Cue the spotlights and alert the paparazzi. The Dallas International Film Festival kicks off tonight and we’ve done our movie-watching homework to direct you right to the films with big gay themes. Many have several showtimes, so visit the web site for complete details on venues, pricing and more.
We have several nights available, too, should you need a date. Besides, you’re more than welcome to reach your hand into our lap during the film. For popcorn, of course.
In the first film adaptation of a David Sedaris’ work, a cocky young man travels to Oregon to work on an apple farm. Out of his element, he finds his lifestyle and notions being picked apart by everyone who crosses his path.
LAURENCE ANYWAYS (Canada) (Above)
In the ’90s, Laurence tells his girlfriend, Fred, that he wants to become a woman. In spite of the odds and in spite of each other, they confront the prejudices of their friends, ignore the council of their families, and brave the phobias of the society they offend.
GOD LOVES UGANDA (USA) – ♥
GOD LOVES UGANDA explores the role of the American evangelical movement in Uganda, where American missionaries have been credited with both creating schools and hospitals and promoting dangerous religious bigotry.
LORD MONTAGU (USA)
As the youngest member in parliament and sole heir to his family’s 7,000-acre English estate, Lord Edward Montagu’s life was rich and privileged. In 1954, Edward was arrested for homosexual offenses and eventually sentenced to a year in prison. Despite the odds against him, Montagu persevered to become a prominent national figure by turning his estate into one of England’s greatest tourist attractions.
PIT STOP (USA)
Filmed and set in Texas, PIT STOP paints a portrait of multiple lovers recovering from loss. After an affair with a married man, Gabe finds solace in the lasting love of his daughter and ex-wife, while on the other side of town, Ernesto spends his free time in the hospital caring for a past love trapped in a coma. This subtle and moving film captures the enduring hope of people temporarily stalled on the highway of life.
CRY (USA) – World Premiere
Cable is a lonely man facing the final decision of his life. Carson is a sullen teenager struggling with his first adult choices. When a small tragedy entangles their lives, they discover how to escape their self-imposed fortresses of solitude.
A film about a dysfunctional family unit on the verge of a nervous breakdown and how they pick up the pieces.
YEAH KOWALSKI (USA)
Thirteen-year old Gabe’s anxiety about his hairless armpits forces him to take desperate measures to impress his more mature classmate, Shane.
BENJAMIN’S FLOWERS (Sweden)
Benjamin’s lack of love and company has placed him on the blurry borderline between fantasy and reality, where it can be hard to understand what’s what. We meet Benjamin in the room in which he lives his life — see his confusion, his obsessive thoughts and colorful imagination.
Dallas International Film Festival (DIFF)