The Reeling Film Festival has always featured a variety of genres that demonstrate the vast diversity of work being produced, from award-winning international feature films to social documentaries to experimental shorts. As a result, reeling has become one of Chicago’s most important cultural events. It also draws audiences from around the Midwest who see the festival as the pinnacle of their cinematic year. And now, for its 40th anniversary, the second longest-running film festival of its kind, Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival, opens September 22 at the Music Box Theatre!
The U.S. premiere of THE SHINY SHRIMPS STRIKE BACK, directed by Cédric Le Gallo and Maxime Govare, will take place on September 22’s Opening Night. Three years after France’s motley gay water polo team captured the hearts of Reeling viewers, we dive back into the pool with this wet but adorable bunch. The sequel follows a ragtag rainbow water polo team from France who become stuck in a homosexual conversion camp in Russia while on their way to the Tokyo Gay Games. Due to Russia’s homophobic laws, the film was shot in Ukraine right before the war.
The lesbian film series DYKE DELICIOUS, which aired at Chicago Filmmakers for several years, marks its return with four shorts programs curated by series founder Sharon Zurek, including the Closing Night program “I See You,” which features five short fiction films from the United States, Estonia, and Norway. The closing screening and three other Dyke Delicious events will be shown at Chicago Filmmakers during the festival’s second weekend.