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Salvation Army

Morocco | 2013 | 82 minutes | Abdellah Taïa

Inspired by the director's own experiences, the film recounts the journey of a gay Moroccan teenager who uses his sexuality to advance his position in, and eventually escape, the society that shuns him. A brave, provocative film that tackles taboo issues to offer a new vision of the queer Arab experience.

The Servant

United Kingdom | 1963 | 115 minutes | Joseph Losey

Sexual taboos, power plays, clandestine longings, and the fragility of class relations all play a part in Harold Pinter’s breathtakingly biting takedown of British aristocracy and social mores. Adapted from Robin Maugham’s 1948 novelette. This extraordinary, recent restoration celebrates the film’s 50th anniversary.

The Skeleton Twins

USA | 2014 | 90 minutes | Craig Johnson

Bellingham native Craig Johnson directs “Saturday Night Live” alums Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader in astonishing performances as estranged twins. After cheating death on the same day, Maggie and Milo reunite in their native upstate New York town in this simultaneously humorous and melancholic comedy.

Something Must Break

Sweden | 2014 | 81 minutes | Ester Martin Bergsmark

Sensuously stylized and drawn from the experiences of its creators, Break tracks a bourgeoning, difficult, and steamy romance between warehouse worker Sebastian, who increasingly identifies as Ellie, and leather-clad straight punk Andreas.

To Be Takei

USA | 2014 | 90 minutes | Jennifer Kroot

From a World War II internment camp to “Star Trek” to online celebrity, George Takei’s journey has been filled with the unexpected. A crowd-pleasing peek into the public and private lives of equal rights activist and gay icon Takei and his husband, Brad.

Tom at the Farm

Canada (Québec) | 2013 | 102 minutes | Xavier Dolan

Xavier Dolan (Laurence Anyways, SIFF 2013) directs and stars in the title role of an ad exec crashing a country funeral. There, his dead lover’s brother initiates a macabre game of role-play to protect the family.

The Way He Looks

Brazil | 2014 | 95 minutes | Daniel Ribeiro

This savvy debut feature from Brazil highlights the emotional intelligence of teenagers, evoking a gay take on John Hughes’ teen classics. Blind from birth, teenaged Leonardo is ready for independence—and love. When new kid Gabriel arrives in class, he soon replaces Leonardo’s loyal female bestie.

What Now? Remind Me

Portugal | 2013 | 164 minutes | Joaquim Pinto

Joaquim Pinto, HIV positive since the ’90s, presents a video diary of exquisite insight and tenderness, of love of life and cinema, made during a year of inactivity when he underwent experimental treatment. The stories from Pinto’s archival collections are spliced with the daily goings-on of Pinto’s husband and pets in this funny, intimate family portrait.

Yves Saint Laurent

France | 2014 | 101 minutes | Jalil Lespert

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“Fashions fade, style is eternal.” This high-drama journey through the life of innovative haute couturier Laurent begins in the late ‘50s with romance and a bourgeoning career.

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