Sundance Film Festival 2023: All the LGBTQ+ Movies We're Excited For
The Sundance Film Festival is right around the corner!
Every year, the Sundance Film Festival boasts a robust slate of films for critics and casual moviegoers alike to enjoy. While this year's event returns to in-person this year in Park City, Utah, select titles are also available to stream online across the U.S.
Yesterday, the Sundance Institute released 2023's slate of films and it features a slew of LGBTQ+ directors and titles, so if you're looking for something new and queer to binge, look no further!
Scroll through to see which LGBTQ+ titles we're most excited about at Sundance 2023! In-person ticket packages are on sale through December 16 and online ticket packages go on sale December 13. Single tickets are on sale on January 12. For more information on ticketing and pricing, make sure to visit Sundance's official website.
Saul Armendariz, a gay amateur wrestler from El Paso, rises to international stardom after he creates the character Cassandro, the "Liberace of Lucha Libre." In the process, he upends not just the macho wrestling world, but also his own life.
Jacqueline, a young refugee, lands alone and penniless on a Greek island where she tries to survive, then to cope with her past. While gathering her strength, she begins a friendship with a rootless tour guide and together they find the resilience to forge ahead.
Set during a bitter 1964 Massachusetts winter, young secretary Eileen becomes enchanted by the glamorous new counselor at the prison where she works. Their budding friendship takes a twisted turn when Rebecca reveals a dark secret -- throwing Eileen onto a sinister path. Based on Ottessa Moshfegh's award-winning novel.
Set against the backdrop of San Francisco's vibrant cultural scene in the '70s and '80s, chronicling a father-daughter relationship as it evolves from an era of bohemian decadence to the heartbreaking AIDS crisis. Based on the best-selling memoir Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father by Alysia Abbott.
Following her sister's disappearance, a Native American hustler kidnaps her niece from the child's white grandparents and sets out for the state powwow in hopes of keeping what is left of their family intact.
Going To Mars: The Nikki Giovanni Story
Intimate verite, archival footage, and visually innovative treatments of poetry take us on a journey through the dreamscape of legendary poet Nikki Giovanni as she reflects on her life and legacy.
An embodied rumination of both male and female power, healing and haunting, all within an apocalyptic world. A transformation that courses through unknown terror to untamed collective joy.
It’s Only Life After All
Blending 40 years of home movies, film archives, and intimate present-day verite, a poignant reflection from Amy Ray and Emily Saliers of iconic folk rock duo Indigo Girls. A timely look into the obstacles, activism, and life lessons of two queer friends who never expected to make it big.
As the Ranas, a happily patriarchal joint family, yearn for the birth of a baby boy to continue the family line, their youngest son secretly joins an erotic dance theater and falls for an ambitious trans starlet. Their impossible love story illuminates the entire family's desire for a sexual rebellion.
Four Black transgender sex workers explore the dichotomy between the Black community and themselves while confronting issues long avoided.
Clara has relocated to Rome with Felice and their three children. From their new apartment, Clara sees a city in transition: an old society washed away by an emerging middle class. The paint is fresh, the appliances are new, but expectations around family, desire, and gender remain traditional as ever.
Little Richard: I Am Everything
This celebration of Little Richard reveals the Black queer origins of rock 'n' roll, finally exploding the whitewashed canon of American pop music. Through archival and performance footage, the revolutionary icon's life unspools with all of its switchbacks and contradictions.
Over the course of a single hectic day in New York City, three people from Fena's past are thrust back into his life. Having lost touch since transitioning from female to male, he navigates the new dynamics of old relationships while tackling the day-to-day challenges of living life in between.
An intimate examination of attraction and emotional abuse between men and women.
Rotting in the Sun
After filmmaker Sebastian Silva goes missing in Mexico City, social media celebrity Jordan Firstman begins searching for him, suspecting that the cleaning lady in Sebastian's building may have something to do with his disappearance.
Following Ben, Miko, and Alice as they navigate a range of interpersonal relationships and traverse the country in search of the ideal connection.
The Persian Version
When a large Iranian-American family gathers for the patriarch's heart transplant, a family secret is uncovered that catapults the estranged mother and daughter into an exploration of the past. Toggling between the United States and Iran over decades, mother and daughter discover they are more alike than they know. Starring Layla Mohammadi, Niousha Noor, Kamand Shafieisabet, Bella Warda, Bijan Daneshmand, Shervin Alenabi.
When the beloved founder of a run-down theater camp in upstate New York falls into a coma, the eccentric staff must band together with the founder's crypto-bro son to keep the camp afloat.
The history of New York's Meatpacking District, told from the perspective of transgender sex workers who lived and worked there. Filmmaker Kristen Lovell, who walked "The Stroll" for a decade, reunites her community to recount the violence, policing, homelessness, and gentrification they overcame to build a movement for transgender rights.