Amid the controversy over the coming of the QueerMuseu exhibition for Rio de Janeiro, the Rio 2017 Festival began with a tribute to the movement that contributed to the decriminalization of homosexuality in the United Kingdom 50 years ago.
One of the directors of the festival, Marcos Didonet highlighted the leading role of cinema in society.
The QueerMuseu exhibition was interrupted a few days after being launched in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul. Espaço Cultural Santander was attacked by people who accused the works of promoting pedophilia and bestiality.
For Didonet, in times of backward discussions, cinema has a fundamental role to play in discussing important issues for the modernization of society.
The Félix Prize elects the best LGBT film at the Rio Festival. This year, besides the 32 films and 4 short films that will compete, the audience will be able to watch a selection of three classics of the British queer.
Produced in the 1980s and 1990s, the films Orlando, the Immortal Woman, Eduardo II and My Adorable Laundry will be shown.