2019 was an amazing year for lesbian film with some amazing films appearing in the cinema. We’re hoping 2020 will offer another bolster selection. We highlight a few of the known future releases in 2020.
2019 started of as 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. In 2020 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 2020.
One Four Three
Based on lesfic author Jade Winters first book of the same name, 143 promises to be a compelling drama. Wicked Winters Films burst onto the filmmaking circuit in 2018 and released 5 short films in 2019 before finishing off 2019 by shooting this feature.
Synopsis: Genevieve’s parents are still reeling from the news that their daughter is a lesbian and she will no longer be marrying Paul, the man who they believe is the ideal son-in-law. Rejected by her family and friends, Genevieve makes a new life with Rebecca, the woman she has fallen in love with and she has never been happier. D.C Isabelle Smith first encounters the couple when investigating a vicious attack on Genevieve along the embankment of the River Thames. Her investigation is hampered when Genevieve regains consciousness but can not remember the attack, who she is or the woman she loves. With great reluctance Rebecca has no choice but to let Genevieve return to her family and ex-fiance who will do what ever they can to steer her along the path they believe is the right one – the one that does not include Rebecca.
Director Francis Lee is directing this film starring Kate Winslet, Saoirse Ronan and Fiona Shaw which was shot in Dorset in early 2019 which tells the story of Mary Anning.
Synopsis: 1840s England, an infamous fossil hunter and a young woman sent to convalesce by the sea develop an intense relationship, altering both of their lives forever.
Paul Verhoeven (known for films including Basic Instinct and Showgirls) directs this film which will show our herstory in 17th-century Italy.
Synopsis: 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.
1 h 20 mins | Romance
Director Wendy Jo Carlton, director of Jamie and Jessie Are Not Together and Hannah Free returns with her latest feature and we’re very excited!
Synopsis: Jenna and Kate open up their relationship to an alluring stranger in the hopes of spicing up their two-year romance, only for it to expose the faults in their foundation.
Clea Duvalll is directing this film that stars Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis.
Synopsis: A young woman with a plan to propose to her girlfriend while at her family’s annual holiday party discovers her partner hasn’t yet come out to her conservative parents.
91 mins | Comedy
A film about a queer, femme, Dominatrix who huffs the contents of a magic aerosol can and develops the ability to speak to the dead…
Synopsis: Trinity is an independent, sex-positive millennial working as a Dominatrix in Chicago. After an incident huffing her drug of choice—a mysterious aerosol can from the ubiquitous Glamhag brand—she finds herself with a newfound gift for speaking to the dead. Confused and more than a little curious about this strange turn of events, Trinity seeks the counsel of a colorful cast of characters, from priests and drag queens to a witch and more, all of whom teach her their unique spiritual practices.
As she navigates life with this unexpected talent (and continues to huff that mysterious drug), Trinity is tossed between hallucination and reality more and more frequently, developing a growing confidence in her strange new ability and learning to harness it in surprising ways. But with any great power comes great responsibility, and soon Trinity has to decide what’s more important: her community and personal relationships or the allure of influence and fame.
Boasting an inclusive cast and crew comprised of diverse communities often neglected in mainstream cinema and approaching typically taboo subjects with verve and acceptance, HOLY TRINITY is a sometimes raunchy, always entertaining celebration of all that makes us different. In their feature film debut, writer, director and star Molly Hewitt presents a vibrant and vivid portrait of friendship, spirituality and community, with more than a little glam sprinkled in along the way.
More Beautiful for Having Been Broken
1 h 51 mins | Drama
Nicole Conn is a very well known name in the lesbian film world. Best known for Elena Undone and A Perfect Ending, we’re delighted that Nicole’s next film is here!
Synopsis: Devoted FBI Agent McKenzie “Max” De Ridder has recently lost her mother, who was her very best friend and greatest champion. In the wake of grief, McKenzie’s behavior has become erratic and she soon finds herself suspended.
McKenzie, frenzied, drinking and lost, escapes to the small town she used to visit on “Star Adventures” with her late mother.
Soon after McKenzie arrives in town she meets Freddie, a young special needs boy with Fanconi Anemia (a rare disease that comes with a short expiration date). He spends his wheelchair-bound days whizzing around the streets of the small town of Meriville. Freddie’s savant-like wisdom and perseverance penetrate McKenzie’s gruff walls of despair and pain. She is taken by how unaffected he is by the reality of his condition. McKenzie forms an undeniable bond with Freddie and an unexpected testy, then loving relationship with his mother.
The small town tangled relationships and mother-daughter dynamics reveal themselves, as each woman traverses the intricate minefields of love, pain and anguish. In the end, the extraordinary young “teacher” Freddie exhibits strength and courage, creating the unconditional love each needs to begin their journeys to becoming whole and finding love.
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