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BFI London Film Festival 2017: An Enticing Program

(Blogmensgo, gay blog of September 7, 2017) The 61st edition of the BFI London Film Festival 2017 is scheduled to happen in 14 different venues in London between October 4 and 15, 2017. The organizers have just published the complete program, which features quite a number of LGBT movies this year.

The general BFI London Film Festival is not to be confused with the London LGBT Film Festival (BFI Flare), which is organized by the British Film Institute BFI as well, and whose 31st edition was held in March 2017.

Here is the promotional video for the BFI LFF (October 4 to 15, 2017):

In England and Wales, homosexuality was partially exempt from punishment in 1967. For the 50th anniversary, the LFF features more LGBT films as usually. The preliminary program can be found here.

In the following, we will present the four most important LGBT films of the festival.

The program of the BFI London Film Festival comprehends 242 feature films and 128 short films from a total of 67 countries, classified in six thematic groups. Two films with an LGBT theme are part of the “love story” movies.

In Close-Knit, Naoko Ogigami portrays a transsexual woman who develops motherly feelings for the young niece of her boyfriend.

As a small teaser, this is the trailer in Japanese without subtitles.

In Anchor and Hope, Carlos Marques-Marcet tells the story of womanizer who enters the small apartment of a lesbian couple. One of the two women would like to have a baby, and the story unfolds…
In lack of a trailer for this movie, just a promotional photo as a little appetizer for this cute comedy.

Anchor and Hope

Anchor and Hope by Carlos Marques-Marcet: A crazy comedy. ©BFI

In the Mayor of London category, Luca Guadagnino presents Call Me By Your Name, a film that did quite well at other festivals this year. 17-year-old musician Elio (Timothée Chalamet) meets charming 24-year-old teacher Oliver (Armie Hammer) during the summer vacation.

The trailer of Call Me By Your Name:

The fourth film is part of the official selection: 120 BPM by Robin Campillo. It is set in the Paris of the 1990s, right during the AIDS crisis, and tells the story of an impossible love. Here is the trailer of 120 BPM (in French):

This trailer makes you want to see the movie. The very good actors and the great sound track by Bronski Beat explain its huge success with the public and the critics.

This film will represent France at the Academy Awards (Oscars) 2018 in the category Best Foreign-Language Film.

The weekly magazine of the French daily newspaper Le Monde showed a scene of the film on its title.

Le Monde Magazin

The Le Monde magazine: Title page of the issue of August 12, 2017.

There really should be more films like 120 BPM that show peoples’ true stories in an honest way and shake moviegoers up.

[Update of March 4, 2018:] The film 120 BPM received a total of 6 awards at the César ceremony on March 2, 2018, including the one for the best Film. Here is a list of all the César awards 120 BPM took home:

  • Best Film: Robin Campillo
  • Best Supporting Actor: Antoine Reinartz
  • Best Promising Actor: Nahuel Perez Biscayart
  • Best Sound: Arnaud Rebotini
  • Best Original Screenplay: Robin Campillo
  • Best Editing: Romain Campillo

Director Robin Campillo used his appearance on stage to dename and shame the side effects of certain political actions against minorities. Here is the French original sound with some images of the award ceremnony because Youtube did was not granted the rights to distribute the footage.


Frank-S / MensGo

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