Our top 5 LGBT films from around the world
The LGBT community knows that acceptance and opportunity can vary tremendously from state to state, let alone from country to country. Seeing how lesbians and gays live and love in other nations is always worthwhile, so we selected five foreign films worth watching.
CIRCUMSTANCE (2011) – Iran – Two young women explore Tehran’s underground scene and their feelings for one another in this winner of Sundance Film Festival’s 2011 Audience Award for Dramatic Film.
UNDERTOW (2009) – Peru – Set in a small, traditional fishing village, a married man with a new child finds himself in a bind between staying in the closet or helping the man he loves. Winner of Sundance Film Festival’s 2010 Grand Jury Prize.
RAGING SUN, RAGING SKY (2009) – Mexico – Winner of Beast Feature Film in the 2009 Berlin International Film Festival, this film reveals that the bond between two young men is more than sexual, but also one of soul and spirit.
SUICIDE ROOM (2011) – Poland – An adolescent’s world of privilege disappears once he kisses a boy and the video goes viral; he hangs out in an Internet “suicide room” in sequences creatively expressed in anime. Nominated for Best Feature at 2011 Berlin International Film Festival.
KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN (1985) – Brazil (this film is in English) -- This classic film set in a Brazilian prison mixes politics, the fantasies of filmmaking, and the growing love between a gay and straight man. Stars Raul Julia and William Hurt, who won an Oscar and Cannes award for Best Actor in 1986.