This past Monday, the 40th annual Frameline (San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival) announced its entire line-up and it does not disappoint. The longest running LGBTQ film festival in the U.S will start Thursday, June 16 through Sunday, June 26. A few weeks earlier, Inside Out (Toronto, Canada) also announced its line-up, and will kick things off tomorrow, Thursday May 26 (running through, Sunday, June 5) with the International premiere of writer/director Chris Kelly’s, Other People, a dramedy which made its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival this past January.
While both festivals boasts some of the best foreign and American independent LGBTQ films in world, and sharing similar titles, each festival, respectfully, have a couple titles that are only playing at one of the festivals.
The one title that stands out the most might be the world premiere of writer/director, Matt Kugelman’s,Hurriance Bianca, featuring Bianca Del Rio as a teacher, Richard who gets fired from his small town school in Texas for being gay, and comes back as fierce Bianca, working on taking control of the school. The film features Alan Cumming, Margaret Cho, Rachel Dratch, and RuPaul. The film looks to be hoot and I sure hope it is one we can bring to aGLIFF this September.
Another film of interest is the North American premiere, Burn Burn Burn, the debut feature from director Chanya Button. When best friends Alex and Seph (featuring Downton Abbey’s, Laura Carmichael “aka Lady Edith”) lose their best guy friend, Alex, and decide to drive across the UK to scatter his ashes. Along the way, each woman is dealing with her own personal issues, including Alex who walked in on her girlfriend with another woman, and Steh hating everything and everyone at the moment.
Frameline, also has a few films not screening at Inside Out, even snagging an intriguing world premiere of its own, director Nick Corporon’s, Retake, has a lovely and potential potboiler mystery looped in it’s a romantic premise, “A lonely, middle-aged man hires a male prostitute to recreate a road trip from his past.” Anything sounds possible in this scenario, and has its hooks in us.
While it has only played a few festivals since it won the Teddy jury prize at this year’s Berlinale, Chilean pop star Alex Anwandter, directed, produced, wrote and scored, You’ll Never Be Alone, who based the film on a true story, from one of his fans being attacked by Neo-Nazis outside of a show in 2012. No question, the subject matter is bleak, but let’s hope Anwandter’s lives up to its Teddy award win.