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Birds Eye View presents Queerious

Marking Pride month, Birds’ Eye View presents Queerious - inviting you to get curious and explore a multitude of desires on screen in ways all too rarely seen in cinema. Through stories of sexual awakenings and re-awakenings, and queer love through a feminist lens, this curated season from Birds’ Eye View aims to help us to question, learn and enjoy our sexual selves. 

From July a selection of films will be visiting #ReclaimTheFrame participating cinemas across the UK, with this online collection available on BFI Player.

Reclaim the Frame brings a broader perspective of the world by championing cinema by women & non-binary filmmakers. Run by Birds’ Eye View, a charity with a mission to advocate for equity, diversity, and inclusion in film by fostering a community for those who make, show, release and watch them.

To learn more, become an Advocate and join the #ReclaimTheFrame mission to receive free cinema tickets and discount codes go to Bit.ly/BEVRTF. Supported by BFI’s Audience Fund.

Queerious forms part of Film Feels Curious, a UK-wide cinema season, supported by the National Lottery and BFI Film Audience Network. 

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Mädchen in Uniform Mädchen in Uniform

Drama193189 minsDirector: Leontine Sagan

Leontine Sagan’s pioneering and internationally acclaimed lesbian love story.

"What you call sin, I call the great spirit of love, which takes a thousand forms." In a strict Prussian boarding school for girls, sensitive student Manuela von Meinhardis develops a forbidden love for one of her teachers in this pioneering lesbian love story.

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RosebudRosebud

Drama199114 minsDirector: Cheryl Farthing

A lesbian couple arouse the interest of their new neighbour in this erotic tale of voyeurism, power dressing and fantasy.

Kay moves into a new flat and finds herself unexpectedly intrigued by the open sexuality of the lesbian couple next door. An erotic tale of voyeurism and fantasy, and about seeing, and being seen.

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XXYXXY

Drama200791 minsDirector: Lucía Puenzo

A sensitive exploration of the sexual awakening and confusion of one intersex teenager.

A tale of sexual awakening set against a backdrop of the Uruguayan shoreline. Alex is an intersex teenager who has been raised as a girl and begins to explore her sexuality a young woman. Álvaro is the 16-year old friend of the family who comes to stay. Sparks fly between the two, and their parents must confront their fears.

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VivaViva

Sex comedy2008116 minsDirector: Anna Biller

Anna Biller's outrageous sexploitation satire follows bored housewife Barbi as she searches for adventure in predatory 1970s Los Angeles.

“You’re not only a whore, you’re a filthy lesbian!” Inspired by Playboy magazine photo shoots, Anna Biller's radical sexploitation satire follows bored housewife Barbi as she searches for adventure in predatory 1970s Los Angeles.

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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.

Drawing on elements of magical realism to explore notions of fluid sexuality and identity, the story of three girls who get to temporarily experience life as boys on discovering a curious plant. Its nectar, once consumed, results not only in a change to their gender, but to the world around them and their response to it.

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Appropriate BehaviourAppropriate 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.

Desiree Akhavan (The Miseducation of Cameron Post) directs and stars in this fearless quick-witted comedy about a twenty-something bisexual Iranian-American woman on a journey to self-discovery and struggling to conform to traditional Persian standards along the way.

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The Third WifeThe Third Wife

Drama201892 minsDirector: Ash Mayfair

A fourteen-year-old girl falls for another of her polygamous husband's wives in this award-winning coming-of-age tale of love and self-discovery.

Fourteen year old May finds herself in a forced marriage to an older polygamous man, facing pressure to bear him a baby boy while still coming of age herself. She finds compassion in her husband’s second wife, developing in a forbidden love in this beautifully understated tale set in 19th Century Vietnam.

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TomboyTomboy

Drama201182 minsDirector: Céline Sciamma

Tender drama from Céline Sciamma (Portrait of a Lady on Fire, Girlhood) about a ten-year-old child exploring a new gender identity.

Gender identity and expression are explored in this tender coming-of-age drama from Celine Sciamma (Portrait of a Lady on Fire, Petite Maman). 10-year-old Laure navigates a new identity as ‘Mickael’, a new neighbourhood in Paris and a new friendship when Laure meets a local girl Lisa.

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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.

Popping with colour and energy, Rafiki tells the story of young Nairobi women Kena and Ziki, whose immediate connection blossoms into romance. This brave film was banned in Kenya, where gay sex is punishable by 14-years in jail, following director Wanuri Kahiu’s refusal to change the ending.