Hope you are all having an amazing Pride Month!
Pride Month is about love, friendship, acceptance and equality; it's a reminder of how far LGBTQ+ community rights have gotten, as well as how much work is still left to be done. Therefore, there is no better way for FEST to join the celebrations than by sharing a list of some of the best LGBTQ+ films that have been exhibited at our festival.
Here are 5 of the latest LGBTQ+ films that wowed the audience at FEST.
It's Christmas Eve and Sin-Dee is back from some time in prison. Upon hearing that her boyfriend hasn't been faithful during the time she was locked up, she and her best friend, Alexandra, embark on a mission to get to the bottom of the scandalous rumor. Their journey leads them through various subcultures of Los Angeles, including an Armenian family dealing with their own repercussions of infidelity.
Sean Baker’s prior films normally expose in intimate detail worlds seldom seen on film, and Tangerine follows suit, presenting itself as a distinctive film filled with humor and heart. A unique modern Christmas tale told on the streets of L.A.
📎 Tangerine was exhibited at FEST in 2016.
As You Are unfolds as a series of disparate memories. We, as the audience, witness alternating perspectives in the relationship between three teenage friends: Jack, Mark, and Sarah. Bound by their aversion to the culture around them, Jack and Mark explore the limits of friendship and love. The two boys struggle to navigate complex emotions that are compounded by the disapproval they feel from all around.
As You Are, a refreshing take on the coming-of-age tale, is the feature writing-and-directing debut from the newcomer Miles Joris-Peyrafitte.
📎 As You Are was exhibited at FEST in 2017.
Mia is a introverted teenager that, when moving to a new town, is faced with some changes she wasn’t quite prepared for. Her body starts to change is a radial way, and despite her desperate attempts to stop the process, Mia is forced to to accept her true nature. Blue My Mind delivers a mind-blowing ending, um final fortíssimo, both visually and emotionally.
This film is able to tell a somehow complex story, through a narrative that can be described as extremely structured and succinct. While exploiting some of the greatest life’s dilemmas, such as identity, freedom and acceptance, we, at the same time, find ourself analysing very particular elements in the teenagers’ panorama.
This is Lisa Bruhlmanns’ first feature film; the storyline is a perfect metaphor for the processo of coming-of-age.
📎 Blue My Mind was exhibited at FEST in 2018.
Touko Laaksonen, a decorated officer, returns home after a harrowing and heroic experience serving his country in World War II; but life in Finland during peace-time proves equally distressing. He finds Helsinki rampant with persecution of the homossexual, with men around him even being pressured to marry women and have children. Touko finds refuge in his liberating art, specialising in homoerotic drawings of muscular men. His work – made famous by his signature “Tom of Finland” – became the emblem of a generation i men, and fanned flames of a gay revolution.
📎 Tom Of Finland was exhibited at FEST in 2017.
When Pablo arrives at his family’s house, outside Guatemala City, everyone is waiting anxiously for his return. But the news that he brings don’t please his family in the least. He has fallen in love with a man, Francisco, who makes him feel happy, accepted and free. By admitting this, he is questioning all the tradicional values that guide his family. Therefore, putting their faith before everything else, his relatives are adamant that he can be ‘healed’, and with help from their ultra-religious community, they do everything to get their prodigal son back, no matter the cost.
In Tremors, his second feature film, Jayro Bustamante uses a consistente cinematic style, in order to describe one individual’s will to break away and find his true identity and a sense of belonging.
📎 Tremors was exhibited at FEST in 2019.
Hope you enjoyed our suggestions! Stay tuned for our Film Program reveal this year. We have some very interesting surprises in store!