13 Frameline Films You Can't Miss

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Frameline39: The San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival opens Thursday and runs through June 28, with a dizzying variety of films screening in San Francisco, Berkeley, and Oakland. The films include narrative features, documentaries, and short subjects, with a special focus this year on works by women filmmakers. 

Here are but a few highlights among the films that will screen at this year’s festival.

Star Power and Queer Stories: 

I Am Michael — USA

James Franco and Zachary Quinto star in director Justin Kelly’s controversial film based on the true story of Michael Glatze, a former San Francisco-based gay rights activist who renounced homosexuality and became (and remains) an antigay born-again Christian. (Thursday, 7 p.m., Castro Theatre)

 

54: The Director’s Cut — USA

Director Mark Christopher finally gets to release the sexually frank film he set out to make in 1998, when the film was hacked up and sanitized. Ryan Phillippe, Salma Hayek, Breckin Meyer, and Mike Myers star in this tale of Studio 54, the disco epicenter of 1970s decadence. (June 26, 9 p.m., Castro Theatre)

Women’s Narrative Films:

The Summer of Sangaile — Lithuania, France, Netherlands

Director Alanté Kavaïté creates a compelling tale of a brooding teen, her sexual awakening, and her first love. (Tuesday, 7 p.m., Castro Theatre)

Bare — USA, Canada

Glee’s Dianna Agron stars with Paz de la Huerta in director Natalia Leite’s tale of seduction and intrigue. (June 28, 7 p.m., Castro Theatre)

Liz in September — Venezuela

Director Fina Torres’s film tells the story of a tight-knit group of lesbian friends who are vacationing in the Caribbean when a beautiful straight woman crashes their party. (Friday, 7 p.m., Castro Theatre)

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