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2021 FilmOut Festival Opening Night - 'Firebird'

San Diego's only LGBTQ annual film festival and special event monthly screening series is back for its 21st edition!

FilmOut San Diego wants enlighten, educate, and entertain the communities of San Diego County and beyond through the exhibition of LGBTQ themed films at our annual festival and some cult related non-LGBTQ films at our special event screenings. FilmOut San Diego seeks to recognize, promote, celebrate and support the important diverse artistic contributions LGBTQ filmmakers and others make to our community.

We are extremely excited to announce that "Firebird" has been chosen as our Opening Night film! The screening will take place on Thursday, September 9 at 7 p.m. at the San Diego Natural History Museum.

Synopsis | Blending a Cold War thriller and a true story of a secret love, director Peeter Rebane’s "Firebird" begins with the steamy passions of young gay romance in an environment where expressing it is deadly. Tom Prior (The Theory of Everything) stars as Sergey, an Estonian military private awaiting the end of his duty in the Soviet air force in the late 1970s. He falls for the dashing officer Roman (Oleg Zagorodnii), arousing suspicions as they hide their romance from their fellow officers. The pair soon realize that pursuing a clandestine affair, let alone openly declaring their love, means risking their safety, Roman’s career in the Soviet military, and their relationship with their most beloved friend from the academy, Luisa (Diana Pozharskaya). Co-written by Prior and Rebane, "Firebird" is a gripping, and cinematically beautiful, story of love and freedom thwarted by an oppressive regime during a harrowing time, detailing the human costs of living an authentic life. Based on a true story.

Along with "Firebird," the FilmOut Festival's Opening Night will feature the short "The Lonely Prince" by directors Shivin & Sunny, a story about a lonely Prince, drowning in melancholy, who invites a Sculptor to his court to create a piece of art just for him. As the Sculptor spends his days chiseling away on a block of marble, the Prince too discovers a new side of himself, for a brief moment forgetting the world of solitude that surrounds him.

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General admission for Opening Night is $50, which includes screening ticket and Opening Night Party admission.

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