It was a pretty good time for lesbian and bisexual women to go to the movies and feel represented in 2013 – relatively speaking of course. While films are still a far cry from TV in terms of queer characters and visibility, 2013 saw the release of three lesbian-themed films, one of which won the Palme D’Or at Cannes and garnered loads of international attention (although whether or not that’s a good thing when it comes to Blue Is the Warmest Color has been hotly debated by many lesbian viewers).
Beyond Blue, Stacie Passon’s Concussion and the biographical Reaching for the Moon landed in theaters last fall. Meanwhile critically-adored documentaries about icons Alice Walker and Diana Nyad made splashes at film festivals, as did slightly experimental narrative features like Anna Margarita Albelo’s Who’s Afraid of Vagina Wolf? and Valencia: The Movie/s, based on Michelle Tea’s memoir.
Grab you popcorn and Swedish Fish and relive the year in queer women at the movies!
9) Breaking the Girls
Jamie Babbit’s lesbian take on Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train (based on the book by out writer Patricia Highsmith) is a pure guilty pleasure. The notion of “You do my murder, I’ll do yours,” is taken to dizzying erotic heights in this film fest darling that stars Madeline Zima (Californication, Heroes) and Agnes Bruckner (Private Practice). Guinevere Turner (Go Fish, American Psycho, The L Word) co-wrote the script.