We are in the middle of the Pride month and, as it could not be otherwise, we wanted to contribute our grain of sand by presenting the next LGBT film premieres that you have to consider this 2018. Many of these films do not have a fixed date yet, but we believe that when they leave it will be easy to keep track of them.
The truth is that there is still a long way to go in the way of representing the groups most attacked by the system, but little by little we are getting to recognize that we have been apart and away from cultural products, justice and even , of the social imaginary. Even today we have to walk with feet of lead since the appearance of a new film of the collective does not imply that the representation that is made of the lesbian, gay, trans and bisexual characters is perfect. In many cases we are still characters full of hatred towards our orientation or identity and do not even begin to talk about what it costs to find a film with a happy ending. Despite this, some film projects that move away from the clichés and show the large number of diverse characters offered by the LGTB community are beginning to emerge. We will have to wait a bit to know which of these groups these upcoming releases belong to.
Television fiction takes the lead
During the last years, the great recognition received from movies like ‘Moonlight’ or ‘Call Me By Your Name’ by the film industry may have caused the impression that we have made a lot of progress but the truth is that there is still a real lack of representation within large productions. Recent studies such as GLAAD show that only 12.8% of the films made by the major studios in 2017 include some type of LGBT character. What does not mean that these escape the clichés or have prominence in the plot.
Meanwhile the television series have managed to make a greater gap in our screens to incorporate characters from oppressed collectives such as the LGTB or racialized people. Shows ranging from the animated series ‘Steven Universe’, to the fantastic ‘Please Like Me’, to other more known as ‘Sense8’, get closer to the reality of the collective. But that does not discourage us! We are going to continue raising our voices so that more and more audiovisual products will keep us in mind. This has only started.
Enjoy these 10 LGTB recommendations.
10 LGBT movies you cannot miss in 2018
1The Miseducation of Cameron Post
The film is set in 1990 and tells the story of a young girl from Montana who must go to live with her conservative aunt after the death of their parents. In ‘The Miseducation of Cameron Post’ the life of Cameron Post (Chloë Grace Moretz), who is only 12 years old, will become a real torment when they discover her with her best friend. Her aunt will force her to enter a rehabilitation center for homosexual people. She and her group of friends will fight against these horrible therapies.
The film directed by Desiree Akhavan won the grand jury prize at Sundance.
You must change the Lord’s day, now the church leaves on Saturdays. ‘Saturday Church’ will bring us closer to other members of the LGTB community, trans people, who also suffer another series of discrimination. Ulysses must investigate his gender identity and discover what is happening to him, while the conservative environment in which he moves does nothing but oppress him. Ulysses will find an escape to reality when he meets the women of a trans community who welcome him and help him to accept. This new world will fill your days with freedom, fantasy and, above all, a lot of music.
The film is also an interesting reflection by Damon Cardasis on the large number of LGBT black people living on the street.
3Vita and Virginia
Virginia Woolf and her lover Vita Sackville will be the protagonists of this moving sapphic love story entitled ‘Vita and Virginia’. When young Sackville met the writer, she set out to seduce her at whatever cost. The love between these two women inspired much of the works of both artists , who broke with the social barriers that wanted to separate them. Despite Woolf’s suicide, the diaries, writings and letters they wrote have allowed the story to continue alive today.
Chanya Button is in charge of giving life to this film and has joined other women, such as screenwriter Eileen Atkins, to carry out this project.
The biopic directed by Dexter Fletcher and starring Rami Malek focuses on the life of the iconic ‘Queen’ music group and, more specifically, the life of the lead singer. This is why we hope you will talk about Freddie Mercury being one of the most important bisexual figures in the musical world. In addition, Bohemian Rhapsody could also serve to demystify some aspects of AIDS, a disease suffered by the artist.
The film received a lot of criticism from the fans when the first trailer came out because it did not seem like it was going to go deep into those topics, we’ll wait for its premiere to discover if they have silenced from the narrative these important parts of Mercury’s life.
5My Best Friend (Mi Mejor Amigo)
The adolescent sexual awakening is quite an experience and Lorenzo, the protagonist of ‘My best friend’, discovers by chance that he is attracted to men. The arrival of Caito, the son of his father’s best friend, to his home begins as a real burden. Forced to share space, Lorenzo realizes that they are very different from each other. Lorenzo will become a rebellious and awake young man who begins to break the rules imposed by society and, what begins as an enmity, becomes the strongest connection they have ever felt. The unexpected friendship seems to be going to become something else.
Angelo Mutti Spinetta and Lautaro Rodríguez are in charge of starring in this story directed by Martín Deus, who has already done with previously LGTB-themed projects.
The film debut of Lukas Dhont with Victor Polster as the protagonist (and winner of the Un Certain Regard for best actor) is called ‘Girl’ and comes stomping. Adolescence is a hard stage for everyone, but when you belong to an oppressed collective the world becomes an even worse place. Spectators who go to see ‘Girl’ will find a surprising and sensitive portrait of what it is like to be a trans girl. The struggle for acceptance ends up becoming the day to day of this young woman whose only dream is to become the great dancer she has always dreamed of . The metaphor reads by itself.
We hope that in the future trans women films have trans women or women as main characters, since not many films manage to talk about this reality without having trans people on the team.
7My Days of Mercy
‘My Days of Mercy’ tells the story of Lucy (Ellen Page) a young woman who is traveling all over the country demonstrating to abolish the death penalty. Her father has been imprisoned and sentenced to this punishment and she only wants to free him and the rest of the people condemned to suffer that fate. During one of the demonstrations Lucy meets Mercy (Kate Mara), who is in the opposition defending capital punishment, and falls in love with her. Despite their conflicting ideologies, both begin their love story, but will they work despite being so different?
Israeli director Tali Shalom-Ezer will put us in front of an ideological conflict that goes beyond one’s sexual orientation.
8Sorry Angel (Plaire, aimer et courir vite)
The lives of Arthur (Vincent Lacoste) and Jacques ( ierre Deladonchamps) are suddenly intertwined after an unexpected encounter in Paris and can never be separated again. One of them is a film student based in Britain and the other a Parisian writer, which makes his story become a unique moment for both. While Jacques begins to think about his professional future, Arthur joins in a monotonous routine from which he must escape. ‘Sorry Angel’ not only explores sexuality but also the relationships we establish with our environment and with ourselves.
The director, Christophe Honoré, has expressed that as a gay artist he has always wanted to use his works to break the stereotypes of society, so we hope that the film, also known as ‘Sorry Angel’, will become a great premiere.
After a disastrous break with his girlfriend, Becks is forced to cross half the country and return to his mother’s house. Both she and her ex-girlfriend were musicians so with the return home she has no choice but to play at a friend’s bar to get money. It will be in the midst of that conservative environment from which he had fled where he will meet another person and begin to open up again. ‘Becks’ talks about small prejudices, relationships and recovering from a break through a soundtrack that transcends beyond appearances.
The singer and letristra winner of an award Tony Lena Hall stars in this story under the direction of Daniel Powell and Saturday Church. In addition, the well-known lesbian singer Hayley Kiyoko will be part of the cast as Hall’s former partner.
10The Death and Life of John F. Donovan
The film narrates the life and memories of a fictional actor, played by The Miseducation of Cameron Post, through the correspondence that was written in life with an 11-year-old boy named Rupert who wanted to be an actor. When his correspondence came to light the figure of Donovan lost all its power and media relevance. Years later, the young actor will give an interview to reveal the type of relationship he had with his childhood icon in which he will talk about the importance of those messages they took in their lives.
The fans of the director seem to be wishing its premiere and the certain thing is that the new thing of Xavier Dolan is making wait. Do not be alarmed that ‘The Death and Life of John F. Donovan’ is getting closer and closer to being released.