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A French master's latest work and an Oscar winner's final film performance will bookend this year's Damn These Heels LGBT Film Festival.
The festival runs July 10-12 at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, 138 W. 300 South, Salt Lake City.
Opening the festival is "The New Girlfriend," by French director François Ozon ("In the House," "Potiche," "Swimming Pool"). It's a trans-themed psychosexual drama that centers on Claire (Anaïs Demoustier), who becomes depressed when her best friend dies and then she makes a surprising discovery about her friend's husband (Romain Duris).
Closing the festival is "Boulevard," directed by Dito Montiel (whose "A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints" debuted at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival). The film stars Robin Williams, in his final film performance, as a bank employee who must confront his secret life when he meets a troubled young man (Roberto Aguire). The film also stars Bob Odenkirk and Kathy Baker.
Other movies announced for the Damn These Heels line-up (with synopses provided by the Utah Film Center) are:
• "The New Man (El Hombre Nuevo)" (Uruguay/Chile) • "At the tender age of twelve, Roberto supported the Sandinista revolution in Nicaragua and fought for education and social reforms. He continued his political struggle fighting alongside the communist Tupamaros in Uruguay. Thirty years later he is struggling to live his life as a woman named Stephanía and striving to be accepted by both society and his family."
• "Mirco" (Germany) • "A thought-provoking and playful documentary that explores what happens when we challenge the rules of gender."
• "Out in the Night" (U.S.) • "Under the neon lights in a gay-friendly neighborhood of New York City, four young African-American lesbians are violently and sexually threatened by a man on the street. They defend themselves against him and are charged and convicted in the courts and in the media as a 'Gang of Killer Lesbians.'" Documentary.
• "Portrait of a Serial Monogamist" (Canada) • "In this hilarious, honest and romantic comedy, serial monogamist Elsie is beginning to feel restless in yet another long-term relationship. After breaking up with her girlfriend, she pursues the young DJ/barista only to face the disapproval of her friends and family and the growing realization that she may have broken up with her soul mate."
• "The Summer of Sangaile" (Lithuania/France/Netherlands) • "Stunt planes fascinate 17-year-old Sangaile. She meets a girl of her age at the summer aeronautical show, nearby her parents' lakeside villa. Sangaile allows Auste to discover her most intimate secret, and finds herself in teenage love with the only person to truly encourage her to fly."
• "Tab Hunter Confidential" (U.S.) • "Throughout the 1950s Tab Hunter reigned as Hollywood's ultimate male heartthrob, but the entire time he was living with a secret. In this explosive documentary feature, Tab's dramatic, turbulent and ultimately inspiring life story is explored."
Passes for Damn These Heels, good for 10 tickets, are on sale now at the Utah Film Center website for $35 each through Wednesday, June 10. After that, the pass price goes up to $50. Passholders and sponsors have priority for the Opening Night film.
Individual tickets go on sale starting June 17, at the Rose Wagner box office or online via ArtTix, starting June 17. Tickets are $7 for individual screenings; a limited number of Opening Night tickets, at $15, also will be available.
Where to get tickets
Passes for Damn These Heels, good for 10 tickets, are on sale at the Utah Film Center website (utahfilmcenter.org/dth2015/) for $35 each through Wednesday. After that, the pass price goes up to $50. Passholders and sponsors have priority for the opening-night film.
Individual tickets go on sale starting June 17 at the Rose Wagner box office or online via ArtTix. Tickets are $7 for individual screenings; a limited number of opening-night tickets, at $15, also will be available.