Lesbian characters in mainstream movies were few and far between in 2012 (Pitch Perfect and Your Sister's Sister are exceptions), but thankfully it was an excellent year for thoughtful, provocative, witty and sexy lesbian-themed films on the LGBT festival circuit. With the help of luminaries and up and coming directors we’ve compiled our list of the ten best. Although, our list is actually comprised of nine lesbian-themed films and one trans film that was so moving we had to include it. From the nascent love in Mosquita y Mari toYoung and Wild’s kinetic sexual energy to the crowd-pleasing romance Kyss Mig, it was an excellent year in cinema. A few of the films screened in their native countries in 2011 but did take off at US festivals until this year.
Thanks to all of the amazing filmmakers, programmers and LGBT film historians who contributed to our list including Guinevere Turner, Cheryl Dunye, Anna Margarita Albelo, Jenni Olsen, Campbell X, Kim Yutani, Barbara Hammer, Angela Robinson, Coley Sohn and our good friend Andrea Krauss.
Mosquita y Mari:
A coming of age story about two young chicanas, Yolanda and Mari, growing up in the Huntington Park section of Los Angeles, director Aurora Guerrero portrays young love with aching tenderness and joy.