Released in 2010, Howl was directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman. The film won two awards with Best Actor going to James Franco at Central Ohio Film Critics Association and Freedom of Expression Award at National Board of Review USA. Shot in New York City, the film stars James Franco, Todd Rotondi and Jon Prescott.
Out of all of XPOSED’s thrilling and uncanny candidates for this year’s edition, Paternal Rites is the most touching, brutal and indispensable. The international queer film festival’s heartrending addition allows us access into the troubled world of an abused child and now scarred adult who shyly and desperately seeks help to try and make sense of what happened to him.
Heartbeats, released in 2010, won the Regards Jeune Prize at the Cannes Film Festival as well as awards at Hamptons International Film Festival, Jurtra Awards and Rotterdam international Film Festival. It was written and directed by Xavier Dolan, who also starred. Filmed in Quebec, Canada, it also starred Monia Chokri and Niels Schneider.
Ireland has been a fairly cold, distant place for gay people for too long. It was only three years ago that the country had passed marriage equality through public vote, under the Thirty-fourth Amendment of the Constitution. An inspiring documentary about the history of LGBTQ rights, The 34th sensibly depicts the long road to marriage equality in the Irish state, as well as the touching love story between politician Katherine Zappone and theologian Ann Louise Gilligan.
A Home at the End of the World was released in 2004. Written by Pulitzer-Prize winning author Michael Cunningham and adapted by him from his novel for the film, it was directed by Michael Mayer. Shot in New York, Arizona and Canada the film starred Colin Farrell, Dallas Roberts and Robin Wright. The film won an award for excellence in filmmaking at National Board of Review USA 2004.
Written and directed by Bruce La Bruce, Two schoolgirls find an injured revolutionary soldier in the woods, and take him to the basement of the country house where they stay – which is the home of a lesbian terrorist cell. The Misandrists released in 2017 stars Susanne Sachße, Viva Ruiz and Kembra Pfahler
Prejudice, discrimination and hatred do not have to lead to loss of innocence and bitterness. This is what Sidney & Friends sublimely showcases in its exquisite seventy-five minutes – a riveting, but peaceful and vulnerable account of what it means to be transgender and intersex in the crude social climate of Kenya’s capital, Nairobi.
The Kids Are All Right is a comedy-drama film which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2010. Written by Stuart Blumberg and Lisa Cholodenko and directed by the latter, the American motion picture follows the life of a same-sex couple and the ups and downs of their long-term relationship. The film stars Julianne Moore and Annette Bening.