Films / Programs

US Features

Frameline40 presents the best of this year's US LGBTQ feature narratives.

Akron

USA, 2015, 88M

A spark of attraction, a budding romance, a dark family secret: tender first love between a pair of college freshmen is put to the test when a tragic connection from far in their past is unexpectedly revealed.

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AWOL

USA, 2016, 85M

Tomboy Joey and married mom Rayna fall for each other in this story of star-crossed love set in working-class rural Pennsylvania. The pair can’t quit each other, but they struggle to imagine a life together as Joey’s deployment for Afghanistan approaches.

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BearCity 3

USA, 2016, 108M

The beefy, burly boys of the sweet and sexy series return for a romp in the woods, tent-hopping and wisecracking their way toward true romance and out-and-proud parenthood on a campy camping trip as the beloved trilogy comes to a climax in a furry flurry of hirsute pursuit.

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Bruising for Besos

USA, 2016, 90M

Yoli, a queer xicana artist finds great passion and love with Daña. But their growing intimacy stirs up their own troubled histories. Can Yoli break the cycle, face the past, and create something new for herself?

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Daddy's Boy

USA, 2015, 78M

With a nod to the French New Wave, writer-director Daniel Armando weaves together themes of fatherhood, family, and manhood in a stylish, sexy sketch of New York City—seen through the eyes of four young men involved in the low-budget porn scene.

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First Girl I Loved

USA, 2015, 91M

Opposites attract in this alternately funny and heart-rending high school coming-out story, as a tentative romance blossoms between yearbook editor Anne and softball star Sasha.

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Front Cover

USA, 2015, 88M

Set against NYC’s cutthroat fashion world, this stylish romance is both charming and insightful as it traces the culture clash (and smoldering sparks) between a Chinese American photo stylist and the handsome Chinese movie star he is assigned to make over.

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Heartland

USA, 2016, 100M

An Oklahoma artist reeling from her girlfriend’s death forms an unexpected bond with her brother’s polished business and life partner, who’s visiting from California. But when their friendship sparks a reckless romance, their worlds are turned upside-down.

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Her Story: Season One

USA, 2015, 55M

The much anticipated sexy new-media series grapples forthrightly with the frictions and fissures of desire between trans and queer women, as they navigate sometimes paradoxical identities in Los Angeles.

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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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Lazy Eye

USA, 2015, 94M

When a successful graphic designer in LA gets an out-of-the-blue message from an ex he hasn’t spoken to in 15 years, his deeply rooted dissatisfaction with his life begins to rise to the surface.

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Looking

USA, 2016, 85M

Rendered in the same radically real style that made the HBO series a watershed in the presentation of ordinary gay lives, Looking, the movie, reunites the show’s sexy San Franciscans in a romantic drama that delivers the sweet satisfaction of closure.

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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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Retake

USA, 2015, 98M

An amorous game of manipulation and obsession commences after a businessman recruits a young hustler to play the role of “Brandon” on a road trip to the Grand Canyon, in this seductive, suspenseful drama of love and loss.

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Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella

USA, 1997, 88M

This version of the iconic Brothers Grimm fairy tale, complete with gorgeous costumes, vibrant sets, and powerhouse actors, showed Black girls coming of age in the ’90s that they too could be at the center of a fairy tale.

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Slash

USA, 2016, 100M

A 15-year-old writer of “slash”—erotic same-sex fan fiction—is thrown for a loop when he becomes smitten with a girl who shares his interests. The emphasis is on the “Q” in “LGBTQ,” in this sweet, hilarious teen dramedy.

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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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Suicide Kale

USA, 2015, 78M

In this mostly improvised dark comedy, Jordan and Billie, a married couple of five years, seem to be living the lesbian dream—complete with an enviably beautiful home and a co-parented Pit Bull pup. But when their pals stop by for beers and grilled veggie skewers, they discover what appears to be an anonymous suicide note.

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Vegas in Space

USA, 1991, 85M

Gender-bending astronauts, an evil Empress, and an adventure that will take you to the farthest, most fabulous reaches of the galaxy. It can only be the international cult classic—and significant slice of San Francisco drag history—Vegas in Space!

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Women Who Kill

USA, 2016, 93M

Exes Morgan and Jean are “Women Who Kill,” co-hosts of a podcast about female murderers. But what if Morgan’s mysterious new girlfriend might actually be a killer herself?

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