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SPOTLIGHT FILMS: 24 OF THE BEST 2017 MIFO LGBT FILM FESTIVAL MIAMI EDITION MOVIES Photos provided by MiFo LGBT Film Festival

A CHANGE OF HEART

(U.S., 2017) Director: Kenny Ortega Cast: Jim Belushi, Virginia Madsen, Aimee Teegarden, Gloria Estefan Frustrated with his life, Hank (Jim Belushi) is man whose circumstances have driven him to fear diversity, yet his Central Florida town is adhering less and less to the white, straight profile with which he's comfortable. After suffering a heart attack, Hank's life is saved by a transplant‌ from a Puerto Rican drag queen? Playing on both the literal and symbolic significance of that most treasured of organs, A Change of Heart reminds us that even the most hardened among us can learn to embrace difference, accept love, and move on with life.

APRICOT GROVES

(Armenia, 2016) Director: Pouria Heidary Oureh Cast: Hovhannes Azoyan, Narbe Vartan, Samvel Sarkisyan Aram, an Iranian-Armenian trans man living in the U.S. since childhood, returns to Armenia to meet his girlfriend's conservative family. Over the course of the day-long journey, Aram's brother helps him prepare for the meeting, while also coming to terms with his transition. Aram sees many cultural, religious, and national differences on the one-day trip, but harder obstacles are ahead. Apricot Groves is a quiet and introspective film which beautifully illustrates the bittersweet notion of reconnecting with a culture that may not be accepting of who you've become.

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B&B

(UK, 2017) Director: Joe Ahearne Cast: Sean Teale, Paul McGann, Tom Bateman Handsome gay Londoners Marc and Fred plan a weekend of mischief, returning to bait the owner of a remote B&B who they successfully sued a year prior for not allowing them to share a bed. Events take a deadly turn when another guest, with far more sinister intentions, arrives. Marc and Fred's weekend of fun turns into a suspenseful battle for survival in this smart, comedic dark thriller. B&B will keep you guessing 'til the end.

BOYS IN THE TREES

(Australia, 2016) Director: Nicholas Verso Cast: Toby Wallace, Gulliver McGrath, Mitzi Ruhlmann It's Halloween 1997 – the last night of high school for Corey, Jango and the rest of their skater gang. When Corey encounters Jonah, a former childhood friend now victimized by Jango's cruel streak, Corey takes pity on him and agrees to walk him home for old time's sake. What starts off as a normal walk through empty suburban streets descends into something darker and magical. On the night of the grave's delight, even the most buried truths will surface.

Wire Magazine 16.2017 MiFo LGBT Film Festival  

In this week's Wire Magazine cover story we bring you a comprehensive overview of the MiFo LGBT Film Festival Miami edition. We sat down for...

Wire Magazine 16.2017 MiFo LGBT Film Festival  

In this week's Wire Magazine cover story we bring you a comprehensive overview of the MiFo LGBT Film Festival Miami edition. We sat down for...