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Flare is back for another year with a thrilling line-up of films, from Oscar nominees to radical indie works surviving on the fringes of queer culture. There are sweet romances and daringly sexy dramas, tales of persecution and stories of triumph. Several films depict important aspects of queer history, while others look to the future, full of hope.

The festival runs from 16 to 26 March.

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Signature Move
Signature Move
The story of a young woman navigating her life between a mother who doesn’t really know her daughter and a burgeoning relationship that offers the possibility of real happiness.
Seat In Shadow
Seat In Shadow
A painter who doubles as a psychotherapist tries to help a young man battling depression.
The Handmaiden
The Handmaiden
A handmaiden sets out to swindle an heiress but things don't go to plan.
Miles
Miles
In a desperate bid to get the college scholarship he needs, a teenage boy joins the girls’ volleyball team.
Below Her Mouth
Below Her Mouth
Two women embark on a passionate affair that derails their lives.
The Ornithologist
The Ornithologist
An ornithologist searching for black storks is swept away by rapids and awakens in a mysterious, dark forest.
Handsome Devil
Handsome Devil
A loner and the star athlete at a rugby-mad school form an intense friendship, but it will be tested.
Moonlight
Moonlight
Three-part narrative about the life of a gay African-American.
Southwest Of Salem: The Story Of The San Antonio Four
Southwest Of Salem: The Story Of The San Antonio Four
Documentary about a trial that was infused with homophobic prejudice.
It's Only The End Of The World
It's Only The End Of The World
A writer returns home after a long absence to tell his family he is terminally ill.
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