The Films of NewFest 2014
BY Advocate.com Editors
July 24 2014 6:21 PM ET
Sunday, July 27
12:00 p.m. - Dual
Iben, a free-spirited Danish woman, gets stuck in Slovenia overnight when her connecting flight gets canceled. She asks Tina, a young lesbian minivan driver, to show her around Ljubljana. Both women are at a crossroads: Tina has a big interview for a bank job in the morning, and Iben is harboring a dark secret. Romantic feelings slowly build between them, and they hatch a plan to run away together.
2:30 p.m. - Shorts Program #2
The breadth of the LGBT experience is further revealed through the stories of a 92-year-old transgender World War II vet, a widowed Swedish author, a teenage lesbian in the American South, and more.
5:00 p.m. - Alec Mapa: Baby Daddy
In his hilarious new performance film, 2014 Outfest Fusion Achievement Award-winner and comedian Alec Mapa (Switched at Birth) — accompanied by his family — takes his audience on a roller-coaster ride through the challenges and occasional triumphs of becoming a daddy. You’ll laugh and even cry as "America’s Gaysian Sweetheart" mixes life stories with his signature brand of sass. Contains adult language and catastrophic waffles.
7:30 p.m. - Lilting
The sudden death of Kai, a young London man, leaves his Chinese-Cambodian mother Junn (Pei-pei Cheng) and his boyfriend Richard (Ben Whishaw) profoundly grieving. Feeling a strong sense of responsibility for Kai’s only family member, Richard reaches out to her. Though Junn speaks little English, her dislike of Richard is plain, and she responds with stony resistance. Since they share no common language, Richard hires a translator to facilitate communication, and the two improbable relatives attempt to reach across a chasm of misunderstanding through their memories of Kai. Writer-director Hong Khaou’s moving and intimate debut dances between the real and imaginary to express the unspeakable loss that both characters experience. Boasting delicate performances by both Whishaw and Cheng, this Sundance award-winner is a perceptive meditation on the connection between two human souls, revealing that what separates us can also bind us together.
9:30 p.m. - Hustle (With My Muscle)
Hustle: to force someone to move hurriedly or unceremoniously in a specified direction. This shorts program examines the formal properties of the hustle. From transgender icon Bambi Lake, to famed Parisian cat burglar Irma Vep (by way of Z. Drucker), sweaty boys in jockstraps and grungy hipsters playing phallic drinking games, to good ol’ Lily Tomlin, “Hustle (With My Muscle)” eyes life in the fast, cheap, and out-of-control lane.