Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival 2014: Six Must-See Films
Still mad you didn't meet James Franco last year when he promoted the Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival's screening of his film Interior. Leather Bar.? Don't fret. Franco's impish grin and squinty gaze may be gone, but he's not the only creative genius making LGBT films.
Snails in the Rain shows just how unforgiving some cultures can still be.
The world-renowned festival turns 16 in 2014, and to celebrate, it's packing 65 films into its schedule. Of course, it's impossible to catch them all, and such long lists can be daunting, so we asked program chair Victor Gimenez to single out the six most unmissable, must-see selections.
Hoje Eu Quero Voltar Sozinho (The Way He Looks)
MGLFF opens with the North American premiere of The Way He Looks, based on the award-winning short film I Don't Want to Go Back Alone. This atypical coming-of-age story deals with some typical stuff, particularly adolescent angst, first love, and helicopter moms. The story unfolds through the eyes of Leonardo, a blind teenager trying to make it on his own. When Gabriel, the new kid in town, shows up, Leonardo's plan to travel to another country as an exchange student begins to look less appealing.
Directed by Daniel Ribeiro. Portuguese with English subtitles. 8 p.m. Friday, May 2, at the Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach. Tickets to the film cost $20, and admission to both the film and the opening-night party costs $40.
An MGLFF Women's Spotlight selection, BFFs tells the age-old story of best friends who might (or might not) be more than friends. Samantha and Kat pretend to be romantically involved to take advantage of a free stay at a weekend couples' retreat. The plot may be clichéd, but the clever writing and superior acting prove to be otherwise.
Directed by Andrew Putschoegl. 7 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at the Colony Theatre. Tickets to the film cost $15, and admission to both the film and Women's Spotlight Party costs $25.