BFI Flare is back this year with a bumper selection of films focused on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and wider LGBTQ+ themes. It includes some big festival hits from around the world alongside exciting new work which is only just beginning to garner public and critical acclaim.

The festival runs from 15 to 26 March.

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Flare Latest Reviews

Kokomo City
Kokomo City
Four Black transgender sex workers explore the dichotomy between the Black community and themselves, while confronting issues long avoided.
Before I Change My Mind
Before I Change My Mind
1987: While the other students wonder if new kid Robin is a boy or a girl, Robin forges a complicated bond with the school bully, making increasingly dangerous choices to fit in.
Wolf And Dog
Wolf And Dog
A girl begins to question the world around her through her friendship with her gay best friend.
Little Richard: I Am Everything
Little Richard: I Am Everything
This celebration of Little Richard reveals the Black queer origins of rock ’n’ roll, finally exploding the whitewashed canon of American pop music.
Steely Shin Myung is a fierce trans queen on the Seoul nightclub scene who reconnects with her Buddhist heritage after the death of her father.
Chrissy Judy
Chrissy Judy
When a man leaves the city to be with his boyfriend, his unstable best friend, with whom he used to perform drag, struggles to cope alone.
Lie With Me
Lie With Me
When a novelist has an unexpected encounter in his professional life, he recalls falling in love with the young man's father.
The Perpetrators
The Perpetrators
Suburban London, the 1980s. A stranger in the family becomes a ghost child and awakens the monsters and desires of a queer childhood.
Golden Delicious
Golden Delicious
An Asian Canadian teenager grapples with his identity when he falls for the boy next door. What will his family think? And how will he tell his girlfriend?
Egghead & Twinkie
Egghead & Twinkie
A young Asian American girl and her hapless best friend hit the road to go and meet her online crush.
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Flare Features

A film about words
Olivier Peyon on adapting the work of Philippe Besson in Lie With Me
True friendship
Sarah Kambe Holland on platonic love and Egghead & Twinkie
Rollercoaster ride
Trevor Anderson on getting closer to characters in Before I Change My Mind
Director blown away by 'amazing' Adèle
Léa Mysius and Exarchopoulos talk about The Five Devils
Anatomy of a panic
Richard Squires on the history of homophobia and The Perpetrators
Extending her limits
Júlia Murat on violence, desire and patriarchal society, and Rule 34
'This is not the story of trans experience. It is a story of trans experience'
Director Luis De Filippis and star Carmen Madonia talk about family and being yourself in Something You Said Last Night
Blending biography with fiction
Christophe Honoré and his young star Paul Kircher talk about grief and hope in Winter Boy
Lacoste is clear
Actor Vincent on grief and working with Christophe Honoré on Winter Boy and his hopes for the future
The opposite will also be true
Eva Vitija on Loving Highsmith, Patricia Highsmith and the film adaptations of her work
Getting the bug
Carter Smith on queering horror in Swallowed
The outside story
Juan Felipe Zuleta, Matthew Jeffers and Sarah Hay on Unidentified Objects

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