Gaze is delighted to present two Irish Premiere film screenings alongside a panel discussion on the subject of equal marriage rights for Lesbian and Gay couples.


Suddenly last winter, Luca and Gustav’s private life was turned upside down. After the proposed introduction of new same-sex partnership legislation by the Italian centre-left coalition (elected in March 2006), a national debate ensued and within a few days it seemed the whole country was involved in heated discussions on gay partnership rights. This was the context in which, camera-in-hand, the astounded Gustav and Luca decided to set off on a journey through their country, to explore and challenge the objections to their civil rights within a loving relationship. The result is in turn a hilarious and sobering reflection on Italian society. Gustav and Luca will be present to discuss their film and participate in the debate. ITALY • 2007 • 80 MINSFREEHELD DIRECTOR – CYNTHIA WADE.

Detective Lieutenant Laurel hester spent 25 years investigating tough cases in Ocean County, new Jersey, protecting the rights of victims and putting her life on the line. She had no reason to expect that in the last year of her life, after she was diagnosed with terminal cancer, her final battle for justice would be for the woman she loved. Freeheld chronicles Laurel’s struggle to transfer her earned pension to her domestic partner, Stacie Andree. With less than six months to live, Laurel refuses to back down when her elected officials—the Ocean County Freeholders— deny her request to leave her pension to Stacie, an automatic option for heterosexual married couples. We follow the escalation of Laurel’s battle with the Freeholders and the decline of her health as the cancer spreads. USA • 2007 • 40 MIN

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