Films / Programs

World Cinema

The best in worldwide LGBTQ cinema comes to San Francisco! These outstanding films engage, challenge, and entertain on a global scale.

After Love

79M

A doomed love triangle forms between a fashion photographer, a trans call-girl, and an emotionally distant rentboy in this haunting, stylishly shot noir, calling to mind David Lynch by way of the French New Wave.

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All About E

Australia, 2015, 93M

After they find a bag full of cash and end up on the run, E, a sexy but closeted DJ, and her gay best bud seek refuge with E’s ex-girlfriend. Set in Sydney’s nightclub scene and Australia’s stunning outback, this thriller is about finding yourself while living between worlds.

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Baby Steps

Taiwan, 2014, 103M

In this cross-cultural comedy, Taiwanese-American Danny and his American partner Tate contemplate having a child—anything but simple in the complex world of international surrogacy—when Danny’s well-intentioned but meddlesome mother unexpectedly arrives from Taipei and attempts to control the entire process.

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Carmín Tropical

Mexico, 2014, 80M

This noir-mystery of crime and passion delves deep into the heart, mind, and soul of Mabel, a Mexican muxe (transwoman) who revives past demons when she comes face to face with the people, places, and memories of a faraway life.

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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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Floating!

Germany, 2014, 86M

Jana and Katha are ready to join their lives together, but the raucous bachelorette parties their closest friends arrange for them will test the bonds of their relationship and the true strength of their commitment.

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Guidance

Canada, 2014, 80M

A liquored-up former child star channels his inner Stuart Smalley and prepares for the ultimate role: impersonating a high school guidance counselor. His hilariously inappropriate remedies lead him down an unexpected path of self-realization.

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Hidden Away

Spain, 2014, 96M

A cross-cultural friendship between a restless Spanish teen and an undocumented Moroccan immigrant grows into something much more profound. This story of clandestine first love unfolds in non-linear fashion against a suspenseful and wrenching social justice backdrop.

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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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In the Grayscale

Chile, 2015, 98M

This sensitive romantic drama puts a delicate and mature twist on the classic coming-out story. Filmed in Santiago, Chile, it follows an emotionally ill-at-ease, married architect’s journey of sexual discovery, which switches into high gear after he meets an intriguing gay man.

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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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Love Island

Bosnia & Herzegovina, 2014, 86M

Love is mad in paradise! A lush getaway to a gorgeous haven on the Adriatic Sea leads to romantic antics, frisky business, and a few rhapsodic musical interludes for amiable party-boy Grebo, his very pregnant wife Liliane, and mysterious local dive master Flora.

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Margarita, with a Straw

India, 2014, 100M

Laila is a talented young composer-songwriter from India whose cerebral palsy is only a minor hurdle to overcome in the fulfillment of her desires—which she finds in an unexpected source when she transfers to an American university.

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Mariposa (Butterfly)

Argentina, 2015, 102M

This sexy drama follows a group of Argentinian friends and lovers along two parallel storylines, each set in motion by one decisive act that creates vastly different romantic and erotic outcomes.

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The New Girlfriend

France, 2014, 105M

In this exquisite tale of triangulated love Claire (Anaïs Demoustier) reaches out to her deceased best friend’s widower David (Romain Duris) only to discover he dresses as a woman in the privacy of his home, in the latest from director François Ozon.

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Portrait of a Serial Monogamist

90M

This clever, sophisticated Canadian dyke romcom centered around a forty-something Toronto TV producer is thoughtful and fresh—spinning a new groove into the old tune that we can’t always get (back) what we want.

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Querelle

Germany, 1982, 108M

New German Cinema wunderkind Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s 1982 swansong, a fever-dream adaptation of Jean Genet’s classic 1947 novel of existential homoeroticism, stars hairy-chested Brad Davis as the titular sailor caught up in dangerous games of sadomasochistic seduction in a French port town teeming with lustful lads.

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Seashore

Brazil, 2015, 83M

In an abandoned house on the Brazilian coast, two teenage boys, friends since childhood, reveal secrets, re-open family wounds, and sort out new meanings of friendship, independence, and love in a suddenly adult world. This is a film of delicate poetry and subtle erotic tension.

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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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Summer Nights

France, 2014, 104M

In a secluded country home in 1950s France, two men, longtime friends, meet, as they do most weekends—elegantly dressed as respectable middle-class women. But can they maintain their double lives? This quirky, layered drama asks questions of gender, love, and identity.

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The Summer of Sangaile

Lithuania, 2015, 88M

Seventeen-year-old Sangaile is obsessed with stunt planes and struggling in her adolescence, but when she meets vivacious, outgoing Auste at an aeronautics show, her life changes. This is a sumptuously shot, subtly told story of the transformative power of first love.

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Sworn Virgin

Italy, 2015, 90M

A young Albanian woman, chafing against her culture’s strictures on female behavior, chooses to live and work as a man. Years later, questioning his choice, he leaves his remote village and embarks upon a journey of self-discovery.

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Two 4 One

Canada, 2014, 80M

After a surprising one-night stand that rekindles their previous relationship, ex-partners Adam and Miriam make a most unusual discovery: they are both pregnant. Two 4 One is a refreshing trans romcom.

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While You Weren't Looking

South Africa, 2015, 72M

A lesbian couple realizes how far they’ve strayed from the radical ideals of their youth, as they navigate infidelity, aging, class issues, and the complexities of gay life in post-Apartheid South Africa.

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Xenia

Greece, 2014, 128M

Following the death of their mother, two brothers embark on a surreal road trip from Athens to Thessaloniki to find their estranged father in this alternately poignant and bold fable from Greece.

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