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Pride, the winner of the Queer Palm 2013

(Blogmensgo, Gay Blog of 28th May 2014) The comedy Pride British director Matthew Warchus won the unanimous jury on May 23, 2014, the fifth edition of the Queer Palm on the sidelines of the Cannes Film Festival.

Queer Palm: Site / 2014 Edition

Of twinks (and chicks) to minors! Click to enlarge. © fortnight-realisateurs.com.

Thirteen feature films from major selections of the Cannes contenders for the Queer Palm award that honours "a film for its artistic qualities and its treatment of gay issues, lesbian, bi or trans and shifted its treatment of gender issues" in other words, the Cannes equivalent of the Teddy Award in Berlin.  The film Pride, registered under the Directors fortnight, was part of the hundred selectable films.

The film won the 2014 edition based on historical facts and relates how, in 1984, during the great social conflicts of the Thatcher era, an LGBT group organised a gathering in support of striking miners.  Pride wowed the Queer Palm jury - chaired this year by Canadian director Bruce LaBruce - for three main reasons; is promotes respect for sexual diversity, it is very public, and offers an intelligent and fun reflection.

Not a movie bucket , despite appearances. Click to enlarge. © fortnight-realisateurs.com.
Not a movie bucket , despite appearances. Click to enlarge. © fortnight-realisateurs.com.

Two other works seemed able to win. If the French movie Party Girl (Amachoukeli Marie Claire Burger and Samuel Theis) did not have the Queer Palm, it has obtained the overall price in the official selection and the Golden Camera.  In contrast, the highly anticipated Girls Band (Girlhood in English) of the French Celine Sciamma (Director of Tomboy) went back empty handed.

This article has been translated from our French blog, to view the original, click here.

Philca & Matt / MensGo


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