Films / Programs

Showcase Programs

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

Girls Lost

Sweden, 2016, 105M

In this delectably twisted fairytale of gender fluidity, three outcast girls’ dreams of boyhood become reality, sending them down a shadowy path of self-discovery.

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Growing Up Coy

USA, 2016, 86M

In a highly conservative Colorado town, a pink-loving, pig-tailed six-year-old girl named Coy becomes the unlikely poster child for transgender rights, in a landmark case that is reverberating in state courts across the country.

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The Intervention

USA, 2015, 91M

Friends and family stage a marriage intervention for a toxic couple, only to have to confront their own issues in writer-director-star Clea DuVall’s sharp, funny, and honest portrayal of the complexities of modern adult relationships.

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Paris 05:59: Theo & Hugo

France, 2016, 97M

Explicit sex has rarely been used to explore the contours of a new relationship so effectively. After a sweaty bout in a Paris sex club, Theo and Hugo take off together on their bicycles, engaging in beautifully crafted and moving dialogue that traverses an extraordinary range of personal and psychological territory.

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Pushing Dead

USA, 2016, 108M

In this quirky dark comedy set in San Francisco, a bureaucratic snafu keeps an HIV-positive writer from getting his prescriptions. Skewering healthcare bureaucracy, a gentrifying city, and the tribulations of being a longtime HIV survivor, the film features a terrific ensemble cast, including James Roday, Robin Weigert, Danny Glover, and Khandi Alexander

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Rara

101M

With her first feature, writer-director Pepa San Martín constructs a brilliantly subtle family drama that is both a poignant coming-of-age tale and a based-on-a-true-story account of a lesbian marriage threatened by social forces, told chiefly from almost-13-year-old daughter Sarah’s perspective.

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Spa Night

USA, 2016, 93M

The LA air is thick with sublimated desire and frustrated yearning in Andrew Ahn’s deeply felt feature debut, a touching study of a virginal, closeted teenager wrestling with his Korean-born parents’ expectations and the forbidden, mysterious allure of men’s bodies.

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Strike a Pose

Netherlands, 2016, 83M

In 1990, seven male dancers joined Madonna on her taboo-busting Blond Ambition tour—which blew the roof off of global pop culture, raised AIDS awareness, and turned the dancers into sudden celebrities. This empathetic yet probing portrait revisits that era and traces the dancers’ paths from youthful exuberance to complicated adulthood.

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Summertime

France, 2015, 105M

Oh, those heady days of the 1970s, when passion and politics intertwined. In this smart, sexy movie, French farm girl Delphine finds love with Parisian feminist Carole, but family keeps pulling her back into the closet.

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The Trans List

USA, 2016, 60M

Boasting an impressive assemblage of transgender luminaries—including Buck Angel, Laverne Cox, and Shane Ortega—this riveting documentary highlights the distinct individuality and diverse outlooks of its subjects, while simultaneously evoking the collective power of an indomitable community.

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