The 2013 AFI Fest is set to run November 7 -14 in Los Angeles, and has several of the year's most anticipated LGBT-inclusive releases in its lineup. The annual film festival, run by the American Film Institute and presented by Audi, is distinguished by the fact that all of its regular film screenings are free to attend. Starting November 2, free tickets for daily screenings will be available at the AFI Fest AT&T Box Office.
Among this year's selections is the new film from writer/director Xavier Dolan, Tom at the Farm, which follows a young, grieving man (Dolan) as he visits the family farm of his suddenly deceased boyfriend and decides to stay awhile. Dolan has made a name for himself with such films as Laurence Anyways and I Killed My Mother, so those familiar with his work won't be surprised to learn that Tom has some dark twists, as implied in the below clip.
This year also includes Stranger by the Lake, which won the Un Certain Regard directing prize at this year's Cannes Film Festival. After meeting an attractive stranger at a lakeside beach in the French countryside, young Franck learns that there may be a sinister side to the man. You can see a (NSFW) trailer here.
Also on the schedule is the lesbian film Vic + Flo Saw a Bear, in which a 61 year old woman newly released from prison finds herself trying to start a new life with both her handicapped uncle and a former lover and cellmate. The trailer is below.
Finally, in advance of its official release on November 22, the Weinstein company film Philomena will also have a special screening at AFI Fest. Starring Academy Award winner Judi Dench, the film is based on the real life story of an Irish woman searching for a son that was taken from her years ago when she was forced to live in a convent.
For more information on screening times and how to acquire tickets, visit the AFI Fest website.