The LGBT Films of AFI Fest

The Advocate profiles six stellar LGBT films that will be screened at AFI Fest, which kicks off today in Los Angeles.




Judi Dench stars in the title role of Philomena Lee, a woman determined to recover a son she was forced to give up for adoption in the 1950s, when she bore the child out of wedlock within a conservative Irish Catholic community. With the assistance of a reporter from the BBC (Steve Coogan), Philomena embarks on her quest for reunion and redemption. Based on a true story, the film has garnered almost universally positive reaction from critics (94 percent on review aggregate website, who hail Dench’s performance as well as the screenplay, written by Coogan, which moves the audience to both laughter and tears. Screens Wednesday at 8 p.m. and November 14 at 4 p.m. at TCL Chinese Theaters, 6801 Hollywood Blvd.

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