With the 32nd Edition of the BFI LGBTQ Film Festival opening on the 21st March, what better time than to take a look at some of the most eagerly awaited films in this year’s programme, and shine a light on the films we are most looking forward to catch.
Nick Robinson (Everything Everything) stars as Simon, a closed teenage boy who falls in love with a fellow closeted High School student. Struggling to come to terms with his feelings, Simon must find the courage to come out to his family and friends, but first he must learn to be honest with himself.
This charming high school rom-com offers up way more than what first meets the eye and is without a shadow of a doubt one of the most touching films of the year. A must see!
Robin Campillo’s critically acclaimed film about AIDS activist group ACT UP-Paris in the 1990s is one of most thought-provoking, heartbreaking and genuinely engaging films on the subject. Told from the perspective of an HIV negative protagonist and member of the group, the film offers a beautifully nuanced, heartening and sensual story of love, activism and above all humanity in the eye of a killer virus and the people who fought the stigma attached to their illness and for the right to be heard.
My Days Of Mercy:
Opening the festival on Wednesday 21st March, My Days of Mercy is Powered by brilliant performances from Ellen Page (Juno, Inception) and Kate Mara (House Of Cards, The Martian), Shalom-Ezer’s follow up to PRINCESS is a poignant love story between two women from vastly different backgrounds and opposing political views.
The Happy Prince:
Written, directed and starring Rupert Everett as Oscar Wilde is a heartfelt and passionate biopic which also stars Colin Firth and Emily Watson.
Postcards from London:
The film tells the story of beautiful teenager Jim, played by Harris Dickinson (Beach Rats) who, having travelled from the suburbs, finds himself in Soho where he falls in with a gang of unusual high class male escorts ‘The Raconteurs’. Set in a vibrant, neon-lit, imaginary vision of Soho, this morality tale manages to be both a beautifully shot homage to the spirit of Derek Jarman and a celebration of the homo-erotic in Baroque art.
BFI FLARE: LONDON LGBTQ+ FILM FESTIVAL 2018 Runs from March 21st to the 1st of April.
For further information on the programme as how to get tickets, https://whatson.bfi.org.uk/flare/Online/