20th Budapest Pride LGBTQ Film Festival opens with Freeheld

In January 20th to 24th, 2016, the Budapest Pride Film Festival comes back for the 20th time with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) films. The colorful program will include more than 30 movies from six continents, consisting of exciting documentaries, short films and workshops. The festival opens with a film to be shown for the first time in Hungary called Freeheld starring Julianne Moore and Ellen Page.

The main programs will take place at Art+ Cinema (Erzsébet boulevard), moreover alternative, free screenings will also be available.

Freeheld will be shown on the opening night of the festival, the 20th of January. The plot, based on a true story, is about a New Jersey police lieutenant, Laurel Hester who is battling to secure her partner’s pension benefits when she is diagnosed with terminal cancer. In 2008 the Budapest Pride Film Festival’s audience has seen Hester’s story titled Freeheld (Kezünkben az élet). The feature film was shot in 2015, Julianne Moore can be seen in the role of Hester, her partner, Stacie was played by Ellen Page. In 2015 Moore received the Academy Award for the her role in the film Still Alive. Page was nominated for the award in 2008 for her protagonist role in Juno, in 2014 she came out lesbian in her moving speech at the LMBT-rights organization’s american conference called the Human Rights Campaign.

Once again Budapest Pride also offers a frequent guest's pass - you can watch 5 movies for a discounted price if you purchase your pass in advance. Pass selling begins in early January in the Art+ Cinema’s ticket office, where you can also buy single tickets for the movies. Passes will be redeemed for screenening at the Art+ Cinema. Also in the beginning of January you tickets will be available on the cinema’s homepage.

Details about the program will soon be posted on the festival’s Facebook page and on the official Budapest Pride website.