AFI FEST 2012 To Screen LGBT-Inclusive Films 'Everybody's Got Somebody…Not Me' and 'Laurence Anyways'

The American Film Institute’s AFI FEST 2012 is returning this year to Grauman's Chinese Theater, the Chinese 6 Theaters, and the Egyptian Theater in Los Angeles, Calif. from November 1 to 8 and will offer screenings of some of the fall’s most anticipated films.

Among the festival lineup are two LGBT-inclusive foreign films: a lesbian romance from Mexican director Raul Fuentes, and a trans-inclusive love story by Quebecois filmmaker Xavier Dolan.

Shot in black and white, Everybody’s Got Somebody… Not Me follows Alejandra, an intellectual but narrow-minded, middle-aged woman who struggles with maintaining friendships and romantic relationships until she meets Maria, an 18-year-old student.  Maria is intrigued by Alejandra’s sophisticated world but is not willing to let go of her teenage activities. As Alejandra tries to control Maria’s interests, the couple is forced to face their differences.

The film will be shown on Tuesday, November 6 at 4:45pm and Friday, November 2 at 10:00pm at the Chinese 6 Theaters.

Set in the 1990s, Laurence Anyways portrays the challenges faced by Laurence and his girlfriend, Fred, when Laurence announces that he wants to transition to living as a woman. The two are madly in love but their relationship is put to the test when they face hostile family members, friends and a society that doesn’t always understand Laurence’s gender identity. The film received the Queer Palm Award at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and won the award for Best Canadian Feature Film at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.

The film will be screening on Tuesday, November 6 at 5:00pm at the Chinese 6 Theaters and Friday, November 3 at 10:00pm at the Egyptian Theater.

To get tickets and learn more about this year’s AFI FEST 2012 lineup head to the festival’s website, here.