New Queer Visions: Lust in Translation
Cambodia, United Kingdom (GB), United States of America (US), Belgium (BE), South Africa (ZA), 2015, 107 minutes, HD
New Queer Visions: Lust in Translation Synopsis

A compilation of short films exploring first love, revenge, new beginnings and more are unwrapped in the first of this exciting series of compilations, programmed by the New Queer Visions Film Festival strand.


SHIMI dir. Kate Maveau (Belgium): Keely is a lonely 16 year old teenager under the thumb of Sarah, a girl from her ballet course. When Keely meets Mairi, an eccentric and attractive girl who is Sarah's complete opposite, a frightening new dimension presents itself. Brimming adolescent fantasies, disciplined repression and shades of 'Suspiria' collide in this promising and beautifully captured film.


LOST IN THE WORLD dir. Xolelwa "Ollie" Nhlabatsi (South Africa): In this powerful revenge thriller, police officer Whitney's girlfriend befalls a terrible fate, so Whitney goes on a manhunt to find the perpetrators. Genders are reversed and genre tropes exploded with breathless energy and style in Nhlabatsi's exciting debut.


STEVIE dir. Chloe Jury-Fogel (USA): A hilarious and charming short film about Stevie, a dorky small town tomboy who experiences romance for the first time when a boy and his sister move into town. Prepare to laugh with and love this sensitively captured character portrait.


BLOOD & WATER dir. Emily Iason (USA): Flo, a beer-swigging young Brit with a passion for late nights, dive bars and one night stands has her world turned upside down when she falls for one of her professors. The potential for a deeper human connection proves irresistible, but is she ready for it? A sultry ode to lonely walks home after bright nights out.


TWO GIRLS AGAINST THE RAIN dir. Sopheak Sao (Cambodia): The incredible true story of two women who fell in love, survived the Khmer Rouge, became a family, and transformed a community. A heartbreaking and uplifting look at the power of the human spirit and the will to survive.


ALMOST OBSOLETE dir. James Cook (UK): A desperate and spur of the moment road trip to Brighton re-ignites Chris' bizarre, yet potent, relationship with her gay best friend Michael. A thoroughly modern look at queer relationships and friendships from the UK.


LIT dir. Elena Oxman (USA): A chance encounter between two strangers leads to a late night journey around San Francisco in this quietly moving portrayal of embracing difference.

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Reviewed by edwinjamescalin
Discovered this admirable collection of shorts on Filmdoo and in awe with the talents of  these directors. Each has a unique flavor and theme and among the selection, I was... more
Discovered this admirable collection of shorts on Filmdoo and in awe with the talents of  these directors. Each has a unique flavor and theme and among the selection, I was drawn to the film "Stevie" especially because the girl who portrayed the character was a natural actor devoid of any pretensions. Stevie is unique as she is boyish, someone not conscious of her looks but will dribble a ball anytime she has the chance. And just when  everyone thought she's falling head over heels for Justin, look again!  Don't fail to watch this flick and find out just who it is that Stevie's actually rooting for! 
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Reviewed by nikkareyes
Impressive collection of short films from up and coming filmmakers!  Particularly liked the film "SHIMI", which was set in the world of ballet and ballerinas,  for the surreal scenes and... more
Impressive collection of short films from up and coming filmmakers!  Particularly liked the film "SHIMI", which was set in the world of ballet and ballerinas,  for the surreal scenes and the predominant use of the red shade in those scenes where Keely  sheds her inhibitions. There's this particular scene that's artsy yet vague, the one where a naked woman, with her back on the camera, was seen with  pairs of hand inching through her body, as well as hands and arms seen on the foreground. Unfortunately for Keely she is drawn into a world of dread, a world of drugs, sex and addictions upon the influence of Mairi. What I liked though was that, toward the end, the lead character Keely came to a realization and resolution and the film ended on a positive note. An impressive work from film maker Kate Maveau! 
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  • I liked most of these. They were trying something different. Some I didn't like. Look forward to next one.

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  • I liked most of these. They were trying something different. Some I didn't like. Look forward to next one.
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    how did you see them? it's not out yet :/
    how did you see them? it's not out yet :/
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    I'm reviewing it for a website so watched a preview ;)
    I'm reviewing it for a website so watched a preview ;)
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  • Blood & Water is my favourite. Something about the lead actress...

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  • Blood & Water is my favourite. Something about the lead actress...
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    that Vanessa Paradis look maybe ?
    that Vanessa Paradis look maybe ?
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  • This looks amazing! I did ballet as a kid ;)

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  • This looks amazing! I did ballet as a kid ;)
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