BFI Flare: London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival announces opening and closing films

BFI Flare: London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival announces opening and closing films

Now in its 34th edition, the BFI Flare: London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival has announced its special presentations ahead of revealing the full programme on Tuesday 18th.

Matt Fifer and Kieran Mulcare’s Cicada will be the Opening Gala film, with Jessica Swale’s Summerland closing out the festival. The BFI also announced the Centrepiece Screening of Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen by documentary filmmaker Sam Feder (Kate Bornstein is a Queer & Pleasant Danger).

Wednesday 18th March

Cicada
When Ben and Sam randomly meet whilst browsing discount books at a street stall, they form an instant connection. But as they slowly let their guards down and reveal intimate details about their lives, both begin to recognise the need to confront past traumas if they are to truly let the other person in.

Thursday 26th March

Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen
Disclosure is an unprecedented, eye-opening look at transgender representation in film and television, revealing how Hollywood simultaneously reflects and manufactures our deepest anxieties about gender. Leading trans thinkers and creatives, including Laverne Cox, Lilly Wachowski, Yance Ford, Mj Rodriguez, Jamie Clayton and Chaz Bono share their reactions and resistance to some of Hollywood’s most beloved moments, tracing a history that is at once dehumanising, yet also evolving, complex, and sometimes humorous.

Saturday 28th March

Summerland
Starring Gemma Arterton and Gugu Mbatha-Raw. In Kent, England 1940, fiercely independent writer Alice secludes herself in study: occupied by her work but also profoundly lonely, haunted by a love affair from her past. When spirited young Frank, an evacuee from the London Blitz, is dumped into her irritable care, his innocence and wonder awaken Alice’s deeply buried emotions. Bravely embracing life’s miraculous unpredictability, Alice learns that wounds may be healed, and that hope and second chances do exist.

The BFI Flare: London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival runs between March 18-29 at BFI Southbank. Members booking starts on February 25 and public tickets go on sale February 27.

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