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IV Side by Side LGBT International Film Festival
Saint Petersburg, 21 30 October 2011

21 October, Friday, Mirage Cinema

35 Bolshoy Prospect

Ceremonial Opening of IV Side by Side Film Festival                                                                     19.00

Feature Film: Tomboy

Céline Sciamma , France, 2011

19.30 - 21.00

22 October, Saturday, Taiga

(20 Dvortsovaya Embankment)

Photographer Zanele Muholi (South Africa) opens her exhibition My Place at 14.00-15.00

22 October, Saturday, Mirage Cinema 

35 Bolshoy Prospect

Feature Film: Loose Cannons

Ferzan Ozpetek , Italy, 2010

17.00 - 19.00
Feature Film Harvest + Q & A with Director  

In partnership with the Goethe Institute

Benjamin Cantu, Germany, 2011

19.30 - 21.00 21.00 22.00

23 October, Sunday, Press Club Zelenaya Lampa

3 Bankovsky Pereulok

Documentary Nitrate Kisses 

Barbara Hammer, USA, 1992

14.30 - 15.30

Discussion on LGBT history: Does the LGBT Community in Russia have a history? What do we know about it? And why it important to know the past?


Roman Kalinin Gay activist, founder of the gay paper: Tema (1989) and a founding member of The Association of Sexual Minorities.

Elena Gusyatinskaya   Creater of the Moscow Archive of Lesbian and Gays.

Sergey Kuzmin Founder and organizer of LGBT Organisation Astarta (1993, Tomsk) and organizer  of Pink Flamingo LGBT Film Festival.  

Olga Dementeva - Philosopher

15.30 17.00

Short Films on Transgender: From Birth to Chosen 

Australia, USA, UK and Germany

17.15 - 18.45

Documentary Difficult Love + Q & A with Zanele Muholi

Zanele Muholi & Peter Goldsmid, South Africa, 2011

19.15 - 20.15 20.15 21.30

25 October, Tuesday, Press Club Zelenaya Lampa

3 Bankovsky Pereulok

Documentary Film Fish Out of Water

Ky Dickens, USA, 2009

19.30 - 20.30

Discussion on Religion and LGBT: Is it possible for the church to accept LGBT persons? What is the experience of different faiths in countries around the world? 

In partnership with the Goethe Institute


Valery Sozaev - field of expertise cultural and religious studies, founder of LGBT Ministry: Nuntiare at recreare  

Father Franciscus - Clergyman of Ecumenical  Parish of St.. Michael, Berlin 

20.30 21.45

26 October, Wednesday, Mirage Cinema

35 Bolshoy Prospect

Feature Film: Victim

Basil Dearden, UK, 1961

19.30 - 21.00
Following the screening join Marc Almond in converstion. Moderator, Anton Mazurov, programming director of 2morrow/Zavtra Film Festival and president of the company LeopART,  21.00 -22.00

27 October, Thursday, Mirage Cinema 

35 Bolshoy Prospect

Feature Film: Patrik 1.5

Ella Lemhagen, Sweden, 2008

20.00 21.30

28 October, Friday, Press Club Zelenaya Lampa

3 Bankovsky Pereulok

Documentary: homo@lv

Kaspars Gobas, Latvia, 2010

19.30 - 20.40

Discussion on LGBT Rights in Latvia and  censorship of LGBT issues in the press. 


Alisa Zurmatai  Activist of LGBT Organization Mozaika, Latvia

Zhenya Otto  Activist of the Committee of International Workers, Moscow

Sara Azmeh Rasmussen  Human Rights Activsit, Norway

20.40 22.00

29 October, Saturday,  Hotel Angleterre

24 Bolshaya Morskaya ulitsa

Feature Film: The Secret Diaries of Anne Lister

James Kent, UK, 2010 

15.00 - 16.30

Documentary: The Real Anne Lister

Matthew Hill, UK, 2010

17.00 - 18.00

Shorts: Awareness Raising Adverts: Cut Homophobia!

Producer Idan Richter, Israel, 2009

18.30 18.45

Documentary: Gay Days + Q & A with Director

In Partnership with the Israeli Consulate in Saint Petersburg

Yair Qedar, Israel, 2009

18.45 - 19.55 20.00 21.15

30 October, Sunday, Hotel Angleterre 24 Bolshaya Morskaya ulitsa

Short Films: The Queer Umbrella

Switzerland, UK, USA Singapore ,

14.00 - 15.30

Documentary: Regretters + Q & A with Director

In Partnership with the Swedish Consulate, Saint Petersburg

Marcus Lindeen, Sweden, 2010

16.00 - 17.00 17.00 18.00

Documentary: Swiss Rebel

In Partnership with the Swiss Consulate

Carole Bonstei , Switzerland, 2000

18.30 19.30

Closing Award Ceremony of IV Side by Side LGBT International Film Festival, Saint Petersburg 

20.00- 21.00

All films are screened in their original language and subtitled in Russian.


Mirage Cinema

21, 22 October 1 screening 200 rubles.

26 October 300 rubles, students 150 rubles (with student ID)

27 October rubles, for students 100 rubles (with student ID)

Tickets can be purchased before screening or from 17 October at Mirage Cinema

Press Club Zelenaya Lampa and Hotel Angleterre

1 screening 200 rubles, for students 100 rubles (with student ID) 

Discount Card for Screenings at Press Club Zelenaya Lampa and Hotel Angleterre ::

5 screenings at Zelenaya Lampa or Hotel Angleterre  800 rubles, 300 rubles for students.

3 screenings Zelenaya Lampa or Hotel Angleterre   - 450 rubles, 200 rubles for students

Tickets and Discount Cards for Zelenaya Lampa and Angleterre can be purchased earlier. For more information write to (including your name, number of tickets / discount card and events).


Free Entrance to the exhibition. Runs: 22 - 29 October 14.00 - 21.00

Please not that entrance to all the events of Side by Side Film Festival are for adults only .