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The Ground Beneath My Feet

The Ground Beneath My Feet is a 2019 Austrian drama film directed by Marie Kreutzer. Lola is a jetsetting business consultant who excels at the aggressive tactics and nonstop work her job requires. She travels back and forth from Vienna, where her tasteful apartment serves more as mailbox and laundromat than home, to the headquarters of the latest corporation she’s restructuring. Her routine is one of late nights at the office, fancy client dinners and brief nights of sleep in sterile hotel rooms. Approaching 30, Lola is beautiful, works out, and her career seems on a fast track to success. 

She manages her personal life with the same ruthless efficiency she uses to optimize profit margins. She keeps her relationship with her boss Elise secret, as well as the existence of her older sister Conny, who has a long history of mental illness. But when she receives the news that Conny has attempted suicide, Lola’s secrets threaten to explode into the open. As she tries to do what’s best for her sister without jeopardizing all she’s worked so hard for, Lola slowly finds her own grip on reality slipping away.

Aniara

Aniara is a 2019 Swedish-Danish science fiction film co-directed by Pella Kågerman and Hugo Lilja. It is an adaptation of the 1956 Swedish poem of the same name by Harry Martinson. The movie is set in a dystopian future where climate change has left Earth ravaged, forcing people to resettle from Earth to Mars. When such a routine trip veers off course, the consumption-obsessed passengers struggle to cope with their new lives. You can buy or rent the movie here.

Bonnie & Bonnie

Bonnie & Bonnie is a 2019 german drama directed by Ali Hakim. Yara is 17 years old and lives with her father, who comes from Albania, and her three siblings in Hamburg-Wilhelmsburg. In addition to her job in a supermarket, she spends her spare time with her clique. One day she meets Kiki, a strong, tough and rebellious woman who will change her life. The two girls fall in love at first sight. 

While Yara can almost taste freedom, Kiki, who grew up orphan, experiences love and tenderness for the first time. But their entourage isn’t enclined to support this relationship, especially Yara’s father, who has already chosen a husband for her, and her brother Bekim, who has even turned a blind eye to Kiki. When Yara’s family learns about their romance, the couple is forced to flee in the south of France, where lives the sister of Kiki…

Red Cow

Red Cow is an Israeli independent drama film, directed and written by Tsivia Barkai Yacov. The film premiered at the 2018 Berlin International Film Festival, and won the Best Israeli Film and Best Debut Film awards at the Jerusalem Film Festival. Benni (Avigail Kovari) is a 17 year old who lives with her father, Yehoshua (Gal Toren) in Silwan, an illegal settlement in East Jerusalem. When a red heifer is born, Yehoshua sees it as a sign of the coming of the Third Temple. Benni is charged with caring for the heifer. When she falls in love with Yael (Moran Rosenblatt), a national service teacher, the close relationship between Benni and Yehoshua begins to crack. As tensions rise, Benni is determined to secure a future for Yael and her.

Road of Bygones

Road of Bygones is a feature-length film written and directed by Astrid Ovalles. It tells the story of three very different women who embark on an adventure to retrieve the ashes of a figure from the past. Bobbi and Samantha are estranged sisters who seek to reconnect after hearing of the loss of their mother, and Ally, a talented and peculiar character who is Bobbi’s romantic partner. In an effort to find closure upon learning about their mother’s sudden death, the three embark on a road trip that takes their relationship for a spin. 

Road of Bygones is a dark comedic drama that explores the beauty and possibilities of relationships between women who have renounced the expectation of having to adhere to the norm. This is a story of humanity, discovery, and the hills and valleys of bonding between unique women.

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Portrait of a Lady on Fire, also known as Portrait de la jeune fille en feu, is a 2019 French drama film directed by Céline Sciamma. Brittany, France, 1760. Marianne, a painter, is commissioned to do the wedding portrait of Héloïse, a young lady who has just left the convent. Héloïse is a reluctant bride to be and Marianne must paint her without her knowing.

She observes her by day and secretly paints her at night. Intimacy and attraction grow between the two women as they share Héloïse’s first and last moments of freedom, all whilst Marianne paints the portrait that will end it all. Héloïse and Marianne are portrayed by Adèle Haenel and Noémie Merlant. The films will be released in cinema on September 18, 2019 in France.

Elisa and Marcela

Elisa & Marcela is a 2019 Spanish biographical drama film directed by Isabel Coixet. The film tells the story of Elisa Sánchez Loriga and Marcela Gracia Ibeas, two women who got married in 1901 in the first same-sex marriage to be recorded in Spain.

Their union take place after the Imperial era. They attempted to get married in A Coruña (Galicia, Spain). To achieve it Elisa had to adopt a male identity: Mario Sánchez, as listed on the marriage certificate.

¿Cómo te llamas?

¿Cómo te llamas?, is a spanish drama written and directed by Ruth Caudeli. This is a portrait of two strong, independent women: a female director and the star of her first film, drawn together by a powerful attraction and their shared desire to take on the movie world. The passion between them creates a seductive and fascinating intimacy. But over time, their relationship evolves, swinging from infatuation to sensuality, which turns to tenderness, and yet that’s just what they’ve become. Can Eva and Candela withstand the inevitable effects of time to overcome the metamorphosis of their relationship?

Vita & Virginia

Vita and Virginia will be released July 5, 2019. The screenplay, written by Button and Eileen Atkins, is adapted from the 1992 play Vita & Virginia by Atkins. The film stars Gemma Arterton, Elizabeth Debicki, and Isabella Rossellini. Set in the 1920s, Vita and Virginia tells the story of the love affair between Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf.

In 1922, when Vita receives an invitation their paths crossed in Bloomsbury with Virginia. Their romance overcomes all social boundaries, Virginia’s mental health struggles Vita’s recklessness and neither will ever be the same without the other. We can finally watch the official trailer of the movie.

Mamma + Mamma

Mamma + Mamma, also known as Mom + Mom in english, is an Italian romantic comedy wirtten by Chiara Ridolfi and directed by Karole Di Tommaso. It tells the story of two women who love each other and explore their desire to have a child together. Karole and Ali still don’t know that the enthusiasm of this first attempt will be followed by many vicissitudes, but when the desire becomes stronger than the pain and fatigue, miracles can happen. The main protagonists are portrayed by Linda Caridi and Maria Roveran.

Booksmart

Booksmart is a 2019 American comedy film directed by Olivia Wilde, from a screenplay by Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins, Susanna Fogel and Katie Silberman. It stars Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein among others.

On the eve of their high school graduation, two academic superstars and best friends realize they should have worked less and played more. Determined not to fall short of their peers, the girls try to cram four years of fun into one night.

Tell It To The Bees

Tell It To The Bees will be released May 3, 2019. Abandoned by her philandering husband, Lydia (portrayed by Holliday Grainger) is in an increasingly desperate situation: emotional turmoil aside, her earnings from factory work are not sufficient to pay the rent. Lydia’s son, Charlie, meanwhile, is getting bullied at school. Injuries from one such altercation send him to Dr. Jean Markham (portrayed by Anna Paquin), who has recently returned to town and found the welcome lukewarm.

Charlie is curious about the bee colonies Jean maintains in her yard and the two form a bond. Bees, Jean explains, make an excellent repository for one’s secrets. When Lydia and Charlie are evicted, Jean invites them to stay in her home, an act of generosity that raises eyebrows throughout the village. Lydia soon learns why Jean is regarded with hostility — and she begins to see something in the kind doctor that takes her by surprise. Based on the novel by Fiona Shaw, Tell It To The Bees is a story of courage in the face of terrifying intolerance.

My Days Of Mercy

My Days Of Mercy will be available On Digital and On Demand April 5, 2019. This is an American-British drama-romance film directed by Tali Shalom Ezer, from a screenplay by Joe Barton. Lucy, the daughter of a man who is on death row, falls in love with Mercy, a woman on the opposing side of her family’s political cause.

As a result, Lucy’s value for truth is tested as her world begins to unravel. Mercy and Lucy are portrayed by Kate Mara and Ellen Page. This playlist is composed of the trailer, a scene and an interview of the lead actresses.

Nina

Nina is a drama written by Marta Konarzewska and directed by Olga Chajdas. It stars Julia Kijowska and Eliza Rycembel. Magda is a young unassuming lesbian who works at the airport. She has friends, she has lovers and she loves to party. Nina, on the other hand, is settled in her life – she enjoys her job as a teacher and is happily married. And yet something is missing… One day, by accident, Nina meets Magda and decides to invite her over for dinner.

She and her husband plan to ask Magda to be a surrogate mother for them but do not tell her their intentions right away… Before long, Magda finds herself falling for Nina, and Nina begins to feel more alive when Magda is around, although can’t quite pinpoint what the special feeling is, until her desire becomes too much to contain… The movie will be available online (also on DVD and for rent on digital platforms) in february 25th 2019 thanks to Peccadillo Pictures.

The Glass Room

In Czechoslovakia in the early 1930s a newly-built house – a modernist masterpiece with a glass-walled room – is home to Liesel Landauer (Hanna Alstrom) and her industrialist husband Viktor (Claes Bang). Liesel’s closest friend Hana (Carice Van Houten) is a frequent guest.

While Liesel is content in her marriage, Hana is a sensual free spirit. She’s in love with Liesel, and though Liesel feels the pull of something beyond friendship she always turns away.

The life Liesel seeks to protect in the light-filled calm of the Glass Room is quickly cut short. Viktor is Jewish. The blow to Liesel is doubled when she discovers Viktor’s affair with the young refugee woman the family has given shelter to. Liesel confesses her love for Hana, but in the panic and chaos of Nazi invasion she’s forced to flee the country.

Hana writes to Liesel, describing the hardships of occupation. An affair with a German engineer (Roland Møller) takes her back to the house, now home to a team of aeronautical designers. From Switzerland, Liesel writes of the emptiness of exile and her now loveless marriage to Viktor.

Hana faces the hunger and horror of the war, struggling to feed the infant son conceived in Liesel’s house. The house itself is almost destroyed in an air raid when a bomb lands in the garden.

By the late 1950s, the house has become the property of the Communist Party. When Hana visits with her son, he suggests she should try to contact Liesel. But they have to wait another ten years to meet again.

In 1968, Hana hosts a fund-raising reception to rescue the house from decay. Liesel accepts the invitation to attend as guest of honor.

When Liesel walks down the steps into the Glass Room she only wants to see Hana. When the reception is over, Hana and Liesel are finally alone in the Glass Room. This time they let nothing stand in the way of their love.

Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga

Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga (translate How I felt when I saw that girl) is a 2019 Indian Hindi-language coming-of-age romanticcomedy-drama film directed by Shelly Chopra Dhar. The screenplay was written by Dhar and Gazal Dhaliwal. It stars Anil KapoorJuhi ChawlaSonam Kapoor and Rajkummar Rao, and features Akshay OberoiRegina CassandraBrijendra Kala and Madhumalti Kapoor in supporting roles. The film tells the story of Sweety Chaudhary, a closeted lesbian, and her attempts to come out to her religious and traditional Punjabi family.

The film is the first collaboration between real-life father and daughter Anil Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor,  and marks the Bollywooddebut of Regina Cassandra.  Ek Ladki Ko Dekha To Aisa Laga is the first Bollywood film to feature a lesbian relationship.  It was released worldwide on 1 February 2019 with mixed to positive reviews. The screenplay was selected by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for its library’s Core Collection.

Rafiki

Rafiki (literally ”Friend”) is a Kenyan lesbian-themed drama film directed by Wanuri Kahiu. Inspired by Ugandan Monica Arac de Nyeko’s 2007 Caine Prize Winning short story “Jambula Tree”, Rafiki is the story of friendship and tender love that grows between two young women, Kena and Ziki, amidst family and political pressures. 

The film had its international premiere in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. Rafiki was banned by the Kenya’s Film and Classification Board (KFCB) “due to its homosexual theme and clear intent to promote lesbianism in Kenya contrary to the law“. KFCB warned that anyone found in possession of the film would be in breach of the law in Kenya, where gay sex is punishable by 14 years in jail. Kena and Ziki are portrayed by Samantha Mugatsia and Sheila Munyiva.

Lesbian films 2018

Snapshots

Snapshots is a lesbian-themed movie written by Katherine Cortez & Jan Miller Corran, and directed by Melanie Mayron. Here is the official synopsis: Love unrequited. A lifetime of secrets. It all unfolds at the annual girl’s weekend at Gran’s home by the lake… Love lost, love found, love betrayed. 

When Rose’s secret past collides with her granddaughter’s secret future and her daughter Patty’s angry present, can the love of three generations be enough to accept decades of deceit. What happens that summer of 1960 when Louise and Zee enter the lives of Rose and Joe Muller. Fifty years at a lake home, one camera. With the discovery of a simple roll of film it begins. You can find more informations and the VOD links here.

Thelma

Thelma is a Norwegian supernatural lesbian-themed movie; a horror-thriller film directed by Joachim Trier, and starring Eili Harboe. Having just enrolled at a university in Oslo against her stern parents’ will, the sheltered Biology freshman and devout Christian, Thelma, leaves for the first time the isolated Norwegian countryside, to start a new life away from home. 

Tangibly lonely, a casual conversation and an unexpected friendship in the face of the beautiful fellow student, Anja, will broaden Thelma’s hazy horizons; however, as the glacially alluring misfit wrestles with an onslaught of novel feelings, an unprecedented psychosomatic manifestation of repressed emotions takes over. A mystery cloaks soft-spoken Thelma’s past, and the more she struggles to renounce her nebulous desire, the more violent is her quivering awakening. But can Thelma find a denied truth behind a stinging temptation?

Disobedience

From Sebastián Lelio, the director of the Academy Award-winning A Fantastic Woman, the film follows a woman as she returns to the community that shunned her decades earlier for an attraction to a childhood friend. Once back, their passions reignite as they explore the boundaries of faith and sexuality. Written by Lelio and Rebecca Lenkiewicz and based on Naomi Alderman’s book, the film stars Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams and Alessandro Nivola.

The Ring Thing

The Ring Thing is a new feature film about commitment by Will Sullivan, the filmmaker of That’s Not Us. When Sarah accidentally proposes to her girlfriend in Provincetown, she finds herself at odds with her partner’s expectations of their future. The mixup sends both women on different journeys of marital exploration. 

Sarah, a documentary filmmaker, begins interviewing same-sex couples in an attempt to overcome her fear of divorce. Kristen, who’s ready to tie the knot, sees a future version of her life with Sarah where career and passion threaten to pull the women apart. This scene shared on their official youtube channel serves as a preview.

A Million Happy Nows

A Million Happy Nows is a 2018 American independent drama film written by Marisa Calin and directed by Albert Alarr. The film stars Crystal Chappell and Jessica Leccia as a lesbian couple dealing with the diagnosis of early onset Alzheimer’s. Chappell plays Lainey Allen. Here is a synopsis: Lainey is diagnosed with familial early onset Alzheimer’s and as soon becomes clear, she knew more than she was letting on. 

Whether to protect Eva from having to live with knowledge of the possibility like she has, or in an attempt to preserve the image she has spent a lifetime creating, the women struggle with changing identities and whether to share the news. With Eva’s insistence that Lainey can experience happiness even if she can’t retain why, they embark on an effort to live in the moment. With good days and bad, and Eva’s years of dedication, it takes the insight of friends for her to learn that she will need to say when enough is enough. Touching on role reversal, identity and perception, A Million Happy Nows chronicles the power of love, positivity and that to relinquish control can be liberating.

The Feels

The Feels is a comedy written and directed by Jenée LaMarque. Lu is a lesbian who goes away with some friends for an exciting bachelorette party in wine country over the weekend. However, the party takes a surprising turn when one of the women shares a startling and deeply personal secret: she has never experienced an orgasm. Lu and her girlfriend Andi are portrayed by Angela Trimbur and Constance Wu.

Lez Bomb

Coming to theaters November 9, 2018. From executive producer, Bobby Farrelly, comes a new holiday comedy about a young woman (Writer-Director, Jenna Laurenzo) who comes home for Thanksgiving with some life changing news. Little does she know, the eccentric cast of characters that make up her extended family have their own stirring surprises.

The result is a hilarious series of events forcing the family to come together in what amounts to the most unceremonious of holidays. As it turns out, there is no good time to drop the Lez Bomb. Starring Oscar® winner Cloris Leachman, Oscar® nominee Bruce Dern, Emmy® winner Kevin Kane, and an ensemble cast that includes Steve Guttenberg, Kevin Pollak, Elaine Hendrix, Brandon Micheal Hall, Rob Moran, and more. 

The Favourite

The Favourite is a 2018 historical period drama film directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, from a screenplay written by Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara. The close relationship between Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) and Sarah Churchill (Rachel Weisz) is threatened by the arrival of Sarah’s cousin, Abigail Masham (Emma Stone), resulting in a bitter rivalry to be the Queen’s favourite. In the early 18th century, England is at war with the French.

Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving. A frail Queen Anne occupies the throne, and her close friend Lady Sarah governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne’s ill health and mercurial temper. When a new servant, Abigail, arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah. Sarah takes Abigail under her wing, and Abigail sees a chance to return to her aristocratic roots.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post

The Miseducation of Cameron Post, also known as Come as you are, is a lesbian themed movie directed and written by Desiree Akhavan. Here is a synopsis: In 1993, a teenage girl is forced into a gay conversion therapy center by her conservative guardians. The movie But I’m a Cheerleader had a comic perspective on this situation but this title takes the topic seriously. 

Fortunately the main character makes some friends at the camp but they all suffer under the pressure to change their orientation. The screenplay proposed by Akhavan and Cecilia Frugiuele is based upon the 2012 novel of the same name by Emily M. Danforth. The film is starring Chloë Grace Moretz, Sasha Lane, Jennifer Ehle, and Quinn Shephard.

The Book of Gabrielle

The Book of Gabrielle is the latest film by British writer & director Lisa Gornick. Here is the official synopsis: Lesbian illustrator Gabrielle is writing a graphic novel and in exploring the world of sex, she discovers more about herself than ever before. Gabrielle is composing an illustrated guide book very subtly called ‘How To Do It.’ At a book signing she meets Saul, an established male writer who is straight. She both loves and hates his work which has seeped into her secular Jewish life from childhood. 

The more Gabrielle tells him about her book the more he wants to know about her intimate life and the substance of her relationship with her younger girlfriend Olivia. As her book takes form, is Saul jealous or desirous? Their friendship is tested as is Gabrielle’s relationship with Olivia. The film muses on how we write, how we draw. And the nature of “story” and what it makes us do. Gabrielle and Olivia are portrayed by Lisa Gornick and Anna Koval. 

Hearts Beat Loud

Hearts Beat Loud is a 2018 American comedy-drama music film directed by Brett Haley, from a screenplay by Haley and Marc Basch. In the hip Brooklyn neighborhood of Red Hook, single dad and record store owner Frank is preparing to send his hard-working daughter Sam off to college while being forced to close his vintage shop. 

Hoping to stay connected through their shared musical passions, Frank urges Sam to turn their weekly jam sessions into a father-daughter live act. After their first song becomes an internet breakout, the two embark on a journey of love, growing up and musical discovery. The story explores a lesbian romance between Rose (Sasha Lane) and Sam (Kiersey Clemons). Hearts Beat Loud is now available on Itunes.