The very best of contemporary queer cinema will be screened at the 32nd edition of BFI Flare: London LGBTQ+ Film Festival this year – London’s foremost showcase of touching, controversial and inclusive film
The success of films like Moonlight, Blue is the Warmest Colour and Call Me By Your Name is evidence enough that we need more stories told through a queer lens. Thankfully London’s BFI Flare is back to serve the goods with an electrifying programme of the best new LGBTQ cinema, with 50 features and over 90 shorts lined up from 21st March to 1st April.
Amongst the many thought-provoking movies on a roster that explores love, politics, sex and identity, there are some truly special releases that you should try your hardest to see. Sidney & Friends is a definite must watch for it’s sensitive and candid insight into the lives of intersex and trans people in Kenya. Good Manners is a subversive Brother Grimm’s-esque tale hailing from Brazil that tracks the relationship between a live-in nanny, a wealthy single woman and her unborn child. Whilst Alaska is a Drag is a wild ride through the madly opposing worlds of boxing, drag and fishing. Be sure to catch some of the discussions too – a lecture on the Cinema of Aids by festival programmer Brian Robinson will survey the past 30 years of Aids on Film, exploring pioneering works such as An Early Frost (1985) and Philadelphia (1993).
“Queer cinema has never offered more richly complex and diverse characters and stories than we have seen in the last few years, and that shines through in the quality of Festival that the programme team have put together.” Tricia Tuttle, Artistic Director, BFI Festivals