Four Creative Europe films to screen at the BFI Flare London LGBTQ+ Film Festival

The programme for the 33rd BFI Flare has launched, with Festival Director Tricia Tuttle presenting this year's line-up of 50 features and more than 80 shorts, plus a wide range of special events, guest appearances, club nights and more. 

The festival will run from Wednesday 21 March to Sunday 31 March.

The 2019 opening night gala, Gemma Arterton and Elizabeth Debicki are Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf, respectively, in this sumptuous portrait of a passionate affair that inspired one of the 20th century's greatest literary works. Directed by Chanya Button (Burn, Burn, Burn), the film received Automatic Distribution support for its releases in Austria, Germany and France. 

The oft-told story of a woman breaking out of her quiet existence and discovering herself is given a unique twist in The Heiresses, a thoughtful and intimate film that resonates long after you’ve left the cinema. The Heiresses received a production grant of € 50,000 through the MEDIA-funded TorinoFilmLab Co-Production Awards. 

This breathtaking debut feature from Belgium's Lukas Dhont encompasses the heartache, courage, and punishing training of a ballerina transitioning in her teenage years. The Cannes award winner received Selective Distribution support for its release in 25 territories, including the UK courtesy of Curzon Film World. 

A teenage tearaway is forced to face up to his actions and confront his burgeoning sexuality, in this provocative Slovenian coming-of-age tale. French sales agent Wide Management received a grant through the Distribution: Sales Agents scheme.