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.

Arianna

Italy, 2015, 84M

Arianna was born three times: once as a boy; three years later as a girl; and finally, fully, during a sultry lakeside summer, when she discovers that she is neither, or both—intersessuale.

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Being 17

France, 2016, 116M

When Thomas, the adopted son of rural mountain farmers, has to temporarily share a home with the more urbane Damien, the two hostile boys are forced to negotiate the challenges of unspoken desire, in director André Téchiné’s alluring new masterwork.

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Closet Monster

Canada, 2015, 90M

Teenage lust, woozy visions, and a talking hamster voiced by Isabella Rossellini bring to life a queer coming-of-age tale that’s as strange, scary, and sublime as the real experience—in this first feature by rising talent Stephen Dunn (Pop-up Porno, Frameline39).

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Fire Song

Canada, 2015, 85M

Shane is at a crossroads. He can stay closeted on northern Ontario’s Anishinaabe reservation or go to college and live openly in Toronto. Only by embracing the fullness of his Two-Spirit nature can Shane find love, belonging, and his own way forward.

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From Afar

Venezuela, 2015, 93M

When a middle-aged single man who cruises his Caracas neighborhood for rough trade takes a tough teenager into his home, the two confused, angry men negotiate a relationship that intertwines violence and romantic nurturing.

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Girl Gets Girl

Spain, 2014, 88M

Sexy Inés escapes home to her chosen family in Spain after she’s caught cheating on her girlfriend. Full of surprises, colorful characters, and stolen kisses, this nonstop romp has the dyke drama of The L Word and the campy vibrancy of an Almodóvar film.

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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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Holding the Man

Australia, 2015, 127M

Based on the beloved 1995 memoir of the same name by Australian writer and activist Timothy Conigrave, this beautiful, sexy, and heartbreaking drama is a love story for the ages and a powerful tribute to a couple whose passion was on a collision course with HIV/AIDS.

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A Holy Mess

Sweden, 2015, 108M

Simon and Oscar will soon be parents, courtesy of their best friend and surrogate Cissi. When they invite their (slightly homophobic) parents over for Christmas to share the good news, all holiday hell breaks loose, with results that are both hilarious and heartfelt.

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Horses

Cuba, 2015, 95M

Inspired by the work of Robert Mapplethorpe, this imaginative, gorgeously shot drama from Cuba revolves around the disillusionment and thwarted longings of four artists in Havana: an ambitious photographer, a beautiful model, a sullen DJ, and a wealthy arts patron.

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I Promise You Anarchy

Mexico, 2015, 100M

A gritty, visually arresting portrait of contemporary Mexico City, this spectacular new drama from writer-director Julio Hernández Cordón follows a pair of skateboarding paramours who revel in their blissful sexuality and become involved in black-market blood trafficking.

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Jonathan

Germany, 2016, 99M

Gorgeous cinematography, a bucolic German setting, and a lyrical storytelling style make Jonathan—a tale about a later-in-life coming out and the repairing of a father-son bond—a uniquely sumptuous visual experience.

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Loev

India, 2015, 90M

Young musician Sahil drops everything, including his boyfriend, to go on a holiday trip with his old friend Jai, only to discover that bubbling tensions and secrets threaten to derail his life.

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Me, Myself and Her

Italy, 2015, 97M

Polar opposites in personality but perfectly aligned in love, Marina and Federica have built their five-year relationship on trust, respect, and chemistry. But will temptation from the past stir up old doubts?

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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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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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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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Take Me For a Ride

Ecuador, 2016, 70M

Sara’s contented senior year solitude is upended by the arrival of the enchanting Andrea, igniting a repressed passion in both of them that challenges the conservative views of their parents and culture.

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Tomcat

Austria, 2016, 114M

The happy existence of a handsome couple living outside Vienna with their beloved tomcat, Moses, unravels after a shocking, violent incident, in this year’s winner of the prestigious Teddy Award at the Berlinale.

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You'll Never Be Alone

Chile, 2016, 81M

Winner of the Teddy Jury Prize at this year’s Berlinale, Chilean pop star Alex Anwandter’s powerful directorial debut follows the desperate attempts of a father to seek justice after his teenage gay son is brutally attacked on the street.

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