**Circuit Q&A’s are our daily community question, posed to the readers of AwardsCircuit that cover various topics from film and television to general wonderings and for instances**
Since June is Pride Month, that makes it a perfect time to celebrate queer cinema. For today’s Q&A, we’ll be celebrating international queer films. While it’s easy to recognize the brilliance of US films like “Carol” or “Moonlight,” it’s a struggle to find which films from abroad audiences are most fond of.
France is a strong hub for LGBTQ+ films with the Cannes Film Festival acting as a launching pad for many of them. Cannes is where films such as “Blue is the Warmest Color” first made waves with critics and audiences. The acclaimed lesbian drama won the Palme D’Or, the festival’s highest honor. Four years later, “BPM (Beats Per Minute),” which depicts the AIDS crisis, won the Grand Prix. This year, the period drama “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” directed by Celine Sciamma won the Queer Palm Award. Hopefully, the film have better luck with the Best International Film category (formerly titled Best Foreign Language Film) at the Oscars than the other two films did.
Latin America has some well-received offerings as well. “A Fantastic Woman,” starring trans actress Daniela Vega, became the first film from Chile to win Best Foreign Language Film. Despite being under the radar, the Brazilian coming-of-age story “The Way He Looks” has its fair share of fans, as well.
In addition, the United Kingdom has produced quality queer films. There’s “God’s Own Country” which depicts a working class Yorkshire man (played by Josh O’Connor) falling for a Romanian migrant worker (Alec Secareanu). There’s also “Weekend” from “Looking” creator Andrew Haigh, which offers an intimate look at two men who fall in love after a drunken one night stand.
There are so many quality films across international waters, but we want to know which ones stand out to you. Discuss which films you think are the best ones to watch throughout Pride Month.