Barcelona braces for a heat wave as FIRE!! The 20th Annual Mostra Internacional de Cinema i Lesbia Gai returns with a moving line up of works in film from throughout the world. As the oldest LGBT film festival in Spain, FIRE!! takes a passionate step forward for gay themed films through the bold theme “fighting fire with fire.” Embracing this symbol of both destruction and renewal, the 20th FIRE!! film festival is focused on human rights and features 43 titles, with 12 premiers.
Among this year’s collection is the Argentinean film, Atlantida, which is a heartfelt story of sexual awakening for two teenage sisters, directed by Ines Maria Barrionuevo. Another film portraying the lesbian experience is Dolares de Arena, from Dominican co-directors Israel Cardenas and Laura Amelia Guzman. The film examines the Caribbean sex tourism industry, as a young woman grows infatuated with an older Parisian tourist.
The Chilean film, En La Gama de los Grises (In the Greyscale), presents a 35 year old architect struggling with his homosexual feelings, while seemingly being a happily married husband and father in a heterosexual marriage. Visitors may also enjoy the Czech film Honeymoon, which shares the turmoil that results when a traditional wedding is interrupted by a sexual abuser from the past.
A premier at this year’s festival is the film Last Summer, directed by American Mark Thiedeman. This touching coming of age tale shares the story of two boys, spending the final days of summer together before the uncertainty of the near future pervades.
Film Festival Location
One of the most liberal cities in an already progressive and forward-thinking country, Barcelona is a delightful place for gay travellers to visit. Recognized as the Gem of the Mediterranean, Barcelona is home to a bustling gay community known as Gaixample. In this lively neighbourhood, travellers will find plenty of cafes, shopping, and a nightlife that goes on ‘til morning. The nearby Sitges resort if perfect for LGBT travellers who desire some rest and relaxation on the beach. Just be sure to brush up on your Catalan so you can blend in with the locals.
Film Festival Hotels
The modern and iconic Hotel Omm provides stylish guest rooms and unique spaces. Guests will simply love the surprising features in this custom-designed hotel, especially the bright and fully naturally lit, yet private, bathrooms.
The Neri Hotel & Restaurant tastefully blends the modern and traditional, combining unique design features with everyday comfort. The hotels’ restaurant provides the perfect setting for a romantic meal beneath brick and stone archways. Located near Barcelona’s Gothic quarter is the modern and affordable Hotel Soho Barcelona. Behind the contemporary façade, gay travellers will find plentiful comforts and amenities designed the make each stay unforgettable.