Lesbian films 2017

Princess Cyd

Princess Cyd is a drama written and directed by Stephen Cone. The story follows 16-year-old athlete Cyd Loughlin (Jessie Pinnick) while visiting her novelist aunt (Rebecca Spence) in Chicago over the summer. Eager to escape life with her depressive single father, Cyd falls for a girl in the neighborhood, while she and her aunt gently challenge each other in the realms of sex and spirit. Note: The DVD of Princess Cyd will be available December 5, 2017 in US thanks to WolfeVideo.

Almost Adults

You already know Natasha Negovanlis and Elise Bauman from the webseries Carmilla. Almost Adults is a film about growing apart when growing up. Two best friends relationship strains when one deals with her newfound sexuality and the other with breaking up with her long term boyfriend. The comedy was written by Adrianna DiLonardo and directed by Sarah Rotella.

Lovesong

Lovesong is a sapphic themed drama written by Bradley Rust Gray and directed by So Yong Kim. Here is the official synopsis of the movie: Neglected by her husband, Sarah (Riley Keough) embarks on an impromptu road trip with her young daughter and her best friend, Mindy (Jena Malone). 

Along the way, the dynamic between the two friends intensifies before circumstances force them apart. Years later, Sarah attempts to rebuild their intimate connection in the days before Mindy’s wedding. The film Lovesong should be released in American cinemas from 17 February 2017. This playlist includes the official trailer and two interviews, one with the director (by Sundance) and an other with the main actresses (conducted by Variety and Fandango).

Heartland

Heartland is a lesbian drama created and produced by Maura Anderson. It will be premiered on March 2016 at the Cinequest Film Festival. Maura Anderson’s first feature length film, Heartland, is a steady-paced and genuine depiction of a young artist’s experience with grief after the death of her longtime girlfriend. Despite the story’s tragic foundation, the film’s superb casting and its choice of folk music and countryside scenery work together to create a story that feels almost soothing in its distance from the chaotic world of big cities.

Awol

Awol tells the story of a young woman named Joey (Lola Kirke). She is in search of direction in her small town. A visit to an army recruiting office appears to provide a path, but when she meets and falls in love with Rayna, that path diverges in ways that neither woman anticipates.

The movie was directed by Deb Shoval, making her feature directorial debut by adapting her own short film of the same name. The screenplay was written by Karolina Waclawiak and Deb Shoval. Awol premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival last year and made a mark on everyone’s minds, its general atmosphere unfolds a slow pace lesbian drama. 

The Firefly

The Firefly, also known as La Luciérnaga, is an US-Colombian lesbian romance directed by Ana Maria Hermida. Following the sudden death of her estranged brother, Lucia finds comfort through her brother’s fiancée, Mariana. Foreign to each other, the two women slowly bond over their loss by sharing memories and stories of someone they both loved. They eventually fall in love and Lucia finds herself at a crossroad. She must chose whether to return to her old life or embark on a new journey with her new love interest. The film is available on Netflix since the month of June. Lucia and Mariana are portrayed by Carolina Guerra and Olga Segura.

In Between

In Between is a drama directed by Maysaloun Hamoud. Three Palestinian women sharing an apartment in the vibrant heart of Tel Aviv find themselves doing the same balancing act between tradition and modernity, citizenship and culture, fealty and freedom. Laila, a successful lawyer, craves the love of a good man who she thinks she’s found in the apparently open-minded and handsome Ziad. Salma works at menial jobs in restaurants and bars hoping her long-held dream of being a DJ becomes a reality.

In the meantime she falls for the beautiful trainee doctor Dounia but is forced to keep their lesbian relationship secret from her family. Laila and Salma’s hard partying ways initially come as a shock to the more traditional and reserved Nour who is still studying for a degree and seeks a simple life. She is set for an arranged marriage to fiancé Wissam, seemingly a pillar of the community but who behind closed doors is not the man he appears to be. The three girls are rocked by a shocking series of events that will push their beliefs to the limit and change their lives whilst sealing the bond of friendship.

Signature Move

Signature Move is a dramedy written by Lisa Donato and Fawzia Mirza, directed by Jennifer Reeder. «Zynab is a Pakistani at home in Chicago, wearing her hair cropped short and driving a bright red moped to her job as an immigration lawyer. She’s also training to be a wrestler. All day long, her widowed mother sits in Zynab’s living room, watching endless Pakistani soap operas, devoutly fixing her hijab, and using binoculars to size up suitable husbands for her daughter.

When Zynab begins a serious relationship with Alma, a confident Mexican-American woman, she is forced to confront her lifestyle and her mother’s traditional expectations» Note: the film continues its festival tour, the trailer is shared by Calgary International Film Festival.

Rara

Rara is an Argentino-Chilean drama written by Alicia Scherson and directed by Pepa San Martín. Since their parents split up, Sara and her younger sister live with their mother, whose new partner is a woman. Everyday life for the four of them is hardly any different than it is for other families. The situation is actually totally fine with Sara. But not everyone sees it that way – her father in particular has his doubts.

 As Sara’s 13th birthday approaches, she’s feeling rather overwhelmed: her first crush, a body in the midst of changes and to top it off, conflicts over loyalty with her parents … Everything feels wrong. The empathetic feature-length debut of director Pepa San Martín is based on a true story. Thanks to Univers-L for the discovery.

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