Mala Mala at The Provincetown International Film Festival
Headmaster Presents Mala Mala Screenings at The Provincetown International Film Festival
Headmaster is pleased to announce that later this month we’ll be attending the Provincetown International Film Festival. We’re actually sponsoring two screenings of Mala Mala, a groundbreaking documentary by Antonio Santini and Don Sickles which Posture Magazine calls “intimate and articulate” and which Indiewire calls “affectingly sensual” and “a landmark LGBT film.”
From sex workers and drag queens to business owners and LGBTQ advocates fighting for anti-discrimination legislation in Puerto Rico, MALA MALA offers an honest and intimately revealing look at a community wanting to be heard. Lush photography and a hypnotic score pump up the tempo and add to the dazzling visuals, including insightful interviews and glossily photographed scenes of the subjects, while the directors dynamically present the passion and hardships reflective of this distinctively binary human experience. In English and Spanish with English subtitles. [Synopsis taken from the Festival Program – PDF here]
The two screenings are Friday, June 20th at 9:45pm and Saturday, June 21st at 2:15pm. Visit the festival website for tickets and location details. (Oh, and you can get a discount on tickets to Mala Mala with promo code PTOWNPIFF2014.)
There are also quite a few other films screening in town that week! Here’s a quick guide to seven titles that we’re looking forward to seeing on the big screen:
The Way He Looks (Hoje eu quero voltar sozinho) – A Brazilian romantic drama about a blind teenager planning to escape his family for the summer, although his dreams are thwarted by a new boy at school.
The Dog – The Dog is a documentary about John Wojtowicz, the real-life romantic who inspired the classic film Dog Day Afternoon after robbing a bank to finance his partner’s gender reassigment surgery.
Drunktown’s Finest – The debut feature by Navajo director Sydney Freeland, Drunktown’s Finest follows three young Native Americans (a Christian girl, a teenaged father-to-be, and a transgender teen) as they each attempt to escape life on their reservation.
Frank – Michael Fassbender and Maggie Gyllenhaal star in this comedy about a man who gets involved with a very, very eccentric group of musicians. Fassbender wears a very large fake head for the duration of the film.
Pieces of April – Patricia Clarkson is getting the festival’s 2014 Excellence In Acting award, so a number of her films will be screening. We’re most excited to revisit one of our favorites, Pieces of April, a drama starring Katie Holmes and Sisqó (yes, that Sisqó) and featuring a score by Stephin Merritt.
Queer Shorts – This year two different programs of short films will be featured: Gays Just Wanna Have Fun and Rewriting Conventions.
John Waters Presents: Abuse of Weakness – It’s festival tradition for P-Town resident John Waters to select a film to be screened, and this year he’s gone with Catherine Breillat’s Abuse of Weakness, starring the legendary Isabelle Huppert and Portuguese Rapper Kool Shen.