Sundance 2018 Les/Bi Film Line Up

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Sundance 2018 is under way, and there are a few films on our radar. Errr Lezdar. Of note are: Lizzie, The Miseducation of Cameron Post, White Rabbit, and Hearts Beat Loud. So far, anyway. Look for reviews of those in the near future, but in the meantime, below is the complete list of films that we were told have either a lesbian or bisexual female director, main character, or secondary character.

U.S. Dramatic Competition

Lizzie

U.S.A. (Director: Craig William Macneill, Screenwriter: Bryce Kass, Producers: Naomi Despres, Liz Destro, Chloë Sevigny) Based on the 1892 murder of Lizzie Borden’s family in Fall River, Massachusetts, this tense psychological thriller lays bare the legend of Lizzie Borden to reveal the much more complex, poignant, and truly terrifying woman within—and her intimate bond with the family’s young Irish housemaid, Bridget Sullivan. Cast: Chloë Sevigny, Kristen Stewart, Jamey Sheridan, Fiona Shaw, Kim Dickens, Denis O’Hare . World Premiere

The Miseducation of Cameron Post

U.S.A. (Director: Desiree Akhavan, Screenwriters: Desiree Akhavan, Cecilia Frugiuele, Producers: Cecilia Frugiuele, Jonathan Montepare, Michael B. Clark, Alex Turtletaub) 1993: After being caught having sex with the prom queen, a girl is forced into a gay conversion therapy center. Based on Emily Danforth’s acclaimed and controversial coming-of-age novel. Cast: Chloë Grace Moretz, Sasha Lane, Forrest Goodluck, John Gallagher Jr., Jennifer Ehle. World Premiere

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World Cinema Dramatic Competition

And Breathe Normally

Iceland, Sweden, Belgium (Director and screenwriter: Ísold Uggadóttir, Producers: Skúli Malmquist, Diana Elbaum, Annika Hellström, Lilja Ósk Snorradóttir, Inga Lind Karlsdóttir) — At the edge of Iceland’s Reykjanes peninsula, two women’s lives will intersect—for a brief moment — while trapped in circumstances unforeseen. Between a struggling Icelandic mother and an asylum seeker from Guinea-Bissau, a delicate bond will form as both strategize to get their lives back on track. Cast: Kristín Thóra Haraldsdóttir, Babetida Sadjo, Patrik Nökkvi Pétursson. World Premiere

U.S. Documentary Competition

*Seeing Allred

U.S.A. (Directors: Sophie Sartain, Roberta Grossman, Producers: Roberta Grossman, Sophie Sartain, Marta Kauffman, Robbie Rowe Tollin, Hannah KS Canter) Gloria Allred overcame trauma and personal setbacks to become one of the nation’s most famous women’s rights attorneys. Now the feminist firebrand takes on two of the biggest adversaries of her career, Bill Cosby and Donald Trump, as sexual violence allegations grip the nation and keep her in the spotlight. World Premiere

Premieres

*Colette

United Kingdom (Director: Wash Westmoreland, Screenwriters: Wash Westmoreland, Richard Glatzer, Rebecca Lenkiewicz, Producers: Pamela Koffler, Christine Vachon, Elizabeth Karlsen, Stephen Woolley ) A young country woman marries a famous literary entrepreneur in turn-of-the-century Paris: At her husband’s request, Colette pens a series of best-selling novels published under his name. But as her confidence grows, she transforms not only herself and her marriage, but also the world around her. Cast: Keira Knightley, Dominic West, Fiona Shaw, Denise Gough, Eleanor Tomlinson, Aiysha Hart. World Premiere

Hearts Beat Loud

U.S.A. (Director: Brett Haley, Screenwriters: Brett Haley, Marc Basch, Producers: Houston King, Sam Bisbee, Sam Slater) In Red Hook, Brooklyn, a father and daughter become an unlikely songwriting duo in their last summer before she leaves for college. Cast: Nick Offerman, Kiersey Clemons, Ted Danson, Sasha Lane, Blythe Danner, Toni Collette. World Premiere

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Doc Premieres

Believer

U.S.A. (Director: Don Argott, Producers: Dan Reynolds, Heather Parry, Sheena M. Joyce, Robert Reynolds) Imagine Dragons’s Mormon frontman Dan Reynolds is taking on a new mission to explore how the church treats its LGBTQ members. With the rising suicide rate among teens in the state of Utah, his concern with the Mormon church’s policies sends him on an unexpected path for acceptance and change. World Premiere

Quiet Heroes

U.S.A. (Directors: Jenny Mackenzie, Jared Ruga, Amanda Stoddard, Producers: Jared Ruga, Amanda Stoddard, Jenny Mackenzie) In Salt Lake City, Utah, the socially conservative, religious monoculture complicated the AIDS crisis, where patients in the entire state and intermountain region relied on only one doctor. This is the story of her fight to save a maligned population everyone else seemed willing to just let die. World Premiere

Studio 54

U.S.A. (Director: Matt Tyrnauer, Producers: Matt Tyrnauer, John Battsek, Corey Reeser) Studio 54 was the pulsating epicenter of 1970s hedonism: a disco hothouse of beautiful people, drugs, and sex. The journeys of Ian Schrager and Steve Rubell—two best friends from Brooklyn who conquered New York City—frame this history of the “greatest club of all time. World Premiere

Midnight

Assassination Nation

U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Sam Levinson, Producers: David S. Goyer, Anita Gou, Kevin Turen, Aaron L. Gilbert, Matthew J. Malek) — This is a 1,000 percent true story about how the quiet, all-American town of Salem absolutely lost its mind. Cast: Odessa Young, Suki Waterhouse, Hari Nef, Abra, Bill Skårsgard, Bella Thorne. World Premiere

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Skate Kitchen

U.S.A. (Director: Crystal Moselle, Screenwriters: Crystal Moselle, Aslihan Unaldi, Producers: Lizzie Nastro, Izabella Tzenkova, Julia Nottingham, Matthew Perniciaro, Michael Sherman, Rodrigo Teixeira) Camille’s life as a lonely suburban teenager changes dramatically when she befriends a group of girl skateboarders. As she journeys deeper into this raw New York City subculture, she begins to understand the true meaning of friendship as well as her inner self. Cast: Rachelle Vinberg, Dede Lovelace, Jaden Smith, Nina Moran, Ajani Russell, Kabrina Adams. World Premiere

White Rabbit

U.S.A. (Director: Daryl Wein, Screenwriters: Daryl Wein, Vivian Bang, Producers: Daryl Wein, Vivian Bang) A dramatic comedy following a Korean American performance artist who struggles to be authentically heard and seen through her multiple identities in modern Los Angeles. Cast: Vivian Bang, Nana Ghana, Nico Evers-Swindel, Tracy Hazas, Elizabeth Sung, Michelle Sui. World Premiere

Shorts

Don’t Be a Hero

U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Pete Lee) — A middle-aged woman battles loneliness and boredom by robbing banks on her lunch break. But after the adrenaline rush wears off, she still has to deal with her deeply unhappy life. Inspired by a true story.

**For Nonna Anna

Canada (Director and screenwriter: Luis De Filippis) — A trans girl cares for her Italian grandmother. She assumes that her Nonna disapproves of her—but instead discovers a tender bond in their shared vulnerability.

I Like Girls

Canada (Director: Diane Obomsawin) Charlotte, Mathilde, Marie, and Diane reveal the nitty- gritty about their first loves, sharing funny and intimate tales of one-sided infatuation, mutual attraction, erotic moments, and fumbling attempts at sexual expression.

Judith Loves Martha

U.S.A. (Director: Anna Gaskell) A wily 87-year-old New Yorker, Judith Godwin is one of very few women of the Abstract Expressionist Movement. A creative awakening in college led her to produce the brilliant, gestural paintings for which she is renowned. International Premiere

**Men Don’t Whisper

U.S.A. (Director: Jordan Firstman, Screenwriters: Jordan Firstman, Charles Rogers) After being emasculated at a sales conference, gay couple Reese and Peyton set out to do the most masculine thing they can think of—sleep with some women.

Would You Look at Her

Macedonia (Director and screenwriter: Goran Stolevski) — A hardheaded tomboy spots the unlikely solution to all of her problems in an all-male religious ritual. International Premiere

 

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