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Paternal Rites

Film Review: Paternal Rites at XPOSED International Queer Film Festival

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.

BPM (Beats Per Minute)

Opinión Esencial: 120 Pulsaciones Por Minuto

Lejos de ser nostálgica, 120 BPM deja una sentimiento de alivio al terminar de ver esa cinta estando agradecido, que lo que acaba de ver, no es la presente realidad, sino un homenaje a todas las vidas perdidas por una enfermedad que robo potencial pero creó una revolución, que hasta esta fecha, sigue pulsando minuto a minuto a través de nuevas generaciones al no dejar que la ignorancia y silencio ganen de nuevo.

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.

Good Manners

Film Review: Good Manners (As Boas Maneiras) at BFI Flare

It’s fairly easy to say that you’ve never seen a film quite like Good Manners. This Brazilian odyssey mixes elements of comedy, fantasy, horror and dark drama to tell a story that continually subverts expectations. It’s also made with a resonant sense of emotional depth that gets under the skin, so the story and characters become more involving as the movie gets increasingly bizarre.

The Happy Prince

Film Review: The Happy Prince at BFI Flare

For his writing-directing debut, actor Rupert Everett ambitiously recreates the final three years of Oscar Wilde’s life in a swirling, artistic odyssey. Everett has a lifelong interest in Wilde, including roles in films based on Wilde’s work and a series of TV documentary explorations of homosexuality in Victorian Britain. So in many ways The Happy Prince feels like the culmination of Everett’s life’s work.

Disobedience

Essential Opinion: Disobedience

Chilean filmmaker Sebastián Lelio has quickly grown to become a major figure in world cinema, with his most internationally acclaimed titles empathetically depicting the emotional struggles of women who don’t fit into perceived societal norms. There’s no wonder he’s been labelled by many as a successor to Spanish director Pedro Almodovar, and his English language debut Disobedience only furthers that comparison.

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.

Freak Show

Film Review: Freak Show at BFI Flare

Wearing its queer credentials on its brightly coloured, ruffled sleeve, this flamboyant drama delivers a remarkably steely message about identity. It may be archly made by first-time feature director Trudie Styler (aka Mrs Sting), but it’s also beautifully anchored in another richly detailed, deeply committed performance from Alex Lawther.

My Own Private Hell

Film Review: My Own Private Hell (Inferninho) at BFI Flare

Narrative is not needed to create an enthralling, one-of-a-kind story that keeps you glued to your screen. This is what Pedro Diogenes and Guto Parente’s mesmerizing feature film proves without a shadow of a doubt. My Own Private Hell (Inferninho) is a deliciously strange and visually stunning motion picture that oscillates between drama and impressively well-executed dark humor.

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