The Misandrists © Strand Releasing

Out This Week: The Misandrists

Something of a companion piece to his 2005 film The Raspberry ReichThe Misandrists is the latest provocation from iconoclast queer filmmaker Bruce LaBruce. The title refers to a secret cell of feminist terrorists that is planning to liberate women, overthrow the patriarchy, and usher in a new female world order. It’s pretty much everything we want from a movie in these trying times… and a whole lot more.

 

The Misandrists begins with Volker (Til Schindler), a young man with an injured leg, stumbling through the forest, pursued by the police and their tracking dogs. When he emerges from the woods, he sees two young women, Isolde and Hilde (Kita Updike and Olivia Kundisch), frolicking in a field not far from a large old country house. When the beautiful young Isolde realizes that the handsome young man is in trouble with the law, she convinces Hilde to help her hide him in the basement of the house, which happens to be a school for wayward girls.

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Alan Cumming and Zachary Booth star in the multigenerational gay drama After Louie

“My film After Louie is a portrait of what happened to us – the generation who endured the AIDS epidemic, a generation whose shared history continues to haunt us. In confronting the end of a traumatic era and provoking a conversation between generations, I dare us to dream of a new and vibrant future, again. After Louie is a testament to the joys of the fully lived life and the inseparability of art and living.” – co-writer/director Vincent Gagliostro

 

After Louie explores the contradictions of modern gay life and history through Sam (Alan Cumming), a man desperate to understand how he and his community got to where they are today. As an AIDS activist and member of ACT UP in the 1980s and 90s, Sam witnessed the deaths of too many friends and lovers.

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Trailer & Photo Gallery: M/M

The images and trailer below from the new (highly erotic) gay movie M/M are in no way safe for work! Big NSFW situation here! You have been warned!

 

Matthew (Antoine Lahaie), a young Canadian, is trying to make a fresh start in Berlin, but feels deep isolation living in a strange, new city. When he meets the beautiful and charismatic Matthias (Nicolas Maxim Endlicher), he is immediately entranced. Soon Matthew’s interest escalates, becoming an obsession. He begins to transform himself to embody the object of his desire, cutting his hair, and getting new clothes.

 

When Matthias gets into a motorcycle accident, a unique opportunity presents itself. Matthew can now become Matthias. In a coma, in the hospital, Matthias’ waking life, dreams and memories blur. Where reality ends, the artificial begins. Meanwhile, Matthew sinks deeper and deeper into his new surroundings. When Matthias wakes and confronts him, they embark on a strange new final chapter.

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Out This Week: Malila: The Farewell Flower

The the visually stunning new Thai relationship drama Malila: The Farewell Flower, former gay lovers Shane and Pitch reunite after years apart and try to heal the wounds of their past. Shane is haunted by the tragic death of his daughter, while Pitch suffers a grave illness, rejecting medical treatment as painful and ineffective.

 

A talented artist, Pitch creates beautiful structures made out of flowers and banana leaves as a way to cope with his deteriorating health. Meanwhile, Shane trains to become a Buddhist monk, in an effort to build karma for Pitch… to either keep him alive or to help him along in his afterlife.

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Shadowlands © Border2Border Entertainment

Photo Gallery: Shadowlands

Shadowlands is a brand-new anthology-style film (the first in a planner series) that explores love in three separate stories – a couple renegotiating a relationship, a narcissist grasping to comprehend it, and star-crossed lovers mourning its loss.

 

The films begins in 1928 with Alex, a plastic surgeon hell-bent on perfection, hosting a house party with an assortment of colorful guests. Amid romantic misfires it becomes apparent that the only person Alex is interested in is himself. Fast forward to 1951 and a gay military couple exploring the idea of opening their relationship while on a remote camping trip when they encounter a mysterious stranger. The stories conclude in 2018 when a painter, mourning the loss of his lover, becomes obsessed with creating a realistic painting of him. The resulting piece is so beautiful and life-like that he is drawn under its spell.

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Coming Soon: We the Animals

“Us three. Us brothers. Us kings, inseparable.”

 

In We the Animals, three boys tear through their childhood while their young parents’ volatile love life makes and breaks their small family unit many times over. While Manny (Isaiah Kristian) and Joel (Josiah Gabriel) grow into different versions of their loving but unpredictable father (“Looking” star Raúl Castillo), Ma (Sheila Vand) seeks to shelter her youngest, Jonah (Evan Rosado), in the cocoon of home. More sensitive and conscious than his older siblings, Jonah increasingly embraces an imagined world all his own.

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Trailer Alert: The Wild Boys

“A heady, sexually-charged take on Lord of the Flies… A sensory cinematic experience.” – The Los Angeles Times

 

“A f***ing intoxicating miracle of a film.” – Birth.Movies.Death.

 

“Mandico’s stroke of genius is undoubtedly to have entrusted the roles of violent boys to young actresses.” – Le Monde

 

“Erotically uninhibited and deeply bizarre.” – The Guardian

 

“Lusciously unreal.” – Film Comment

 

The debut feature from Bertrand Mandico, The Wild Boys tells the tale of five adolescent boys (all played by actresses) who are enamored by the arts, but drawn to crime and transgression. After a brutal crime committed by the group and aided by “Trevor” – a deity of chaos they can’t control – they’re punished to board a boat with a captain hell-bent on taming their ferocious appetites. After arriving on a lush island where dangers and pleasures abound, the boys start to transform in both mind and body.

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Keep up with The Joneses

Director Moby Longinotto‘s feature documentary debut tells the story of Jheri Jones, a 74-year-old transgender divorcée, and her family in Bible Belt Mississippi. Reconciled after years of estrangement, and now living with two of her four sons in her trailer park home, Jheri embarks on a new path to reveal her true self to her grandchildren, while her son Trevor begins a surprising journey of his own.

 

The three featured members of the Jones family are in courageous pursuit of love. Trevor is a 34-year old virgin, Brad was born with brain damage and Jheri Rae was formerly their father. Now, as three single adults living under one trailer park roof in small town Mississippi, they are each ready to embark on a journey to find love outside this reunited, close-knit family unit.

 

The Joneses © Bunny Lake Films

The Joneses © Bunny Lake Films

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Love, Cecil is a terrific doc about the life of legendary photographer Cecil Beaton

Oscar®-winning set and costume designer, photographer, writer and painter Cecil Beaton was not only a dazzling chronicler, but an arbiter of his time. From the “Bright Young Things” to the front lines of war to the international belle monde and the pages of Vogue and then onto the Queen’s official photographer, Beaton embodied the cultural and political changes of the twentieth century.

 

In this tender portrait, director Lisa Immordino Vreeland (Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To TravelPeggy Guggenheim: Art Addict) blends archival footage and photographs with voice over of Beaton’s famed diaries to capture his legacy as a complex and unique creative force. Dynamic and lyrical, Love, Cecil is an examination of Beaton’s singular sense of the visual, which dictated a style that set standards of creativity that continue to resonate and inspire today. The film is narrated by Rupert Everett.

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Coming Soon: Testosterone: Volume One

Get ready for the first in a brand-new series of gay short film collections – featuring some of the hottest gay shorts from four corners of the world! Testosterone: Volume One is guaranteed to get your pulse racing. From the intense effects of first love, to a deliciously campy tale of a camping trip gone horribly wrong, this compilation of four brilliant shorts is sure to stir. This collection includes The End of My WorldThe Surf ReportIt Gets Better, and Killer Friends. We have some information about each film below, along with the trailer and an image gallery. Enjoy all the goodies and make sure to pre-order your copy today. It’s coming to DVD and VOD in October.

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