BPM (Beats Per Minute)

Film Review: BPM (Beats Per Minute) at Cambridge Film Festival

BPM (Beats Per Minute) is a fiercely angry and impassioned work of political cinema that is vibrant, sometimes hilarious and frequently tearjerking – and most importantly, it is unapologetically queer in a way so few films on the AIDS crisis allow themselves to be. This is a film squarely focused on documenting a moment in history for gay audiences, offering concessions to straight viewers only in the sense that it offers them a chance to showcase basic empathy and be moved by a story that deals with a culture they won’t be able to relate to.

Soldatii. Poveste din Ferentari

Essential Opinion: Soldiers. Story From Ferentari (Soldatii. Poveste din Ferentari)

Romanian films have become one of the most compelling and noteworthy developments in international cinema over the last few years, maintaining a remarkable monopoly over the Cannes Film Festival. Invariably drawing on the legacy of a lengthy and painful communist junket, Ivana Mladenovic’s controversial and rough-hewn motion picture does not disappoint – tackling dark topics like abuse, poverty and dysfunctional love, the drama film is unapologetically blunt and does little to cover up the harsh reality of living in one of Romania’s most gruesome suburbs.

Abu: Father

Film Review – Abu: Father at BFI London Film Festival

Less a documentary and more an unflinchingly personal essay, director Arshad Khan’s Abu: Father is moving and harrowing in equal measure. Utilising home video footage he has amassed since his childhood in Pakistan in the seventies, as well as scenes from the pop culture that played a pivotal role throughout the important stages of his life, Khan’s film deals with his lifelong struggle with his own sexuality and his relationship with his religiously conservative family.

XXY

Gay Essential Films To Watch, XXY

This Argentine motion picture won the Critics’ Week grand prize at the 2007 Cannes film festival. Starring Ricardo Darín, Valeria Bertuccelli and Germán Palacios, XXY tells the story of a biologist and his young daughter who is Intersex. The film was co-written and directed by Lucía Puenzo.

Call Me By Your Name

Opinión Esencial: Llámame Por Tu Nombre (Call Me By Your Name)

Lo que parece ser una cliché historia de amor, la adaptación fílmica de la novela de Andre Aciman prueba que este romance es todo lo contrario a lo cliché. Llámame Por Tu Nombre es una sencilla y original historia acerca del descubrimiento sexual y el poder del deseo entre un joven de 17 años y un académico de 25 años. Haciendo de esta cinta, una historia cautivante, cómica y devastadora acerca de primeros amores.

Apricot Groves

Essential Opinion: Apricot Groves

Offering glimpses into the trials and tribulations of transgender people, Apricot Groves avoids obsolete queer cinema tropes, has stunning cinematography and a heartening soundtrack that make it a worthwhile watch and a must-see for anyone struggling with gender identity.

A Moment In The Reeds

Film Review: A Moment In The Reeds at BFI London Film Festival

Receiving its world premiere at the BFI London Film Festival, A Moment in the Reeds is the first ever Finnish LGBT romance film, following in the footsteps of some of the best gay love stories of recent years to forge a believable tale of two men thrown together by chance, forging an instant, deep connection with each other across the space of a few days.

No Dress Code Required

Essential Opinion: No Dress Code Required (Etiqueta no rigurosa)

After meeting in the early 2000’s and living a happy life together since then, the couple decided to finally tie the knot in 2013. The supreme court of Mexico had declared same sex marriage a constitutional right, so they planned to finally go ahead and get married – unfortunately, they lived in the state of Mexicali, which did not subscribe to the court’s ruling, objecting to their marriage on religious grounds.

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