19 September 2017

Five inspiring LGBT films to check out at London Film Festival

What not to miss next month at LFF.

[H]aving put on an LGBT specific film festival earlier this year, BFI Flare, the British Film Institute have always been active in promoting equality-celebrating films. And the 61st London Film Festival is no exception: with 242 films included, there’s a diverse range of movies, and an incredible selection of which are from women directors and scriptwriters, and also a great selection are from LGBT perspectives. We have selected 5 of the best celebratory films which look inspiringly at LGBT narratives, check them out below.

A fantastic woman by Sebastián Lelio

Focused on a transwoman’s quest for equality and respect after her lover dies suddenly, this Chilean drama featuring Daniela Vega is not to be missed. Battling transphobia in the aftermath of Orlando’s passing, the film explores LGBT issues honestly and unforgivingly, with the help of Vega’s incredible acting.
Friday 06 October 2017 21:30
Odeon Leicester Square
Tuesday 10 October 2017 14:40
Odeon Leicester Square

beach rats by Eliza Hittman

Eliza Hittman’s film focuses on the repressed sexual desire of boys in a hyper-masculine environment, and does so in an awe-inspiring manner: a heart-wrenching tale of a young boy’s traumatic upbringing, this will be sure to be one of the top hits from LFF.
 Friday 06 October 2017 18:30
Picturehouse Central
Saturday 07 October 2017 13:00
Curzon Soho Cinema

Close-knit by Naoko Ogigami

A Japanese family drama from director Naoko Ogigami, it follows a transwoman’s journey of experiencing maternal feelings and life surrounding a traditional Asian situation. Subtly subversive and wholly moving, be sure to catch this in October.
Saturday 14 October 2017 18:00
Cine Lumiere
Sunday 15 October 2017 13:00
Rich Mix Cinema

anchor and Hope by carlose marques-marcet

A smart, funny, London film about a lesbian couple, who’s relationship is tested when a friend comes to stay. A Spanish-English film with a strong heart, the story is a rom-com with a twist, and a refreshingly fun LGBT narrative.

 Tuesday 10 October 2017 18:15
Haymarket Cinema
Thursday 12 October 2017 11:45
Vue Leicester Square

Reinventing marvin – Anne Fontaine

Any film with the great Isabelle Huppert is one not to miss, and although only a relatively small cameo, it is still exquisite. But the great treasure here is the story of a young gay man moving on to a new life and identity. Socially relevant and eye opening, this French drama follows Marvin from a young age into his later life, giving a rich and moving story.
 Monday 09 October 2017 18:15
Cine Lumiere
Wednesday 11 October 2017 21:00
Vue Leicester Square
Friday 13 October 2017 12:30
Haymarket Cinema