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Sep122019

"Dear Ex" adds another queer film to the International Feature Oscar Race

by Nathaniel R

UPDATED 09/17
59 films announced thus far for the Best International Feature race at the 92nd Oscars, there are yet more LGBTQ entries...

One recent gay entry is Taiwan's Dear Ex (2018). You might remember the title because it won three Golden Horse Awards last year including Best Actress for the Hsieh Ying-xuan as the widow who realizes her husband had a male lover (Roy Chiu, nominated for Best Actor). It's currently available to stream on Netflix.

The other newest arrival is Memories of My Body from Indonesia which we haven't heard much about but involves male dancers who dress as women. It's kind of a surprising selection since it's been banned in some parts of the country and is under attack by conservative groups for "LGBT propaganda". SOUNDS GREAT, WHEN CAN WE WATCH IT? 

Memories of My Body

That brings the total of LGBTQ films to seven (thus far).

  • Bolivia - I Miss You 
  • Indonesia - Memories of My Body 
  • Panama - Everybody Changes 
  • Peru - Retablo 
  • Spain - Pain & Glory 
  • Sweden - And Then We Danced 
  • Taiwan - Dear Ex 

It'll be 8 if France selects the lesbian romance Portrait of a Lady on Fire which is one of their three finalists. 

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Reader Comments (11)

Nathaniel, please address this whole Jennifer López is winning an Oscar crazyness.

September 12, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

Soon, there will be 6 with France's "Portrait of a Lady on Fire" ;)

September 12, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterCharlie

And isn't Moroccan "Adam" also an LGBT movie?
I did not see this but it competed for Queer Palm in Cannes: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt10199664/awards?ref_=tt_awd

September 12, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterSomeone

I fear they'll go with Les Miserables

September 12, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

I didn't realize Roy Qiu was in this. He's really stepped up his game compared to his early days just playing the rich guy in a rom-com. Going to watch it now!

@Charlie - Sadly, it's not very good :(

September 12, 2019 | Unregistered Commenterbeyaccount

Six?

September 12, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterTravis C

Four films out of the six are from Spanish-speaking countries

September 13, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterMarcos

Charlie --if they select it. I loved it but I fear they might go with Les Miserables instead.

September 13, 2019 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

I live in France and I feel more buzz for Portrait right now...
But this may be due to release dates.

September 13, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterCharlie

Thank you for recommending "Dear Ex". It's a wonderful film!

September 14, 2019 | Unregistered Commenterrrrich7

Memories of My Body is an interesting flick for sure. I saw it, but do not really like its style. Some Indonesians said that it is a masterpiece though.

September 19, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterFr

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