Winter Fire

Tru Richmond is a woman of many jobs and brief romantic encounters with other women. But her life begins to change when she meets Alice, the recently widowed mother of her lawyer friend Suzanne.


Tru Love directed by Kate Johnston and Shauna MacDonald (Canada) 2013 is set in snowy Toronto but there are plenty of references to Paris.

The film received numerous awards and was a hit during its screening at the Castro Theatre during Frameline 38. It will be released this winter on DVD by Wolfe Video.

Meanwhile the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival continues 19 – 29 June 2014. Contact Frameline for more information and tickets.

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Sweet Treat

Cupcakes directed by Eytan Fox (Israel) 2013 is a delightful romantic comedy revolving around a modern European musical tradition.


Six friends gather to watch the annual EuroSong Contest. After the TV show ends, the guests perform a song to cheer up the party host.

The entire group consists of four heterosexual women, a lesbian, and a gay man. Each of the amateur singers, representing Israel the following year, has relationship issues.

The film is timed perfectly after the 2014 Eurovision win of the Austrian entry, Conchita Wurst, made headlines worldwide.

Cupcakes screens at the Castro Theatre Saturday 28 June 2014 at 8:30 PM during Frameline38. For more information and tickets contact Frameline.

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Fashion Leader

Yves Saint Laurent directed by Jalil Lespert (France) 2014 follows the roller coaster life of French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent, creative heir to the famous postwar French couturier Christian Dior.


Algerian-born Saint Laurent found himself pushed out of the house of Dior after a nervous breakdown following his refusal to fight in the French army. However, his lover, Pierre Bergé was able to launch a successful new fashion house for him.

While the designer excelled creatively, he could be temperamental and difficult both at work and in his private life. He spent a fortune on expensive purchases and indulged during off-hours in an abundance of alcohol and drugs.

Bergé was alert to the dangers surrounding a decadent lifestyle and jealously quelled the serious erotic entanglements that ensued.

Probably the most interesting part of the film is the opportunity to see the actual gowns Saint Laurent designed.

Yves Saint Laurent was included in this year’s San Francisco International Film Festival and screens again during Frameline 38 at the Victoria Theatre Saturday 21 June 2014 at 7:00 PM.

For more information and tickets contact Frameline.

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