Yesterday we previewed 5 LGBT films coming out this Fall that you should keep an eye out for — but summer’s not over yet. This weekend two fantastic examples of just that are beginning their limited releases, and we strongly urge a double feature.
First off, there’s Paul Weitz’s “Grandma,” which begs your attention first and foremost because of its lead actress.
In her first lead film role in 27 years (since “Big Business”!), Lily Tomlin continues her deservedly major year. We’ve been in love with the film since it debuted at Sundance, and have our fingers crossed Tomlin could be heading for her first Oscar nomination since 1975. Playing a lesbian poet who just broke up with her girlfriend, Tomlin’s character takes her teenage granddaughter on an abortion-themed road trip in the film — which quite perfectly blends humor and drama and culminates with considerable poignancy.
Watch the trailer below:
Coming after a series of incredibly charming shorts that made their way to the festival (like “Pat’s First Kiss” and “5 Dysfunctional People in a Car” — see them both if you haven’t), “Guidance” tells the story of David Gold (Mills himself), a closeted former child actor who, now in his mid-30s, is struggling to get work and has just been diagnosed with skin cancer. Desperate times call for desperate measures, so David forges his resume and gets a job as a high school guidance counsellor. Except it turns out he’s not such a good fit for the job, handing out bad advice and alcohol to teenagers as he continues his own private downward spiral.
Mills sat down with /bet’s Peter Knegt for Daily Xtra during TIFF last year, the resulting interview you can watch below, along with the film’s trailer.
Go out and support LGBT cinema this weekend!