A little-known secret in the gay community is that most gay films aren't all that good. Thankfully, each year the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival -- which opens today and runs through June 25 -- steps forward as a reminder that not all of them are bad, either. The festival reaches year 30 this summer with a lineup of 266 films, shorts and videos, and many of them are quite good.

In a centerpiece performance, the festival will pay tribute to the outrageous, unclassifiable French filmmaker Francois Ozon. Four of his best films will show, beginning with my favorite, Sitcom (1998). A delightfully sick, demented stab at the nuclear family, the film begins when the father brings home a pet rat. This event somehow leads to odd behavior, depraved sex and even weirder stuff.

categories Cinematical