Oscar-winning actresses Brenda Fricker and Olympia Dukakis star in the lesbian road film Cloudburst.

While the film debuted in the fall of 2011 at the Atlantic Film Festival in Canada, it continues to have a strong presence at film festivals in the United States and is currently playing in several cities across Canada, including Toronto, Saskatoon, Belleville and Victoria. The film opened last fall's Ft. Lauderdale Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.

In the film, Dot (played by Fricker) and Stella (Dukakis) are an older lesbian couple together 31 years and living in Maine. When Dot's granddaughter (Kristin Booth) puts her grandmother in a nursing home, Stella breaks her out and the pair head to the border to marry in Canada. Along the way, they pick up a young hitchhiker (Ryan Doucette), and the familial plot thickens.

At its U.S. debut last year at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, Cloudburst was named a Best of the Fest. It has racked up 35 additional awards.

Director Thom Fitzgerald told Edge that Dukakis had no hesitation in taking on her first role as a lesbian. (A trailer for the film is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)