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Heartbeats

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Heartbeats (Les amours imaginaires)

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.

Bar Bahar

Film Review: In Between (Bar Bahar) at SERET International

Do you think you have a good grasp of what life in Tel Aviv looks like nowadays? Bar Bahar might pleasantly surprise you. Stereotypes surrounding Israeli women for decades are unreservedly shattered and taboo subjects are openly discussed in Maysaloun Hamoud’s brash and buoyant 2016 motion picture.

The 34th

Film Review: The 34th at BFI Flare

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

Gay Essential Films To Watch, A Home at the End of the World

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.

The Misandrists

Gay Essential Films To Watch, The Misandrists

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

Sidney & Friends

Film Review: Sidney & Friends at BFI Flare

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 Alright

Gay Essential Films To Watch, The Kids Are All Right

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.

Malila: The Farewell Flower

Film Review – Malila: The Farewell Flower at BFI Flare

Riveting and sincere, Anucha Boonyawatana’s powerful feature film bluntly, but calmly reminds us of the inescapable reality of death. From its roots as a chilling, complex concept to its nitty-gritty manifestation as a decaying, irrepressible force in the universe, Malila: The Farewell Flower looks at death from a variety of enlightening perspectives.

The Hours

Gay Essential Films To Watch, The Hours

This British-American motion picture is based on Michael Cunningham’s novel of the same title and follows the life of renowned writer Virginia Woolf. Starring Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep and Julianne Moore, The Hours was released in 2003 in the United Kingdom. The drama film was directed by Stephen Daldry and its screenplay was created by David Hare.

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