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La Cage Aux Folles

Gay Essential Films To Watch, La Cage Aux Folles

Released in 1978 La Cage aux Folles was co-written and directed by Edouard Molinaro. Nominated for an Academy Award, the film won Best Foreign Film at the Golden Globes, with Best Actor going to Michel Serrault at the Cesar Awards. Shot in location in Rome, Saint Tropez, France and the French Riviera, Ugo Tognazzi and Claire Maurier also star. The film is an adaptation of the 1973 play by Jean Poiret.

Gay Essential Films To Watch, High Art

Lisa Cholodenko’s charming feature film debut High Art released in 1998, stars Radha Mitchell as Syd, a scrappy, lowly intern at a photography magazine, who is pulled into the hedonistic orbit of her intriguing neighbour Lucy, who happens to be a well-reputed photographer (played by Ally Sheedy). The 101-minute film grossed just under $2 million at the box office during the year of its release.

Two Soft Things, Two Hard Things

Film Review: Two Soft Things, Two Hard Things at BFI Flare

You’re probably familiar with Pride Toronto and other popular, long-awaited festivals and activities that happen during the summer. But have you ever heard of a gay parade in the Arctic? Well, it just so happens that an unusual pride event in the capital of Canadian Nunavut spurred interest among two filmmakers and was the decisive spark in igniting a desperately needed discussion about LGBTQ rights within the Inuit community.

In Their Room

Gay Essential Documentaries To Watch, In Their Room: London/Berlin/San Francisco

In Their Room is a continuing Travis Mathews endeavour that captures the private thoughts, feelings, and day-to-day activities of a diversity of gay men. The clips are shot in men’s bedrooms in order to create an atmosphere of closeness and intimacy between viewer and subject. The project began in 2009 with the twenty-minute-long In Their Room: San Francisco, followed by In Their Room:Berlin in 2011, and In Their Room: London was released in 2013.

I Love You Phillip Morris

Gay Essential Films To Watch, I Love You Phillip Morris

Released in 2009 and directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Recqua, I Love You Phillip Morris is about a con man who falls in love with a fellow prisoner and the lengths he’ll go to stay together. The film was nominated for multiple awards, and won the GLAAD Media award for Outstanding Film – Limited Release. Shot in multiple locations in the USA, the film features actors Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor.

Scenes From a Gay Marriage

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Scenes From a Gay Marriage

Released in 2012, Scenes From a Gay Marriage is a romantic comedy directed, written by, and starring Matt Riddlehoover. Darren is newly single, drifting about life, and aimless. He discovers, after moving into his new apartment, that he can hear the titillating conversations of the amorous gay couple upstairs through the air vents. The film stars Thashana McQuiston, Jared Allman and Carson Nicely.


Gay Essential Films To Watch, Jitters (Órói)

An Icelandic coming of age drama written and directed by Baldvin Zophoníasson, Jitters (Órói) is the story of a teenage boy who questions his sexual identity when he comes home to his native Iceland. The film stars Atli Oskar Fjalarsson, Ilva Holmes and Gísli Örn Garðarsson.

The Ways of Man

Gay Essential Films To Watch, The Ways of Man (Tots els camins de Déu)

Released in 2014 and directed by Gemma Ferraté, The Ways of Man (Tots els camins de Déu) depicts a chance meeting of two strangers in a secluded forest. A modern twist on the biblical tale of Judas, the film stars Marc Garcia Coté, Oriol Pla and Jan Cornet.


Small But Perfectly Formed, BFI Flare Shorts Our Highlights

Just as reliable as the Spring thaw, BFI Flare once again presents an exquisite showcase of the world’s best LGBT films. As one of the longest running LGBT film events in the world, BFI Flare attracts storytellers from all walks of life. This year’s Short Film category was no exception, offering everything from quirky to melancholy in bite-sized portions that can be consumed while you’re awaiting your next Uber.

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