Recently, after seeing “Love, Simon,” filmmaker Xavier Dolan
wrote on his Instagram
page, “Let’s not discuss the movie itself, but rather focus on its existence, and the fact a major studio has released a film on a teen coming out. A door has opened, which has opened before, but this time, I can see the light pouring in.” He praised the film for being a huge step towards building narratives around Lgbtq protagonists instead of relinquishing them to comical supporting roles. When “Call Me by Your Name
” was shown to festivalgoers at Sundance, the film immediately picked up momentum, building on its initial buzz to receive several Academy Award nominations, including best picture. It was a coming-of-age love story, which happened to have two male leads.
At this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Wanuri Kahiu
’s lesbian love story, “Rafiki
” (pictured) premiered in Un Certain Regard to strong reviews.