From the first to the sixth of November, Asterisco — Buenos Aires’ annual LGBT film festival — will return to kick off the City’s Pride festivities this month. Organized by film maker Albertina Carri, the festival is an international celebration of sexual diversity, and has the support of a large number of cultural, educational, and governmental organizations, like the National Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual Arts (INCAA), and the Argentine Ministry of Justice and Human Rights.
This year marks the third edition of festival, and in addition to screening a hundred and fifty films, there will also be a series of special events open to the public, including art exhibitions, presentations, and talks. With admission to events running from free to a mere AR $30 a pop, tickets are a steal. Here’s the breakdown the highlights of this year’s festival for you.
Esteros, an Argentine drama directed by Papu Curotto, is showing at 7 PM in the Cine Gaumont (Rivadavia 1635). Admission is AR $30, and according to Asterisco’s program, the movie is in Spanish with English subtitles.
El puto inolvidable. Vida de Carlos Jáuregui
Carlos Jáuregui was one of Argentina’s most outspoken LGBT activists. Although deceased, he received considerable attention this year when a petition started circulating to name the new H-line station at Pueyrredón and Santa Fe after him. El puto inolvidable. Vida de Carlos Jáuregui shares the life-story of this memorable activist — the movie will be in Spanish with English subtitles, and a question and answer will follow it.
Libertad, igualdad, diversidad: un poco de amor francés
At 6 PM in Casa Central de la Cultura Popular (Iriarte 3500), you can participate in Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau’s Master Class Liberty, Equality, and Diversity: A Bit of French Love. If you love all things French, this event is definitely for you. And the best part of all — admission is free!
Como una novia sin sexo
Directed by Lucas Santa Ana, Como una novia sin sexo is an Argentine film that narrates the story of three young men on vacation and their friendships. The movie will debut at the Cine Gaumont at 4 PM — tickets are AR $30, and the movie is in Spanish (no subtitles).
The Man Who Drove With Mandela
South Africa’s post-apartheid constitution was the first in the world to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation. To date, it is the only country on the African continent that recognizes same-sex marriage, which it approved in 2006. Come to the MALBA (Pres. Figueroa Alcorta 3415) at 7:50 PM to learn more about South Africa’s complex and surprising history regarding LGBT rights. Tickets are AR $30 and question and answer will follow the screening.
Two Soft Things, Two Hard Things
“Two Soft Things Rubbing Together” and “Two Hard Things Rubbing Together” are the literal English translations of the words “lesbian” and “gay” in Inukitut. This Canadian documentary, directed by Mark Kenneth Woods and Michael Yerxa, examines how the LGBT experience among the Inuit in Nunavut has been affected by colonization and the spread of Christianity. The film is in English with Spanish subtitles, and it will be screened at 2 PM in the Cine Cosmos (Corrientes 2046). Admission is AR $30.
For a full schedule of films and events, you can download a PDF from Google Drive here.