosnian drama 'Go West' at the 2006 Chicago Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (image: Mónica Cervera in '20 Centimeters')

Reeling: The Chicago Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival, the second-oldest gay-themed film festival in the United States, will be celebrating its 25th anniversary when it runs November 2-11, 2006.

Reeling will open with what one publication has labeled “another significant milestone” in gay film history: Phillip J. Bartell's Eating Out Two: Sloppy Seconds, supposed to be the first ever sequel to a gay-themed movie. The film revolves around a gay man (Jim Verraros) pretending to be straight so he can get the guy of his dreams – something that may make sense to someone, somewhere. (Clarification: Verraros' character pretends to be an ex-gay dating a girl; the couple taking part in a three-way would be his sextrategy for getting physically intimate with hunk Marco Dapper.)

Significant Gay Movie Milestones aside, the Chicago gay and lesbian festival's film line-up does include a number of intriguing titles, among them the following:

  • Ramón Salazar's 20 Centimeters / 20 centímetros, a musical starring Mónica Cervera as a narcoleptic transvestite who wants to become a woman. Cervera is the hilarious sex-crazed psychopath in Álex de la Iglesia's Perfect Crime / Crimen ferpecto.
  • Jean-Marc Vallée's multiple-award winner C.R.A.Z.Y., about a young gay man (Marc-André Grondin) growing up in the Montreal of the '60s and '70s. C.R.A.Z.Y. also features Michel Côté, Danielle Proulx, Pierre-Luc Brillant, Maxime Tremblay, and Alex Gravel.
  • Ahmed Imamovic's controversial Bosnian War drama Go West, the gay (and mighty difficult) love story between two Bosnian men – one Serb (Tarik Filipovic), one Muslim (Mario Drmac).

According to Reeling's website, the program offers “something for everyone,” including documentaries “on subjects ranging from transgendered women (MtF) in prison to a Christian summer camp for queer teens.”

Mónica Cervera 20 Centimeters photo: Reeling: The Chicago Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival.

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