Best LGBTQ Films To Check Out At The 2017 Denver Film Festival

Denver is nothing if not a progressive city. We boast a large LGBTQ population, with plenty of resources, bars, clubs, and more to support them. Our Pride parade is one of the largest in the country. Simply put, the Mile High City supports equality for all folks, regardless of gender or orientation. The Denver Film Festival demonstrates this with its CinemaQ selections: films that celebrate “queer voice, queer vision, queer lives.” Check out all the wonderfully queer films at this year’s festival–that’s sure to be the best one yet.


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Written and directed by Laurel Parmet, “Spring” tells the story of a girl who spends her days photographing her narcissistic best friend who wants to be a model, all while holding back a secret truth. It’s a true-to-life tale of what it’s like for teenagers discovering their sexuality, and not knowing what to do with it. This 8-minute dramedy is part of Shorts 1, a collection of shorts exploring the theme of internal struggles.

Showtimes: Saturday, November 4 at 6:45 p.m., Sunday, November 5 at 2:30 p.m. All showings at the UA Pavilions.


The Cakemaker

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This Israeli film uses three languages (Hebrew, German, and English) to tell the story of a man who leaves behind his bakery in Berlin to go and cater to a grieving widow in Israel. The twist? He used to be the widow’s husband’s secret lover. Directed by Ofir Raul Graizer and starring Zohar Shtrauss and Sarah Adler, this drama is sure to be an impactful hit at this year’s film fest. View the trailer here.

Showtimes: Sunday, November 5 at 5:50 p.m., Monday, November 6 at 6:45 p.m., Tuesday, November 7 at 4:30 p.m. All showings at the UA Pavilions.


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Norwegian filmmaker Joachim Trier (relative of famed director Lars Von Trier) has created what’s sure to be an unforgettable sci-fi thriller with “Thelma.” The film follows Thelma (Eili Harboe), a college girl who befriends a fellow classmate (Kaya Wilkins). As the pair get closer, though, Thelma realizes she’s not like the average woman, as she has strong, supernatural abilities that lead to her friend’s disappearance. View the trailer here.

Showtimes: Friday, November 3 at 5:50 p.m., Saturday, November 4 at 3:45 p.m.Monday, November 6 at 4:00 p.m. All showings at the UA Pavilions.

Call Me By Your Name

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Based on the novel by Andre Aciman, this coming-of-age story follows 17-year-old Elio as he spends a summer in Italy and meets a man who will forever change his life and his heart. Starring Armie Hammer (“The Social Network”, “Nocturnal Animals”) and Timothée Chalamet (“Interstellar”), the film premiered at Sundance earlier this year and has already received high praise. It’s an intriguing and sensual film, whose script was penned by none other than James Ivory (whose directorial credits include classics like “Howard’s End” and “A Room With A View”). View the trailer here.

Showtime: Monday, November 6 at 5:45 p.m. at the Sie FilmCenter.