Frameline Celebrates Bisexual+ Awareness Week With 5 Film Faves!

Sep 22, 2017

During GLAAD's Bisexual+ Awareness Week, as we learn more about the history, culture, and experiences of the Bi+ community, we hit up our Frameline team to find their favorite #BiWeek films from past Festivals, because #BiVisibility matters.

IN THE GRAYSCALE (En la Gama de los Grises)    
Directed by: Claudio Marcone
Teaser: This sensitive romantic drama puts a delicate and mature twist on the classic coming-out story. Filmed in Santiago, Chile, it follows an emotionally ill-at-ease, married architect's journey of sexual discovery, which switches into high gear after he meets an intriguing gay man.
Festival Year:
Frameline39
Fun Fact:
IN THE GRAYSCALE won the Frameline39 Outstanding First Feature Award.
Selected By: Daniel Moretti - Director of Distribution & Educational Programming
Daniel's Mini-Review: "I love this film because it beautifully captures the fluidity of not only sexuality, but also romantic, friendship, and family relationships and how they too can be ever changing and have gray areas."


THREE (Drei)    
Directed by: Tom Tykwer
Teaser: An atmospheric piece about bisexuality, love and longing in cosmopolitan Berlin. With pulsing sensuality, smoldering characters prove that love really can be as easy as one, two, three.
Festival Year:
Frameline35
Fun Fact: 
Tykwer, also known for RUN LOLA RUN, PERFUME, CLOUD ATLAS, and SENSE 8, not only directs, but also composes for many of his projects.
Selected By: Frances Wallace - Executive Director 
Frances' Mini-Review: "One of the sexiest bi/queer narratives with a brilliant plot twist, set in magnificent Berlin - enjoy the seduction!"


BE RIGHT BACK (part of the Only In San Francisco shorts program)    
Directed by: Hilda Schmelling
Teaser: The owner of a small vintage shop has more on her mind than selling clothes. Over the course of one incredibly eventful morning she finds herself lost in fantasies as each new set of customers sparks her vivid imagination.
Festival Year:
Frameline40
Fun Fact:
Schmelling shot the entire film at a local, vintage thrift shop in Oakland with an all-Bay Area cast and crew.
Selected By: Kevin Schaub - Program & Hospitality Manager 
Kevin's Mini-Review: "Great direction, cinematography, and a bevy of awesome San Francisco Bay Area folks shine in this imaginative bi/queer short!"


APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR    
Directed by: Desiree Akhavan
Teaser: In this dry comedy, a semi-closeted bisexual Persian American tries to live up to her family's ideals and traditions while going through a breakup, navigating Brooklyn's dating scene with both men and women, and figuring out what to do with the rest of her life.
Festival Year:
Frameline38
Fun Fact: 
Akhavan also starred in the film as main character, "Shirin."
Selected By: Michael Raible - Digital Media Coordinator 
Michael's Mini-Review: "A distinct perspective on contemporary Brooklyn and exploration of the nuances of sexuality, Akhavan's film is a fresh take one the rom-com genre and highlights unique bi experiences through a cultural lens often underrepresented in queer film. It's also just hilarious."


THE HAPPY SAD    
Directed by: Rodney Evans
Teaser: Two young couples in New York-one black and gay, one white and heterosexual-find themselves intertwined as they create new relationship norms, explore sexual identity and redefine monogamy.
Festival Year:
Frameline37
Fun Fact:
Evans also directed Frameline28's BROTHER TO BROTHER, which won the Frameline28 Audience Award.
Selected By: Jon Carroll - Director of Development 
Jon's Mini-Review: "Evans blends racial and sexual fluidity into a sometimes comical, sometimes awkward exploration of modern twenty-somethings. Adapted from a Ken Burns play, the film explores relationships amidst struggles with boredom, desire, and sexual and emotional fidelity."