AFI FEST 2022: LGBTQ+ Films – American Film Institute


AFI FEST 2022: LGBTQ+ Films

We’re proud to shine a spotlight on the LGBTQ+ films, filmmakers, characters and actors screening at AFI FEST 2022! Join us Nov. 2-6 in the heart of Hollywood to celebrate these triumphs in storytelling.


Screening to be followed by a conversation with sound designer Mark Mangini.

Certain to forever alter the way that you listen, this profound sensory experience from Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker Sam Green (THE WEATHER UNDERGROUND) features an immersive, sonic tour through the history of sound science and experimental music, with original music by JD Samson, lead singer of MEN and Le Tigre.

Screening Nov. 4 at 7:15 p.m. BUY TICKETS


North American Premiere

Larissa, a transgender woman, and Cláudio, a cisgender man, meet one night in the streets of Lisbon. Two people, two realities, who dance their differences away till morning light.

Screens Nov. 5 at 9:45 p.m. as part of Shorts Program 5. BUY TICKETS


Screening to be followed by a conversation with director Luca Guadagnino and actor Taylor Russell.

Luca Guadagnino’s latest film, BONES AND ALL, is a story of first love between Maren, a young woman learning how to survive on the margins of society, and Lee, an intense and disenfranchised drifter; a liberating road odyssey of two young people coming into their own, searching for identity and chasing beauty in a perilous world that cannot abide who they are.

Screening Nov. 5 at 8:00 p.m. LEARN MORE


Screening to be followed by a conversation with director Lukas Dhont.

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes, Lukas Dhont’s potent, new film explores how the intense friendship between two sensitive and affectionate 13-year-old boys is abruptly torn apart when school bullies begin mocking their closeness.

Screening Nov. 5 at 3:15 p.m. BUY TICKETS

COLONY COLLAPSE DISORDER (הפרעת התמוטטות המושבה)

Colony Collapse Disorder is an abnormal phenomenon that occurs when bees leave the hive with no apparent reason. Between forest and city, two ambiguous lovers journey to preserve their togetherness.

Screening Nov. 5 at 7:00 p.m. as part of Shorts Program 4. BUY TICKETS


Screening to be followed by a conversation with director Joana Pimenta.

In the center of this expansive vision of modern Brazil are two sisters ruling the peripheral city of Ceilândia, Brazil. Chitara and Léa lead a fearsome all-female biker gang, operating a black-market gasoline enterprise by illegally siphoning oil from the militarized government and selling it to other local bikers.

Screening Nov. 3 at 7:15 p.m. BUY TICKETS


Bursting at the seams with impetuous energy and anchored by the breakout performance from Dramé, THE FIVE DEVILS wears its genre proclivity with pride, unabashedly exploring witchcraft, time travel and the fascinating elemental canon of the fiery feminine. Featuring a needle-drop of the soon-to-be sapphic anthem “Total Eclipse of the Heart,” Léa Mysius (AVA, AFI FEST 2017) conducts a hauntingly mysterious love story that transcends linear time.

Screening Nov. 5 at 10:00 p.m. BUY TICKETS


U.S. Premiere

Screening to be followed by a conversation with director Saim Sadiq and producer Apoorva Guru Charan.

In his ravishing feature debut, Pakistani filmmaker Saim Sadiq astutely observes a patriarchal, lower-middle-class family’s hesitant explorations of desire and intimacy.

Screening Nov. 5 at 12:00 p.m. BUY TICKETS


A moving look into the iconic legacy of pioneering lesbian experimental filmmaker Barbara Hammer, through the lens and love of her partner of over 30 years, Florrie Burke.

Screening Nov. 5 at 9:45 a.m. as part of Shorts Program 1. BUY TICKETS


Screening to be followed by a conversation with director Andrea Pallaoro, producer Christina Dow and actors Trace Lysette and Patricia Clarkson.

Stoic and self-reliant Monica (Trace Lysette, TRANSPARENT) returns home for the first time in years to care for her ailing, estranged mother (Patricia Clarkson) as the two confront unspoken tensions in this sensitive family drama.

Screening Nov. 6 at 3:30 p.m. BUY TICKETS


Screening to be followed by a conversation with director Albert Serra.

Benoît Magimel spectacularly embodies a calculating but charismatic French bureaucrat named De Roller, who roams around the island with growing paranoia, in a balancing act of diplomatic machinations and business dealings. Starring opposite Magimel is newcomer Pahoa Mahagafanau, with a mesmerizing breakout performance as third-gender Polynesian choreographer Shannah, who develops an increasingly beguiling relationship with De Roller.

Screening Nov. 4 at 7:00 p.m. BUY TICKETS


When a struggling foley artist grows a horsetail out of her body, she begins a game of seduction with a botanist in this skillfully crafted study of control and eroticism from visual artist Ann Oren.

Screening Nov. 3 at 10:30 p.m. BUY TICKETS

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