Fall 2005 film previews

By Michael Giltz

Originally published on Advocate.com August 29 2005 12:00 AM ET


September

Capote (United Artists): Truman Capote (the
brilliant Philip Seymour Hoffman) develops an intense bond
with the accused killer at the heart of his true-crime
book In Cold Blood. Catherine Keener is a standout as
a very funny, very gay Harper Lee of To Kill a
Mockingbird
fame. (Sept. 30)

Côte d’Azur (Strand): Previewed in the
print edition. (Sept. 9)

Flightplan (Touchstone/Imagine): Jodie Foster
plays a widowed mom taking her daughter from Berlin to New
York. In mid flight the child disappears, and everyone
insists to the increasingly panicked Foster that the
little girl was never aboard. (Sept. 23)

Forty Shades of Blue (Vitagraph): Out filmmaker
Ira Sachs (The Delta) returns to his hometown
of Memphis for this drama about a music producer
(award-worthy Rip Torn), his young Russian wife, and his
estranged adult son. (Sept. 28 NYC; nationally Oct.)

HellBent (Here): West Hollywood’s annual
carnival is always scary (Is my headdress slipping off?),
but out writer-director Paul Etheredge-Ouzts makes it
really terrifying in this queer horror flick. (Sept.
16)

October

Before the Fall (Picture This): In a Nazi
academy in 1942, Friedrich (Max Riemelt) is unmoved by
Hitler but desperate to escape his poor background.
Boxing is his ticket, and Friedrich makes the most of
it until he bonds with “sensitive” poet
Albrecht, who can’t remain silent in the face of
atrocities. (Oct. 7 NYC)

Domino (New Line): Keira Knightley turns it on
as the real-life Domino Harvey, a Ford model turned badass
bounty hunter. Another tough chick to watch for this
fall: dome-headed Natalie Portman as a freedom fighter
in V for Vendetta. (Oct. 14)

Dorian Blues (TLA): Writer-director Tennyson
Bardwell spins a sweet tale of a boy (Michael McMillian) who
worries that he’s gay and turns to his jock
older brother for help. (Oct. 14 NYC)

The Dying Gaul (Strand): In Craig Lucas’s
directorial debut, Hollywood wants to buy Peter
Sarsgaard’s wrenching, personal screenplay
about the death of his lover from AIDS. But could
Sarsgaard change the lover from a man to a woman? Campbell
Scott is the exec who sleeps with Sarsgaard while
ignoring his wife, Patricia Clarkson. (Oct. 28)

Henri Langlois: Phantom of the Cinematheque
(Leisure Time): The cofounder of the Cinémathèque
Française, one of the world’s first film
archives, Langlois was probably at least bisexual.
This documentary shows the vital role he played in saving
classic films and turning Paris into a movie
lovers’ paradise. (Oct. 25 NYC)

The Last Day (Strand): Gorgeous Gaspard Ulliel
(A Very Long Engagement) plays 19-year-old
Simon, who picks up a girl on the train. They share a bed,
but it never occurs to him to make a move. Things grow tense
when Simon introduces the girl to his best pal, the
handsome lighthouse attendant. (Fall)

Separate Lies (Fox Searchlight): Oscar-winning
writer Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park) dissects
the upper class with this drama about a husband (Tom
Wilkinson) torn between protecting his wife (Emily Watson)
and exposing what he imagines is her affair with
Rupert Everett. (Oct. 7)

Strangers With Candy (Warner Independent):
Jerri Blank, 46-year-old ex-con and former addict, decides
to finish high school in this prequel to the cult TV
series. The cast includes Stephen Colbert of The
Daily Show,
Matthew Broderick, Sarah Jessica
Parker, Allison Janney, and, of course, Amy Sedaris as
Jerri. (Oct. 21 NYC, L.A.)

Three of Hearts: A Postmodern Family
(ThinkFilm): Just your typical boy-meets-boy-meets-girl
documentary. One boy is Sam, who says he’s the
son of a Mafia hit man. The other boy is Steven, who
gets an offer he can’t refuse (or doesn’t want
to) when Sam suggests bringing a girl into the mix.
Enter Samantha and, eventually, a baby that changes
everything. (Oct.)

Unveiled (Wolfe): Director Angelina Maccarone
tells the beautiful, utterly original story of a lesbian
(Jasmin Tabatabai) fleeing Iran because of
persecution. She takes on the identity of a male
refugee and gets into Germany disguised as a
man—where she works at a sauerkraut factory and
draws the attention of another woman. (Oct.)

November

Breakfast on Pluto (Sony Pictures Classics):
“It Boy” Cillian Murphy jumps from Batman
Begins
and Red-Eye into an evening gown to
tell the story of an orphan who travels from Ireland to
London to become a fabulous transvestite cabaret star.
Directed by Neil Jordan from the Patrick McCabe novel.
(Nov. 18)

The Family Stone (20th Century Fox): Dermot
Mulroney brings home girlfriend Sarah Jessica Parker, and
everyone in the family hates her. Tyrone Giordano as
Mulroney’s gay and deaf brother is naturally
the exception, since gay people have great taste. (Nov. 4)

Gay Sex in the ’70s (Lovett Productions):
This documentary by director Joseph Lovett is an ode to the
sexual Prague Spring that lasted from the Stonewall
riots in 1969 until the first case of AIDS in 1981.
Filled with footage that details the explosion of
empowerment and queer sexuality, Gay Sex in the ’70s
is a captivating time capsule of an era that may never
return. (Nov. 4 NYC, S.F.)

Rent (Sony): Almost 10 years after it debuted
on Broadway, this Tony- and Pulitzer-winning musical hits
the big screen. Most of the original cast is here,
including Anthony Rapp, Adam Pascal, Idina Menzel,
Jesse L. Martin, and Taye Diggs, along with the new-to-Rent
Rosario Dawson and Wonderfalls’ Tracie Thoms.
(Nov. 11)

Summer Storm (Here): Previewed in the print
edition. (Nov. 4)

December

Brokeback Mountain (Focus): First, people were
worried director Ang Lee (Crouching Tiger, Hidden
Dragon
) might downplay the romance between cowboys
Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger. Then stories leaked
out that the love scenes were so physical that it might be
“too” gay. In any event, queer audiences
can’t wait to see this adaptation of the
memorable short story by Pulitzer Prize–winner E.
Annie Proulx. (Dec. 9 NYC, L.A., S.F.)

Loggerheads (Strand): A handsome drifter (Kip Pardue)
comes to town to protect the loggerhead turtle but
ends up protecting the local hotel manager even more.
Meanwhile Bonnie Hunt arrives to track down the boy
she gave up for adoption, and Tess Harper has to decide
whether to stand by her preacher husband or her son.
(Late 2005)

Memoirs of a Geisha (Sony): Gay director Rob Marshall
follows his smash Chicago update with this
lavish adaptation of the best-selling novel about a
geisha who flourished in the early 1900s. Ziyi Zhang,
Li Gong, Michelle Yeoh, and Ken Watanabe head the stellar
cast. (Dec. 9)

The Producers (Universal): Nathan Lane brings his
Tony-winning Max Bialystock to the big screen, with
Matthew Broderick, writer Mel Brooks, and director
Susan Stroman along for the ride. (Dec. 21)

Stryker (Strand): Queer Canadian director Noam Gonick
(Hey, Happy!) stirs up controversy like his
idols Bruce La Bruce and Guy Maddin with this look at
gang warfare on the streets of Winnipeg. Things get
messy when the onetime–male stripper head of the
Asian Bomb Squad falls for the girlfriend of the
lesbian leader of their sworn enemy, the Indian Posse.
(Dec. 2 NYC)

A Year Without Love (Strand): This Teddy Award winner
charts the journey of a man living with AIDS and
scared of dying. He cruises the nightlife of Buenos
Aires and falls into the world of S&M and leather.
(Late 2005)

—Michael
Giltz