Despite the cultural cache from having works in the New York Times bestseller list, Lee Israel fell upon hard times, with no publisher wanting to release her biographies on increasingly lesser known subjects – which led to a drastic career move that gained her notoriety.
The 2013 comedy, Geography Club, follows a 16-year-old high school student named Russell (played by Cameron Deane Stewart) as he explores his sexuality with the high school quarterback, Kevin (Justin Deely) and happens upon a support group for LGBT students, under disguise as the school’s Geography Club.
Released in 1998, this French satire film stars Évelyne Dandry, François Marthouret and Stéphane Rideau. Sitcom was written and directed by François Ozon. The surrealistic motion picture is centred on the trials and tribulations of an upper-class family living in a quiet suburb, whose entire dynamic shifts irreversibly when they purchase a small white rat.
Released in 2010 and directed by Mike Mills, Beginners is a romantic comedy about a man reeling from his father’s revelation about his sexuality, and subsequent death. The film won an Oscar for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for Christopher Plummer. Shot in Los Angeles and New York, the film features actors Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer and Melanie Laurent.
A young filmmaker is hoping to catch his big break after being invited in Normandy to premiere his first independent feature film. Once there, however, he faces a harsh reality – the audience is really only interested in romantic comedies and American action movies. There is a silver lining though; the filmmaker meets the cinema projectionist who has fallen head over heels in love with him.
This comedy follows the lives, struggles and endeavors of several gay men during the hazard and mass hysteria of the AIDS outbreak. Directed by Denis Langlois, the motion picture stars Eric Cabana and Paul-Antoine Taillefer, and features Patrice Coquereau and Robin Aubert. The Escort (L’escorte) was released in 1996 and co-written by Bertrand Lachance and Denis Langlois.
Only a brilliant and gifted director can manage to make grueling topics like domestic abuse mesh well with dry humor and dramedy. Albeit slipping out of its vision and losing its prowess at times, Bitter Melon brings a genuinely refreshing and satisfying experience on the screens of this year’s Outfest edition.