Queer movies you need to watch out for in 2021

Here's hoping 2021 is a better year and filled with queer movies we'll actually enjoy in cinemas.

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We are so close people–we are just weeks away from the end of 2020. With several COVID-19 vaccines in production, might we actually see some sense of normal next year? If so, then that means weekend trips to the cinema, which require movies worth seeing, so here is our list of Queer movies to watch out for in 2021.

Benedetta

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Based on the book ‘Immodest Acts’ by Judith Brown, this film is based on the life of Benedetta Carlini. She was a Catholic nun in an Italian church in the 17thcentury. She was a lesbian and had sexual relations with another nun.

 

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

Based on the award-winning musical, Jamie New is a 16 year-old and doesn’t quite fit in. Instead of pursuing a “real” career, he dreams of becoming a Drag Queen. Uncertain about his future, Jamie knows one thing for sure: he is going to be a sensation. Supported by his loving mom and his amazing friends, Jamie overcomes prejudice, beats the bullies and steps out of the darkness into the spotlight. This film is all about “not needing permission to be you”.

 

Cinderella

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Another Cinderella movie? Well hold your horses, because this version of Cinderella not only has Camilla Cabello as Cinderella and Idina Menzel as the Wicked Step-Mother but icon Billy Porter stars as Fab G, the genderless fairy godparent.

 

Ailey

Portrait of Alvin Ailey

This biopic based on the life of Alvin Ailey, famed dancer, choreographer, and activist is already gathering buzz from Sundance and is lead by Barry Jenkins (Moonlight) and Emmy and Peabody Award winner Jamila Wignot (The African Americans, Many Rivers to Cross)

 

Flee

Danish director Jonas Poher Rasmussen’s ambitious animated documentary revolves around an Afghan boy recalling his daring escape to Denmark. Now in his thirties and living as an openly gay man, the movie’s subject looks back on his two-decade struggle to escape his old world and find his way in a new world.

 

Found

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A celebrated documentary and episodic producer, Amanda Lipitz returns to directing with Found, which — as her production house’s website details — “tells a unifying, human story about identity, family and the lengths we go to in order to find ourselves.”

 

Mayor Pete

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Throughout the 2019-20 Democratic presidential primary, it became clear to many political reporters that Pete Buttigieg the then-37-year old mayor of South Bend, Indiana was the next rising star of the Democratic Party, following in the footsteps of Corey Booker (Street Fight) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Knock Down the House) to document his run for office.

 

Maestro

Leonard Bernstein

A portrait of Leonard Bernstein’s singular charisma and passion for music as he rose to fame as America’s first native-born, world-renowned conductor, all along following his ambition to compose both symphonic and popular Broadway works.

 

Beauty

The story of Beauty, an up-and-coming young singer with a glamorous career ahead of her, and Jasmine, a butch queer woman who falls for her best friend, Beauty.

 

You Are My Sunshine

The affectionate story of the lifelong romance between Tom and Joe, from their first humble meeting in the 1970s, a world only just waking up to homosexuality, through to their heartbreaking final days, decades later.

 

The Book of Ruth

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A remarkable true story about helping those most in need during the AIDS epidemic starring Ruth Wilson and Matt Bomber.

 

Make sure to be on the lookout for these queer movies coming to a cinema or streaming service near you in 2021 (hopefully *crosses fingers, crosses toes, go away rona*).

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