Frameline LGBT Festival

So let’s talk about Frameline, the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bi, and Transgender–I wish they’d come up with a single word rather than a four-consonant acronym) film festival. It runs June 18 through the 28 at the Castro, the Roxie, the the Victoria, and, in Berkeley, the Elmwood.

The opening film, An Englishman In New York, stars John Hurt as Quentin Crisp, a historical figure he also played in the ground-breaking 1975 BBC film The Naked Civil Servant, which is screening at the Castro the next night. It closes, also at the Castro, with Hannah Free, a drama about an aging lesbian kept away from her comatose partner.

Other promising films (based on their descriptions–I haven’t seen any) are Patrik, Age 1.5, about a gay couple who adopt a teenage homophobe, a satire of LA through the eyes of Frenchman called Hollywood, je t’aime, the 1975 underground cult hit Thundercrack!, and City of Borders, a documentary about Israeli and Palestinian gays that also played at the San Francisco International Film Festival. There’s also a children’s matinee of the 1975 TV special, Free To Be… You And Me.