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  • Watch this page for some of the movies that we will be watching in the next few weeks and months.
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    • Tom of Finland - Playing February 16
    • The Ornithologist - Playing February 23
    • A Quiet Passion - Playing March 2
    • 4 Days in France - Playing March 16
    • Seat in Shadow - Playing March 30
    • BWOY - Playing April 13
    • God's Own Country - Playing April 20
    • Call Me By Your Name - Playing April 27
    • BPM Beats PER Minute - Playing May 3
    • Fair Haven - Playing May 11
    • Departure - Playing May 18
       MAY 24 TO JUNE 3, 2018

    • More to come through the end of JULY ...

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Coming up in 2018

Staying Vertical - (French_language: Rester vertical) is a 2016 French drama written and directed by Alain_Guiraudie. The story follows a filmmaker who has to raise a child (whom he had with a shepherdess) by himself whilst seeking inspiration for his new film. The film was selected to compete for the Palme dOr at the  2016 Cannes Film Festival.

Fair Haven - is a 2016 American Independent film drama starring Tom Wopat, Michael Grant, Gregory Harrison, Josh Green, and Lily Anne Harrison. It was directed by Kerstin Karlhuber, written by Jack Bryant, and produced by Tom Malloy.

The film was released by Breaking Glass Pictures digitally and theatrically and it premiered on Showtime Networks in June 2017. Fair Haven was called a "bold new film" by HuffPost and "stirring, well acted, and tenderly wrought." by the Los_Angeles_Times. The film was also named a "Don't Miss Indie" by Film Independent.

A young man returns to his family farm, after a long stay in ex-gay conversion therapy, and is torn between the expectations of his emotionally distant father, and the memories of a past, loving relationship he has tried to bury.

Beach Rats - is a 2017 American film directed by Eliza Hittman. It stars Harris Dickinson, Madeline Weinstein, and Kate Hodge. It was screened in the U.S. Dramatic Competition section of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. It was released on August 25, 2017, by Neon.

Frankie (Harris Dickinson) struggles to escape his Brooklyn home life. He balances his time with a new girlfriend (Madeline Weinstein), his friends, and chatting with older men on the Internet, whom he meets up with for sex and drugs. He does not, however, identify as bisexual or gay to his girlfriend or male friends. He just "has sex with men," in the words of one of his Internet partners. Frankie attempts to compartmentalize his life by having sex with older men, to avoid them happening to know his friends. This becomes increasingly difficult, however, as he moves about the area and he happens to run into them, or lures them to meetings for drugs.

Hidden Kisses - Nathan, 16, lives alone with his father Stephane. A newcomer in high school, he is invited to a party and falls in love with Louis, a boy in his class. They find themselves out of sight and kiss each other, but someone takes a picture of them. Soon, the photo is published on Facebook and a storm overtakes their lives as they face bullying and rejection.

Upon its initial airing in France, the film was immediately followed by a debate about homophobia.

Beautiful Something - From the Hollywood Reporter: "Four gay men look for love during a wintry Philadelphia evening in Joseph Graham's drama.

Sex doesn't seem to offer much emotional fulfillment for the characters in Beautiful Something, Joseph Graham's (Strapped) drama set during a chilly Philadelphia evening. Depicting the often erotically charged interactions among four gay men and assorted friends and lovers, the pic has a bleakness that belies its title."

Yossi - (original Hebrew language title: הסיפור של יוסי ) is a 2012 drama. Directed by Eytan_Fox. It stars Ohad_Knoller, Oz Zehavi and Lior_Ashkenazi.

Yossi, Fox's fifth feature film, is a sequel to the director's breakthrough work Yossi & Jagger (2002). The plot takes place a decade after the events in that previous film. It follows the title character, a closeted gay cardiologist who struggles to find meaning in his life while overcoming the loss of his lover and reconciling his past with his future.

The Cockettes - 2002
Documentary about the gender-bending San Francisco performance group who became a pop culture phenomenon in the early 1970s.

IMDB page The Cockettes

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Playing February 16, 2018

Tom of Finland
2017 - Finland - 116 min

Tom of Finland - is a 2017  Biographical film, directed by Dome Karukoski and written by Aleksi Bardy. It stars Pekka Strang as Touko Laaksonen, better known as Tom of Finland, a Finnish homoerotic artist.

Tom of Finland premiered on January 27, 2017, at Gothenburg Film Festival and February 24, 2017, in Finnish cinemas. It was selected as the Finnish entry for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the  90th Academy Awards, but it was not nominated.

Tom of Finland returns home to Finland after serving in World War II. In post-war Helsinki, he makes a name for himself with his Homoeroticism. drawings of muscular men. Before finding fame, Laaksonen finds challenges from his sister and Finnish society due to his art.

Playing February 23, 2018

The Ornithologist 
2016 - Portugal - 118 min

The Ornithologist - (original title: O Ornitólogo) is a 2016 Portuguese film directed by João Pedro Rodrigues. It was released in 2016.

The film stars Paul Hamy as Fernando, an Ornithologist studying black storks in Portugal who is drawn into a series of incidents paralleling the life of Anthony of Padua.

Director João Pedro Rodriguez has described his film as a “purposefully transgressive and blasphemous re-appropriation of the saint’s life.”

    Playing March 2, 2018

    A Quiet Passion 
    2016 - United Kingdom - 126 min

    A Quiet Passion - is a 2016 Biographical film directed and written by Terence Davies about the life of U.S Poet Emily Dickinson. The film stars Cynthia Nixon as the reclusive poet. It co-stars Emma Bell as young Dickinson, Jennifer Ehle, Duncan Duff and Keith Carradine.

    A Quiet Passion won’t solve the mystery of Emily Dickinson – but does the truth matter?

    Salacious rumours surrounding Dickinson’s life have come thick and fast, but does that mean A Quiet Passion writer-director Terence Davies is free to speculate?

    The Guardian Discusses the Movie

      Four Days in France - From the New York Times: "There’s a peculiarly spellbinding quality to  4-days-in-france that is partly attributable to its premise. This feature debut of the writer and director Jérôme Reybaud opens with a baby-faced 30-something, Pierre (Pascal Cervo), training a phone flashlight on his lover Paul (Arthur Igual). He then leaves Paul’s Paris apartment and drives an Alfa Romeo into rural France. The fantasy of walking out on your life and aimlessly wandering around can beguile even the most contentedly domesticated among us."

          Seat in Shadow - Out of the imagination of acclaimed artist-filmmaker Henry Coombes comes Albert, an eccentric, aging painter doubling as an unconventional, Jung-inspired psychotherapist. When Albert's friend asks him to counsel her lethargic grandson Ben, whose ongoing boyfriend problems are rapidly fueling an already deep depression, their subsequent therapy sessions reveal as much about Albert as they do about the troubled young man. Coombes' debut feature is a witty, perceptive study of social mores, sexual excess and the bizarre, symbiotic relationship between doctor and patient; teacher and pupil; artist and muse.

              bwoy - follows Brad O'Connor, who, after the death of his son, becomes entangled in a chaotic and passionate online love affair with Yenny, a young Jamaican man (newcomer Jimmy Brooks). With both Brad and his wife Marcia seeking solace in destructive ways, their lives and relationships are pushed to the brink, culminating in tragic confrontations that no one can avoid.


              God's Own Country - is a 2017 British drama film written and directed by Francis Lee in his feature directorial debut. The film stars Josh O'Connor and Alec Secareanu. The plot follows a young sheep farmer in Yorkshire whose life is transformed by the arrival of a Romanian migrant worker. The film was the only UK-based production to feature in the world drama category at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival where it won the world cinema directing award.


              Call Me by Your Name is a 2017 romantic coming-of-age drama film directed by Luca Guadagnino and written by James Ivory, based on the 2007 novel of the same name by André Aciman. Call Me by Your Name chronicles the romantic relationship between Elio Perlman (Timothée Chalamet), a 17-year-old living in Italy, and his father's American assistant, Oliver (Armie Hammer). The film also stars Michael Stuhlbarg, Amira Casar, Esther Garrel, and Victoire Du Bois.


              BPM (Beats per Minute) - (French language: 120 battements par minute), also known as 120 BPM (Beats per Minute) and 120 Beats per Minute, is a 2017 French film directed by  Robin Campillo and starring  Nahuel Parez Biscayart, Arnaud Valois and  Adele Haenel. 

              The film is about Homosexuality in France and the AIDS epidemic, set in France in the 1990s. Campillo and co-screenwriter Philippe Mangeot drew on their personal experiences with ACT UP in developing the story.

              It had its world premiere at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, followed by screenings at other festivals. At Cannes it won critical acclaim and four awards, including the Grand Prix (Cannes Film Festival).

              Set in the early 1990s, the film depicts a group of HIV/AIDS activists associated with the Paris chapter of ACT UP.


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