This year's BFI Flare will open with Amrou Al-Kadhi’s tale of a lonely Arab drag queen, Layla. It will close with the world première of Lady Like, which follows San Francisco-based drag queen Lady Camden on her journey to fame through RuPaul's Drag Race. There will also be a special screen talk with Elliot Page about his career and his latest film, Close To You, made with Dominic Savage.

The festival runs from 13 to 24 March.

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Flare Latest Reviews

Aligned
Aligned
Two dancers find a connection that goes beyond their art.
Lesvia
Lesvia
The history of the lesbian community that sprang up on Lesbos in the 1970s.
Chasing Chasing Amy
Chasing Chasing Amy
A documentary about the complex legacy of Kevin Smith's Chasing Amy for LGBTQ+ people and its life-saving impact on director Sav Rodgers.
I Don't Know Who You Are
I Don't Know Who You Are
A gay musician spends his weekend trying to find the money for HIV-preventive treatment after being sexually assaulted by a stranger.
Reas
Reas
A group of prison inmates re-enact their lives and sentences, balancing memories with fantasy.
Love Lies Bleeding
Love Lies Bleeding
Reclusive gym manager Lou falls hard for Jackie, an ambitious bodybuilder headed through town to Las Vegas in pursuit of her dream. But their love ignites violence, pulling them deep into the web of Lou’s criminal family.
27
27
Alice lives at her parents' place at the age of 27 with no private life or a relationship. It takes a bicycle accident and a short coma to make her realize that it's time to move out.
Good Boy
Good Boy
A man's plans go awry thanks to his mum.
The Queen Of My Dreams
The Queen Of My Dreams
Against the backdrop of a shared obsession with Bollywood fantasy, Mariam, a Pakistani Muslim woman, and her Canadian-born daughter Azra come of age in two different eras.
Life Is Not A Competition, But I'm Winning
Life Is Not A Competition, But I'm Winning
Consideration of the historic bias against female Black and queer athletes.
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A sporting chance
Julia Fuhr Mann on exploring athletic bias and looking beyond the binary in Life Is Not A Competition, But I'm Winning

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