Film picks: Love and Pride Film Festival, Italian Film Festival, Sin Nombre on Netflix

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13th Love and Pride Film Festival

This year’s edition of the festival dedicated to the LGBTQ+ community features films from the United States, Canada, Singapore, Taiwan and the United Kingdom.

The event will open with the American romantic comedy Bros (R21, 115 minutes, Oct 4, with a drag act by performer Vanda Miss Joaquim from 7pm, film starts at 8pm, opening night tickets at $40 for the public).

The film, billed as the first major studio romantic comedy to feature two gay men as leads, stars American comedian Billy Eichner as Bobby, a New York museum curator and podcaster. The relationship-avoiding singleton meets Aaron (Luke Macfarlane), the first man to break through Bobby’s emotional defences.

Where: GV Grand, GV Suntec, GV VivoCity MRT: Orchard/City Hall/HarbourFront When: Oct 7 to 16, various times Admission: $17 (public), $15 (GV members) Info: https://str.sg/wrJF

Italian Film Festival

Presented by the Embassy of Italy in Singapore in collaboration with the Singapore Film Society and other organisations, the ongoing Italian Film Festival showcases the drama A Chiara (2021, NC16, 121 minutes, Saturday, 5.30pm).

It belongs to film-maker Jonas Carpignano’s series of films set in the southern Italian region of Calabria, a place beset by crime and poverty. Title character Chiara (Swamy Rotolo) is a teenager whose wholesome perception of her father is shattered after violent events occur close to home.

A Chiara was selected to screen at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival in the Directors’ Fortnight section, where it won the Europa Cinemas Label for Best European Film.

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