January 26, 2022

four premieres at the LGBTI + film festival

Last year, “Face à Face” had to reduce its edition to a virtual version. It took place over a single evening, symbolically the 1is December for World AIDS Day.

A voguing masterclass

This year, the film festival which promotes LGBTI + culture (lesbians, gays, bi, transgender, intersex) hopes to find its audience and continue to “bring back young people,” explains Sabrina Askelou, head of programming, who specifies that the ‘event is open to everyone’. From December 3 to 5, a dozen films will be screened at Méliès Saint-François, including new ones on the big screen and four in preview: Shelter : Farewell to Eden , The Engaged (season 3, 3 episodes), Welcome to Chechnya and Great Freedom. Marie Cau, the first transgender mayor of France (elected in May 2020 in Tilloy-lez-Marchiennes in the North), was to be the godmother of the 16e edition in 2020: “She wishes to run for president”. Sohan Pague, a 22-year-old trans actor, singer and director, best known for his role as Max in the show’s last three seasons Shame , was chosen to sponsor the 17e edition: “He will be present throughout the festival. Transidentity will also be a topic addressed, in particular through an opening documentary, ”explains Samuel Hutsebaut. The president of the event refers to the film Shelter : Farewell to Eden which will be screened in the presence of the film crew (Friday December 3). Other guests are planned for certain sessions: Sacha Comeau, Sullivan Le Postec and Adrian De La Vega (series The Engaged ), young LGBT refugees and asylum seekers ( Welcome to Chechnya ) and Lasseindra Ninja (main character of the documentary Fabulous ). The latter, “international icon of the voguing scene”, will also give a masterclass on Saturday 4 December, from 11 am to 1 pm, at the Patricia-Martin studio (1).

The 9e Short film night

“Face to face” will obviously once again offer its traditional “Nuit du court-métrage” (9e edition), Saturday 4 December, from 10 p.m., with a selection of sixteen films. The prizes awarded to feature films (The Grand Jury Prize, the Special Jury Prize and the Audience Prize) will be awarded on Sunday 5 December, at 8:30 p.m., at the Art’Home 42 gallery (1). Téo Lavabo (the interpreter of Chipolata ) and DJ Merguez will host this closing evening.

(1) By reservation only at (20 euros).


Two delocalized projections

Before the festival (the “Pre-Face” program), the film A Good Man , by Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar, will be screened at the Family in Saint-Just-Saint-Rambert (November 29) then at the Véo Grand-Lumière in Saint-Chamond (November 30).

A preview for World AIDS Day

1is December (8:30 p.m.), To our children , Maria de Medeiros, is scheduled at Méliès Saint-François. The National Prevention and Health Intervention Team (Enipse) is a partner of this evening organized for World AIDS Day. Moreover, the association will be present throughout the duration of the festival and will offer interviews on sexual health and anonymous and free HIV-HCV screening.

Two shows at the Comédie and a concert at Le Fil

Next year, the Comédie de Saint-Étienne will host two shows linked to “Face à Face”: Black card named desire, on discrimination (February 2-4) and For others , on surrogacy and assisted reproduction (March 15-18). This Saturday, November 27, it is the concert at FIL de Yelle + Cœur which is associated with the festival.

The “Face to Face” and “Pre-Face” program

Saturday November 27

– Concert at FIL de Saint-Étienne (8:30 p.m.): Yelle + Cœur. Prices: from 12 to 16 euros.

Monday, November 29

A Good man (8:30 p.m.) at the Family de Saint-Just-Saint-Rambert (8:30 p.m.).

Tuesday, November 30

A Good man (8:30 p.m.) at Véo Grand-Lumière in Saint-Chamond (8:30 p.m.).

Mardi 1is December

To Our Children (8:30 p.m.) (preview) at Méliès Saint-François.

Friday December 3 (at Méliès Saint-François)

Shelter : Farewell to Eden (8 p.m.) (preview); Kinky Boots (22 h 30).

Saturday 4 December (at Méliès Saint-François)

The Engaged (season 3, 3 episodes) (14 hours) (preview); Supernova (14 h 15) ; Fabulous (16 h 45) ; Ammonite (18 h 30) ; 9e Short Film Night (10 p.m. – free price).

Sunday December 5 (at Méliès Saint-François)

Welcome to Chechnya (preview) (11 hours); No hard Feeling-Le Monde is ours (14 hours) ; Bonnie and Bonnie (16 hours) ; Great Freedom (preview) (6 p.m.).

Price of sessions: from 4 to 8.90 euros. It is possible to reserve your places on the HelloAsso page of the festival. The full program is on the Face à Face website.