Franck Finance-Madureira: We are living a strong moment about Asian queer films

Franck Finance-Madureira: We are living a strong moment about Asian queer films

The founder of the Queer Palm at Cannes, Franck Finance-Madureira, became part of the SHQFF initiative a few months ago. As a journalist and a film critic, Franck founded the Queer Palm, an award that aimed to be the ‘most open-minded movie award’, in 2010. Since then, the Queer Palm has become a symbol of progressiveness, spreading ‘freedom, equality and open-ness’ through highlighting the importance of queer cinema.


You have agreed to be a judge for the SHQFF. What kind of potential and the possibilities do you see in this film festival? How would you suggest SHQFF further develop its presence on the world stage?

I think that it is really important to support initiatives about queer cinema in countries where LGBT people are still not totally free to live their lives as anyone else. The creation of this festival is a very strong act and have to be known all over the world. That’s why i think the better thing is to try to invite a lot of queer cinema professional people from everywhere to make the world know about this great initiative.

 

In your opinion, what’s the difference between queer cinema in Asia and that found in the rest of the world?

Asian Queer Cinema is usually more shy (about political advocacy and sexual representations) than occidental one but I think things are changing and more and more Asian queer film dare to tell stories with explicit sex and explicit political advocacy. We are living a strong moment about this kind of subjects in Asian movies and this is fascinating.

 

Currently, China’s ‘official’ attitude towards LGBTQIA people is not very clear. Under these circumstances, in which direction you think queer filmmakers should steer their efforts? What are your expectations for them?

They have to put the subject with strength by their movies and to force the government to have official statements about equality and freedom.

 

Are there any Asian queer feature-length or short films you like especially works by Chinese directors? If so, please give us your recommendations.

I don’t know a lot of Chinese movie about queer subjects but my favorite Asian queer movie is “Happy Together” by Wong Kar Wai (1997)

 

What kind of opportunity and intentions do you have to establish this organization? What significance do these queer initiatives have to the world?

I created the Queer Palm in 2010 because i thought it was really important to show this kind of diversity in the most important movie festival in the world. It is always difficult because we have no big sponsors. This year for the first time we had a great partnership with the gay app Hornet and a governmental funding from France. The award is really well considerate because of the image we managed to build for the award and the prestigious juries we have each year.

 

The finalist films of Queer Palm and SHQFF are both diverse. How do you define ‘Queer Films’?

The finalist films of Queer Palm and SHQFF are both diverse. How do you define ‘Queer Films’?