Lesbian & Gay @ Tribeca Film Festival

With over fifty features and fifty documentaries from over the world are shown during the festival from April 23 to May 3. They group movies into sections, ranging fromshowcase to restored and rediscovered.

Movies that struck my gaydar include:

The Fish Child

The Fish Child (El niño pez)

Directed and written by Lucía Puenzo (Argentina, Spain, France)North American Premiere
Likened to a bold Argentine Thelma and Louise, Lucia Puenzo’s follow-up to her Cannes winner XXY wraps a passionate love story in the arms of a pulsating thriller. When an upper-class Argentine falls for her family’s sultry Paraguayan maid, the two make plans to run away together, but their hope for escape is derailed when shocking secrets become unveiled. In Spanish with English subtitles.

off and running

Off and Running

Directed by Nicole Opper, written by Avery Klein-Cloud and Opper (USA)—World Premiere, Documentary
With white Jewish lesbians for parents and two adopted brothers—one mixed-race and one Korean—Brooklyn teen Avery grew up in a unique and loving household. Even so, she can’t quell her curiosity about her biological African-American roots and decides to contact her birth mother. This choice propels Avery into her own complicated exploration of race, identity, and family that threatens to distance her from the parents she’s always known.

Englishman in New York

An Englishman in New York

Directed by Richard Laxton, written by Brian Fillis
North American Premiere, Narrative

John Hurt astounds as he revisits the role that made him a star (in 1975’s The Naked Civil Servant): real-life writer, actor, and gay icon Quentin Crisp. This smart, sensitive drama, marked by Hurt’s bravura handling of Crisp’s razor-tongued wit, focuses on the flamboyant 72-year-old star’s move to New York in 1981, and the fallout from a reckless comment about the burgeoning AIDS epidemic. Features Cynthia Nixon, Jonathan Tucker, and Swoosie Kurtz. Executive Producers are Joey Attawia, Susie Field and James Burstall. A Leopardrama Film for ITV1.

Making the Boys in the Band

Directed by William Friedkin (The Boys in the Band) and Crayton Robey (Making the Boys), and written by Matt Crowley (The Boys in the Band)

In commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, we are pleased to present two programs celebrating the seminal film The Boys in the Band, a cultural watershed that still resonates today. Join us for a free screening of the 1970 film—directed by William Friedkin and written by Mart Crowley, based on his groundbreaking play that debuted one year before Stonewall. (The Boys in the Band print courtesy of CBS Broadcasting, Inc.)

We also welcome to the Festival a special work-in-progress version of Making the Boys, directed by Crayton Robey. This documentary features the many people involved with the original stage play and film, including Crowley and Dominick Dunne, as well as Edward Albee, Robert Wagner and Paul Rudnick. After the screening there will be a discussion with Robey, playwright/screenwriter Mart Crowley, and other special guests.


3 comments so far

  1. kristy on

    My favourite movies on lesbians are The World Unseen and I Can’t Think Straight.

    • bla2222 on

      I don’t know them. When did they come out and what are they about?

    • bla2222 on

      I don’t know them. When did they come out and what are they about?

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