"If you're an actor, always be true to your character. If you are not an actor, have character and always be true to yourself." Happy 76th birthday to our very own Robert De Niro!
Francis Ford Coppola and Robert Duvall during the tumultuous production of Coppola's astonishing, risk-taking, and unparalleled masterpiece APOCALYPSE NOW, which first opened 40 years ago on this day, and together again this past April at Tribeca 2019. After making its world premiere at this year's festival, Coppola's extraordinary APOCALYPSE NOW FINAL CUT is now in theaters, featuring the master director's conversation with filmmaker and superfan Steven Soderbergh. Don't miss this cinematic event. ❤️ // Photos by @KristinaLoggia
"Drama is life with the dull bits left out. There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it. I believe in putting the horror in the minds of the audience, and not necessarily on the screen." Alfred Hitchcock was born on this day in 1899.
"I sometimes wonder if the inability to find oneself makes one seek oneself in other people, in characters." The utterly incomparable John Cazale was born today in 1935. Here he is with the lovely Meryl Streep during the making of THE DEER HUNTER in 1977 and in three of his greatest roles from THE CONVERSATION (1974), THE GODFATHER PART II (1974), and DOG DAY AFTERNOON (1975). ❤️
This year's #TribecaTVFestival (September 12th—15th) has: ☑️ The series premieres of EVIL, @FirstWivesClub, @GodfatherOfHarlem, HIP-HOP: THE @SongsThatShook AMERICA, @CW_Katy Keene, @AlaskaOnHulu, and more! ☑️ The season premieres of @BlessThisMessTV, @GoliathTV, and ROOM 104! ☑️ The musical finale of @TransparentAmazon! ☑️ Tribeca Talks with @HasanMinhaj, James Spader, and more! ⬜ You? 🎟: Link in bio!
Good morning from BFFs Tracey Ullman and Meryl Streep at last year's #TribecaTVFestival for the premiere of HBO's TRACEY ULLMAN'S SHOW. Our annual celebration of the small screen's biggest stories is back from September 12th to the 15th. What's in store this year? Stay tuned for our program announcement—and buy tickets—tomorrow, August 12th!
"God gave me a voice to sing with, and when you have that, what other gimmick is there?" Remembering the forever missed Whitney Houston, one of the greatest and most electrifying talents to ever grace this earth, on what would have been her 56th birthday.
A ravishing still taken during the production of Peter Weir's hallucinatory historical mystery PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK, which premiered on this day in Adelaide, South Australia in 1975.
"I think the more you embed yourself in the information you have access to, the more alive things become underneath your skin." Happy birthday to the formidable Charlize Theron, a true and versatile star! 👑
"One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn't pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself." All hail Lucille Ball, the eternal and indefatigable queen of comedy, born on this day in 1911. 👑
“Art invites us to know beauty and to solicit it, summon it, from even the most tragic of circumstances. Art reminds us that we belong here. And if we serve, we last.” Rest in peace and power, Toni Morrison, a fearless genius whose words will continue to guide and inspire us. Thank you.
James Stewart holds up a souvenir cast for Grace Kelly to sign during the making of Alfred Hitchcock's electrifying classic REAR WINDOW. This week, Williamsburg's @NitehawkCinema plays host to #Tribeca2019 filmmakers @Aly_Mig, @MarshallCurry1, and Laura Moss, who will present three movies that inspired their own short selections from this past spring's festival: Sam Peckinpah's STRAW DOGS (screening with Migliori's TWIST), REAR WINDOW (screening with Curry's THE NEIGHBORS' WINDOW), and @DaveMcCary's BRIGSBY BEAR (screening with Moss' NEUROTICA. episode "eureka!"). 🎟️ Get your tickets now through the link in our profile!
“I think the idea is the most important thing. Execution is easier! You can always find a way to overcome technical problems, you can execute almost any idea as long as it’s not totally crazy. But having that idea is the hard part. Luckily, I’m also the kind of DP who, most of the time, also has an idea.” The late, genius cinematography king Michael Ballhaus, who helped make the movies of filmmakers like Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Martin Scorsese, Mike Nichols, and Francis Ford Coppola unforgettable, was born on this day in 1935. Here he is behind the scenes of THE DEPARTED with Scorsese and actors Leonardo DiCaprio, Ray Winstone, and Jack Nicholson, along with nine of his most striking shots.
❤️ Happy #NationalGirlfriendsDay from these ten great cinematic friendships: ✨ Greta Gerwig's LADY BIRD (2017) ✨ George Cukor's GIRLS ABOUT TOWN (1931) ✨ Bob Fosse's SWEET CHARITY (1969) ✨ Claudia Weill's GIRLFRIENDS (1978) ✨ Mike Nichols’ WORKING GIRL (1988) ✨ Ridley Scott's THELMA & LOUISE (1991) ✨ F. Gary Gray's SET IT OFF (1996) ✨ Jim McKay's OUR SONG (2000) ✨ Céline Sciamma's GIRLHOOD (2014) ✨ and Sean Baker's TANGERINE (2015)
"Everybody just wants to appreciate time as it's passing, to be in the moment. It's the hardest thing to do. You're either in the unknown future that you're working toward, or you're in the past that becomes a little abstract." Happy birthday to the extraordinary Richard Linklater, whose joyous and wistful films have helped us better appreciate the passage of time and the bonds that endure despite it. 💗
Marlon Brando and the lovely Eva Marie Saint during filming of Elia Kazan’s ON THE WATERFRONT, which premiered on this day in New York 65 years ago. ❤️
For her first acquisitions under @MTV Documentary Films, the legendary @TheSheilaNevins has selected two powerful Tribeca 2019 world premieres that explore racial injustice in African-American communities: @DavyRothbart’s award-winning and years-spanning familial chronicle @17BlocksFilm and @SmritiMundhra and @SamiKhanFilm’s ST. LOUIS SUPERMAN, which tells the inspiring and deeply moving story of activist-rapper @BruceFranksJr. We can’t wait for MTV to share these two vital, real-life stories with audiences everywhere! 🔥
Rest in peace, the great Rutger Hauer, seen here during the making of BLADE RUNNER (1982), Ridley Scott's noir-tinged sci-fi landmark, in which this magnetic actor crafted one of cinema's most captivating and unforgettable villains. ✨
"Acting is a puzzle. Creating anything is hard. It’s a cliché thing to say, but every time you start a job, you just don’t know anything. I mean, I can break something down, but ultimately I don’t know anything when I start work on a new movie. You start stabbing out, and you make a mistake, and it’s not right, and then you try again and again. The key is you have to commit." The dearly missed Philip Seymour Hoffman was born on this day in 1967. ❤️👑
A summer beauty break, courtesy of ten goddesses: Marilyn Monroe, María Félix, Ava Gardner, Jean Harlow, Lena Horne, Nancy Kwan, Carole Lombard, Diana Ross, Lupe Vélez, and Monica Vitti 💕
"What's so great about inspiration is sometimes it finds you when you're not looking." Happy birthday to Wong Kar-wai, a masterful explorer of the heart, the soul, and the screen, an artist whose style knows no limits and whose singular cinematic creations are the very definition of unforgettable! 💗🎥
A great performance can make a trivial film worth watching and an already solid one even better. These mighty performances deserve to be sought out and championed for coupling meticulous technique and limitless creative power to help tell the types of human stories that keep us returning to the movies. Here are the 12 best male film performances of early 2019, including Robert Pattinson in HIGH LIFE, Tom Burke in THE SOUVENIR, @MuratCemcir in THE WILD PEAR TREE, @JimmieFailsIV and Jonathan Majors in THE LAST BLACK MAN IN SAN FRANCISCO, @AndreHolland in HIGH FLYING BIRD, Franz Rogowski in TRANSIT, and more. Check out the full list with write-ups by @Eng_Matthew through the link in the profile! And seek out these beautiful performances.
Our programmers loved CHERNOBYL from the moment they saw it. Thank you to @HBO for letting us world premiere and launch your Emmy-nominated phenomenon. Congratulations to the brilliant writer-creator Craig Mazin, awe-inspiring director @JohanRenck, the breathtaking @JaredHarris, Stellan Skarsgård, and Emily Watson, and the rest of the artists behind HBO's stunning limited series CHERNOBYL on scoring 19 Emmy nominations this morning! Catch up with this superb and piercing drama, which made its world premiere at #Tribeca2019, on HBO platforms today!
Congratulations to the astounding @Ava DuVernay, the exceptional acting ensemble of @WhenTheySeeUs led by the incredible @JharrelJerome, cinematography king Bradford Young, producers @JaneTribeca and @BerryWelsh, and more on the series' 16 Emmy nominations. Catch up with this masterful achievement on @Netflix right now.
The late John Singleton and actors @Im.AngelaBassett, @IAmNiaLong, Cuba Gooding Jr., Baha Jackson, @TyraFerrell, Donovan McCrary, Whitman Mayo, @MorrisChestnutOfficial, Laurence Fishburne, and @IceCube on the set of BOYZ N THE HOOD, Singleton's monumental, history-making, and unforgettable first movie, which first opened on this day in 1991. 👑❤️
A black and white summer beauty break, courtesy of ten classic actresses and entertainers — Audrey Hepburn, Julie Andrews, Dorothy Dandridge, Dolores del Río, Pam Grier, Rita Hayworth, Eartha Kitt, Carole Lombard, Marilyn Monroe, and Anna May Wong ☀️💕
"Everybody has something that chews them up and, for me, that thing was always loneliness. The cinema has the power to make you not feel lonely, even when you are." Happy birthday to national treasure Tom Hanks, who has warmed our hearts, taken our breath away, and made our world feel a little less lonely in film after film! ✨
"Where there is age there is evolution, where there is life there is growth." Happy birthday to the extraordinary Anjelica Huston, one of cinema's most dazzling and distinctive actors! ✨
These masterful screen performances may have debuted during the first half of 2019 but their achievements deserve to be discussed and remembered all year round. Here are the 11 best female film performances from the first half of 2019, including Lupita Nyong'o in US, Jessie Buckley and Julie Walters in WILD ROSE, Julianne Moore in GLORIA BELL, Elisabeth Moss and Agyness Deyn in HER SMELL, Zhao Tao in ASH IS PUREST WHITE, and more! Check out the full list with write-ups by @Eng_Matthew through the link in the bio.
Today marks the end of our Pride celebration of films from the 21st century made by LGBTQ+ directors as well as those centered around LGBTQ+ individuals. Here are this past week’s final selections: 🌈 TANGERINE (Sean Baker, 2015): This day-in-the-life portrait of two transgender sex workers bursts with screwball chaos and eye-popping color, never forsaking genuine sentiment for artistic innovation. L.A. and its locals are captured with ground-level closeness and mythic wonder. 🌈 THEY (Anahita Ghazvinizadeh, 2017): In her startling feature debut, Iranian writer-director Ghazvinizadeh creatively renders the experience of a Chicago teen mulling gender transition as an enigmatic tone poem made up of porous frames, fluid camerawork, and tangible atmospherics. 🌈 TOMBOY (Céline Sciamma, 2011): Zoé Héran is splendid as an adolescent living in defiance of gender norms in this coming-of-age treasure that is small in scope but rich in feeling. Beat by beat, frame by frame, Sciamma evinces the heartfelt understanding that every child deserves. 🌈 TROPICAL MALADY (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2004): A soldier pursues a country man in this shape-shifting, sensory-stoking meditation on desired objects that lure, disorient, and devour us. Dismantling the boundaries of narrative cinema, its eminent creator casts a similar spell. 🌈 WEEKEND (Andrew Haigh, 2011): Time looms large over the strangers who bare their souls and give their hearts to one another yet the emotional tug of this brief encounter is eternal and overwhelming. Romance, eroticism, conflict, and sorrow coalesce into a love story for the ages. ✨ These films represent myriad experiences and perspectives, but refuse to fit into a neat and uniform category. They remind us that there exists no manual listing the proper qualifications for an exemplary LGBTQ+ film—and that there can be no one right way to define LGBTQ+ cinema. // Written by @Eng_Matthew
"It takes no compromising to give people their rights. It takes no money to respect the individual. It takes no political deal to give people freedom. It takes no survey to remove repressions." — Harvey Milk 🌈 Happy LGBTQIA+ Pride, New York City! 🌈 ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜❤️🧡💛💚💙💜❤️🧡💛💚💙💜 Celebrate by taking a look back at Fred W. McDarrah's stunning photos from New York Pride parades past, including those that took place in the years directly following the Stonewall riots of 50 years ago. Among McDarrah's subjects are trailblazing transgender activist Marsha P. Johnson; Dick Ashworth, founding member of @PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays); members of STAR, the radical, intersectional activist collective co-founded by Johnson; and @ACTUPNY activists demonstrating against inaction during the height of the HIV/AIDS crisis. ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜❤️🧡💛💚💙💜❤️🧡💛💚💙💜 Keep up the fight. (Courtesy of @NewYorkerMag)
"I like working with emotions that can take you beyond your life. And yet you have to resist them in order remain within your life. Otherwise, you're burned. I like that fight. It's more of a fight with yourself." Happy birthday to the brave and brilliant screen goddess Isabelle Adjani, an actress of unique, awe-inspiring abilities who has taken more risks within the span of a single film than most actors take in entire careers! 💜
"I think my job is to try and be as honest as I can with what is in my mind and how I feel—I think that’s what you’re supposed to do, if you’re a good writer. So I try to do that. I know I do that.” Happy birthday to the awe-inspiring and always original Paul Thomas Anderson! ✨
We’re continuing celebrate films from the 21st century helmed by LGBTQ+ filmmakers as well as films from this century that are centered around the experiences of LGBTQ+ individuals for #PrideMonth this June. Here are five of this past week’s selections: 🌈 TALK TO HER (Pedro Almodóvar, 2002): Two men are brought together by one’s irrational and unfaltering devotion to a comatose woman in the crowning achievement of Almodóvar’s career, an empathetic and impeccably mounted melodrama that takes root in the mystery of human connection. 🌈 THE ROYAL ROAD (Jenni Olson, 2015): Unlike the land, the heart of a lover cannot be conquered and colonized. Across haunting, deserted, 16mm California vistas, Olson ruefully muses on Alfred Hitchcock’s VERTIGO, American expansion, unavailable women, and the inexorable pull of the past. 🌈 SOUTHERN COMFORT (Kate Davis, 2001): Robert Eads was a charming, chain-smoking transgender man who died in 1999 of a cancer doctors wouldn't treat. Davis shot his final year, spent in the embrace of his chosen family, who gave him a fortifying home in a world blind to his beauty. 🌈 SPA NIGHT (Andrew Ahn, 2016): A Korean-American teen balances filial duty with his irrepressible sexual curiosity in this immersive and formally controlled debut, which offers no false promises but plenty of compassion for a character that American movies rarely bring into focus. 🌈 STRONG ISLAND (Yance Ford, 2017): By reckoning with the 1992 murder of his brother William, Ford shows—visually, sonically, rhetorically—how his family's burden is that of so many African-American families who know that the personal and the political can never truly be unbraided.
"For any director with a little lucidity, masterpieces are films that come to you by accident." Sidney Lumet, the gifted and generous director who took rapturous pleasure in the act and art of filmmaking, was born on this day in 1924. Here he is with one of his greatest star collaborators, Al Pacino, on the sets of DOG DAY AFTERNOON and SERPICO. ✨🎥👑❤️
"If I'm an advocate for anything, it's to move. As far as you can, as much as you can. Across the ocean, or simply across the river. The extent to which you can walk in someone else's shoes or at least eat their food, it's a plus for everybody. Open your mind, get up off the couch, move." Remembering the late Anthony Bourdain, a man who has shaped our sensibilities not only as food lovers but as citizens of the world, on his birthday. ❤️
Robert Altman, actors Warren Beatty and Julie Christie, and the astonishing cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond during the making of Altman's MCCABE & MRS. MILLER, in which Beatty and Christie deliver two of the most indelible performances of their iconic careers. One of the pinnacles of this beloved director's extraordinary oeuvre and the New Hollywood era, Altman's majestic and fascinating western was first released on this day in 1971.
Women face a lot of challenges every day—we have to stand firm in our walk and our intentions—but there are times when that weight feels too heavy, feels like a load that I just can't bear that day. I try to work through that in my art." Happy birthday to the magnificent and ingenious Solange! ✨👑
"Life is short. I think that you find your own way. You have your own rules. You have your own understanding of yourself, and that's what you're going to count on. In the end, it's what feels right to you. Not what your mother told you. Not what some actress told you. Not what anybody else told you, but the still, small voice. Beyond that, I don't know. And it's the not knowing that's the good part. To me, mystery is the most beautiful thing—the fact that you can't figure it out—that's it for me. That's for sure." Happy 70th birthday to Meryl Streep, who has forever changed the art of acting and remains, quite simply, the best! ❤️
For Pride Month this June, we’re celebrating films from the 21st century helmed by LGBTQ+ filmmakers as well as films from this century that are centered around the experiences of LGBTQ+ individuals. Here are five of this past week’s selections: 🌈 MOONLIGHT (Barry Jenkins, 2016): With moviemaking as intimate as a whisper and as imposing as waves pounding the sand, Jenkins unfolds one man’s story and invites us to witness his entire world. He didn’t set out to film a milestone in Black queer male representation. But he did. 🌈 KEEP THE LIGHTS ON (Ira Sachs, 2012): The relationship between a documentarian and a lawyer is poisoned and undone by substance abuse in this lived-in, emotionally autobiographical elegy that radiates a sensitivity for the needs of its characters, a trademark of its gifted maker. 🌈 THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT (Lisa Cholodenko, 2010): The brilliance of this comedy lies in its wisdom that the sustenance of personal bonds demands not just love but attention. Cholodenko accepts the fluidity of human emotion and desire, crafting a story that is achingly true to life. 🌈 MONSTER (Patty Jenkins, 2003): Instead of treating Aileen Wuornos as a case study, director and star afford her the right to be a person who loved and lost, bore and inflicted brutality. In their hands, Wuornos’ story isn't so much ripped from headlines as wrenched from oblivion. 🌈 PRODIGAL SONS (Kimberly Reed, 2008): With enormous fortitude, Reed strives to mend the gulfs that appear unbreachable—between a woman and her mentally ill brother, past and present selves, the homes we choose and the homes we never really leave—in her unflinching family portrait.
"The boldness and the courage you have when you're first starting gives you the most extraordinary opportunities. It’s so easy to lose it... But if I can stay in that place of bravery and hunger then who knows where I'm gonna go?" Happy birthday to the incomparable Nicole Kidman! 💘
"What's wonderful about being an actress is you don't just live one life—yours—you live many lives." Happy 89th birthday to Gena Rowlands, an extraordinary, groundbreaking, and unequaled acting god who changed the art of screen performance forever! 👑💗
"I believe in a set of values I cannot live by. I set high goals for myself, I seek perfection, dream of exotic, faraway places. But ultimately, what I long for isn't far away at all. It's in my own backyard. Imperfection charms me, familiar things move me... A celebration of what we have, instead of what we long for: that, for me, is glamour." Happy birthday to the spellbinding Isabella Rossellini, still the epitome of glamour!
For Pride Month this June, we’re celebrating films from the 21st century helmed by LGBTQ+ filmmakers as well as films from this century that are centered around the experiences of LGBTQ+ individuals. Here are five of this past week’s selections: 🌈 HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH (John Cameron Mitchell, 2001): One of the theater’s most singular characters is brought to kaleidoscopic cinematic life by Mitchell, who dazzles on both sides of the camera. Hedwig, inspired by many but keenly herself, remains a paragon of self-creation. 🌈 HISTORY LESSONS (Barbara Hammer, 2000): Hammer fuses rare footage, modern reenactments, and recontextualized clips into an irreverent, multimedia tapestry of historical revision that reveals and rebuffs the dehumanizing ways in which lesbians were represented in the 20th century. 🌈 THE HOLY GIRL (Lucrecia Martel, 2004): Martel visualizes adolescent female inquisitiveness and devotion with a taut, electric virtuosity that puts this master in a class of her own. As her characters resist and give in to temptation, their world becomes the only one that matters. 🌈 THE HOUSE OF MIRTH (Terence Davies, 2000): Davies’ run of willful screen heroines begins with Edith Wharton’s tragic Lily Bart. The filmmaker’s kinship with Lily, an outsider queered by her refusal to follow society’s dictates, is all the more touching for being so deeply-rooted. 🌈 I DON'T WANT TO SLEEP ALONE (Tsai Ming-liang, 2006): No one works as evocatively with time as Tsai. His static, prolonged shots accumulate lust, intensity, and import as a drifter in Kuala Lumpur magnetizes several people, including a doting, Bangladeshi migrant eager to connect.
Happy Father’s Day from these 10 unforgettable film dads: ❤️ Charlie Chaplin in THE KID (1921) ❤️ Nanook in NANOOK THE NORTH (1922) ❤️ Marlon Brando in THE GODFATHER (1972) ❤️ Paul Winfield in SOUNDER (1972) ❤️ Ryan O'Neal in PAPER MOON (1973) ❤️ Henry G. Sanders in KILLER OF SHEEP (1977) ❤️ Gene Hackman in THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS (2001) ❤️ Lily Franky in SHOPLIFTERS (2018) ❤️ Ryan Gosling in FIRST MAN (2018) ❤️ Colman Domingo ( @KingOfBingo) in IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK (2018)
"I know what I want, I have a goal, an opinion, I have a religion and love. Let me be myself and then I am satisfied. I know that I'm a woman, a woman with inward strength and plenty of courage." Anne Frank, whose dream endures and can never be vanquished, was born on this day in 1929. ❤️
"Success is a terrible thing and a wonderful thing. If you can enjoy it, it's wonderful. If it starts eating away at you... then you're in trouble. Just do what you love. That's all I want to do." Gene Wilder, a genius whose rare and overwhelming talent can never be touched, was born today in 1933. Here is the actor during the making of 1971's WILLY WONKA & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY with co-star Peter Ostrum. ❣️
Don't miss @NYCPride's beautiful celebration of cinema, featuring the films ADAM, DEEP IN VOGUE, and WIG at OutCinema, in partnership with @Newfest and @SVATheatre and running from June 17th to the 19th, in conjunction with #WorldPrideNYC. Opening night kicks off on Monday, June 17th with the New York premiere of ADAM, a highly-anticipated comedy that follows an awkward high schooler who spends the summer of 2006 in New York City with his cool older sister. The East Coast premiere of DEEP IN VOGUE takes center stage on the Tuesday, June 18th edition of OutCinema. Inspired by the 1980s ball scene in New York City, this electrifying documentary celebrates the personal and political stories behind the thriving Northern Vogue ball scene in Manchester, UK. On Wednesday, June 19th, the final night of OutCinema, the @HBO documentary and #Tribeca2019 selection WIG serves plenty of glitz and glamour alongside East Village grit. WIG is a fascinating documentary that explores the origins and the influence of the historic festival Wigstock through rich archival footage. Buy your tickets now to celebrate LGBTQIA+ pride on the big screen! Link in bio. 🌈
For #PrideMonth this June, we’re celebrating films from the 21st century helmed by LGBTQ+ filmmakers as well as films from this century that are centered around the experiences of LGBTQ+ individuals. Here are five selections from this past week: 🌈 CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME? (Marielle Heller, 2018): Heller’s film is several things—an acerbic and unromantic study of a singular woman, a buddy comedy with tenderness and trenchancy, and a portrait of a bygone and distinctly queer New York in which everyone is striving to survive. 🌈 LA CAPTIVE (Chantal Akerman, 2000): Akerman’s tale of perverse obsession requires a lot of its viewers, including a readiness to both pay close attention to her unhurried, often clinical images and probe her sly elisions for the female homoeroticism that is hidden in plain sight. 🌈 CAROL (Todd Haynes, 2015): As ravishing and emotionally walloping a romance as any that has ever illumined the screen. Haynes, screenwriter Phyllis Nagy, and two peerless actresses disinter a specific history of women who loved women and refused to hide their love in the shadows. 🌈 CIRCUMSTANCE (Maryam Keshavarz, 2011): Two Iranian girls become besotted with each other and test the limits of rebellion in a modern-day patriarchy in this gripping coming-of-ager, defined by the devastating poignancy of kindred spirits dreaming of a future they may never reach. 🌈 A FANTASTIC WOMAN (Sebastián Lelio, 2017): Lelio’s melodrama proved equally pivotal off-screen—precipitating a watershed moment in the fight for transgender Chileans’ rights—and on, allowing Daniela Vega’s poised and prepossessing star power to act as an added authorial presence.
For #PrideMonth this June, we’re celebrating films from the 21st century helmed by LGBTQ+ filmmakers as well as films from this century that are centered around the experiences of LGBTQ+ individuals. Here are the first five selections: 🌈 APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR (Desiree Akhavan, 2014): Reeling from a brutal breakup, a headstrong Brooklynite struggles to reconcile her duties as a closeted Persian daughter with her true, queer self in Akhavan’s breakthrough, a razor-edged comedy with intervals of aching vulnerability. 🌈 BAD HAIR (Mariana Rondón, 2013): A curly head of hair becomes the unruly terrain on which a battle of wills ensues between a paranoid Venezuelan mother and a curious young child still developing a sense of self in this sharp and boldly unsentimental look at genderqueer evolution. 🌈 BESSIE (Dee Rees, 2015): Aided by Queen Latifah’s knockout star turn, Rees renders the heights and rock bottoms of blues empress Bessie Smith. Her movie honors the nuances of a hard-fought life that flouted social boundaries, whether they be sexual, gendered, racial, or artistic. 🌈 BPM (BEATS PER MINUTE) (Robin Campillo, 2017): As HIV/AIDS swept Paris, the city’s ACT UP branch countered indifferent inaction with passionate protest. By covering every facet of his subjects, Campillo pays ultimate tribute to their fight for life—in all its pains and pleasures. 🌈 BROTHER TO BROTHER (Rodney Evans, 2004): A love story in which a young student and an elder sage connect not on a romantic plane but a spiritual one. Evans ponders the same dilemma that plagues his characters: how does a queer Black artist survive in a world averse to difference?