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JUNE 2 & 3
In addition to being central to living an open gay life, coming out is also a great dramatic device. So it’s no surprise that three of the four films in this minifest involve that psychological passage. All are European, and two are set during summer idylls, yet they’re quite different. Cote d’Azur (at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 2) is a domestic comedy, with elements of the door-slamming sex farce: While on vacation, Beatrix is pleased to think that she’s discerned that her son is gay from watching him with his friend. Her husband is less happy with the notion, although not for the customary reasons. The sexual intrigue is a little simpler in Summer Storm (at 7 p.m. Friday, June 3), in which teenage best friends from a small Bavarian town go to rowing camp. Some of the boys are shocked to learn that one of the other teams is called the Queerstrokes, but that’s nothing compared with Tobi’s bewilderment when long-beloved pal Achim finds a girlfriend. In Producing Adults (pictured; at 9 p.m. Friday, June 3), Finnish psychologist Venla is ready to have a baby, but her boyfriend isn’t. In fact, he secretly has a vasectomy, which is just one of the reasons that Venla turns to a female co-worker for comfort—and more. The odd film out is Naked Fame (at 9 p.m. Thursday, June 2), a slackly paced documentary about former gay porn star Colton Ford’s attempt to start a singing career. The series runs Thursday, June 2, and Friday, June 3, at the Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. $9. Call (202) 986-1119 for more information, or purchase tickets at boxofficetickets.com. (Mark Jenkins)