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9 Upcoming LGBTQ Movies We Are Excited About

December 21, 2018
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The world is opening up to the LGBT community and the social narrative surrounding these stigmatized people is coming to the fore. Somewhere down the line, we have to give credit to films for providing a solid and widespread voice to LGBT people. Even though many films have had their heart in the right place they somehow didn’t manage to portray the nuances of LGBT lives. Some new and recent films have managed to stand out in this regard as they have successfully projected the aspects and transience of sexual barriers and how the people are treated on a more personal level.

When we talk about taboos, a lot of things come in our mind. For generations, centuries, hell, since the dawn of humanity, humans have labelled everything that they have encountered. And what most people found unacceptable was tagged as taboo, whether it was wrong or, god forbid, right! Love has always been a complicated emotion and falling in love with the person of same-sex comes with its own set of dense feelings. To make matters knottier, the society jumps in to tell you that your love is unacceptable and that there is something inherently wrong with you. (Voila! That’s what everyone secretly wants to hear!) The concept of love is different for everyone, and just because the other person’s idea is different than yours doesn’t mean that they are wrong. But we live in better times and the society has finally, if not completely, learned to expand its frame of mind a little further. The success of films like ‘Call Me by Your Name’ and ‘Love, Simon’ proves that while a lot of other things are still taboos (some quite rightly so), gay love is not one of those things.

2018 was a great year for LGBT films, especially with the critical and commercial success of films like ‘Boy Erased’ and ‘Love, Simon’. The number of films focusing on the life of people from the LGBT community is still quite less, but they make up for it with strong content. However, more films like these need to come out because there are countless stories to tell. Some great movies, with exciting potential, are on the horizon, though we might have to wait a bit longer for them to come out!  We have high hopes from this list of upcoming films that are expected to be much better at handling the complexities and struggles of homosexual and transgender people. Some are going to be released soon and some are yet to get a fixed date.

9. Rafiki (2019)

‘Rafiki’ is among the headlines in the last few days because of Kenya’s decision to lift the ban over the film. The film places lesbianism in the center which apparently doesn’t go too well with Kenya’s culture. We have Kena and Ziki, two young women who find solace, comfort, and love in each other’s arms. They also have a conservative society and growing political rivalry between the two families to brave. The film is a brave tale of everlasting love spanned over geographical barriers and time. At the end of the day, love wins against all the conflicts and hindrances. After the film was allowed to be screened briefly in order to be eligible for Oscar contention, it received rave reviews and packed audiences. It is scheduled to have a wider release on April 19, 2019.

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8. Vita and Virginia (TBA)

Inspired by Eileen Atkins’ 1993 play, ‘Vita and Virginia’ is a British film directed by Chanya Button. It’s a historical romance that will attract both cinephiles and bibliophiles alike. ‘Vita and Virginia’ tells the intriguing story of an amorous relationship between popular socialite Vita Sackville-West and literary sensation Virginia Woolf. A relationship that sparked one of Woolf’s most iconic novel, ‘Orlando’. We have an energetic and outspoken feminist, Vita and we have an enigmatic and secluded Virginia and the coming together of these two persons is one of the most surprising things you’ll find. They first meet at a bohemian party and we see the story unfolds from Vita’s perspective. But Woolf is the real star of the show, her multifaceted personality and her multiple bouts of depression demand a more curious inspection.  The film deals with a lot of physical heat among the two women. The unconventional affair of these two transcend social barriers and stigma and is one for age. Even though the film had its premiere at TIFF 2018, the release date in US is still unknown. 

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7. Sorry Angel (2019)

The French film ‘Plaire aimer et courir vite’ (Sorry Angel) has made some waves in this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Even though it released there back in May, a worldwide theatrical release has not been initiated. There’s a chance of it releasing in the US towards end of the year. The film tells the story of a young twenty-two years old student Arthur at Rennes meeting a thirty-five years old Parisian writer, Jacques. Soon two falls in love with each other, leading to sexual intimacy. Arthur is a young guy exploring his sexuality while Jacques, suffering from AIDS is more mature and pessimistic about true love. The impulsiveness of the relationship has been treated with realism and rationalism. It is steeped into moments of passion, estrangement, and death. Set in 1993, the film also observes the effect of AIDS on society that has just started to get a grip of it. The film is scheduled to release on 15th February 2019.

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6. What If It’s Us (TBA)

New York City is a great setting for a love story. Two people figuring their way out towards each other in a city full of millions of people is quite a romantic thought. This is where the stories of Arthur and Ben collide with that of each other. ‘What If It’s Us’ is the novel written by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera. Albertalli is also the author of ‘Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda’, the book which acted as the source material for the film ‘Love, Simon’. Albertalli is known for writing stories with relevant themes in a light, upbeat manner, and consequently, the same tone can be expected from their adaptations. ‘What If It’s Us’ enjoys this tone, along with Silvera’s heartfelt contribution to the story. With the success of ‘Love, Simon’, it is hard to contain excitement about the adaptation of this book.

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5. Happiest Season (TBA)

‘Twilight’ was a turning point in the career of Kristen Stewart. It brought her into the limelight and paved a solid foundation for her further endeavours. However, it is also, possibly, the film which made a lot of people question her acting abilities. In her defence, Bella was kind of a sulky character! However, once she was done with the vampire franchise, she dedicated her time to doing indie films with strong content, probably to make up for her time as Bella. And she has truly done some exemplary work in films like ‘Personal Shopper’. Now, she is in talks to star in a film about lesbian relationships. The script is written by Clea DuVall and Mary Holland, while DuVall could possibly helm it, which would mark her debut as a director. From what we know, it will tell the story of a woman who plans to propose to her girlfriend on Christmas. However, things turn sour when she realises that her girlfriend hasn’t yet come out to her parents!

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4. Ammonite (TBA)

Saoirse Ronan is one of the most promising, young actresses of this time. Kate Winslet is one of the most successful and polished actresses. Ronan, at the beginning of her career, has already been nominated for three Academy Awards. Winslet has bagged six nominations and a win! So, when the talent of both these actresses comes together in a single screen, well, it will be a spectacle one just cannot miss. And it is happening! Winslet and Ronan are set to star in a love story that will focus on the life of Mary Anning. Anning was a British palaeontologist in the 1800s. She is known for some fossil findings that turned out to have a monumental impact on the way people chose to see things about Earth. Anning had served as a nursemaid for a wealthy woman with whom she developed a romantic relationship.

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3. Rocketman (2019)

Elton John is one of the most accomplished British musicians. A winner of five Grammy Awards, he achieved the status of a British icon and has received multiple honours for his talents. He is also known to be expressive about his political views and his association with charity organizations. Another thing that set him apart was his openness regarding his sexuality. He had been openly bisexual, and after some time, accepted that he felt more comfortable being gay. ‘Rocketman’ is the film based on his life and career, and will explore his sexuality, as well. He is a prominent figure of the LGBT community, and his life-story will certainly be interesting to watch. Taron Edgerton will play the role of Elton, supported by the cast of actors like Jamie Bell, Richard Madden and Bryce Dallas Howard. The film is scheduled to release on May 31, 2019.

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2. Benedetta (2019)

Based on the book ‘Immodest Acts’ by Judith Brown, this film is based on the life of Benedetta Carlini. She was a Catholic nun in an Italian church in the 17th century. She was a lesbian and had sexual relations with another nun. However, being a part of the Church that didn’t allow same-sex relations, Benedetta had to face a lot of trouble because of her sexual orientation. However, that was not the only thing that caused problems for her. Her personality had other aspects that her religious superiors couldn’t digest. A lot of things still remain a mystery, while most people don’t even know about her. It’ll be interesting to see her story and find out more about her.

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1. Call Me by Your Name 2 (TBA)

Yes, it’s happening! Luca Guadagnino’s 2017 film, ‘Call Me by Your Name’ was one of the best films of the year, and one of the best films to feature gay romance. The sincerity of the characters, wonderfully portrayed by its amazing cast, left a mark on the viewers. The heartbreak and bereavement felt by Elio were painfully escalated as the credits rolled with Sufjan Steven’s ‘Visions of Gideon’ playing in the background, while Timothee Chalamet presented us with a silently grieving Elio. While the story of the film ended there, such was not the case in the book. Those who have read it know that Elio and Oliver did see each other again. So, even if Andre Aciman, the author of ‘Call Me by Your Name’, doesn’t write a sequel, there is material enough for another film. In fact, Aciman and Guadagnimo are actually working on a script, so fingers crossed! However, it might take some time for us to see Elio and Oliver again, because, as shown in the book, they reunite after some years.

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