Founded in 1977, Frameline is the oldest and most renowned LGBTQ+ film festival in the world, based in San Francisco.

Frameline48 (the 48th edition of Frameline) will take place from June 19 to 29, 2024. Screenings will be held in over eight different cinemas, including the Roxie and the new Parkway theater in Oakland

If you can’t attend in person,  Frameline48: the San Francisco International LGBTQ+ Film Festival will also feature a national “Streaming Encore”! The Streaming Encore will begin on June 24, and be available to view anywhere in the US until  June 30th, 2024.

Here is the French language selection (All movies have English subtitles).

Young Hearts

JUNE 21, 2024 6:30 PM — 8:07 PM at The Palace of Fine Arts
DIRECTED BY ANTHONY SCHATTEMAN 2024 BELGIUM/NETHERLANDS – Language: Dutch & French
Beautifully filmed in the Belgian countryside, Young Hearts is a refreshing tale of first love. In his feature debut, writer/director Anthony Schatteman (Kiss Me Softly, Frameline37) pulls off the impressive feat of offering something unique and profound for everyone: a much-needed salve for the folks whose first taste of queer love was riddled with trauma, a gentle mirror for the LGBTQ+ youth of today, and a sincere harbinger of hope to parents raising the next generation of queers.

Elias seems to be a pretty carefree kid in his pretty cute Belgian town. At 14, Elias (Lou Goossens in a breakthrough performance) is pretty carefree; he has a gang of friends at school, a kinda-sorta girlfriend he likes to hang out with (platonically), and fun parents. But when a cool new city boy, Alex, moves in next door, Elias finds his feelings of friendship going much deeper than he knows what to do with. Reminiscent of Lukas Dhont’s Oscar-nominated Close (though without its tragic element), Young Hearts is an emotionally perceptive and rewarding cinematic experience. For Elias, truly giving in to first love will have to start with accepting himself. His journey is a joy to watch.

Turtles

JUNE 22, 2024 8:30 PM — 10:07 PM
DIRECTED BY DAVID LAMBERT / 2023  / BELGIUM/CANADA / Langage : English & French
Now in their 80s, Thom and Henri are a married couple living an outwardly sweet existence at their quaint home in Brussels with their pet turtles Topsy and Turvy. As they celebrate Henri’s retirement from the police force, Thom sees this as a perfect opportunity to rekindle their passion after 35 years. But Henri can’t cope with his newfound lack of purpose, and thus… the two start to drive one other crazy.

Through a series of increasingly desperate and hilarious maneuvers that only further drive the wedge between them, Thom crusades to keep their marriage alive… even if Henri would rather turn to Grindr instead. And soon, the battleground for a high-stakes game of one-upmanship is set. For writer/director David Lambert (Beyond the Walls, Frameline37), Turtlesis the film he wished he had seen as a teenager, when his cinematic and real-life search for relatable, queer role models always came up empty. Likening Thom and Henri to a classic Tracy and Hepburn duo, Lambert finds the perfect match in English actor/comedian Dave Johns (I, Daniel Blake) and Belgian cinema royalty Olivier Gourmet (Two Days, One Night).

Sebastian

JUNE 24, 2024 6:00 PM — 7:40 PM at The Vogue Theater
DIRECTED BY MIKKO MÄKELÄ2024UK/FINLAND/BELGIUM110 MINS – Language English & French

Struggling as a young aspiring writer in London, Max forges a new identity for himself in the form of a ravenous sex worker: Sebastian. Opening himself up to a previously unexplored world, Max suddenly finds himself unburdened by expectations and invigorated by possibility. When he begins writing thinly-veiled stories about his double life, Max finds himself with the book deal he’d been dreaming of. But as his newfound experiences spur a creative output, Max must decide where he ends and Sebastian begins.

With his confident sophomore feature, Finnish British writer/director Mikko Mäkelä (A Moment in the Reeds, Frameline42) isn’t afraid to explore the complicated nuances of sex work and the transformative power it can wield. As Mäkelä traces Max’s journey of self-identity (which is powerfully brought to life onscreen by actor Ruaridh Mollica), he opts not for sensationalism but tenderness. The result is a thoughtful, compelling investigation of the importance of queer identities and how they shape us.

Fragments of a Life Loved

JUNE 24, 2024 6:00 PM — 7:36 PM at The Roxie
DIRECTED BY CHLOÉ BARREAU 2023 ITALY – Langage French & Italian

Imagine walking into a room filled with all your former lovers, and they’re talking about you. Now imagine they’re all there because you invited them.Since her late teens, Chloé Barreau documented each of her many romantic partners on film, no matter the length or strength of the relationship. This footage from her past serves as the groundwork for a project about identity formed through romance, but Barreau knows that there are (at least) two sides to every story. In Fragments of a Life Loved, Barreau embarks on a bold experiment to flesh out her autobiographical exploration. She invites each of her exes to divulge their side of the story, filmed by a neutral party to allow for candid reflections of Barreau and their time together.

Splitting her time between Paris and Rome, Barreau juxtaposes her filmed memories with the present day interviews with her past paramours — among them model/actor Anna Mouglalis (Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky) and filmmaker Rebecca Zlotowski (Other People’s Children). Barreau breaks new ground in the realm of first-person cinema with Fragments of a Life Loved. The film comes together at the juncture of narcissism and pure vulnerability, resulting in an occasionally uncomfortable, but always fascinating viewing experience.

Chloé Barreau will be here in person for a Q&A session after the movie

Doppelgängers³

JUNE 24, 2024 8:30 PM — 9:43 PM at the New Parkway
DIRECTED BY NELLY BEN HAYOUN-STÉPANIAN – LANGUAGE English, Armenian, & French

Throw away all common sense and tap into your madness as you follow Dr. Nelly Ben Hayoun-Stépanian ⎯ a London-based artist and educator of Armenian and Algerian descent ⎯ on a fascinating journey to build a new civilization on the moon. Along with her doppelgängers, Myriam and Lucia, Nelly challenges us to defy power structures and reject planetary exploitation by letting go of the constraints of borders, gender, and religion to embrace what diversity could be in the vast landscape of our imaginations.

Prior to their mission, Nelly and her parallel version of self speak with a wide-ranging collection of experts. There’s an LGBTQ+ rights activist, an astronomer, a political scientist, an archaeologist who also makes wine, a theoretical physicist, an environmental designer, a horror filmmaker, and a mathematical economist. They are all crucial to their quest to uncover the key to a queer, eco-feminist future devoid of generational trauma, colonization, and imperialism. However, as the analog space mission takes unexpected turns, the future remains as uncertain as the condition of Schrödinger’s Cat. Featuring the music of Pussy Riot and Colin Self, Doppelgängers³ had its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival.

Don’t Change Hands (18+)

JUNE 25, 2024 10:00 PM — 11:45 PM at The Roxie
DIRECTED BY PAUL VECCHIALI / 1975 / FRANCE

When a wealthy politician receives a mysterious pornographic film reel starring her estranged son, she hires lesbian private detective Mélinda (Myriam Mézières) to investigate the source of the film and uncover who is trying to blackmail her with it. The case soon leads Mélinda directly to the Shanghai Lily, a den of iniquity populated by lusty and duplicitous femmes fatales, quick to open their raincoats but even quicker to draw their pistol.

Don’t Change Hands was maverick auteur Paul Vecchiali’s finest foray into adult film territory, fusing bisexual orgies and pornographic intrigue with a wildly entertaining film noir. Imagine an X-rated version of The Big Sleep, if Humphrey Bogart played a lesbian private eye. Recently restored in 4k, Don’t Change Hands is the perfect introduction to Vecchiali’s queer oeuvre — which is still widely unseen outside of his native France and one he continued to build up until his passing in 2023 at age 91.

Split

JUNE 26, 2024 8:00 PM — 9:35 PM at the Roxie
DIRECTED BY IRIS BREY 2023FRANCE 96 MINS

Wanting the exciting career, but also craving the steadiness of family. Loving your partner, but unable to ignore the passion and intensity with someone else. For Anna (Alma Jodorowsky, Blue Is the Warmest Color), a stunt double for the famous multi-hyphenate megastar, Eve Callac (played by Anatomy of a Fall’s Jehnny Beth in a brooding, sultry performance), life is about split decisions and split loyalties. Sometimes all it takes is a few secret dressing room rendezvous, tender countryside adventures, and daring feats of activism. With Eve, the usually fearless Anna finds herself cautiously stepping into her sexuality while stepping out of the life she envisioned for herself.

Written and directed by feminist author Iris Brey and also starring Pauline Chalamet (The Sex Lives of College Girls), this slick, sexy romance confronts the lingering stigmas around significant women’s issues through intimate and liberating scenes. A five-episode limited series shown in its entirety here at the Festival, Split smartly examines what it means to pursue your desires and the inevitable evolution of relationships and connection.

This film has a content advisory. For more information, please click here.

If I Die, It’ll Be of Joy

JUNE 28, 2024 1:00 PM — 2:20 PM at the Roxie
DIRECTED BY ALEXIS TAILLANT 2024 / FRANCE – Language : French

A meditation on the often-fraught relationship between sexuality and aging, If I Die, It’ll Be of Joy is essential viewing for queer folks of all generations. When director Alexis Taillant turned 43, he became better acquainted with the invisibility that comes with growing older. As a result, the filmmaker set out to interrogate our ageist cultural perceptions of LGBTQ+ elders, and, ultimately, asserts that old age can be a period of life that’s filled with immense love, joy, and pleasure. By interviewing three subjects — 81-year-old Micheline, who still dreams of sex and orgasms; 70-year-old taboo-fighting activist Francis; and 68-year-old downcast romantic Yves — the documentary paints a portrait that is both unique and universal.

Beautifully lensed and honestly told, If I Die, It’ll Be of Joy is an intimate triptych that pushes audiences to reckon with the power held by our queer elders as they defy prejudice, rethink aging, and delight in new and familiar experiences.

 

Dates: June 19 to 29, 2024
Multiple locations
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