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Pride Unprejudiced: An LGBTQ+ Celebration

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2019 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, a major catalyst for LGBTQ+ rights movements in the US and across the world. We proudly celebrate Pride with the simultaneous theatrical and digital release of Yann González’s hyper-stylised erotic thriller starring Vanessa Paradis, Knife+Heart, accompanied by a special programme of wonderfully bold, utterly unique films that look at LGBTQ+ themes from a diverse range of genres and original perspectives. From queer melodrama and insightful documentary, to a giallo-esque take on the ‘70s gay porn industry… let’s get this party started.

O Fantasma

João Pedro Rodrigues Portugal, 2000

João Pedro Rodrigues emerged in Portuguese cinema as a bold, idiosyncratic and unorthodox queer auteur. O Fantasma (“The Ghost”) is his first feature-length fiction film, a disquieting, fragmented story exploring nocturnal and sexual escapades set in the dark and surreal streets of Lisbon.

Islands

Yann Gonzalez France, 2017

Is it a dream? A nightmare? Waking life is alluringly indistinguishable from the two in this tenderly explicit, nakedly romantic short by Yann Gonzalez (Knife+Heart). Islands is certain to entrap the entire spectrum of one’s attention in its evocative, erotic nighttime reverie of self-discovery.

Knife + Heart

Yann Gonzalez France, 2018

Vanessa Paradis stars as a gay porn producer in Yann Gonzalez’s titillating, neon-soaked giallo pastiche. With a thrumming retro-electro score by M83, and shot on 35mm & 16mm, it’s a deliciously kitsch, unapologetically queer throwback to vintage slasher films—dirty, provocative, and a lot of fun.

The Fish Child

Lucía Puenzo Argentina, 2009

Fusing magical realist flourishes with a steamy runaway thriller, Argentinian auteur Lucía Puenzo answered all of the promise in her debut XXY with this tale of young love on the lam. A tender treatment of sexual discovery, class, and female liberation woven into an uncanny yet intimate journey.

Bad Hair

Mariana Rondon Venezuela, 2013

A rare example of arthouse cinema from Venezuela, this incisive look at a dysfunctional reality takes the form of a bold and sharply observed coming-of-age tale, tackling sexuality and gender roles in a macho society. Subtle character study on the outside, uncompromising country study on the inside.

A Single Man

Tom Ford United States, 2009

The first film from famed designer Tom Ford, A Single Man is a highly stylized tale of love and loss in the tradition of Wong Kar-Wai’s sumptuous melodramas. With deeply felt performances from Colin Firth and Julianne Moore, and direction to match, the film established Ford as a talent to watch.

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