Must Hit: Boston LGBT Film Festival

By: Joe Thompson

Today marks the start of Boston's 27th LGBT Film Festival, which runs May 5 - 15. This year the focus is on New European Cinema with films from all over Europe, and the list of projects is truly stunning.

DREI._Devid_Striesow,_Sebastian_Schipper small The series begins with tonight's U.S. Premiere of Tom Tykwer’s new film 3. This film comes from the renowned director of Run Lola Run, Perfume, and The International, and centers around a raw and engaging look at a love triangle. 3 marks Tykwer’s return to German cinema and it is clear that this move has done him a world of good.

Other U.S. premiers include Sabine Bernardi’s Romeos, about a trans youth’s struggle for love and acceptance in Cologne, Germany; French filmmaker Laure Charpentier’s beautiful and sexy Gigola; the romantic comedy Four More Years from Sweden; and the fantastic German vampire film We Are the Night, which is getting a lot of early buzz.

AnneLister 1_0 Don't worry, this isn't a festival of subtitles. Indeed, there is also a spotlight on films from the United Kingdom, including James Kent’s fun, sexy, historical drama The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister. This film explores the life and loves of notorious Anne Lister, the 19th century industrialist and heiress who scandalized British society with her lesbian liaisons. On top of that is a screening of Fit, Rikki Beadle-Blair’s tale of homophobia and bullying at a British high school.

Also on the schedule are Daphne, the untold story of Daphne Du Maurier and her unrequited passion for the beautiful and glamorous American Heiress, Ellen Doubleday; Nervous Energy from 1995— part of the festival's commemoration of the 30th Anniversary of HIV/AIDs—which stars Alfred Molina as a gay Scot in London, living with AIDs, who returns home to the family that rejected him; and the festival closes with a new adaptation of Sarah Waters’ novel The Night Watch, a tale of Londoners during the blitz. Ecupid 2

Of course, there will also be numerous US filmmakers—including the World Premiere of filmmaker J. C. Calciano’s new movie eCupid—some incredible documentaries, as well as parties and events to attend.

For the full list of films visit the Boston LGBT Film Festival website (, and stay current on their Twitter and Facebook page.

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