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Denver Film Festival 2023: "All of Us Strangers" Shines in Diverse LGBTQ+ Movie Lineup

Almost Kiss Paul Mescal Andrew Scott All of Us Strangers Movie
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Discover the must-see queer films making their debut in the Mile High City starting on November 3rd.

This week marks the launch of the 46th Denver Film Festival, a cinematic extravaganza that's dedicated to delivering an exceptional array of diverse and groundbreaking films to audiences throughout the vibrant Mile High City. Running from November 3 to November 12, this longstanding festival boasts a staggering lineup of over 180 feature-length films, documentaries, and shorts from across the globe. Notably, it showcases Oscar submissions from 15 countries, making it a true celebration of international cinema.

For both Denver residents and visitors, the Denver Film Festival is more than just a film showcase; it's a journey that promises to entertain, inspire, and ignite empathy. According to DFF Artistic Director Matthew Campbell, it provides "important new lenses in which to view the world." This year's festival lineup includes the highly anticipated "All of Us Strangers" and a selection of other LGBTQ+ films from various corners of the world.

One of the standout features of this year's festival is "All of Us Strangers," directed by Andrew Haigh and starring Andrew Scott as Adam. This evocative film introduces us to a solitary man who experiences a fateful encounter with his mysterious neighbor, Harry, portrayed by Paul Mescal. As their relationship deepens, Adam becomes entangled in dreamlike memories of the past, leading him back to his childhood home. What he discovers there is nothing short of astonishing: his parents, played by Claire Foy and Jamie Bell, seem to be frozen in time, as if living the day they died three decades ago. It's a captivating narrative that promises to leave a lasting impression.

Andrew Haigh Headshot Photo by Chris HarrisCourtesy of Searchlight Pictures

But that's not all; director Andrew Haigh will be honored with the second-ever CinemaQ Labahn Ikon Film Award, recognizing his significant contributions to LGBTQ+ cinema. You won't want to miss the opportunity to hear from this acclaimed director in a conversation following the screening, making it an even more engaging experience.

The festival also boasts a wide range of captivating queer films, including Cannes-winning "Monster" by director Hirokazu Koreeda, "Fancy Dance" featuring Lily Gladstone fresh from her success in "Killers of the Flower Moon," and Vera Drew's "The People's Joker," which boldly defies copyright norms. "Femme," directed by Sam H. Freeman and Ng Choon Ping, stars Nathan Stewart-Jarrett and delves into themes of self-esteem, revenge, and seduction. "Housekeeping for Beginners," from Goran Stolevski, explores the complexities of family, both the one you're born into and the one you choose. And finally, "Caterpillar," a documentary feature by Liza Mandelup, delves into the quest for beauty and the risks associated with it.

These are just a few of the cinematic treasures awaiting you at this year's festival. With a lineup like this, you can expect a diverse program that celebrates voices from every corner of the cinematic world. Don't miss your chance to be part of this incredible cinematic journey.

Ready to immerse yourself in the magic of cinema? Learn more about this year's festival and secure your tickets by visiting denverfilmfestival.eventive.org/welcome. Join us for an unforgettable experience that will leave you inspired and entertained. Get your tickets now and become a part of the Denver Film Festival family!
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