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 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 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 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 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 Kapoor, Juhi Chawla, Sonam Kapoor and Rajkummar Rao, and features Akshay Oberoi, Regina Cassandra, Brijendra 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 (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.