Part of Queerguru’s mission is to seek out and support the best indie queer films and help them reach the audiences that they truly deserve. It’s with this in mind we try and cover not just the major metropolitan LGBTQ Film Fests around the Globe, but some of the smaller ones too.
AND THEN WE DANCED: Swedish/Georgian filmmaker Levan Akin’s third film a heartbreaking coming-out-story is probably the first-ever LGBT drama ever made in ultra-conservative Georgia. It quite rightly won over international audiences at the Cannes Film Festival where it was nominated for a Queer Palm.
This is the story of Merab (Levan Gelbakhiani) a student at the National Georgian Academy of Dance. He may be one of the star dancers in his class but that is still not good enough for his dour instructor with an enormous chip on his shoulder who accuses Merab of being too passionate.. He screams “There is no sex in Georgian dance!
CAROL : queer filmmaker Todd Haynes returns to the 1950s with British/American playwright Phyllis Nagy’s adaption of Patricia Highsmith’s controversial novel “The Price of Salt” that had been originally published in 1952 under a nom-de-plume because of its ‘scandalous’ lesbian content.
JUMP DARLING : When you reach the end of the road you are on, what can you do? There are two answers, you stop or change direction. In CLORIS LEACHMAN’s final film made prior to her death, both these alternates are explored, and the poignancy is inescapable. plays Grams, the aging grandmother grown tired, frail, and distanced from the passions that engulfed her earlier years. Dreams of joining the ice capades are barely a memory. Facing a slow exit from her life, or the inertia of a retirement home, she grapples with what little sovereignty she has left. It is an exquisite swan song for one helluva wonderfully actress and person
NO ORDINARY MAN: This is the story of musician Billy Tipton who has iconic status in the trans community. Tipton’s story starts with his death in 1989 when after decades of living as a closeted trans man, his ‘secret’ was discovered and his very successful life just became a tawdry tabloid story. Trans filmmaker Chase Joynt and his co-director Aisling Chin-Yee have chosen to tell Tipton’s story as a very imaginative documentary that focuses on not just it’s historical importance but also on its relevance to today’s transgender community.
PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE: Céline Sciamma who has already given us Water Lillies, Tomboy, Girlhood and Being 17. confirms her position as one of the leading queer filmmakers with this her latest, and finest film to date. Portrait of A Lady on Fire is a historical drama set in the 19th Century that tells of a forbidden affair between the daughter of a French Countess and a painter. This quiet romance that quietly brims with an unexpressed desire that won the prestigious Queer Palm at Cannes, will undoubtedly win the hearts of lesbians everywhere.
SOCRATES: Life is tough enough for Socrates (CHRISTIAN MALHEIROS) and his single-parent mother as they struggled to eek out a living in their small shabby apartment in Baixada Santista one of the rougher ghettos of São Paulo. Then she suddenly dies and the 15-year-old is left to fend for himself This wonderfully touching drama is the story of his struggle for life and love
SWEETHEART: Throw aside any expectations that Marly Morrison’s film will be an achingly Gen Z teen zeitgeist movie and embrace the fact that it belongs to the classic British genre of sexually awkward teen meets nightmare seaside family holiday. Go with it because that is what makes its humiliating inevitability so sweet.
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