Four of the best LGBT films from the recent film festival circuit are making their way to the world’s first and largest LGBT film festival: Frameline. For its 38th edition — which runs June 19-29 in San Francisco — Ben Cotner and Ryan White’s “The Case Against 8” will open up shop, while Axel Ranisch’s “I Feel Like Disco” will close things up. In between, Jennifer M. Kroot’s “To Be Takei” and Hong Khaou’s “Lilting” will serve as centerpiece screenings.
In addition, Mr. Takei will receive the 2014 Frameline Award. The complete Frameline38 program will be announced on Monday, May 19.
Descriptions of the films provided by the festival below.
OPENING NIGHT FILM
THE CASE AGAINST 8 / dirs Ben Cotner and Ryan White / USA
HBO presents an all-access look at the first Supreme Court case on marriage equality. Shot over five years and featuring exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, the film follows the four plaintiffs and the unlikely dream team of attorneys, Ted Olson and David Boies, as they challenge California’s Proposition 8 from San Francisco to the Supreme Court.
TO BE TAKEI / dir Jennifer M. Kroot, editor/co-dir Bill Weber / USA
The stellar centerpiece documentary of Frameline38 celebrates the Star Trek legend, the marriage-equality advocate, the spokesperson for Japanese Americans imprisoned in internment camps during World War II, Facebook phenomenon (with nearly 7 million fans), and the recipient of this year’s Frameline Award: superstar George Takei.
The 2014 Frameline Award will honor activist and actor George Takei for his wide-ranging and pioneering contributions to the representation of LGBTQ figures in media.
LILTING / dir Hong Khaou / UK
Ben Whishaw and Pei-Pei Cheng shine in Hong Khaou’s debut feature. Exploring matters of grief, memory, and cultural barriers with sensitivity and emotional truth, LILTING tells the story of a Chinese mother and her son’s British lover attempting to move on after the death of their beloved. Together, they struggle to connect without a common language, and through a translator they piece together memories of a man they both loved.
CLOSING NIGHT FILM
I FEEL LIKE DISCO / dir Axel Ranisch / Germany
Florian is a pudgy teen who loves disco and struggles with his sexuality. But his overbearing dad just doesn’t get him at all. When mom is suddenly gone, father and son must reconcile their relationship in this stellar fantasy-fueled coming-of-age dramatic comedy.