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Lesbian Movies To Watch In London’s LGBT Film Festival

 The London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival is having its 28th edition this year. From  20th to 30th March, the BFI Flare LGBT Film Festival will show over 50 movies featuring gay, lesbian, queer and trans* characters.

If you’re bored of all the substandard lesbo movies you find on Netflix or re-watching LGBT scenes on Youtube, Team Dattch looked at the upcoming festival schedule to find our top picks for lesbian and women’s films.

Text featured from the Official BFI Flare Programme

Violette Leduc: In Pursuit of Love

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Enlightening documentary about the French author, her unrequited love for Simone de Beauvoir and her queer literary legacy.  (Director: Esther Hoffenberg.  France (2013))
 

Concussion

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Abby casts off the ties that bind her and becomes a sexy lesbian escort in this compelling and original drama.  (Director-Screenwriter: Stacie Passon.  Actors: Robin Weigert, Maggie Siff, Johnathan Tchaikovsky.  USA (2013))

52 Tuesdays

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16 year old Billie’s reluctant path to independence is accelerated when her mother reveals plans to gender transition and their time together becomes limited to Tuesday afternoons.  (Director: Sophie Hyde.  Actors: Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Del Herbert-Jane.  Australia (2014))

Reaching for the Moon

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Beautifully told true story of the love affair between American poet Elizabeth Bishop and Brazilian architect Lola de Macedo Soares.  (Director: Bruno Barreto.  Actors:  Glória Pires, Miranda Otto, Tracy Middendorf.  Brazil (2013))

 

Dual

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Tina decides to change her life after wandering the city at night with the stranded Iben.  (Director: Nejc Gazvoda.  Actors: Nina Rakovec, Mia Jexen.  Slovenia-Denmark-Croatia (2013))

 

Sarah Prefers to Run

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A striking study of a young woman trying to understand who she is.  (Director-Screenwriter: Chloé Robichaud.  Actors: Sophie Desmarais, Jean-Sébastien Courchesne. Canada (2013))

 

Valencia: The Movie/s

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Michelle Tea’s cult novel about dyke life in nineties San Francisco becomes a string of linked short films.  Directors: Peter Anthony, Sharon Barnes, Aubree Bernier-Clarke, Cary Cronenwett, Bug Davidson, Cheryl Dunye, Lares Feliciano, Dia Felix, Hilary Goldberg, Silas Howard, Alexa Inkeles, Jerry Lee, Olivia Parriott, Jill Soloway, Samuel Topiary, Courtney Trouble, Michelle Lawler, Sara St. Martin Lynne, Chris Vargas, Greg Youmans.   Actors: Michelle Tea, Annie Danger, Lil Miss Hot Mess.  USA (2013)

 
The Punk Singer

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Documentary about riot grrrl and feminist icon Kathleen Hanna, lead singer of Bikini Kill, Le Tigre and The Julie Ruin.  (Director: Sini Anderson. USA (2013))

 

Caged

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Classic women-in-prison film from the Golden Age of Hollywood, with some Sapphic twists and powerhouse performances.  (Director: John Cromwell.  Actors: Eleanor Parker, Agnes Moorhead, Hope Emerson.  USA (1949))

 

Veronica Videla’s Passion

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Denied a place at university because of her trans status, Veronica Videla fights for her rights.  (Director-Producer-Screenwriter: Cristian Pellegrini.  Actors Mariana Arancibia, Sonnia De Monte, Silvia del Castillo.  Argentina (2012))