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Free film series celebrates queer royalty in honor of Gay Pride month
From a press release
2016-05-17

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The Queer Film Society, in association with The Chicago Public Library present QUEER KINGS & QUEENS, a free series celebrating Victorian era LGBT movies in honor of Gay Pride month.

The series comprises four free screenings taking place on the first four Mondays in June at the Bezazian branch ( 1226 W. Ainslie ) of the Chicago Public Library at 6pm ( doors at 5:30pm ). All the screenings will feature discussion following the film. The lineup for Queer King & Queens presents movies focused on actual gay and lesbian royalty— real and fictional — Sweden's Queen Christina and England's King Edward II. This series contains films with mature subject matter. Viewer discretion is advised.

Monday, June 6

Queen Christina ( 1933 ): Bisexual screen legend Greta Garbo is at the height of her ironic beauty in this MGM classic, as the queen of Sweden, the ruler who wants to remain "a bachelor girl" but who finds herself drawn into an illicit romance.

Monday, June 13

Edward II ( 1991 ): Queer activist/filmmaker Derek Jarman's poetic and highly erotic biography of England's gay king. Tilda Swinton's breakthrough movie!

Monday, June 20

The Girl King ( 2015 ) A widely acclaimed adaptation of the Queen Christina story — this time with the lesbian romance intact. This is the movie Garbo wanted to make.

For more information on QUEER KINGS & QUEENS and other LGBTQ themed events throughout the month of June at the Chicago Public Library please visit www.ChiPubLib.org . In addition, a bibliography of select books about LGBT Americans is available year round on the Library's website and at branch locations.

THE QUEER FILM SOCIETY ( QFS ) is a consortium of LGBT film critics, historians, artists, and scholars dedicated to the exploration and celebration of queer images in world cinema. Recognizing the diversity of identities and perspectives that comprise its membership, QFS is committed to showcasing vital films from equally vital, and sometimes widely varied, vantage points. From mainstream to underground and from artist to audience, a distinct and communal sensibility informs the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered ( LGBT ) cinema experience. Further information about the Queer Film Society at www.QueerFilmSociety.org .

CHICAGO PUBLIC LIBRARY continues to encourage lifelong learning by welcoming all people and offering equal access to information, entertainment and knowledge through materials, programs and cutting-edge technology. Through its 79 locations, the Library provides free access to a rich collection of materials, both physical and digital, and presents the highest quality author discussions, exhibits and programs for children, teens and adults. For more information, visit chicagopubliclibrary.org, or call ( 312 ) 747-4050.


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