Out Film CT Queer Thursdays


MOFFIE
MOFFIE
(104 NR) 2021 South Africa Oliver Hermanus, director
Opens Aug 12
Just released in cinemas, Moffie is a devastating look back at the apartheid nation of South Africa in 1981. Soft-spoken 16-year-old Nicholas Van der Swart (Kai Luke Brummer) is serving two years of compulsory military service on the Angolan border. For Nicholas, the experience is life-changing, as he explores his sexuality with a fellow soldier. But challenging the strict status quo makes it clear – that racism, toxic masculinity and homophobia go hand in hand.  

Thursday, Aug 12 7:30 PM

Past Films

MILKWATER
MILKWATER
(101) Written & Directed by Morgan Ingari, director
Morgan Ingari’s first film is a bittersweet comedy that lives in the sweet spot of the zeitgeist. Molly Bernard (Younger) plays a 20-something Brooklynite who feels less successful with each friend’s marriage or step up the career ladder. Drowning her insecurity at a local bar, she becomes friendly with an older gay man who desperately want to be a father. And while surrogacy seems to be the solution, misunderstandings threaten their beautiful dream.

DRY WIND (Vento Seco)
DRY WIND (Vento Seco)
(110) Brazil Written and directed by Daniel Nolasco., director
OUTFILM CT presents May’s Queer Thursdays electrifying selection: a neon fantasia of erotic discovery set in the rustic (and conservative) Catalan countryside warmed by an insinuating dry wind. Filmmaker Daniel Nolasco follows the yearnings of Sandro (Leandro Faria Lelo), a shy, hunky bear who spices up his life as a factory manager with explicit sexual encounters—both real and imagined.

PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE
PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE
(122 R) Written and directed by Céline Sciamma, director
  Five years after Girlhood, Céline Sciamma returns with a poignant revision of the classic historical romance. In the late 18th century, a painter named Marianne (Noémie Merlant) travels to an island off the coast of Brittany to paint a portrait of Héloïse (Adèle Haenel), an aristocrat. Héloïse, who must marry an Italian nobleman whom she has never met, refuses to sit for the painting. Marianne memorizes Héloïse’s face as they walk on the beach, and we watch as her dispassionate gaze turns to the yearning look of desire.

THE WORLD TO COME
THE WORLD TO COME
(105 R) Mona Fastvold, director
It’s always a thrill when one of Cinestudio’s former student volunteers is inspired to work in film. And it’s even better when it’s author, cineaste and friend Jim Shepard, who has written a screenplay based on of his stories. It is set in rural upstate New York in 1856, where two young women – the shy Abigail and the irrepressible Tallie – cannot connect with their husbands, but discover an unexpected passion for each other.

COWBOYS
COWBOYS
(83) Anna Kerrigan, director
Queer Thursdays, presented by OutFilm CT, returns for its first live screening of 2021 at Cinestudio! Steve Zahn (Reality Bites, Rescue Dawn, and HBO’s Treme) stars as Troy, a troubled but well-intentioned father who has recently separated from his wife Sally (Jillian Bell). Aghast at Sally’s refusal to let their trans son Joe (Sasha Knight) live as his authentic self, Troy runs off with Joe through Montana's pristine wilderness for Canada - with a police detective (Ann Dowd) in close pursuit.

NAZ & MAALIK
NAZ & MAALIK
(85) Jay Dockendorf, director
Naz (Kerwin Johnson Jr) and Maalik (Curtiss Cook Jr.), are Black high school kids from Brooklyn’s Bed-Stuy, trying to earn college money by selling lottery tickets on the street. Fresh and funny, their friendship turns to stolen moments of romance - in spite of their conservative Muslim families and the undercover surveillance of the FBI.

I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO
I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO
(93 PG-13) 2017 US/France/Belgium/Switzerland Raoul Peck, director
It feels right to re-open Cinestudio with a Queer Thursdays screening, and one that stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. Haitian director Raul Peck’s passionate film about author, Black activist and gay icon James Baldwin is a revelation. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, I Am Not Your Negro is a powerful collage of words and images.

CHANGING THE GAME
CHANGING THE GAME
(95) Michael Barnett, director
The statistics are real: African-American transgender females are five times more likely to be murdered, and 40 % of transgender transgender athletes in high school have attempted suicide. Changing the Game follows three students (Mack Beggs, a champion wrestler, Andraya Yearwood, a sprinter from Connecticut, and New Hampshire skier Sarah Rose Huckman) in their courageous fight to change the game, one family member, teammate, journalist and legislator at a time.

AND THEN WE DANCED
AND THEN WE DANCED
(113) Georgia Levan Akin., director
Queer Thursday's March selection about young dancers was filmed guerilla-style in Georgia, where it was condemned by the Orthodox church and the far right. This tender and gorgeously filmed movie tells the story of Merab (Levan Gelbakhiani), a talented (and gay) member of a traditional dance troupe in the deeply conservative former Soviet republic.

PARIS IS BURNING
PARIS IS BURNING
(78 R) 1990 Jennie Livingston, director
Anyone who's caught an episode of Pose (with Billy Porter), and wants to know more about the ball scene in 1980s NYC, you are in for an unforgettable night! Queer Thursdays presents the documentary that made voguing - and to large extent, New York's brown and black gay underground - a cultural force.

THIS IS NOT BERLIN
THIS IS NOT BERLIN
(115 NR) Mexico Hari Sama, director
It may have not been Berlin, but Mexico City in the mid-1980s was clearly the place to be. Especially for two best friends, Carlos and Gera. Following the lead of Gera’s hip sister and her hunky boyfriend, they discover a new world, where same sex couples, New Wave music (Joy Division!), and freedom of ideas flourish without constraint.

ADAM
ADAM
(95) Rhys Ernst, director
Awkward, self-conscious Adam Freeman has just finished his junior year of high school when his cool older sister Casey suggests he visit her in New York for the Summer, Adam has visions of meeting a girl and finally gaining some actual life experience. The fantasy doesn’t materialize exactly as expected. Casey has enthusiastically embraced life amidst Brooklyn’s young LGBTQ community and invites Adam to tag along with her to queer bars, marriage equality rallies and other happenings. When Adam falls for Gillian, a young woman in this new crowd, she mistakenly assumes he is trans. Flummoxed and enamored, he haplessly goes along with her assumption, resulting in an increasingly complex comedy – and tragedy – of errors he’s ill-equipped to navigate.

TUCKED
TUCKED
(80 NR) UK Jaimie Patterson, director

Not since cult classic Harold and Maude has there been such a life-affirming film about the friendship between a vulnerable young person and a seen-it-all octogenarian. TUCKED is about love, loss and friendship; a feel good film with a great charm and sense of humor.

MY DAYS OF MERCY
MY DAYS OF MERCY
(108 R) Tali Shalom-Ezer, director
September’s Queer Thursdays pick is an unconventional lesbian romance, set against warring families on either side of the death penalty debate. Ellen Page (Juno, Inception) belongs to a Midwestern clan; her father is on Death Row for (supposedly) killing her mother. The remaining relatives protest outside the prison every time an execution looms. And it is here that Page meets a flirty young woman (Kate Mara of Fantastic Four), whose family is there to cheer on the Biblical punishment about to take place. In spite of everything, their chemistry is palpable, as they negotiate love in the time of corrosive division.

ROCKETMAN
ROCKETMAN
(121 R) Dexter Fletcher, director

Elton John's the third most successful artist in the history of the American charts, behind Elvis Presley and The Beatles. In Rocketman, his spirit of gritty toughness brings an authentic truth behind all the outrageous fun, glitzy clothes and over-the-top concerts. Taron Egerton throws down the gauntlet in the competition for best bio-pic performance as the musical genius who - with the help of lyricist Bernie Taupin - combined pop, blues, rock n’ roll, and the pure British ballad to create the soundtrack to so many lives.

JUST FRIENDS (Gewoon Vrienden)
JUST FRIENDS (Gewoon Vrienden)
(80) Netherlands Annemarie van de Mond as Ellen Smit., director
Queer Thursdays invites you (and a friend?) to a light-hearted Dutch coming-of-age story for two gobsmackingly adorable young men, in the mostly gay-friendly country they call home. Joris (Josha Stradowski) returns to his provincial home town to come to terms with his father’s too-early death. Yad (Majd Mardo) has left Amsterdam to get away from his Syrian family’s expectations, and is working as a handyman for Joris’ grandmother. As Joris and Yad hang out, surf, and flirt, staying “just friends” becomes ever more unlikely –especially when Joris’ romance-loving grandmother gets involved.

BEFORE STONEWALL
BEFORE STONEWALL
(87) 1984 Greta Schiller and Robert Rosenberg, director
Newly restored for the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall! In 1969 the police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City's Greenwich Village, leading to three nights of rioting spearheaded by the city's drag community. With this outpouring of courage and unity the gay liberation movement had begun.

GIANT LITTLE ONES
GIANT LITTLE ONES
(92 R) Canada Keith Behrman, director
Coming out as gay – or straight – is a lot more complicated than it used to be... as binary self-identity for gender and sexuality is being rejected by Millennials (and younger). Franky Winter (Josh Wiggins) and Ballas Kohl (Darren Mann) are best buddies who are high school athletes, and popular with girls. But at Franky’s 17th birthday party, their bromance unexpectedly turns hot and heavy.

1985
1985
(85) Yen Tan, director
Out Film CT Queer Thursdays presents a new movie startling in its honesty about a young gay man infected with the HIV virus, that neither wraps its drama with gauzy melodrama, or as an educational primer for clueless family members.

THE HAPPY PRINCE
THE HAPPY PRINCE
(105 R) Rupert Everett, director
Rupert Everett (Shakespeare In Love, An Ideal Husband) is never less than entertaining in the role he was born to play: the Irish literary giant, Oscar Wilde. The title refers to Wilde’s children’s story, that he recounts to Parisian street kids, about a statue who learns that suffering is the greatest mystery.

BOY ERASED
BOY ERASED
(115 R) Joel Edgerton, director
OUTFilm's Queer Thursdays series opens 2019 with a special, one night only screening of Boy Erased. Australian actors Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe are entirely believable as a Baptist minister and his wife in Arkansas, who send their teenage son (Lucas Hedges of Manchester-by-the-Sea) to a gay conversion camp.

BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY
BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY
(134 PG-13) 2018 Bryan Singer, director
It's a safe bet that at least half of sports fans who sing along with We Will Rock You know less than nil about the extravagant creative force behind Queen, Freddie Mercury. This long-awaited movie allows Mercury to fly his freak flag - and that's a good thing for the story of rock music.

COLETTE
COLETTE
(111 R) Wash Westmoreland, director
The transformation of Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette from a shy but unconventional small town girl, into a free-thinking Parisian writer is the very best kind of feminist movie. It is intensely personal, political, and (let’s admit it) full of beautiful people dressed up in stunning costumes. Keira Knightley (Atonement, Never Let Me Go) gives what may be her best performance to date as the French icon and Nobel Prize-nominated author.

BEST OF 2018 SHORT FILMS
BEST OF 2018 SHORT FILMS
(90)
For November’s Second Thursdays screening, we bring you a special BENEFIT screening for the Hartford Gay & Lesbian Health Collective – we’re bringing back the BEST SHORTS from the 2018 Film Festival! Based on a combination of audience responses and Jury votes, we’ve assembled a wonderful mix of short films that will appeal to the entire LGBT community. We welcome you join us for this special event!

THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST
THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST
(91) Desirée Akhavan, director
From writer/director Desiree Akhavan and based on the celebrated novel by Emily M. Danforth, The Miseducation of Cameron Post follows Cameron (Chloë Grace Moretz) as she is sent to a gay conversion therapy center after getting caught with another girl in the back seat of a car on prom night. In the face of intolerance and denial, Cameron meets a group of fellow sinners. Together, this group of teenagers form an unlikely family as they fight to survive.

EVENING SHADOWS
EVENING SHADOWS
(102) 2018 India Sridhar Rangayan, director
Vasudha, a conservative mother in a small town in Southern India, is totally shattered when her son Kartik tells her he is gay and that he has been living with his lover for the past four years. Even as she grapples with her own fears and self doubts, she has to deal with her intolerant husband and the traditional society around her.

MY LIFE WITH JAMES DEAN
MY LIFE WITH JAMES DEAN
(108 NR) 2018 France Dominique Choisy, director
Out Film CT’s 2nd Thursdays series presents a delightfully breezy homage to the art of filmmaking, set in a stunning, if remote, village on the Normandy coast. Géraud is a Parisian director who shows up for the screening of his arty, explicitly homoerotic movie in the village’s only cinema - one that usually sticks to American action flicks. Géraud ends up finding inspiration in this unlikely town at the end of the earth.

DISOBEDIENCE
DISOBEDIENCE
(114 R) 2018 Ireland | UK | USA Sebastián Lelio, director
From a screenplay by Sebastián Lelio and Rebecca Lenkiewicz, and based on Naomi Alderman’s book, the film follows a woman (Rachel Weisz) as she returns to the community that shunned her decades earlier for an attraction to a childhood friend (Rachel McAdams). Once back, their passions reignite as they explore the boundaries of faith and sexuality.

BECKS
BECKS
(94 NR) 2018 US Daniel Powell & Elizabeth Rohrbaugh., director
Out Film CT 2nd Thursday series presents a gem of an independent film that is part Once and part Blue Is the Warmest Color! The talented Lena Hall (who won a Tony Award for Hedwig and the Angry Inch) plays a singer/musician whose dreams of making it big in L.A. disappear when she is dealt a stomach punch of a breakup with her girlfriend.

A Fantastic Woman
A Fantastic Woman
(100 R) 2017 Chile Sebastián Lelio, director
Marina is happy in her work as a singer, but when her older lover Orlando (Gonzalo Maza) suddenly dies, she is not only left with no legal claims, she is harassed and somehow blamed for his death. Daniela Vega is incredible in the rare role of a trans person who is neither just funny or exotic: she is the face of defiance in an unjust world.


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