Sundance Film Festival's most awaited LGBTQ+ films


LGBTQ+ titles get recognition at Sundance Film Festival
Ruth Negga and Tessa Thompson appear in Passing by Rebecca Hall. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Edu Grau.

LGBTQ+ films at this year's Sundance Film Festival are gaining some much deserved attention. Despite going virtual this year, the week long showcase will still feature a star studded line-up with some amazing titles.

Additionally, this year GLAAD is teaming up with Outfest to host the first virtual Queer House during the 2021 festival. Celebrating LGBTQ+ films and filmmakers at Sundance, Queer House will offer panels, discussions and performances.

In the past, other queer titles like "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," "Call Me By Your Name," "The Kids Are All Right," "Tangerine" and "God's Own Country" have all debuted at the festival. Here are all the LGBTQ+ films to be featured at Sundance 2021:

4 Feet High

A still from 4 Feet High by María Belén Poncio and Rosario Perazolo Masjoan. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Natalia Roca.

This short series mixes animation and live action to tell the story of Juana, a 17-year-old wheelchair user exploring her sexuality and trying to learn to love herself.

Ailey

A still from Ailey by Jamila Wignot. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Jack Mitchell.

Alvin Ailey was a visionary artist who found salvation through dance. Told in his own words and through the creation of a dance inspired by his life, this immersive portrait follows a man who, when confronted by a world that refused to embrace him, determined to build one that would.

Flee

A still from Flee by Jonas Poher Rasmussen. Courtesy of Sundance Institute.

Flee follows Amin, who arrived as an unaccompanied minor in Denmark from Afghanistan as a youth. Now as a successful academic who’s engaged to his long-time boyfriend, Amin worries that a secret he’s been hiding for two decades will ruin everything he’s built.

Knocking

Cecilia Milocco appears in Knocking by Frida Kempff. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Hannes Krantz.

When Molly moves into her new apartment after a tragic accident, a strange noise from upstairs begins to unnerve her. As its intensity grows, she confronts her neighbors – but no one seems to hear what she is hearing.

Ma Belle, My Beauty

Idella Johnson and Hannah Pepper appear in Ma Belle, My Beauty by Marion Hill. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Lauren Guiteras.

Newlyweds Bertie and Fred moved to France following their nuptials. However, after the couple go through normal moving bumps, but it all gets even more complicated when Lane, the couple’s quirky ex shows up for a surprise visit.

My Name is Pauli Murray

A still from My Name is Pauli Murray by Betsy West and Julie Cohen. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Pauli Murray Foundation.

Overlooked by history, Pauli Murray was a legal trailblazer whose ideas influenced RBG’s fight for gender equality and Thurgood Marshall’s landmark civil rights arguments. Featuring never-before-seen footage and audio recordings, a portrait of Murray’s impact as a non-binary Black luminary: lawyer, activist, poet, and priest who transformed our world.

Passing

LGBTQ+ titles get recognition at Sundance Film Festival
Ruth Negga and Tessa Thompson appear in Passing by Rebecca Hall. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Edu Grau.

Two African-American women who can “pass” as white choose to live on opposite sides of the color line in 1929 New York. The film explores face racial and gender identity, performance, obsession and repression.

Together, Together

Ed Helms and Patti Harrison appear in Together Together by Nikole Beckwith. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Tiffany Roohani.

When young loner Anna is hired as the surrogate for Matt, a single man in his 40s, the two strangers come to realize this unexpected relationship will quickly challenge their perceptions of connection, boundaries and the particulars of love.

Trepanation

A still from Trepanation by Nick Flaherty. Courtesy of Sundance Institute.

This film description simply reads “what was once familiar is now unrecognizable. All previous desires are overshadowed by the need to disappear completely.”

Unlivable

Luciana Souza appears in Unliveable by Matheus Farias and Enock Carvalho. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Gustavo Pessoa.

 In Brazil, where a trans person is murdered every three days, Marilene searches for her daughter, Roberta, a trans woman who is missing. Running out of time, she discovers one hope for the future.

This Is The Way We Rise

A still from This is the Way We Rise by Ciara Lacy. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Chapin Hall.

Native Hawaiian slam poet Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio shows her art and is reinvigorated by her calling to protect sacred sites atop Maunakea, Hawaii in this documentary.

Weirdo Night

A still from Weirdo Night by Jibz Cameron and Mariah Garnett. Courtesy of Sundance Institute.

In a new digital version, Dynasty Handbag’s promotes their monthly show at L.A.'s Zebulon. Adjusting to the new post-quarantine world, Handbag brings along friends for a digital party night.

We're All Going to the World's Fair

Anna Cobb appears in We’re All Going to the World’s Fair by Jane Schoenbrun. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Daniel Patrick Carbone.

Teenage girl Casey becomes obsessed with an online role-playing game. In the film, Casey decides to take the “World’s Fair Challenge." What starts as a strange internet wormhole soon turns into a world where dream and reality mix and nothing is as it seems.

The World to Come

Katherine Waterston and Vanessa Kirby appear in The World to Come by Mona Fastvold. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Vlad Cioplea.

Based on the screenplay of the same name, two neighboring couples battle hardship and isolation, witnessed by a splendid yet testing landscape.


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