Now in its 29th year, Toronto’s Inside Out LGBT Film Festival, dedicated to championing LGBTQ features and filmmakers from at home and abroad, has a stacked lineup of anticipated releases.
The festival will open on May 23 with Rocketman, the Elton John biopic starring Taron Edgerton that combines iconic music in an epic fantasy to tell Elton’s compelling life story, and closes with the Canadian premiere of Late Night, the Sundance hit that stars Mindy Kaling and Emma Thompson as an unlikely duo combating misogyny and ageism in the late night TV landscape.
Other noteworthy titles include the San Francisco-set Netflix series Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City, starring Ellen Page, Laura Linney, Paul Gross and Olympia Dukakis, where the first episode will be getting its Canadian debut at the festival. Documentary You Don’t Nomi makes its international debut as director Jeffrey McHale looks at how Paul Voerhoeven’s critically-panned flick Showgirls (you know the one with Jessie from Saved By the Bell) became a cult classic. As part of its Episodic program, the GLAAD award-winning Starz show Vida will premiere its second season at the fest.
Showcasing 40 films from 32 countries, the Inside Out LGBT Film Festival runs until June 2.