Celebrate Pride this month and all year long with this selection of past LGBTQ+ themed selections from the Chicago International Film Festival, including many Out-Look Q-Hugo Award winners, available to stream now from home.
And Then We Danced (2019)
Dir. Levan Akin
A love letter to Georgian dance, this tale of a young man yearning to break free from convention centers on a gifted performer struggling with the expectations of tradition and family while increasingly giddy with desire for a fellow student. With same-sex relationships still taboo within the ultraconservative confines of Georgian society, can Merab be true to himself and remain in his homeland?
Available for digital rental.
Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019)
Dir. Céline Sciamma
In 18th century France, a reluctant bride and the artist commissioned to paint her portrait find themselves in the grips of an attraction too strong to resist. With her wedding fast approaching, Héloïse initially refuses to sit for Marianne, but the combative tension between the two women gives way to tentative trust and then unbridled fervor. Céline Sciamma’s startling, seductive period romance is brought to life with passion, nuance, and grace.
Streaming now on Hulu and available for digital rental.
Dir. Jeanie Finlay
“If all men got pregnant… you’d never hear the end of it.” So says Freddy McConnell, a young British transgender man who is intent on conceiving his own child. This beautifully crafted, compassionate film follows Freddy’s extraordinary journey to have a baby, as he navigates prejudices within his own family and the medical establishment, while confronting his own—and society’s—assumptions about gender.
Available for digital rental.
Dir. Wanuri Kahiu
Kena and Ziki long for something more. Despite the political rivalry between their families, the girls resist and remain close friends, supporting each other to pursue their dreams in a conservative society. When love blossoms between them, the two girls will be forced to choose between happiness and safety.
Available to stream on Hoopla and Kanopy and for digital rental.
BPM (Beats Per Minute) (2017)
Dir. Robin Campillo
Paris, in the early 1990s: a group of young activists is desperately tied to finding the cure against an unknown lethal disease. They target the pharmaceutical labs that are retaining potential cures, and multiply direct actions, with the hope of saving their lives as well as the ones of future generations.
Available to stream on Hulu and for digital rental.
Dir. Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson
Available to stream on Amazon Prime and for digital rental.
Dir. Stephen Cone
Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party takes place over 24 hours at the birthday pool party of 17-year-old preacher’s kid Henry Gamble. The party guests include adults and teenagers from his church, as well as Henry’s “secular” friends, including the closeted young Logan, who has eyes for Henry.
Available to stream on Amazon Prime and Hulu and for digital rental.
Dir. Panos H. Koutras
Strangers in their own birthplace, a camp 16-year-old, lollipop-sucking Dany and his 18-year-old brother Odysseus cross the entire country (along with pet rabbit Dido ) in search of their Greek father, who they only know as “The Nameless”, after the death of their Albanian mother. They hope to get Greek passports and citizenship but on the journey they encounter racism and prejudice.
Available to stream on Kanopy and for digital rental.
Dir. Michael Paulucci
A Chicago teenager decides to reveal their true identity during a spoken word performance only to be interrupted by an uninvited guest. A heartfelt look at the intersectionality between trans youth, spoken word, and family.