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Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival 2019 Opening Film The Shiny Shrimps (Les Crevettes Pailletées)

The Opening Night film of the Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival Reeling 2019 is a fabulous and hilarious French comedy making waves around the world! Be prepared for an encounter of the third kind with the Village People and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert... in swimming suit!

When Matthias, a hunky Olympic champion at the end of his career, makes a homophobic statement on TV his punishment is to coach the Shiny Shrimps, a flamboyant, amateur gay water polo team. The surly Matthias, hoping to qualify for a coveted spot at a meet that will ensure his return to glory, agrees to take on the assignment. But the team – filled with an assorted group of gay men and a sassy trans woman – are as hopeless in the water as they are assured, funny and sharply opinioned out of it. Last in the league, they dream of winning at least one match in order to qualify for the Gay Games in Croatia where the hottest international LGBTQ athletes compete. Will their impatient, homophobic coach rise to the occasion and help his cockeyed optimists realize their dream? And perhaps find his mind (and heart) expanded in the process? You’ll want to dive right into this hilarious, warm hearted comedy that fans of THE ADVENTURES OF PRISCILLA: QUEEN OF THE DESERT and THE BIRDCAGE will adore. As the Hollywood Reporter noted, THE SHINY SHRIMPS is perfect for audiences, “hungry for something fizzy and light.” Everyone in the pool! Pre-party starts at 6:00PM and screening at 7:00PM.

Supported by the Cultural Services at the Consulate General of France in Chicago.