LGBT tie-ins galore with up­com­ing films open­ing in At­lanta

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Be­sides the cur­rent crop of Os­car con­tenders, a new batch of films is open­ing soon (or has just opened) in the ATL that should be of par­tic­u­lar in­ter­est to the LGBT com­mu­nity, in­clud­ing James Franco’s lat­est and a doc­u­men­tary cen­tered around gay ac­tivist and writer James Bald­win’s views.

“Elle” is one of the most con­tro­ver­sial films of 2016, now open­ing slowly around the coun­try. Di­rected by Paul Ver­ho­even, whose films (“The Fourth Man,” “Ba­sic In­stinct”) al­most al­ways have some sort of LGBT theme, “Elle” cen­ters around a busi­ness­woman (played by Is­abelle Hup­pert) who gets raped in the first mo­ments of the movie. Yet this isn’t a typ­i­cal re­venge thriller. It has a lot more on its plate, with a very com­plex, sex­ual, open hero­ine. “Elle” won two sur­prise Golden Globes – Best For­eign Lan­guage Film and Best Ac­tress, Drama – and al­ter­nates be­tween be­ing truly dis­turb­ing, darkly funny and even bat-shit crazy. It’s not for every­one, but the fear­less Hup­pert holds it to­gether.

“Juli­eta” is the new drama by out di­rec­tor Pe­dro Almod­ovar. Al­though it’s no longer in the run­ning for an Os­car, it’s well worth see­ing. Through flash­backs, we see how the tit­u­lar char­ac­ter (played by Emma Suarez) loses con­tact with her daugh­ter and spends much of the movie try­ing to un­der­stand why and find her.

This is fairly mild turf for the di­rec­tor – no ex­plicit sex­u­al­ity or gen­der bend­ing, al­though a late con­ver­sa­tion re­veals that one of the cen­tral char­ac­ter’s sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion is not what we were led to be­lieve. Almod­ovar has al­ways loved his fe­male pro­tag­o­nists and he shows it here as well. By the end, the film tips over into high melo­drama, with Juli­eta walk­ing non­cha­lantly into a car while griev­ing. With Suarez at the cen­ter, how­ever, it is very en­thralling, emo­tional stuff.

End­lessly fas­ci­nat­ing, “I Am Not Your Ne­gro” is based on the un­fin­ished novel “Re­mem­ber This House” by James Bald­win. Nar­rated by Sa­muel L. Jack­son, it uses archival, his­tor­i­cal footage to look at Bald­win’s views of race and his pro­jec­tions for the fu-

Jan­uary 20, 2017

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