Today’s the day the 26th BFI London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival opens, with gala screenings of Cloudburst, starring Oscar-winners Olympia Dukakis and Brenda Fricker.
The festival runs from now until April 1st, and while some of the screenings are already full, tickets are still available for many of the movies and events, so if you’re in London, head over to the festival’s website to find out more.
Over the next couple of weeks we’ll be bringing you a bit of coverage of some of the movies screening at the LLGFF, so keep an eyes out for that!
Highlights of the festival include two centrepiece screenings of powerful, award-winning dramas. Circumstance is an affecting account of a lesbian coming-of-age in contemporary Tehran, which won the Audience Award at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, while Absent is the unpredictable tale of a 16-year-old’s attempt to get close to his teacher, which won the Teddy Award at the 2011 Berlin Film Festival.
Other top films on the programme include The Perfect Family, starring Kathleen Turner as a Catholic woman coming to terms with her daughter’s sexuality, while Gun Hill Road tells the story of an ex-con struggling to accept that his teenage son is transitioning to female, and features a strong performance by young trans actor Harmony Santana (Eating Out: Drama Camp). The festival closes on April 1st with Bavo Defurne’s North Sea Texas, a compelling tale of teenage longing set in a Belgian coastal town.