The past few years have been a watershed moment for LGBTQ representation in film. From Sean Baker’s Tangerine to Todd Haynes’ Carol and the 2017 Best Picture winner Moonlight, those are the films that just come top of mind.
And 2017 was another incredible year with the highly-buzzed and widely-praised Call Me By Your Name, along with Beach Rats — lesser-seen but worth seeking out — and the French entry for the Foreign Language Academy Award BPM (Beats Per Minute), which sadly got snubbed from the shortlist on Thursday.
2018 is already proving to be another worthy year, even with the LGBTQ releases announced so far. We’ve put together a list of the 2018 queer films we’re most looking forward to.
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Based on the debut novel from Ariel Schrag, who has been chronicling queer life through her series of autobiographical comics, this coming-of-age tale follows Adam, a teen who spends the summer in New York City with his older sister who’s part of the city’s lesbian and trans activist scene. Upon meeting who he believes to be the girl of his dreams, she mistakes him for being trans, and he can’t find a way to break the truth to her.
If the story is handled with the same wry humor and delicacy found in the novel, it could be something really special. The project was originally to be directed by Desiree Akhavan, who garnered acclaim with her 2014 feature debut Appropriate Behavior about a bisexual Brooklynite. However, due to a scheduling conflict directing another project (see #3), the film is now helmed by Transparent producer Rhys Ernst, which will mark his feature directorial debut.
4. ‘A Fantastic Woman’
While the film received a qualifying run for the Academy Awards, this technically could be counted as a 2018 release. The Chilean film from director Sebastian Lello (Gloria) stars transgender actress Daniela Vega in a powerhouse performance as a waitress and night club singer whose life is thrown into turmoil after the death of her older boyfriend. Visually sumptuous and packing an emotional wallop, this is definitely one to watch for once it gets a wider release next year.
3. ‘The Miseducation of Cameron Post’
The Sundance-bound indie from writer/director Desiree Akhavan (gushed about previously at #5) stars the American Honey breakout Sasha Lane alongside Chloe Grace Moretz. The film is an adaptation of Emily Danforth’s coming-of-age novel about a girl in 1993 forced into gay conversion therapy after getting caught with the prom queen. The premise, the cast, and the talent behind the camera has me excited for what should prove to be a radical coming-of-age tale.
2. ‘Boy Erased’
The second film coming out next year about gay conversion therapy is the sophomore effort from actor/director Joel Edgerton (The Gift). Primed for awards season with a September release by Focus Features, the film boasts a stacked cast. Among them are Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, Joel Edgerton, Russell Crowe, and — get this — Xavier Dolan and Troye Sivan. The film is based on Garrad Conley’s memoir and will likely prove to be a big conversation topic come next fall.
1. ‘Love, Simon’
Imagine a John Green movie — but gay. I will admit to being only perfectly whelmed by the trailer with what appears to be a fairly formulaic high school coming-of-age comedy. The source material, however — the adored YA novel Simon vs. the Homosapien Agenda — still gives me hope for something singular and unique.
There is something to be said about a major studio releasing this film. It really is the first of its kind, and that’s a huge step forward for LGBTQ representation. It may not be the best queer film to come out of next year, but it very well might turn out to be the most important. Imagine as a young gay kid having access to see a movie like this at your local movie theater, no matter where in the country you lived — now that’s a game-changer.