SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL LGBT FILM FESTIVAL gala opening – Even scalper catches Director’s eye

Shot on location April 30 2007



Opening Night Gala Screening of Les Témoins (The Witnesses), Castro Theatre, Thursday, June 14 2007, 7:00 p.m. Tickets.
Paris, 1984. In a cruisey city park, Adrien, a sophisticated, middle-aged doctor, meets Manu, a buoyant 18-year-old. Manu turns down Adrien’s proposition — then asks him to hold his jacket while he joins an orgy in the bushes. Not the best way to start a relationship, yet Adrien takes Manu under his wing. Manu needs guidance, and Adrien comes alive as he tromps around Paris with this energetic newcomer. Adrien’s friend Sarah worries that he’s being taken advantage of, but Adrien disagrees: “You can ask anything of your friends.” The possibilities of friendship are at the heart of this elegant new film from André Téchiné, whose 1994 Wild Reeds is already a classic. Once again, the French auteur demonstrates the complexity of desire — plus his knack for casting sexy, intense young French actors. In lesser hands, the May/December dynamic would slip into heartbreak and stop there, but Téchiné raises the stakes as The Witnesses becomes a story of relationships tested by the onslaught of AIDS. Like a cinematic string quartet, the film intertwines four fascinating lives. Carefree Manu turns dangerous under pressure. Adrien, a doormat in love, becomes a medical warrior fighting the deadly new virus. Sarah struggles to balance motherhood with artistry, while her macho Algerian husband falls into his first gay affair. The Witnesses takes us through a tumultuous year asking us to bear witness to the lives it portrays. — K.M. SOEHNLEIN

Itty Bitty Titty Tickets.
Anna is coming out. But not as gay — as a revolutionary. Itty Bitty Titty Committee is a rockin’ love song to the heady rush of sex, freedom and rebellion that happens when an everyday girl discovers her own strength and the righteous indignation needed to take action and change the world. Our heroine is a shy, just-out-of-high-school lesbian, still living with her parents and working at a plastic surgery clinic. She is depressed because of a recent breakup but lives in a super-loving, gay-is-A-OK kind of family. Her world opens up one night when she catches a one-woman army reclaiming public space for women (i.e., spray painting the clinic where Anna works). A recruiting member of the guerrilla girls-esque Clits in Action (C(i)A), Sadie is trying to make people aware of how bad plastic surgery is for women. With an undeniable attraction to this sexy, raw rebel gurl, Anna eagerly joins the ranks of C(i)A and starts her rollercoaster ride from meek and mousy to bad-ass bravado. Full of mosh pits, power fists and utter charm, Jamie Babbit’s (But I’m a Cheerleader, Frameline24) latest film is as fun as a romantic comedy can get. Featuring Melonie Diaz (Raising Victor Vargas), Nicole Vicius (Half Nelson) and Daniela Sea (“The L Word”), Itty Bitty Titty Committee captures all the excitement of a Le Tigre, Gossip or Bikini Kill show with its adrenaline-fueled feminism, shirtless bravado and enough queer sex to give you one of the best dykey date movies ever. So sit back, enjoy, and then change the fucking world! — CINDY M. EMCH

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