Money Chase

All About E directed by Louise Wadley (Australia) 2014 is more than a lesbian romantic thriller. It covers many other issues as its main character, a glamorous DJ, sets out on a road trip after discovering a bag full of money. Along the way it’s revealed that her parents are Lebanese, that she gave up a promising career as a flutist, and also alienated the woman who loved her most.


Even though all the action takes place down under, the actor who plays her father is actually Greek as is the composer whose music plays throughout the film. It played in the recently concluded Frameline 39 and after it finishes the festival circuit it’ll be distributed by Wolfe Releasing.

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Spanish Touch

Hidden Away directed by Mikel Rueda (Spain) 2014 is about a tentative relationship that develops between two teens, Rafa, who’s Spanish, and Ibra, a Tunisian immigrant, in the backstreets of Bilboa. They share much despite their cultural differences. Each somewhat distant from his immediate circle. United by a generous spirit.


The film screen a final time Friday evening 26 June 2015 at the Victoria Theater during Frameline 39, the San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival. For more information and tickets contact Frameline.

While this is the only dramatic feature from Spain in the festival, there are a dozen others from Latin America.

In The Gray Scale directed by Claudio Marcone (Chile) 2015 focuses on an architect who questions the traditional life he’s been leading. He withdraws from his wife and young son to assess his emotional condition. While searching Santiago for a likely monument that will deflect attention from the shoddy practices of a construction company, he is accompanied by an openly gay guide who seems to embody the qualities he desires.

This film screens a final time Sunday afternoon 28 June 2015 at the Castro Theatre during Frameline 39.

Liz In September directed by Fina Torres (Venezuela) 2015 is an adaptation of the Jane Chambers play, Last Summer At Bluefish Cove. However, he film version takes place on a beach in the Caribbean. A group of women who gather yearly in a modest resort outside of town welcomes an outsider while her car is being repaired without surprising consequences.

Mariposa directed by Marco Berger (Argentina) 2015 follows the lives of several people in two alternative realities. Hairdos deliniate one version from another but it’s still a challenge to follow. It’s an interesting but challenging concept made more difficult by the quick pace of the subtitles.

Frameline 39 continues through the coming weekend. For more information and tickets contact Frameline.

In The Gray Scale and Liz In September are also on the program of Outfest in Los Angeles next month.

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Graphic Normandy

Gemma Bovery directed by Anne Fontaine (France) 2004 is based on the graphic novel by the same name written by Posy Simmonds. It takes place in the village where Flaubert wrote his classic work, Madam Bovary. However, the time is the present.

GEMMA BOVERYRéalisé par Anne Fontaine

GEMMA BOVERYRéalisé par Anne Fontaine

Much of the story is seen through the eyes of a local baker who’s smitten by the young English woman who settles nearby with her husband Charlie. The baker begins to imagine the modern Gemma moving toward a tragic end as did Emma in the Flaubert novel.

The film is now showing at the Sundance Kabuki in San Francisco, Regency Cinemas in San Rafael, Rialto Cinemas Elmwood in Berkeley, and State Theater Modesto in Modesto.

Also Ritz at the Bourne in Philadelphia; Music Hall, Portsmouth in Portsmouth; Enzian Theater in Orlando; Cosford Cinema in Coral Gables; and Varsity Ashland in Ashland.

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Greek Life

Three of the films shown at the recently concluded San Francisco Greek Film Festival touched on the current situation in Greece.


Include Women Out directed by Vangelis Seitanidis (Greece) 2014 is essentially a comic, buddy film that doesn’t delve too deeply into social issues. However, at a pivotal moment in the story, the underlying conflict that separates the two main characters is starkly revealed.

The insults they hurl at each other divide Greek society. One man accuses his friend of getting ahead in business with bribes and other corrupt practices. The other points out that his wealthy friend has his money stashed in foreign banks. Both the upper and middle class are responsible for the disastrous conditions of the nation and must contribute to reforms.

The Cure directed by Ifigenia Dimitriou (Greece) 2015 is an amusing, direct assault on government bureaucracy, a hated institution both center-right and center-left administrations used to reward their loyal supporters. It’s filmed in black and white to emphasize the timelessness of the problem. Though arrogance and inflexibility are widespread in businesses as well.

Consideration directed by Nancy Spetsioti (Greece) 2014 is about a middle-aged man whose failing business prompts him to pressure his widowed mother to sell the deteriorating family home to a developer in order to pay his debts.

A common scheme in urban centers such as Athens is for homeowners to give up their homes to builders in exchange for a condominium in the large residential building constructed on the lot. Of course, urban density is preferable to sprawl.  The arrangement may seem like a win win deal but is it?

There’s a lot people within the country need to do to make it a better place for themselves and those around them. Austerity is a doomed policy and focusing narrowly on the Greek debt doesn’t benefit the European Union as a whole. The only viable solution involves looking beyond national boundaries and insuring that all EU citizens are provided with incomes to meet their basic needs.

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