Highlights from this year’s virtual festival include David Bowie’s biopic, Stardust, Canadian dark comedy Shiva Baby, and horror film Spiral starring Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman and Ari Cohen.
Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, the Inside Out festival in Toronto, Canada’s largest LGBTQ + film festival, goes virtual for 2020. From October 1 to 11, its lineup of 150 films and 9 episodic series will be broadcast across Ontario .
To understand its virtual strategy for 2020, Inside Out has delayed the festival for a few months (it usually takes place in May). In addition to the online broadcast, the festival is also organizing a limited series of screenings in drive-in parks across the province this year. The opening gala of the festival is a drive-in screening of Stardust, a highly anticipated David Bowie biopic starring Johnny Flynn, at RBC Lakeside Drive-in in Toronto.
Other driving projections this year include: Jump, honey, about a rookie drag queen and her relationship with her ailing Prince Edward County grandmother at RBC Lakeside Drive-in in Toronto, and Ahead of the curve, a documentary on the iconic lesbian magazine Curve, at the drive-in at Wesley Clover Parks in Ottawa.
Canadian films at Inside Out 2020 include No Ordinary Man, a deep and moving documentary about 1940s jazz musician and trans icon Billy Tipton; Baby Shiva, about an atrocious but hilarious afternoon that a queer Jewish woman spends with her family in a shiva; and Spiral, a horror film starring Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman and Ari Cohen.
In addition to locally produced projects, Inside Out also offers a wide selection of international films. This year’s selection includes Break up quickly, about a practicing gay Muslim trying to find his place in West Hollywood; Monsoon, who sees Kit (played by Henry Golding) return to his hometown of Ho Chi Minh after the death of his parents and form a romantic relationship with a handsome expatriate; and Amber encounter, an Irish film about two teenagers who stage a relationship to prevent everyone from speculating about their sexuality.
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