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Sunburn

Gay Essential Review: Sunburn (Golpe de Sol) at Melbourne Queer Film Festival

Sunburn (Golpe de Sol) is a conceptual Portuguese drama exploring the complex connections between four long-time friends. Writer-director Vicente Alves do Ó fills each scene with bold experimental filmmaking touches that draw out the attitudes that gurgle under the surface.

Sorry Angel

Essential Opinion: Sorry Angel (Plaire, Aimer et Courir Vite)

Eclectic French filmmaker Christophe Honoré creates a drama that feels powerfully autobiographical as it explores events from 25 years ago. That said, Sorry Angel feels bracingly present-day in its blurring of traditional descriptions of sexuality.

Carmen & Lola

Gay Essential Review: Carmen & Lola (Carmen y Lola) at Melbourne Queer Film Festival

Carmen & Lola (Carmen y Lola), the directorial debut of Arantxa Echevarria, reinvigorates a familiar coming out scenario by transporting it to the heart of Madrid’s Roma community, finding within it specific cultural issues that, sadly, allows for one of the oldest narratives within LGBT storytelling to maintain its relevancy.

Elisa y Marcela

Gay Essential Review: Elisa y Marcela at Berlinale

Over a century before Spain finally legalized same-sex marriage in 2005, two women called Marcela Gracia Ibeas and Elisa Sánchez Loriga beat the odds and were married under the eyes of God in 1901. Isabel Coixet’s latest drama brings the couple’s story to life in Elisa y Marcela.

Land of Storms

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Land of Storms (Viharsarok)

In the 2014 Hungarian drama, Land of Storms, two best friends named Szabolcs and Bernard are playing football for the same club in Germany. After suffering a tough loss, Szabolcs decides to return to his native Hungary. During his trip home, however, Szabolcs meets a boy named Aron.

The Way He Looks

Gay Essential Films To Watch, The Way He Looks (Hoje Eu Quero Voltar Sozinho)

The Way He Looks (Hoje Eu Quero Voltar Sozinho) is a touching Brazilian drama written by director Daniel Ribeiro. The film follows a young blind teenager as he struggles to live a more independent life despite the disappointment this causes his best friend and his mother. When a new boy comes to town, however, he reconsiders his plans.

Beyond the Walls

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Beyond the Walls (Hors les murs)

Beyond the Walls was filmed in Belgium and released in 2012. Directed by David Lambert, The film is a drama telling the story of two lovers Ilir and Paolo. The film won the People Award at Paris Lesbian Film Festival, with Best Performance going to stars Matila Malliarakis and Guillaume Gouix.

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