Heartbeats, released in 2010, won the Regards Jeune Prize at the Cannes Film Festival as well as awards at Hamptons International Film Festival, Jurtra Awards and Rotterdam international Film Festival. It was written and directed by Xavier Dolan, who also starred. Filmed in Quebec, Canada, it also starred Monia Chokri and Niels Schneider.
A Home at the End of the World was released in 2004. Written by Pulitzer-Prize winning author Michael Cunningham and adapted by him from his novel for the film, it was directed by Michael Mayer. Shot in New York, Arizona and Canada the film starred Colin Farrell, Dallas Roberts and Robin Wright. The film won an award for excellence in filmmaking at National Board of Review USA 2004.
Nobody could mistake Love, Simon for realism – but its hopeful view of life outside the closet is exactly what teenage audiences need right now, and older audiences are certainly not going to be immune to its charms either. For many teenagers, this is likely to be the first film about a gay romance they ever see, and as an introduction to the wonders of LGBT cinema, you can’t really go wrong with this.
It’s a surprise that Screwed hasn’t been more of a fixture on the festival circuit over the past year. Director Nils-Erik Ekblom has crafted exactly what you’d want from a crowd pleasing coming of age movie; he manages to effectively blend an embarrassingly relatable cringe comedy with a relatable story of stepping out of the closet as awkwardly as possible.
This 2013 film depicts a coming-of-age story about the raw and hectic relationship between a French teenager and a steamy artist. Starring Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos, the romantic drama was co-produced and directed by Abdellatif Kechiche. Blue Is The Warmest Colour’s (La vie d’Adèle) script was co-written by Ghalia Lacroix and Abdellatif Kechiche.
Christopher and His Kind is a BBC television film released in 2011. The screenplay was adapted by Kevin Elyot from Christopher Isherwood’s autobiography of the same title and was produced by Mammoth Screen and directed by Geoffrey Sax. Filmed in Belfast, the film starred Matt Smith, Imogen Poots and Lindsay Duncan. The film was nominated for awards at Royal Television Society, UK and Broadcasting Press Guild Awards.
Gay cinema has had its fair share of coming-out films. But Didier Bivel’s motion picture proves that there is much more left to explore when it comes to generic LGBT themes and that there is room for unique and brilliant storytelling in each of these common queer tropes. Hidden Kisses takes the viewer into a world monopolized by homophobic people whose vitriol and downplayed hatred might not seem representative of today’s society.