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BFI Flare presents

The UK’s premier LGBTQ+ festival is now as accessible as it is inclusive – offering the latest films and coverage direct from the event itself.

Bold, diverse, exhilarating and unapologetic – the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival earned its reputation for adventurous programming over 28 years. Newly rebranded as BFI Flare, the festival now brings you a BFI Player collection including features and shorts from current and previous festivals, alongside coverage of the latest talks and events to bring you closer to the experience, wherever you are.

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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.

A Fantastic Woman
A Fantastic Woman
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A 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.

Freak Show
Freak Show
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Freak 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.

The Ornithologist
The Ornithologist
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The Ornithologist

Drama2016118 minsDirector: João Pedro Rodrigues

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

God's Own Country
God's Own Country
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God's Own Country

Drama2017105 minsDirector: Francis Lee

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

Beach Rats
Beach Rats
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Beach 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.

The Handmaiden
The Handmaiden
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The 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.

Centre of My World
Centre of My World
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Centre 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.

A Date For Mad Mary
A Date For Mad Mary
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A 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.

Moonlight
Moonlight
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Moonlight

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.

Tom of Finland
Tom of Finland
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Tom of Finland

Biopic2017116 minsDirector: Dome Karukoski

The story of a gay icon is brought to life in Dome Karukoski’s handsome biopic of Touko Laaksonen, the artist whose homoerotic drawings gave visual expression to a growing gay culture.

The Untamed
The Untamed
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The Untamed

Horror201698 minsDirector: Amat Escalante

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

Real Boy
Real Boy
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Real Boy

201672 minsDirector: Shaleece Haas

A 19-year-old trans man navigates family, friendships, and the challenges of young adulthood.

Taekwondo
Taekwondo
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Taekwondo

Drama2016108 minsDirector: Marco Berger

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

Akron
Akron
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Akron

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.

The Pass
The Pass
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The 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.

I Am Michael
I Am Michael
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I 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.

Who's Gonna Love Me Now?
Who's Gonna Love Me Now?
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Who's Gonna Love Me Now?

Documentary201686 minsDirector: Tomer Heymann

A heartfelt exploration of one man’s struggle to reconcile with his Israeli family, while finding a new ‘family’ in London Gay Men’s Chorus.

The Chambermaid Lynn
The Chambermaid Lynn
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The 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.

Floating Skyscrapers
Floating Skyscrapers
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Floating 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.

La Noche
La Noche
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La Noche

Drama2016141 minsDirector: Edgardo Castro

A gritty journey through the sexual underbelly of Buenos Aires, with graphic depictions of the highs and lows in one man’s quest for intimacy.

I Promise You Anarchy
I Promise You Anarchy
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I 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.

Tiger Orange
Tiger Orange
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Tiger Orange

Drama201476 minsDirector: Wade Gasque

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

Hidden Away
Hidden Away
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Hidden Away

Drama201492 minsDirector: Mikel Rueda

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

Departure
Departure
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Departure

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.

Théo and Hugo
Théo and Hugo
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Théo and Hugo

Romance201697 minsDirector: Olivier Ducastel

A brief encounter at a naked sex club in Paris seems to be going well for Theo and Hugo, but a sudden realisation changes everything.

Blush
Blush
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Blush

Drama201585 minsDirector: Michal Vinik

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

The Girl King
The Girl King
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The 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.

Amen Island
Amen Island
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Amen 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.

Holding the Man
Holding the Man
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Holding 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.

Tangerine
Tangerine
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Tangerine

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.

Carol
Carol
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Carol

Drama2014119 minsDirector: Todd Haynes

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

Chemsex
Chemsex
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Chemsex

Documentary201580 minsDirector: William Fairman

A hard-hitting and often graphic documentary about the 'chemsex' sub-scene in London’s gay community.

Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures
Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures
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Mapplethorpe: 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.

Like You Mean It
Like You Mean It
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Like 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.

Nasty Baby
Nasty Baby
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Nasty Baby

Drama2015101 minsDirector: Sebastián Silva

Kristen Wiig plays a woman trying to start family with a gay couple, in this biting black comedy set among a diverse Brooklyn community.

Dressed as a Girl
Dressed as a Girl
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Dressed as a Girl

Documentary2015101 minsDirector: Colin Rothbart

An in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at London’s finest drag performers. Warning: extreme use of make-up and glitter.

Freeheld
Freeheld
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Freeheld

Drama2016103 minsDirector: Peter Sollett

Julianne Moore plays the cancer-stricken police officer who must fight on a second front to secure the transfer of her pension to her partner (Ellen Page).

It's All So Quiet
It's All So Quiet
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It's All So Quiet

Drama201391 minsDirector: Nanouk Leopold

Reflective calm and ambient beauty suffuse this tale of silent sexuality, as a lonely farmer’s quiet existence is interrupted by desire.

Everlasting Love
Everlasting Love
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Everlasting 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.

Fulboy
Fulboy
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Fulboy

Documentary201581 minsDirector: Martin Farina

This deeply intimate portrait of an Argentine football club is a forensic, fetishistic expose of soccer’s clandestine dressing-room culture.

Stories of Our Lives
Stories of Our Lives
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Stories of Our Lives

Documentary201461 minsDirector: Jim Chuchu

Five stories of forbidden desire, courageously collected to tell the hidden truths of LGBT life in Kenya.

52 Tuesdays
52 Tuesdays
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52 Tuesdays

Drama2013110 minsDirector: Sophie Hyde

A mother undergoing a gender transition meets his estranged daughter every Tuesday, changing gradually each time they meet. An intelligent indie hit about modern identity.

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

Futuro Beach
Futuro Beach
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Futuro Beach

Thriller2014107 minsDirector: Karim Aïnouz

A tragic event brings together a Brazilian lifeguard and a German tourist in Karim Aïnouz’s hypnotic melodrama.

Love Is Strange
Love Is Strange
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Love 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.

Appropriate Behaviour
Appropriate Behaviour
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Appropriate Behaviour

Comedy201586 minsDirector: Desiree Akhavan

Desiree Akhavan directs and stars in this witty, razor-sharp and fearless comedy following the sexual misadventures of a bisexual Brooklynite.

Of Girls and Horses
Of Girls and Horses
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Of 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.

Something Must Break
Something Must Break
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Something Must Break

Drama201485 minsDirector: Ester Martin Bergsmark

A striking 21st-century love story about the passionate relationship between a transgendered teen and a straight man.

Behind the Candelabra
Behind the Candelabra
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Behind the Candelabra

Biopic2013119 minsDirector: Steven Soderbergh

Michael Douglas dazzles as the flamboyant virtuoso pianist Liberace in this fascinating biopic by Steven Soderbergh.

Dior and I
Dior and I
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Dior 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.

You and the Night
You and the Night
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You and the Night

Drama201389 minsDirector: Yann Gonzalez

Eric Cantona and Beatrice Dalle star in an outrageous erotic fever dream about a couple who invite four diverse guests to their midnight orgy.

I Love You Phillip Morris
I Love You Phillip Morris
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I Love You Phillip Morris

Comedy200994 minsDirector: John Requa

Jim Carrey’s irrepressible performance drives the incredible true story of a con man who repeatedly escapes from prison to be with his lover.

Breakfast on Pluto
Breakfast on Pluto
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Breakfast on Pluto

Drama2005129 minsDirector: Neil Jordan

Cillian Murphy is extraordinary as a transgender foundling searching for her lost mother, in Neil Jordan’s runaway romp.

The Way He Looks
The Way He Looks
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The Way He Looks

Drama201492 minsDirector: Daniel Ribeiro

A blind student’s relationship with his best friend is tested when he falls for the new boy in school, in Daniel Ribeiro’s beautifully realised romance.

Reaching for the Moon
Reaching for the Moon
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Reaching for the Moon

Biopic2013114 minsDirector: Bruno Barreto

Beautifully told true story of the love affair between American poet Elizabeth Bishop and Brazilian architect Lola de Macedo Soares.

Test
Test
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Test

Drama201389 minsDirector: Chris Mason Johnson

A wonderfully evocative period drama exploring the telling details of gay life in San Francisco in 1985 with a fantastically upbeat 80s soundtrack.

The Duke of Burgundy
The Duke of Burgundy
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The 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.

G.B.F.
G.B.F.
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G.B.F.

Comedy201393 minsDirector: Darren Stein

Three high-school girls wage war to win the latest must-have social accessory - a Gay Best Friend.

Kiss Me
Kiss Me
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Kiss Me

Romance2011107 minsDirector: Alexandre-Therese Keining

Mia is engaged to marry a man, but finds herself falling for Frida, who happens to be her new stepmother's daughter.

Eastern Boys
Eastern Boys
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Eastern Boys

Drama2012124 minsDirector: Robin Campillo

A gay pick-up turns into a dangerous game of betrayal and violence in this slyly subversive and compelling thriller.

Lilting
Lilting
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Lilting

Drama201386 minsDirector: Hong Khaou

Ben Whishaw stars in an intimate portrait of two strangers brought together by the common language of grief.

The New Girlfriend
The New Girlfriend
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The 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.

Blue is the Warmest Colour
Blue is the Warmest Colour
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Blue is the Warmest Colour

Romance2013180 minsDirector: Abdel Kechiche

The epic, passionate and strikingly naturalistic Palme d'Or-winning romance.

Margarita
Margarita
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Margarita

Drama201290 minsDirector: Laurie Colbert

When a cash-strapped yuppie couple fire their teenage daughter’s nanny they set of a chain of unexpected events.

Who’s Afraid of Vagina Wolf?
Who’s Afraid of Vagina Wolf?
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Who’s Afraid of Vagina Wolf?

Comedy201379 minsDirector: Anna Margarita Albelo

In order to impress an girl, a struggling filmmaker agrees to write an all-female retelling of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Stranger by the Lake
Stranger by the Lake
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Stranger by the Lake

Drama2013100 minsDirector: Alain Guiraudie

A young man witnesses a violent crime at a gay cruising ground and becomes obsessed with the killer in Alain Guiraudie’s acclaimed mystery-thriller.

The Passion of Michelangelo
The Passion of Michelangelo
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The Passion of Michelangelo

Drama2013100 minsDirector: Esteban Larraín

In Pinochet's Chile, a 14-year-old boy becomes a media sensation after claiming to have witnessed visions of the Virgin Mary.

Yellow Fever
Yellow Fever
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Yellow Fever

Comedy199827 minsDirector: Raymond Yeung

A gay British-Chinese man refuses to date Chinese men. But then Jai Ming moves in next door.

Speechless
Speechless
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Speechless

Drama201293 minsDirector: Simon Chung

A mysterious, exotic and riveting drama about a nameless man discovered naked on a riverbank, who forms a bond with the hospital assistant who can communicate with him.

Beauty
Beauty
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Beauty

Drama2011105 minsDirector: Oliver Hermanus

Oliver Hermanus' unblinking look at homophobia, hypocrisy and repressed desire in today's South Africa is tough, troubling and impressive

The Comedian
The Comedian
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The Comedian

Drama201279 minsDirector: Tom Shkolnik

Touching drama about a thirtysomething comedian looking for happiness.

Tom at the Farm
Tom at the Farm
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Tom at the Farm

Drama2013103 minsDirector: Xavier Dolan-Tadros

Dark psychosexual thriller from prodigious Canadian director Xavier Dolan, following a young man who finds himself embroiled in a dangerous game of deception.

Eyes Wide Open
Eyes Wide Open
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Eyes Wide Open

Drama200993 minsDirector: Haim Tabakman

A married butcher in Jerusalem’s ultra-orthodox Jewish quarter falls for a beautiful young man in this outstanding Israeli feature.

Keep the Lights on
Keep the Lights on
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Keep the Lights on

Drama2012102 minsDirector: Ira Sachs

A filmmaker escapes the pain of a break-up through casual sex and meets a closeted lawyer in this deeply personal work from Ira Sachs.

Greek Pete
Greek Pete
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Greek Pete

Drama200970 minsDirector: Andrew Haigh

Acclaimed filmmaker Andrew Haigh (Weekend, 45 Years) made his feature debut with this bold, sexually explicit drama-documentary about London rent boys.

Weekend
Weekend
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Weekend

Drama201197 minsDirector: Andrew Haigh

Andrew Haigh's internationally acclaimed tale of a brief encounter between two gay men.

White Bird in a Blizzard
White Bird in a Blizzard
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White Bird in a Blizzard

Drama201491 minsDirector: Gregg Araki

Shailene Woodley and Eva Green star in Gregg Araki’s lyrical and impressionistic adaptation of Laura Kasischke’s novel.