Rocketman c Paramount Pictures

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Cannes-bound Rocketman and the Canadian premiere of Sundance hit Late Night will bookend the 29th edition of the Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival, set to run from May 23-June 2.

Dexter Fletcher’s anticipated Elton John biopic starring Taron Egerton kicks off the ten-day event after its out-of-competition world premiere in Cannes, while Late Night from Nisha Ganatra and starring Mindy Kaling and Emma Thompson rounds out the festival.

The Centerpiece Gala is the Canadian premiere of Netflix original series Armistead Maupin’s Tales Of The City starring Ellen Page and Laura Linney.

The annual Women’s Gala is Wendy Jo Carlton’s Good Kisser. Special Presentations include the world premiere of Sell By from director Mike Doyle starring Scott Evans, Augustus Prew, Kate Walsh and Patricia Clarkson, and the international premiere of Jeffrey McHale’s documentary You Don’t Nomi, which traces the redemption of Paul Verhoeven’s notorious film Showgirls from flop to cult classic.

The 2019 feature film programme encompasses 40 films representing 32 countries. The line-up includes five world premieres, six international premieres and 14 Canadian premieres. The festival will introduce an episodic programme of six series premieres, including the world premiere of the fourth season of Netflix’s Eastsiders, as well as the Canadian premiere of the second season of Starz’s GLAAD award-winning drama Vida. The additional four episodic short-form stories, a selection of queer and trans independent episodes, will play in one programme block.

World premieres include Almerinda Travassos’ Dykes In The Streets (Canada), Bit (USA) by Brad Michael Elmore, Queering The Script (Canada) by Gabrielle Zilkha.

“The strength and diversity of this year’s lineup demonstrates the vital role that LGBTQ film festivals play in today’s industry landscape,” said Andria Wilson, executive director of Inside Out. “The exceptional range of titles our programming team has secured, coupled with an increase in new, long-term, strategic partnerships, show Canada and the world that Inside Out is committed to leadership and innovation as we head towards our 30th anniversary in 2020.”

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