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The Lavender Scare

Gay Essential Opinion: The Lavender Scare

It’s telling that in any history lesson on the rising cold war tensions of the late 40’s and 1950’s, McCarthyism is strictly defined as accusations of communist sympathies. What has got lost in the history books in the intervening years is a crucial part of American LGBT history, that PBS documentary The Lavender Scare aims to bring back into the national conversation – and on the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, this damning, widespread saga of prejudice can now be seen as an equally pivotal step towards equal rights.

Roobha

Gay Essential Review: Roobha at London Indian Film Festival

Canadian-Tamil writer-director Lenin Sivam tells a provocative story about identity with Roobha. The story combines elements of a specific subculture with themes of sexuality and personal yearning.

The Sympathy Card

Gay Essential Opinion: The Sympathy Card

The Sympathy Card is a beautiful example of the normalcy of queerness. In this independent lesbian rom-com, no drama is found in the identities of the characters, rather, we are afforded the same dilemmas as our heterosexual counterparts, gently reshaping the typical romcom format into a film that is effortlessly relatable to lesbian and bisexual women alike.

Beanpole

Gay Essential Review: Beanpole (Дылда) at Cannes Film Festival

It may be surprising to see a Russian film nominated for the Queer Palm at the Cannes Film Festival, especially considering the country’s deeply conservative laws that effectively stop the financing of any films with LGBT themes. But director Kantemir Balagov, in just his second feature, has made something far more ambiguous, and dripping in queer subtext; a haunting tale of repressed emotion in the aftermath of the Second World War, where the conflicting desires of two women leads to a miserable, quasi-abusive relationship masquerading as a friendship.

Rocketman

Opinión Esencial Gay: Rocketman

Se pudiera decir que este biopic de Elton John, al igual que su música, traen elementos de fantasía que si bien no parecería que tiene sentido en un “big budget film”, pero en realidad es la perfecta representación del galardonado músico Elton John. Rocketman es un viaje psicodélico lleno de números musicales relatando la historia de cómo un niño se convirtió en un rockstar, evitando clichés y censura.

Matthias et Maxime

Gay Essential Review: Matthias et Maxime at Cannes Film Festival

Maxime is two weeks away from leaving his life in Canada behind to take a two year world trip, starting on the opposite side of the globe in Melbourne. He plans on spending the last couple of weeks seeing friends, and on one weekend getaway, volunteers to star in a student short film – his friend Matthias losing a bet and having to take the opposite role. The scene requires the pair to kiss, something which Maxime doesn’t think twice about, but causes Matthias to unpack a lot of suppressed emotions.

Port Authority

Gay Essential Review: Port Authority at Cannes Film Festival

If Ryan Murphy’s FX series Pose relives the Paris is Burning era of New York’s ball culture as a melodramatic fantasia, then Danielle Lessovitz’ directorial debut Port Authority brings us to the sub-culture’s modern day in an intimate, social realist style.

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Gay Essential Review: Portrait Of A Lady On Fire (Portrait De La Jeune Fille En Feu) at Cannes Film Festival

Celine Sciamma’s films are uniquely attuned to examining the female body, without a whiff of exploitation or a sexually charged agenda to be seen. After tackling films dealing with puberty and gender dysphoria, she’s taken a seemingly unusual step for her fourth feature, 18th century period drama Portrait of a Lady on Fire. No longer is she dealing with the struggles of young people as they deal with their changing bodies, but she is taking the logical next step, crafting a romance all around the very idea of capturing the essence of the female body in a work of art.

Pain and Glory

Gay Essential Review: Pain and Glory (Dolor y Gloria) at Cannes Film Festival

The film to which Pain and Glory has been most extensively compared is Federico Fellini’s 8 1/2, the Italian director’s genre-bending, meta textual examination of a filmmaker crafting his most ambitious project to date. Both films are excellent, but the comparisons prove to be something of a dead end; Fellini was more preoccupied with the process of filmmaking itself, while Almodovar is interested in exploring the human factors that would inspire somebody to tell a story in the first place.

The Handyman

Small But Perfectly Formed, FilmOut San Diego ShortFest Our Highlights

From broken hot tubs to one-way trips to Mars, the 2019 FilmOut San Diego ShortFest welcomes the summer season with a rich collection of LGBTQ storytelling. This catalog of 20 films features storytellers from around the globe and across the gender spectrum.

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