The most exciting film festival in America gets underway next week. The prestigious Sundance Film Festival will unspool 120+ new features, shorts, documentaries and innovative media projects in Park City, Utah from January 16 to 26—showcasing, as always, a hefty slate of LGBT films for the edification of the citizens of Utah and the visiting masses.
With the Sundance stamp of approval chances are good that you’ll be seeing many of these have some kind of release in 2014 (whether at your own local LGBT film fest, art house theater, digital platform or else on DVD). Here’s a quick overview of some of the most-anticipated films on view at Sundance. And one little tip if you’re actually attending the festival—do not miss the Outfest Queer Brunch (sponsored by HBO) on Sunday, January 19 at the Grubsteak Restaurant.
With one of the quirkiest queer sensibilities ever, the fabulous Madeline Olnek (whose feature Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same charmed Sundance audiences in 2011) returns with her new lesbian prostitute buddy comedy The Foxy Merkins. Needless to say, we can’t wait to see it!
With her mother transitioning from female to male and now going by the name of James, 16-year-old Billie moves in with her father and arranges to visit James every Tuesday for the coming year. Over the course of this time Billie also begins to explore her own identity and sexuality with her two friends. Written and directed by Sophie Hyde (Shut Up, Little Man), 52 Tuesdays stars Del Herbert-Jane as James.
Winner of the Un Certain Regard Best Director Award and the Queer Palm at Cannes, Alain Guiraudie’s darkly provocative (and legendarily sexy) gay murder mystery co-stars Pierre Deladonchamps and Christophe Paou as two newly hooked-up lovers who become suspects in a lakeside murder at a popular gay cruising spot.
The prolific Ira Sachs (Keep The Lights On) returns to Sundance for the fourth time with what promises to be one of the biggest gay features of the year ahead. Love is Strange is a timely NYC marriage equality drama of longtime partners Ben and George (John Lithgow and Alfred Molina) whose marriage results in George losing his job. Co-starring Marisa Tomei and Cheyenne Jackson.
His inspiring activism as a Japanese American internment camp survivor and his work for LGBT equality are just a few of the facets of George Takei. Featuring abundant archival footage from his decades in Hollywood (including his most famous role as Star Trek’s Sulu), To Be Takei affectionately illuminates the life of this cult icon and his husband Brad.