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Frameline 38: Return of San Francisco's LGBT Film Festival 

Wednesday, Jun 18 2014

A lot has changed in the 38 years since the Frameline Film Festival debuted — among other things, if it started now, it would probably have a title that made its LGBT focus more explicit — but it still offers the best of international queer cinema. Harkening back to Frameline's early days is Hervé Joseph Lebrun's documentary Mondo Homo: A Study of French Gay Porn in the '70s, which is exactly what it sounds like, with plenty of explicit footage of handlebar mustaches, glory holes, and other delights of d'Estaing-era France. In Dito Montiel's drama Boulevard, Robin Williams plays a modern married man who finds his life challenged by his attraction to a young male hustler (Roberto Aguire). Telling the kind of story that's still underrepresented even (especially) in the queer cinema world, Eric Schaeffer's romantic comedy Boy Meets Girl follows a confident young trans woman (Michelle Hendley) in a small town whose carefully planned future is upended when a new romance enters her life. And this year's documentary centerpiece is To Be Takei, the new picture from It Came from Kuchar director Jennifer Kroot about the Internet-beloved gay icon, Star Trek veteran, internment camp survivor, and living embodiment of joie de vivre George Takei, who is expected to be on hand to accept the Frameline Award.

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