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LGBTIQ+ Best of 2016

Another amazing year for gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans cinema. Here are the most popular of 2016.

This years most watched LGBTIQ+ films.

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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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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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Théo and HugoThéo 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.

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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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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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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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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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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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FreeheldFreeheld

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).

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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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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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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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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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Closet MonsterCloset Monster

Drama201590 minsDirector: Stephen Dunn

An offbeat Canadian coming-of-age drama with surrealist tendencies, featuring the voice of Isabella Rossellini as a talking hamster.

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Eisenstein in GuanajuatoEisenstein in Guanajuato

Biopic2015106 minsDirector: Peter Greenaway

One of Britain’s most inventive filmmakers, Peter Greenaway, tackles the story of arguably the most influential filmmaker in cinema history, Sergei Eisenstein.

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Dressed as a GirlDressed 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.

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FulboyFulboy

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.

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Nasty BabyNasty 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.

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Beautiful SomethingBeautiful Something

Drama201593 minsDirector: Joseph Graham

In one desperate night, four disparate gay men cruise Philadelphia in pursuit of ever-elusive human connection.

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Girls LostGirls Lost

Fantasy2015106 minsDirector: Alexandra-Therese Keining

Teenage friends get the chance to be boys for a while in this supernatural, gender fluid fantasy from the director of Kiss Me.

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XeniaXenia

Drama2014124 minsDirector: Panos H. Koutras

Two brothers journey undertake a hyperreal 21st-century odyssey in this flamboyant gay entry from the Greek Weird Wave.

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