The 2017 Cannes Film Festival kicks off in less than 2 days (May 17) and we are loving this year's Queer Palm poster which pays tribute to the one and only Pedro Almodóvar!
Queer Palm 2017 Nominees
Who will win this year's Queen Palm award? Here is a list of nominated films and trailers if available:
120 Beats per Minute (120 battements par minute), Directed by Robin Campillo
Early 1990s. With AIDS having already claimed countless lives for nearly ten years, Act up-Paris activists multiply actions to fight general indifference. Nathan, a newcomer to the group, has his world shaken up by Sean, a radical militant, who throws his last bits of strength into the struggle.
Coby, Directed by Christian Sonderegger
In the village of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, Suzanna, a 21 year old woman, changes her gender and becomes a boy. But at first, she takes the transitional name: Coby. In a very intimate way, this film tells the story of her journey to manhood, but also the commitment of her close surrounding. An incisive, tender and ironic portrait of a transgender and his family seeking for freedom.
Golden Years (Nos années folles), Directed by André Téchiné
The true story of a French WW1 deserter who, with the support of his wife, spends a decade in disguise as a woman. When granted amnesty, he tries to live as a man again.
How to Talk to Girls at Parties, Directed by John Cameron Mitchell
A story about the birth of punk, the exuberance of first love, and the universe’s greatest mystery of all: how to talk to girls at parties.
Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts, Directed by Mouly Surya
In the deserted hills of an Indonesian island, Marlina, a young widow, is attacked, raped and robbed for her cattle. To defend herself, she kills several men of the gang. Seeking justice, she goes on a journey for empowerment and redemption. But the road is long, especially when the ghost of her headless victim begins to haunt her.
Nothingwood, Directed by Sonia Kronlund
At around 100 km from Kabul, Salim Shaheen, the most prolific and popular actor-director-producer in Afghanistan, came to show several of his 110 feature films and, in passing, shoot the next one. This trip, in which he brought his actors, all more eccentric and out of control than the last, is the opportunity to meet this film lover, who has made relentlessly Z-movies in a country at war for more than thirty years. Nothingwood tells the story of a life spent to accomplish a child’s dream.
They, Directed by Anahita Ghazvinizadeh
Fourteen-year-old J goes by the pronoun ‘They” and lives with their parents in the suburbs of Chicago. J is exploring their gender identity while taking hormone blockers to postpone puberty. After two years of medication and therapy, J has to make a decision whether or not to transition. Over this crucial weekend while their parents are away, J’s sister Lauren and her maybe/maybe-not Iranian partner Araz arrive to take care of J.
Bad Rabbit (Coelho Mau), Directed by Carlos Conceição
Wayward boy punishes his mother’s lover. Beauty and horror fondle each other. Young gods callously abjure conventional morality. Death goes whoring in child’s guise.
The Best Fireworks Ever (Najpiękniejsze fajerwerki ever), Directed by Aleksandra Terpinska
In a contemporary world in one of the European cities, three friends, as they face a military conflict in their country, must modify their plans for the future.
Cherries (Trešnje), Directed by Dubravka Turic
Family tensions are slowly eroding what should have been a carefree summer for the young boy Jakov. A series of events ending in tragedy will incite his emotional revolt against the grown ups, but also his sense of guilt.
Heritage (Ben Mamshich), Directed by Yuval Aharoni
Noam, a young gay man, discovers that his father, who just died, had a secret affair with a married man. He follows and meets that man. He now holds his father’s secret.
Islands (Les Iles), Directed by Yann Gonzale
Characters wander through an erotic maze of love and desire.
Möbius, Directed by Sam Kuhn
A moth eaten tale of magic and mutation half remembered by a teen poet who’s beloved lies lifeless in a stream.