Mardi Gras Film Festival 2022 Review: Poppy Field (Câmp de Maci) ★★★

Eugen Jebeleanu refuses to pull his punches in his acclaimed and award-winning first feature Poppy Field (Câmp de Maci). What begins as a romance becomes an intensely claustrophobic character study of a closeted policeman in Romania. When Cristi (Conrad Mericoffer) brings his long-distance boyfriend, Hadi (Radouan Leflahi), to his apartment, it’s clear how uncomfortable Cristi... Continue Reading →

Mardi Gras Film Festival 2022 Reviews: Seyran Ateş: Sex, Revolution & Islam (★★★) & Hating Peter Tatchell (★★★1/2)

Two very different documentaries playing at the Mardi Gras Film Festival 2022 focus on individual LGBTQ+ activists in different walks of life: controversial gay rights warrior Peter Tatchell in Hating Peter Tatchell, and progressive Islamic campaigner Seyran Ateş in Seyran Ateş: Sex, Revolution and Islam.  Seyran Ateş is a human rights lawyer and Imam, born... Continue Reading →

Mardi Gras Film Festival 2022 Opening Night Film Review: Wildhood ★★★★1/2

This year’s Mardi Gras Film Festival, with a focus on queer Indigenous stories, opens with two-spirit filmmaker Bretten Hannam’s captivating Wildhood, which world premiered at last year's TIFF. Mixed-race two-spirit teenager Link (Phillip Lewitski) and his younger half-brother Travis (Avery Winters-Anthony), leave their abusive white father on a search for Link's long-presumed-dead mother. Along the... Continue Reading →

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