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It’s Here, It’s Queer, It’s Really Big 

Wednesday, Jun 15 2011
The buzz on the international festival circuit for the past several months presages a strong year for gay and lesbian cinema. That means a likely banner edition of Frameline35: the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, which includes more than 200 films from 30 countries. Pick a day, pick a program, and the odds are unusually excellent that you’ll find films to move you in multiple ways. Today’s eclectic mix includes Alan Brown’s powerfully acted Private Romeo (6:30 p.m. at the Castro), which transposes Shakespeare’s seductive saga of clan-crossed lovers, as well as much of the Bard’s sharp-edged dialogue, to an all-male American military academy. Leading Ladies (9:15 p.m. at the Castro) promises more drama with a kick — along with the occasional well-executed dip and twirl — with its tale of rambunctious, rival ballroom-dancing sisters. Benji Schwimmer, the breakout star of So You Think You Can Dance, lights up the big screen in a crucial supporting role. Community Action Center (9:30 p.m. at the Roxie) a feast of talk-free, hands-free sexual roleplaying in New York City, aims to be simultaneously profane and sacred. Add some humor, and that could sum up the whole festival.
June 16-26, 2011

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