2019 has already started with some amazing films in the cinema. We highlight more future releases in 2019

2019 has so far been the year of the biography with an amazing selection of lesbian or bisexual themed films hitting mainstream cinemas including Can You Ever Forgive Me, Colette and The Favourite. There are more biographies to come, ensuring that our herstory is known; as well as a good dose of fiction. Check out these films coming out in 2019.

Borderline

145 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

Craving that girl she was never able to replace and seeking inspiration in her presence, or absence, or rather fantasy, a troubled writer embarks on a stormy journey of love, passion and potentially perdition.

To Each, Her Own

15  | 95 min | Comedy

Simone plans to inform her conservative Jewish family that she’s a lesbian, but as she proceeds with coming out she finds herself attracted to a man.

Idle Thoughts

95 min | Comedy

When a demanding lover inspires her to write, an idle woman must fake the relationship in order to complete her new book.

Hearts Beat Loud

12A | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

A father and daughter form an unlikely songwriting duo in the summer before she leaves for college.

Tell it to the Bees

1 hr 46 min | Drama, Romance, LGBT

Tagline: In 1950s small town Britain, a doctor develops a relationship with her young patient’s mother.

Synopsis: An adaptation of Fiona Shaw’s beloved novel of the same name, this forbidden romance drama directed by Annabel Jankel centers on the connection between a single mother (Holliday Grainger) and the doctor of her young son (Anna Paquin). Set in cold, 1950s Scotland, the narrow-minded views of their town will be challenged when news of their relationship gets out.

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Benedetta

Biography, Drama, History, LGBT

Tagline: A 17th-century nun in Italy suffers from disturbing religious and erotic visions. She is assisted by a companion, and the relationship between the two women develops into a romantic love affair.

Synopsis: There are not many movies out there about lesbian nuns, but Paul Verhoeven’s French-language feature Benedetta could easily be the best one yet. Based on real-life events chronicled in Judith C. Brown’s book Immodest Acts, the erotic drama revolves around Benedetta Carlini (Virginie Efira), a nun in 17th-century Italy who experiences disturbing visions. When a companion is required in the form of fellow nun Bartolomea Crivelli (Daphne Patakia), a love affair ensues between them.

Air

Synopsis: In Anatol Schuster’s poetic and breathtaking German film, first love blossoms between two 17-year-old girls: the observant, curious Manja (Paula Hüttisch) and rebellious Louk (Lara Feith). Through a complex connection that thrives on truth, idealism, and fearlessness, the two of them learn more about themselves during their journey together, as well as the meaning of letting go.

Knife+Heart (Un couteau dans le coeur (original title))

1 hr 50 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller, LGBT

Tagline: Paris, summer 1979. Anne is a producer of gay porn at discount. When Loïs, her editor and companion, leaves her, she attempts to reclaim her by turning a film more ambitious with the flamboyant Archibald.

Synopsis: Taking place during a 1979 summer in Paris, Knife + Heart follows a gay porn producer named Anne (Vanessa Paradis). When her editor and lover Lois (Kate Moran) breaks up with her, Anne sets out to create her most ambitious film yet in order to win her back. But that journey takes a strange turn when one of her actors is murdered. Featuring an original score by M83, Yann Gonzalez’s thriller has quickly become one of the most-anticipated films among LGBTQ audiences.

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Baby Jane

Synopsis: Based on Sofi Oksanen’s identically titled novel, this sexually-driven Finnish film helmed by Katja Gauriloff will deliver intrigue and unrestrained desire. After moving to Helsinki, Jane (Roosa Söderholm) finds the excitement she’s looking for in Piki (Maria Ylipää), whom she unexpectedly meets at a gay bar. Together, they embark on an intense romance that opens up both of their worlds.

Portrait of A Lady On Fire

Synopsis: Directed by French auteur Céline Sciamma (known for her 2007 lesbian film Water Lilies), her upcoming fourth feature is a forbidden love story that takes place on the island of Brittany in the mid-1700s. A painter, Marianne (Noémie Merlant), is commissioned to create a wedding portrait of a young woman Héloïse (Adèle Haenel), who is reluctant to get married. Intimacy and attraction eventually grow between the two women during their time together.

The Heiresses

Synopsis: This Paraguayan drama from Marcelo Martinessi captures a story that has never been told before. After Chiquita (Margarita Irun) is imprisoned on fraud charges, her partner of over 30 years, Chela (Ana Brun), has no choice but to begin anew. Along the way, Chela forms an intimate connection with a younger woman Angy (Ana Ivanova), resulting in a newfound confidence and deeper appreciation of life.

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