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Six Hot Tickets for the SWGLFF

By Devin D. O’Leary

Cloudburst
Cloudburst
Cloudburst

Academy Award winners Olympia Dukakis (Moonstruck) and Brenda Fricker (My Left Foot) play Stella and Dot, a longtime lesbian couple. When Dot has a minor accident, she’s hustled off to a retirement home by her granddaughternow it’s up to Stella to bust her out. (Sunday, Sept. 30, 6:30 p.m. Guild Cinema)

Facing Mirrors
Facing Mirrors
Facing Mirrors

Iranian female director Negar Azarbayjani introduces audiences to two very different fictional women: one is a naive traditionalist forced into driving a cab for her jailed husband, the other is a wealthy and rebellious pre-op transsexual. (Tuesday, Oct. 2, 8:45 p.m., Guild Cinema)

Keep the Lights On
Keep the Lights On
Keep the Lights On

Director Ira Sachs (The Delta, Married Life) contributes this semi-autobiographical film about an independent filmmaker who falls in love with a closeted (not to mention married) lawyer in early 2000s Manhattan. (Wednesday, Oct. 3, 9 p.m. Guild Cinema)

North Sea Texas
North Sea Texas
North Sea Texas

From Belgium comes this 1960s-era coming-of-age drama set in a quiet town along the North Sea. In it, a young boy deals with the affections of a neighbor girl and the attraction he feels for her brother. (Friday, Sept. 28, 7 p.m. Guild Cinema)

The Skin I’m In
The Skin I’m In
The Skin I’m In

After a night of blackout drinking in Berlin that left him with a near-fatal head injury, Broderick Fox decided to go on a spiritual quest to find his true self. His journey was chronicled in this documentaryand in a deeply symbolic full-back tattoo that marked his body in a “permanent and beautiful way.” (Sunday, Sept. 30, 1 p.m., Southwest Film Center)

Varla Jean and the Mushroom Heads
Varla Jean and the Mushroom Heads
Varla Jean and the Mushroom Heads

New Orleans drag queen Varla Jean attempts to revive her failing career by producing a puppet-based children’s show in this campy, music-filled comedy. The results are very wrong and extremely funny. (Saturday, Sept. 29, midnight, Guild Cinema)

 
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