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There Are 3 Excellent LGBT Films Coming Out This September, and You Should See Them All

There Are 3 Excellent LGBT Films Coming Out This September, and You Should See Them All

September is here whether you like it or not, and one silver lining coming with it is a really fantastic slate of LGBT films that are heading somewhere we aren’t used to too many LGBT films heading as of late: Into actual movie theaters, and not just for a film festival.  And given the fact that the past few years have seen such films struggle to make money in that context, it’s all more reason for you to go out and see them. Especially because they are all very good (truly):

Lilting

When/where can you watch it? Strand Releasing will start rolling it out in theaters on September 26th.

Why should you be excited for it? Ben Whishaw stars in this devastating film about a young man who, in mourning the death of his boyfriend, decides to try and build a relationship with said boyfriend’s Chinese mother (a remarkable Pei-pei Cheng). Except she both doesn’t speak English and didn’t even (officially, at least) know that her son was gay. Continuing a trend in this year’s LGBT films in dealing with ideas of finding human connection and intimacy during moments of hardship (see “Love is Strange,” “The Skeleton Twins” and “Jamie Marks Is Dead”), “Lilting” marks the extremely promising debut of UK-based director Hong Khaou, who will definitely leave your heart significantly melted with his first feature film.

Watch the trailer below:

Pride

When/where can you watch it? After a North American premiere at TIFF this weekend, get your “Pride” in cinemas starting September 26th.

Why should you be excited for it? Matthew Warchus’s Pride appears to be the gay answer to a long line of conventional but charming British dramas where folks find a way to come together to get ‘er done. The film—which won the Queer Palm for best LGBT film at Cannes—is set in the summer of 1984. Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers is on strike, leading a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists to raise money to support the strikers’ families. Initially rebuffed by the Union, the group identifies a tiny mining village in Wales and sets off to make their donation in person. As the strike drags on, the two groups, of course, discover that “standing together makes for the strongest union of all.” Get ready to have your heart warmed, whether you like it or not.

Watch the trailer below:


The Skeleton Twins

When/where can you watch it? In theaters on September 12th, via Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions.

Why should you be excited for it? “The Skeleton Twins” gave us a very notable new queer voice in co-writer and director Craig Johnson when it premiered at Sundance this year, and you best go see what he has to offer. Starring Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader as estranged siblings who come together after Hader’s openly gay character tries to kill himself, “Twins” mixes melancholy and hilarity in its ode to family needing to stick together. And while Wiig is reliably great, Hader gives one of the most layered, moving performance of the year. Between this and Stefon, Hader is quickly drifting into gay icon territory, as far as we’re concerned.

Watch the trailer below:

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