Films / Programs

Showcase Programs

Showcases are gems that are handpicked by our programmers from the hundreds of outstanding films at this year's Festival.

Eisenstein in Guanajuato

Belgium, 2015, 105M

In his dazzling and giddy glitter-bomb of a film, Peter Greenaway imagines what might have happened to the great Soviet filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein during a pivotal period of artistic and sexual awakening in 1931 while sojourning in Mexico.

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Fresno

USA, 2015, 85M

In this dark comedy, two co-dependent sisters who work as hotel maids—one a lesbian and the other a sex addict—use burglary, a bar mitzvah, and lots of purple dildos to dump the body of a hotel guest they accidentally kill.

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From This Day Forward

USA, 2015, 79M

When Sharon Shattuck was still in middle school, her dad came out to her family as transgender and changed names from Michael to Trisha. Now preparing for her own wedding, Shattuck returns home to better understand her parents’ relationship.

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How to Win at Checkers (Every Time)

Thailand, 2015, 80M

As the Thai military draft approaches, an 11-year-old boy tries to keep his beloved older brother close to home and out of the service; but in this tender drama, love and luck might not be enough, as he unwittingly sets in motion events that expose the limited options facing Thailand’s working poor.

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Larry Kramer in Love and Anger

USA, 2015, 82M

A gripping, warts-and-all tribute to one of our most important gay activists, this documentary is a compelling account of the onset and terrible escalation of the AIDS crisis in the United States, an epidemic that came to define Kramer’s life and work.

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Liz in September

Venezuela, 2014, 92M

A tight-knit group of lesbian friends are enjoying their annual vacation on a beautiful Caribbean beach when Eva, a straight stranger, crashes the party. On a dare, the group’s heartbreaker Liz launches a seduction, with results that surprise them both.

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Stories of Our Lives

Kenya, 2014, 61M

Homophobia is institutionalized in Kenya, heightening the stakes of this brave vignette quintet. Via intimate dramatizations of identity under siege, drawn from real life experiences of LGBTQI people, this anthology, exquisitely shot in black and white, breaks the silence enforced by intolerance.

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Tab Hunter Confidential

USA, 2015, 90M

Following the rapturously received I Am Divine (Frameline37) and Vito (Frameline36), 2015 Frameline Award recipient Jeffrey Schwarz vibrantly recalls the rollercoaster life and career of formerly closeted 1950s Hollywood heartthrob Tab Hunter in this lively and fascinating documentary.

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Those People

USA, 2014, 89M

A young artist must choose between pursuing a relationship with a hot new man or continuing his unrequited love for his lifelong best friend in this erotic and arresting romantic drama, set among Manhattan’s social elite.

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