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BFI Flare: London LGBTQ+ Film Festival Presents

The home of LGBTQ+ rentals on BFI Player, showcasing favourites from the BFI Flare festival and the best in contemporary LGBTQ+ cinema.

 

Here you'll find landmark portraits of LGBTQ+ life alongside the next generation of gay classics straight out of the festival programme, plus a special collection of queer classics and rare treasures from the BFI National Archive.

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Tell It to the BeesTell It to the Bees

Drama2017108 minsDirector: Annabel Jankel

Anna Paquin and Holliday Grainger star as two very different women who fall in love in this 1950s-set romantic drama.

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Jonathan Agassi Saved My LifeJonathan Agassi Saved My Life

Documentary2018106 minsDirector: Tomer Heymann

The private life of a renowned gay porn legend is laid bare in this intimate and insightful documentary.

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MapplethorpeMapplethorpe

Drama2018102 minsDirector: Ondi Timoner

Matt Smith stars as legendary photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in this full-frontal homage to the devilish bad boy, whose sex life fuelled his career.

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Vita & VirginiaVita & Virginia

Romance2018110 minsDirector: Chanya Button

Gemma Arterton and Elizabeth Debicki relive a literary love affair, fiery and forbidden, with a remarkable legacy.

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JT LeRoyJT LeRoy

Drama2018109 minsDirector: Justin Kelly

Kristen Stewart and Laura Dern's towering tall story hoaxes the world.

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Coming OutComing Out

Documentary201864 minsDirector: Denis Parrot

A groundbreaking documentary about saying those few little words that have the power to change your life.

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We the AnimalsWe the Animals

Drama201893 minsDirector: Jeremiah Zagar

Sensitive and increasingly different from his hyper-masculine brothers, a young boy faces the truth of his own desires.

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KanarieKanarie

Drama2018124 minsDirector: Christiaan Olwagen

A Boy George-obsessed smalltown boy joins the South African Defence Force army choir, in this quirky Apartheid-era musical drama.

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TuckedTucked

Drama201781 minsDirector: Jamie Patterson

A blossoming friendship between two drag performers born 60 years apart is the subject of this emotionally engaging comedy.

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ConsequencesConsequences

Drama201895 minsDirector: Darko Štante

A teenage tearaway is forced to face up to his actions and confront his burgeoning sexuality, in this provocative Slovenian coming-of-age tale.

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My Days of MercyMy Days of Mercy

Drama2017108 minsDirector: Tali Shalom Ezer

Starring Ellen Page and Kate Mara, this sophomore feature from Tali Shalom-Ezer is a beautiful and poignant love story between two women from vastly different backgrounds and opposing political views.

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DiamantinoDiamantino

Comedy201897 minsDirector: Gabriel Abrantes

Diamantino, Portugal’s (the world’s!) top football player, becomes embroiled in a genetic experiment and a conspiracy to leave the EU, in this joyful, postmodern political fantasy.

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Night Comes OnNight Comes On

Drama201887 minsDirector: Jordana Spiro

After being released from prison, a young African American woman goes in search of her father.

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BenjaminBenjamin

Comedy201886 minsDirector: Simon Amstell

In Simon Amstell’s affecting, bittersweet comedy, a rising young filmmaker is thrown into emotional turmoil by a burgeoning romance and the upcoming premiere of his second feature.

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Papi ChuloPapi Chulo

Comedy201899 minsDirector: John Butler

Delightfully unexpected buddy movie about a heartbroken TV weatherman's relationship with a migrant worker.

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LizzieLizzie

Crime2017105 minsDirector: Craig William Macneill

Chloë Sevigny and Kristen Stewart captivate in this bodice-ripping retelling of the strange and fascinating case of Lizzie Borden.

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SauvageSauvage

Drama201899 minsDirector: Camille Vidal-Naquet

The daily misfortunes of a lonesome rent boy are laid bare in this tough but tender portrait of life on the fringes of society.

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Just FriendsJust Friends

Comedy201881 minsDirector: Annemarie van de Mond

Effortlessly charming romantic comedy about two young men from mixed backgrounds who fall in love... and their clashes with their overbearing mothers.

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RafikiRafiki

Drama201883 minsDirector: Wanuri Kahiu

Romantic sparks fly between the daughters of two opposing politicians in Wanuri Kahiu’s neon-bright story of forbidden love in Kenya.

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XY ChelseaXY Chelsea

Documentary201894 minsDirector: Tim Travers Hawkins

Telling the historic story of whistleblower Chelsea Manning; the journey of her fight for survival and dignity, and her transition from prisoner to a free woman.

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Sorry AngelSorry Angel

Drama2018133 minsDirector: Christophe Honoré

A gay couple overcomes the odds in Christophe Honoré's mature and deeply emotional reflection on love and loss.

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SunburnSunburn

Romance201892 minsDirector: Vicente Alves Do Ó

The simmering sexual tensions of a group of old friends come to the boil in this sizzling psychological drama, which playfully evokes the spirit of François Ozon.

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NinaNina

Romance2018124 minsDirector: Olga Chajdas

When a couple experiencing conception problems find a potential surrogate mother they're overjoyed, until Nina falls in love with her...

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After 82 After 82

Documentary201798 minsDirector: Steve Keeble

Telling the untold stories from the early days of the UK AIDS pandemic; by the people who were there and the people who supported them.

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The Miseducation of Cameron PostThe Miseducation of Cameron Post

Drama201792 minsDirector: Desiree Akhavan

Desiree Akhavan’s award-winning follow-up to Appropriate Behaviour, with Chloë Grace Moretz as a teen sent to a gay conversion camp.

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The Happy PrinceThe Happy Prince

Biopic2018105 minsDirector: Rupert Everett

Rupert Everett astounds as Oscar Wilde, depicting the fallen star in the final years of his life, in this heartfelt and captivating passion project.

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Anchor and HopeAnchor and Hope

Comedy2018113 minsDirector: Carlos Marques-Marcet

Sweetly swaying houseboat comedy about a couple whose river-bound existence is upended by the arrival of an old friend.

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19851985

Drama201886 minsDirector: Yen Tan

Stunningly shot drama following a closeted advertising executive who tries to reconnect with his family during the first wave of the AIDS crisis.

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MarioMario

Drama2018119 minsDirector: Marcel Gisler

On the pitch Mario and Leon are teammates; off the pitch they are becoming so much more.

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Freak ShowFreak Show

Comedy201791 minsDirector: Trudie Styler

Alex Lawther is outstanding as a teenage rebel in this tale of an unrepentant high-school outsider, directed by Trudie Styler.

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Postcards from LondonPostcards from London

Drama201789 minsDirector: Steve McLean

A stylish, sexy film about a young man’s journey into an unusual form of escort work.

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A Moment in the ReedsA Moment in the Reeds

Romance2017107 minsDirector: Mikko Makela

The world’s troubles recede, at least for a moment, in this intimate drama about an affair between a Finnish man and a Syrian immigrant.

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The GardenThe Garden

Animation & Artists Moving Image199192 minsDirector: Derek Jarman

Inside his modest, sparsely-furnished home on the barren, windswept Dungeness coastline, Derek Jarman dreams.

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God's Own CountryGod's Own Country

Drama2017105 minsDirector: Francis Lee

A troubled young sheep farmer falls for a hired hand in this stunning debut from Francis Lee.

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GirlGirl

Drama2018106 minsDirector: Lukas Dhont

Lukas Dhont's breathtaking debut feature encompasses the heartache, courage, and punishing training of a ballerina transitioning in her teenage years.

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Malila: The Farewell FlowerMalila: The Farewell Flower

201795 minsDirector: Anucha Boonyawatana

A dream-like encounter between two ex-lovers becomes a meditation on love, life and loss in this hauntingly beautiful film.

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McQueenMcQueen

Biopic2018111 minsDirector: Ian Bonhôte

In scintillating fashion, this compelling documentary explores the dark dreams that drove the brilliant, lamented designer, Alexander McQueen.

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A Fantastic WomanA Fantastic Woman

Drama2017104 minsDirector: Sebastián Lelio

This invigorating and inspiring Chilean drama from Sebastián Lelio (Gloria) follows a trans woman’s quest for a little respect. Winner of the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film 2018.

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Centre of My WorldCentre of My World

Drama2016115 minsDirector: Jakob M. Erwa

A young man falls for the new boy at school in this energetic and inventive adaptation of Andreas Steinhoefel’s acclaimed YA novel.

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The PassThe Pass

Drama201586 minsDirector: Ben A. Williams

Russell Tovey stars as a Premier League footballer who shares a fumbled pass (of the sexual kind) with a teammate (Arinzé Kene), changing everything - both on and off the pitch.

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A Date For Mad MaryA Date For Mad Mary

201683 minsDirector: Darren Thornton

Dry, sarcastic, maddening Mary must find a date for her best friend’s wedding in this Irish feel-good hit for misfits everywhere.

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The HandmaidenThe Handmaiden

Period drama2016146 minsDirector: Park Chan-wook

Park Chan-wook (Old Boy, Stoker) channels Sarah Waters’ novel Fingersmith, to create a sumptuous twisty psychological thriller full of erotic intrigue.

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MoonlightMoonlight

Drama2016111 minsDirector: Barry Jenkins

Winner of the 2017 Oscar for Best Picture (eventually!), Barry Jenkins’ intoxicating drama follows the furtive life of a gay black boy through 80s Miami.

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TaekwondoTaekwondo

Drama2016108 minsDirector: Marco Berger

A gorgeously photographed, teasingly libidinous exercise in latent homoeroticism set over a long hot summer in Buenos Aires.

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B&BB&B

Thriller201787 minsDirector: Joe Ahearne

In this deliciously entertaining thriller, a gay couple return to a B&B to bait its Christian owner, only to run into trouble when an altogether more imposing guest arrives.

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BlushBlush

Drama201585 minsDirector: Michal Vinik

An assured and authentic lesbian coming-of-age drama, boasting a mesmerising and heartfelt lead performance.

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Seat in ShadowSeat in Shadow

Drama201681 minsDirector: Henry Coombes

An ageing Glaswegian psychoanalyst finds his lust for life renewed following an encounter with the charismatic partner of a young patient.

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Girls on Film 2: Before DawnGirls on Film 2: Before Dawn

Anthology2017111 minsDirector: Lorelei Pepi

An electric collection of 11 award-winning, lesbian and feminist short films exploring fantasies, dreams, desires, love and transgression.

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I Promise You AnarchyI Promise You Anarchy

201586 minsDirector: Julio Hernández Cordón

A pair of teenage skateboarders find themselves drawn into a murky criminal underworld in this distinctive thriller.

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Beach RatsBeach Rats

Drama201798 minsDirector: Eliza Hittman

Gripping account of repressed sexual desire in a hyper-masculine environment, with British newcomer Harris Dickinson as a virulently macho Brooklyn teen.

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DepartureDeparture

Drama2015108 minsDirector: Andrew Steggall

Andrew Steggall’s deft and delicate drama about a teenage dreamer who falls for the rough beauty of local boy while staying in France.

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Body ElectricBody Electric

Drama201795 minsDirector: Marcello Caetano

Young factory manager Elias finds distraction in some of his fellow workers, but is he getting too close?

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PridePride

Comedy2014120 minsDirector: Matthew Warchus

The smash culture-clash comedy tells the incredible true story of how miners and a Gay Pride support group come together to fight a common cause.

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Boys on Film 18: HeroesBoys on Film 18: Heroes

Anthology2018132 minsDirector: Dean Loxton

Ten uplifting and powerful tales of everyday heroes, each striving for their own identities whether gay, bi or transgender, and fighting for the right to be themselves.

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The OrnithologistThe Ornithologist

Drama2016118 minsDirector: João Pedro Rodrigues

A lone scientist in Portugal’s Douro region embarks on an unexpected transcendental journey. Beautiful, erotic and baffling.

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Holding the ManHolding the Man

Biopic2015128 minsDirector: Neil Armfield

A sweepingly romantic adaptation of Timothy Conigrave’s best-selling memoir, an impassioned love letter to his partner, John Caleo.

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Remembering the ManRemembering the Man

Documentary201583 minsDirector: Nickolas Bird

Telling the true story of Timothy Conigrave and John Caleo, whose AIDS-afflicted relationship became the basis of bestselling gay memoir, Holding the Man.

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The Girl KingThe Girl King

Historical drama2015106 minsDirector: Mika Kaurismäki

Lush retelling of the story of lesbian monarch Queen Christina of Sweden, combining period drama with a deeply personal love story.

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The UntamedThe Untamed

Horror201698 minsDirector: Amat Escalante

Amat Escalante follows Heli with a boundary-pushing, mind-blowing mix of sex, sci-fi and social drama.

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Peter de Rome: Grandfather of Gay PornPeter de Rome: Grandfather of Gay Porn

Documentary201496 minsDirector: Ethan Reid

The journey of a true English eccentric, from his 1960s experiments with gay erotica to a reappraisal 40 years later as an LGBT pioneer.

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Mapplethorpe: Look at the PicturesMapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures

Documentary2016109 minsDirector: Fenton Bailey

An unflinching and sometimes graphic account of the life, art and legacy of the legendary photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.

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I Am MichaelI Am Michael

Drama102 minsDirector: Justin Kelly

James Franco stars in this provocative film about Michael Glatze, a pioneering gay rights activist who later denounced his homosexuality.

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Like You Mean ItLike You Mean It

Drama201690 minsDirector: Philipp Karner

Writer-director Philipp Garner also stars in this refreshing gay drama, a portrait of a couple trying to make it work in the film world of Los Angeles.

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Hidden AwayHidden Away

Drama201492 minsDirector: Mikel Rueda

A chance encounter between a Moroccan boy and a Spanish teen alters the course of their lives.

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Love Is StrangeLove Is Strange

Drama201495 minsDirector: Ira Sachs

Ira Sachs’s refined Manhattan-set drama sees Alfred Molina’s Ben and John Lithgow’s George in the latter days of a tender, loving 39-year relationship.

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CarolCarol

Drama2014119 minsDirector: Todd Haynes

Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara illuminate Todd Haynes’ intoxicating adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s beloved novel.

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Dior and IDior and I

Documentary201490 minsDirector: Frederic Tcheng

An astonishing behind-the-scenes documentary following the famed fashion house’s new artistic director as he prepares his first collection.

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Of Girls and HorsesOf Girls and Horses

Drama201483 minsDirector: Monika Treut

A troubled teen finds love during a summer spent at a horse ranch, in this captivating lesbian drama from cult director Monika Treut.

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Boys on Film 17: Love Is the DrugBoys on Film 17: Love Is the Drug

Romance2017142 minsDirector: Nicholas Colia

An intoxicating and entrancing selection of gay short films from around the globe.

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The Chambermaid LynnThe Chambermaid Lynn

201490 minsDirector: Ingo Haeb

An obsessive-compulsive hotel cleaner who harbours a fetishistic fascination with her hotel's guests meets an enigmatic dominatrix who changes her world.

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Everlasting LoveEverlasting Love

Drama201469 minsDirector: Marçal Forés

A thrilling and disturbing exploration of the perils of illicit sexual encounters, beginning when a teacher initiates a tryst with one of his pupils.

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The New GirlfriendThe New Girlfriend

Melodrama2014108 minsDirector: François Ozon

Ruth Rendell provides the source novel for this delicious tale of deception and identity, from the master of mischievous melodrama, François Ozon.

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Floating SkyscrapersFloating Skyscrapers

Drama201389 minsDirector: Tomasz Wasilewski

Hailed as ‘Poland’s first LGBT film’, Tomasz Wasilewski’s striking drama follows a champion swimmer whose gay relationship causes ripples.

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Tiger OrangeTiger Orange

Drama201476 minsDirector: Wade Gasque

Big city morality and sex culture clash with small town values in this sweet tale of two gay brothers.

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Boys on Film 16: PossessionBoys on Film 16: Possession

Anthology2017125 minsDirector: Kai Stänicke

Golden boys, teenage lust, self-conscious dolls, chance encounters and a vengeful creature - in the latest gay shorts compilation from Peccadillo Pictures.

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The Book of GabrielleThe Book of Gabrielle

Drama201679 minsDirector: Lisa Gornick

Lisa Gornick's funny and frank drama sketches the relationship between a sex-obsessed lesbian illustrator and a randy hetero author, who bond over their favourite subject.

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The Duke of BurgundyThe Duke of Burgundy

Drama2014104 minsDirector: Peter Strickland

Peter Strickland’s visually and aurally intoxicating tale of sadomasochistic power-play is a daringly erotic sensory feast.

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Mixed MessagesMixed Messages

Drama201767 minsDirector: Kanchi Wichmann

Kanchi Wichmann's feature adaptation of her hit web series follows Ren (Alana Lake) as she hunts for romance in world of Tinder and zero commitment.

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I Am Not He... SheI Am Not He... She

Drama2015108 minsDirector: B.S. Lingadevaru

Lingadevaru’s unforgettable drama, based on an empowering true story a young boy who travels to Bangalore to follow his dream of becoming a woman.

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Uncle DavidUncle David

Comedy200995 minsDirector: Gary Reich

Celebrated cabaret artist David Hoyle’s debut film is a typically acerbic drama about the disturbing relationship between an uncle and his nephew.

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AkronAkron

Romance201588 minsDirector: Brian O'Donnell

Two young men meet on the sports field and fall in love. But there’s a family secret which resurfaces and threatens to tear them apart.

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120 BPM (Beats per Minute)120 BPM (Beats per Minute)

Drama2017143 minsDirector: Robin Campillo

Pulsating with life and pounding with urgency, Robin Campillo’s extraordinary account of 1990s AIDS activism is a rousing, sensual and heart-breaking celebration of personal and political resistance.

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TangerineTangerine

Drama201588 minsDirector: Sean Baker

A big-hearted film shot on a small phone, this LA tale of two transgender working girls out for vengeance fizzes with wild energy.

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Amen IslandAmen Island

Thriller201091 minsDirector: Mark Harriott

When an adventurous trio set off for the secluded island of Amen, they're blissfully aware of the horrors that lie in wait, in this indie bisexual riff on The Wicker Man.

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