Films / Programs

World Cinema

The best in worldwide LGBT cinema comes to San Francisco! These outstanding films engage, challenge, and entertain–on a global scale from: Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Chile, France, Germany, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Norway, the Philippines, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, the U.K. and more!

Arisan! The Sequel

Indonesia, 2011, 113M

A group of friends must navigate their way through socialites, secrets and an unexpected diagnosis. They prove that while older does not necessarily mean wiser, it is possible to grow up at any age.

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South Africa, 2011, 98M

A closeted, middle-aged married man with an unhealthy fixation on a studly college grad explodes in self-hatred and sexual violence in this challenging drama by South African writer-director Oliver Hermanus, who deftly reveals the tragic longing behind his protagonist’s repression and rage.

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Bye Bye Blondie

France, 2011, 87M

French film icons Emmanuelle Béart and Béatrice Dalle heat up the screen as Frances and Gloria, who broke each other's hearts as teenagers. Now middle-aged, they attempt to rekindle their romance. Will it work, this time around?

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Canada, 2011, 94M

Stella and Dot (Olympia Dukakis and Brenda Fricker, respectively), a lesbian couple who have been together for thirty years, break out of a nursing home and run for the border to get married.

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Facing Mirrors

Iran, 2011, 102M

Iranian female director Negar Azarbayjani’s remarkable first feature is also the first Iranian narrative film with a transgender protagonist. Hoping to go overseas for FTM sex-reassignment surgery before her father marries her off to a male cousin, Eddie is saved by a naïve and conservative young wife who is shocked to learn Eddie is “trans.”

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Germany, 2012, 87M

A chance encounter between two lesbian couples on a beautiful lake leads to friendship, flirtation and an exploration of the shifting boundaries of modern lesbian romance in this seriously sexy drama.

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Canada, 2011, 132M

It’s 1976, and the Disco era has landed in Montreal, bringing with it groovy new sounds and moves, flamboyant clothes and clubs, and a new generation of cultural icons and wannabes. Funkytown takes us on a ride through the glitz and glamour of the era, as well as through its darker underside when karmic consequences unfold from all the carefree cavorting.

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Graupel Poetry

China, 2011, 77M

A surreal, sexually charged exploration of complex passions, bizarre love triangles and the thin line between sanity and madness, this fascinating filmmaking trip combining immaculate cinematography, sleek sound design and pitch perfect performances to leave you breathless at every unexpected turn.

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Head On

USA, 1998, 104M

Head On is an award-winning 1998 Australian film about a brooding Greek 19-year-old coming to terms with his sexual identity, avoiding reality and enduring family friction due to his rampant partying.

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Israel, 2011, 80M

Cynical Joe and depressed Belle don’t have much in common—except a body in the living room and some cops in pursuit. But that’s enough to spark an unlikely romance in this quirky black comedy.

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Kiss Me

Sweden, 2011, 107M

An uptight, engaged woman quickly falls in love with her free-spirited, future stepsister, and must decide between burying her feelings and losing those who love her.

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Let My People Go!

France, 2011, 88M

First time director Mikael Buch, along with co-writer Christopher Honoré, delivers a hilarious and relatable, heart-warming tale of two feuding lovers from different wacky worlds. Let My People Go! is filled with laughs, love, and heaping helpings of kitschy fun.

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A Map to Talk

Chile, 2011, 81M

A woman attempts to force an accord between her conservative mother and her girlfriend by inviting them on a day-long sailing trip, but the voyage only leads to more miscommunication, exposing the rockiness in both relationships.

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Canada, 2012, 90M

Margarita the sexy nanny is muse to all. But when the family’s financial crisis threatens to send her back to Mexico, the “proposals” start flying and everyone must come together to keep her in town in this Canuck dramedy.

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Mixed Kebab

Belgium, 2012, 98M

Cross-cultural pals Bram and Kevin travel from Belgium to Turkey, encountering family traditions, fundamentalist religious sects, unexpected romance and steamy sex in a hammam in Guy Lee Thys’s deftly balanced dramedy.

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Mommy is Coming

Germany, 2012, 64M

Sexy stud Claudia grapples with her vulnerability and a desire for more intimacy with her ice-queen femme girlfriend Dylan. This raunchy queer sex filled romance features a cast of top porn stars including Papí Coxxx and Jiz Lee.

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The Mountain

Norway, 2011, 73M

Estranged couple Solveig and Nora trek through a frozen landscape in an attempt to repair their relationship. Sparse dialogue, superb performances and stunning photography enrich this deceptively simple story.

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My Brother the Devil

UK, 2011, 111M

Brothers Mo and Rashid are growing up in a traditional Egyptian household in a modest London flat. As they each confront their different inner demons and phobias, they must learn it is love and understanding that take real courage—before they are torn apart.

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North Sea Texas

Belgium, 2011, 96M

In this charming, sexy coming-of-age story set along the Belgian coastline in the early 1970s, Pim is a boy unafraid of his predilection for dressing up in women’s clothes, putting on makeup or pining for the handsome, older boy who lives next door.

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Off Beat

Switzerland, 2011, 95M

Lukas is a guy with many faces: he’s a lover, a musician, manager of a hemp plantation, a drug addict, and a big brother. When his more-talented little brother joins the spotlight, Lukas’s own dreams fade fast in Jan Gassmann’s gritty, intimate narrative debut.

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Our Paradise

France, 2011, 100M

In this sexy and disturbing drama, Vassili, an aging hustler, meets the younger Angelo in a Paris park, and they embark on a passionate affair. Unfortunately, the older man’s increasingly alarming and violent behavior toward their clients threatens to upend the couple’s dreams of a happy life together.

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2011, 99M

A transgender woman trades sex work in Manila for a job on a small-town mayoral campaign, but the discovery that a ruthless former client is behind the opposition sends her back to his bed as she schemes to upset his plans.

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Stud Life

UK, 2012, 80M

Homophobia in urban London affects the lives of two best mates—a black lesbian stud and her gay male sidekick—and they are forced to reevaluate everything they know about love and friendship.

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UK, 2011, 92M

An astonishingly brave and surprising coming-of-age story, Unconditional convincingly demonstrates the malleability of sexuality and gender in its story of an unsure teenaged boy romanced by a charismatic loan officer who wants him to wear women’s clothes.

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France, 2011, 111M

French auteur André Techiné (Wild Reeds, The Witnesses) entangles a complicated love story with a multigenerational family drama set along the canals of Venice, where a famous writer (silver fox Andre Dussollier) marries a chic bisexual and hires her lesbian ex to track down his wayward daughter.

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Yes or No?

Thailand, 2010, 107M

The hesitant relationship between a girly college student and her boyish new roommate introduces Thailand’s first lesbian movie romance. This winsome romantic comedy doesn’t mask conservative Thai society’s disapproval of “tomboys,” their term for women who prefer women and dress like men.

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Zenne Dancer

Turkey, 2011, 107M

Tradition and modern culture collide in the lives of three gay men. The backdrop of Istanbul sets the stage for a struggle to be free—of tradition, of religion and ultimately, of oneself.

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