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La Langue de l’Amour

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We love this image produced by French news site Stop Homophobie, accompanying a lovely reflection on the film and the idea of French being ‘the language of love’ (‘La Langue De L’Amour’). Read the article, in French, here.

‘C’est une excellente méthodologie d’approche, un monologue intelligent, salué par les critiques, et par des personnalités telles que Ellen DeGeneres ou Stephen Fry. On sent le vécu.Une introspection et “outil pédagogique” qui mérite d’être largement diffusé, notamment dans nos écoles.En un seul mot 🙂 Félicitations !’

In a word, merci!

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¡100,000 GRACIAS!

We were thrilled recently to have the Spanish-subtitled version of THE LANGUAGE OF LOVE, EL LENGUAJE DEL AMOR, featured on leading Spanish-language news-site UPSOCL (a sister site to the awesome Upworthy).

We really wanted the film to reach audiences outside the English-language speaking countries, and so commissioned versions with Spanish, Chinese and French subtitles.

Needless to say, we were delighted this week to see that the Spanish-subtitled version of the film has now been seen more than 100,000 times, with tens of thousands of views coming from all across Latin America. ¡Muchísimas Gracias to Upsocl and to everyone who has seen and shared the film!

See below for the Spanish-subitled version (and click here for the French and Chinese subtitled versions).

Btw, we also put the film onto Youku, the Chinese equivalent to YouTube, and 80,000 people have seen the film there. #Spreadthelove.

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Una irónica y delicada mirada sobre el primer amor y el despertar sexual desde la perspectiva de un joven, EL LENGUAJE DEL AMOR es escrito y actuado por Kim Ho, bajo la guía del exitoso escritor australiano Tommy Murphy y dirigido por Laura Escrivano.

Charlie tiene algo que decir a su mejor amigo. ¿ Encontrará las palabras?

 

Este cortometraje ‘derretirá tu corazón’ (The Advocate). Madurar, salir del closet y aprender a hablar EL LENGUAJE DEL AMOR.

En EL LENGUAJE DEL AMOR, Charlie, un chico de 17 años, le es difícil encontrar las palabras para ser fiel consigo mismo .. y con su mejor amigo.

‘Este puede fácilmente ser un trabajo icónico literario para los adolescentes que enfrentan una situación como esta, que necesitan saber que no están solos, que sus pensamientos son normales y no raros….Y SOBRETODO QUE DEBEN SEGUIR SU CORAZÓN’

Mahalo, Hawaii! And four more festival dates announced.

We are thrilled to hear that Kim has been awarded a Rising Star award at the 25th Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival.  Mahalo, Hawaii!

You can read an interview with Kim, conducted by HRFF25’s Richard Kuwada, here.

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We are also delighted to be screening at FOUR more events over the next couple of months: in New York, Vancouver and 2 major events in the UK. See details, below.

We are always very pleased for the film to be seen on the big screen, so if you’d like to screen the film at a festival or an event you are organising, do let us know.

 

KIM-HO-Australia-Language-of-LoveUpcoming screenings:

The 26th Vancouver Queer Film Festival (Canada)

2014 Asian American Film Festival (New York) as part of ‘Happily Obsessed’

Bristol Pride Film Festival at the Watershed, Bristol (UK)

The Commonwealth Film and Theatre Festival (Glasgow, UK)

And check out the full list of screenings to date here. 

 

El lenguaje del amor: el mejor video que podrás ver este día

Thrilled to be featured on Splendid Mind! ‘The best film you will see this day!’

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¿Cómo explicar el amor? ¿Cómo decirlo abierta y francamente? Dicen que el amor es como el mar: siempre esta ahí y siempre es diferente. Y por ser diferentes muchas veces es visto como algo riesgoso, peligroso, intrigante. Pero aquellos que tienen la valentía de demostrarlo yluchar por él, son aquellos que subliman su alma y se engrandecen como individuos. El siguiente video es una verdadera obra maestra que tienes que ver: 

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Melbourne!

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We are off to the Melbourne Queer Film Festival this week and our director, Laura Scrivano, has been chatting with Festival Director, Lisa Daniel. Check out the interview below and book your tickets for the chance to see THE LANGUAGE OF LOVE on the big screen, here. (It’s a huge weekend for us – as well as Melbourne,  we are also appearing at London’s FLARE Gay Festival and Roze Filmdagen, Amsterdam).

You can also read an interview with Kim in The Melbourne Leader, here, while he also has just been interviewed by Richard Watts on Melbourne’s Triple RRR FM  SmartArts program, here. (Kim’s interview begins at 1 hr 35 mins)

THE LANGUAGE OF LOVE Poster

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With THE LANGUAGE OF LOVE now appearing at film festivals around the world, we’ve put together this BEAUTIFUL poster featuring the original film art by Ross Giardina, who was also Director of Photography on the film. You can download the poster, by clicking the image. Feel free to print it off for your own use.

The poster was designed by Sebastian Andreassen at atyp.

Festival news!

THE LANGUAGE OF LOVE played this week (Tue 18th Feb) at My Queer Career as part of Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and we were THRILLED to win the Audience Award. It was a real joy to watch the film with a ‘live’ audience and hear their responses to the film, while the award, a script mentorship for Kim and membership of the prestigious Australian Writers Guild, was the perfect end to a year of our working on the film.

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The lineup for this year’s My Queer Career was exceptional, featuring a great range of films from some of Australia’s most exciting emerging filmmakers. To see THE LANGUAGE OF LOVE alongside such brilliant films as Tim Marshall’s GORILLA, Nicholas Verso’s THE LAST TIME I SAW RICHARD and Fatima Mawas’s FIGHTING FOR AIR was a real honour.

Says Kim:

Having the film represent the LGBTI community anywhere is a big honour but being part of the Mardi Gras Film Festival is just fantastic. I’m thrilled the audience responded so well to The Language of Love, particularly in such an amazing and powerful lineup of films. It’s very reassuring to see Australian queer film so strong.

And we were so pleased to see Brendon McDonall take both the Best Film Award and Best Director for his lovely film ALL GOD’S CREATURES  – THE LANGUAGE OF LOVE producer Dan Prichard is now working with Brendon on THE MANGROVES by playwright Tom Mesker, for online release later this year.

My Queer Career winning director Brendon McDonall , Kim and playwright Tom Mesker at the My Queer Awards ceremony.

And while we are talking about festivals, we have news of more screenings of THE LANGUAGE OF LOVE around the world – a huge  thank you to curators of all of the festivals involved and we can’t wait to share the film with your audiences.

London:

Flare London LGBT Festival as part  of the Cross My Heart section

Melbourne:

Melbourne Queer Film Festival as part of the Oz Shorts program

Brisbane:

Brisbane Queer Film Festival as part of Queer Aussie Shorts and in Camp Out

Bangalore, India:

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Bangalore Queer Film Festival

Amsterdam:

Roze Filmdagen (Amsterdam Gay & Lesbian Film Festival)

Washington:

Annapolis Film Festival

 

Happy Valentine’s Day!

A big happy Valentine’s Day to you!

We are thrilled to report that YouTube is featuring THE LANGUAGE OF LOVE as a favourite for Valentine’s Day on their daily round up of what’s best on the platform, YouTube Nation. Jacob Soboroff introduces the film, saying that ‘you HAVE to see it!’

Kim, appearing on the show, says about the film: ‘I really wanted to explore the idea of love being universal, whether you are gay or straight, regardless of who you love or who are you are, it’s all the same’.

We, understandably, are very happy!

Says Kim: How wonderful that YouTube is supporting The Language of Love on Valentine’s Day! All love is equal, and I’m so proud to see YouTube promoting that message with our film.

And Laura sent us this, from LA, where she is now based: ‘It’s super exciting to have The Language of Love featured on YouTube Nation, especially on their Valentine’s Day special. It’s an important day to share our support for same love, partnerships and marriage equality both in Australia (where same-sex couples are not afforded this basic human right) and overseas. We can’t think of a better way of being ‘proud to love’ than sharing our film with YouTube Nation audiences this Valentine’s Day’

We hope that being featured on YouTube Nation will bring the film to the attention of a lot more young people around the world who will relate to what Charlie is going through.  We’ll let you know.

Next week, some very exciting festival news! Happy Valentine’s Day to you all!

Summer

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Laura Scrivano, director of THE LANGUAGE OF LOVE, reports from a little film festival somewhere in the hills of Utah…

I’m powering down Melrose Avenue in Hollywood, LA in thirty-degree heat, grasping heavy-duty waterproof boots, scanning the shops with wild eyes. I’m getting some odd looks from the locals cruising past in their Toyota Prius’. There are two things wrong with this picture: 1. No one walks in this town 2. I’m looking for a snowboarding shop in a place where it barely rains, let alone snows.

But I’m desperate. I need thermals. I’ve seen snow maybe three times in my whole life. I’m not taking any chances.

I might be mildly panicking but it’s a feeling I’ll happily deal with – a few weeks ago we received the news that YouTube would feature our short The Language of Love at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. And just earlier in the week, I was told that thanks to our Executive Producers, atyp, I would be heading down to snowy park city to represent the film.

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With my YouTube issued Sundance survival guide safely stowed in my bag (remember to drink lots of water – high altitude; last year a Sundance ‘flu’ broke out – bring cold and flu tablets). I was on the plane, ready to network, party, queue for films and experience the Sundance magic.

Former atyp Alumni Began Land (now living in LA and filming NCIS: LA) found us some friends to stay with in the gorgeous Deer Valley, 10 minutes from Main Street, the centre of all the Sundance action.

Thick snowdrifts and sunny skies greeted us as we touched down in Salt Lake City. Five minutes in, on the shuttle bus to Park City I meet AJ Edwards, long-time collaborator with Terrence Malik whose debut feature Better Angels, with Australian Jason Clarke, was premiering at the festival.

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Friday night we head to the New Frontier Party, running into the Australian teams behind 52 Tuesdays and Babadook, both features screening at the festival, the organizers of Outfest (who saw The Language of Love at the Iris Prize Festival last October) who promptly invite us to the HBO Queer Breakfast and special screening of HBO’s new series LOOKING, and the Blackhouse Foundation team, who invite me to speak on a panel about successful short films.

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Sundance networking. Tick.

I’m keen to see new Australian Horror film Babadook so we queue for their midnight premiere. Queuing for a midnight screening is a rite of passage at Sundance. Despite the cold (hey, my thermal is working!), the atmosphere is lovely – everyone is smiling and the volunteers here have to be the happiest I’ve ever seen. We get into see Babadook and the film is terrifyingly good – I’m so happy for director Jennifer Kent and Essie Davis.

Saturday is screening day. After a late start, I head down to the YouTube space on Main Street where I meet my YouTube partner contact Michael Kaufman, and attend one of their many panels. Tonight is the main YouTube party, where The Language of Love will screen (as well as excerpts screening in front of the official shorts section). We are advised to get there early – it’s a hot ticket.

I arrive at 9pm – and the film is just about to play. It’s almost a year to the day that we filmed The Language of Love and suddenly it’s completely overwhelming to see a massive, digital Kim Ho (as Charlie) on the screen across the other side of the world. All I can think is “I wish Kim was here” and I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. It doesn’t quite seem real.

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When the film is over, the party really kicks off and it’s another late night. Everyone survives on adrenalin, coffee and free food.


The next day we catch the only Aussie feature in official competition, 52 Tuesdays (which director Sophie Hyde went on to win best director for!) and head back to YouTube for the Spin party. I forgot to read who was playing, so was blown away when Damon Albarn of Blur and Gorillaz fame took to the stage to play an acoustic set with a string quartet. There were about 100 people in the room and you could hear a pin drop. Moments like these are why people go to Sundance.


On my final day we catch the Richard Linklater masterpiece on growing up – Boyhood (seriously see it – the less you know about it the better) and I head to The Blackhouse Foundation to participate in the panel talk on short films. The moderator is Karen Horne from NBC Universal and with me on the panel is Hank Willis Thomas, Cutter Hodierne (who went on to win the US directing award for his feature Fishing Without Nets) and Moon Molson. The panel is fantastic  – so much fun and very inspiring to hear about the other filmmaker’s work. The audience asks very insightful questions – about our success on YouTube, about working with actors, and being a female director in a male dominated industry – and I manage to string some decent sentences together (I think!). It’s privilege to talk about the work, and is one of the highlights of the festival for me.

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Flying back to LA, I’m exhausted, but thrilled by the Sundance experience. I can’t thank YouTube (and particularly Kelly Kaufman!), atyp, The Voices Project and our producer Dan Prichard enough for the opportunity to represent The Language of Love at Sundance.

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