The Sundance Film Festival begins tomorrow in Utah and, as always, will include a substantial number of top-end LGBT films on the roster, many of which will be released in 2014. We thought we’d give you a little queer preview of what’s on offer, to whet your appetites.
STRANGER BY THE LAKE (L’INCONNU DU LAC)
Summertime. A cruising spot for men, tucked away on the shores of a lake. Franck falls in love with Michel, an attractive, potent and lethally dangerous man. Franck knows this, but wants to live out his passion anyway.
The film has already picked up the Un Certain Regard Best Director Award and the Queer Palm at Cannes, so it’s definitely one to watch, and we have it on authority it’s coming to Ireland soon!
16 year-old Billie’s reluctant path to independence is accelerated when her mother reveals plans to gender transition and their time together becomes limited to Tuesday afternoons.
I LOVE YOUR WORK
Note: This video is definitely NSFW!
An interactive documentary about the realities of those who make fantasies. It is a raw and intimate portrait of the everyday lives of nine women who make lesbian porn. It consists of 2,202 10-second video clips, taken at five-minute intervals over 10 consecutive days.
Shirin is struggling to become an ideal Persian daughter, politically correct bisexual, and hip young Brooklynite. She fails miserably in her attempt at all identities. After being dumped by her girlfriend, Maxine, Shirin faces an unimaginable task: trading the idyllic lesbian haven of Park Slope for a shared artist’s loft in Bushwick. Unable to let go of the memories of the excruciating highs and lows of her relationship with Maxine, this endearingly superficial narcissist finds herself plotting to win back her ex.
MY PRAIRIE HOME
In Chelsea McMullan’s documentary-musical, indie singer Rae Spoon takes us on a playful, meditative and at times melancholic journey. Set against majestic images of the infinite expanses of the Canadian Prairies, Spoon sweetly croons us through their queer and musical coming of age. Interviews, performances and music sequences reveal Spoon’s inspiring process of building a life of their own, as a trans person and as a musician.
THE SKELETON TWINS
After ten years of estrangement, twins Maggie and Milo coincidentally cheat death on the same day, prompting them to reunite and confront how their lives went so wrong. As the twins’ reunion reinvigorates them both, they realize that the key to fixing their lives just may lie in fixing their relationship with each other.
DEAR WHITE PEOPLE
This satire follows the stories of four black students at an Ivy League college where a riot breaks out over a popular ‘African American’ themed party thrown by white students. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, the film explores racial identity in ‘post-racial’ America while weaving a universal story of forging one’s unique path in the world.
TO BE TAKEI
Over seven decades, actor and activist George Takei boldly journeyed from a WWII internment camp, to the helm of the Starship Enterprise, to the daily news feeds of five million Facebook fans. Join George and his husband Brad on this star’s playful and profound trek for life, liberty, and love.
The story of a mother’s attempt at understanding who her son is after his untimely death when her world is suddenly disrupted by the presence of his lover. Together, they attempt to overcome their grief whilst struggling against not having a shared language.
THE CASE AGAINST 8
A behind-the-scenes look inside the case to overturn California’s ban on same-sex marriage. Shot over five years, the film follows the unlikely team that took the first federal marriage equality lawsuit to the US Supreme Court.
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