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Vita & Virginia

Gay Essential Review: Vita & Virginia at Outfest

There is a moment in Chanya Button’s long-awaited Vita & Virginia where all the adornments of the period drama fall away to peer within the timeless image of sexual discovery – as one Virginia Woolf, admits to her almost-lover Vita Sackville-West that she “cannot” give her what she longs for. Her body tense, her tone one of desperate confession, this insight into one of the greatest minds of the 20th century feels almost sacred.

Gay Essential Review: The Blond One (Un Rubio) at BFI Flare

Over five features, from Plan B (2009) to Taekwondo (2016), Argentine writer-director Marco Berger has sensitively explored the blurred lines between sexuality and machismo in Latin society. His latest feature, The Blond One (Un Rubio), continues this theme with real insight and artistry.

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.

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