Beach Rats

Just Announced: Beach Rats

One of the year’s most acclaimed gay movies, Beach Rats is coming to DVD and Blu-ray in November.

 

On the outskirts of Brooklyn, Frankie, an aimless teenager, suffocates under the oppressive glare cast by his family and a toxic group of delinquent friends. Struggling with his own identity, Frankie begins to scour hookup sites for older men. When his chatting and webcamming intensify, he begins meeting men at a nearby cruising beach while simultaneously entering into a cautious relationship with a young woman. As Frankie struggles to reconcile his competing desires, his decisions leave him hurtling toward irreparable consequences.

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Fourplay

Now Available On Demand: Fourplay

Director Kyle Henry‘s Fourplay, which tells four intimate tales of sexual triumph and travail set in four American cities, is now available to stream instantly at TLAgay.com! The four stories told are…

 

Skokie: Marcy, a closeted, mid-fifties lesbian church choir member, pines for Gail, the wife of her Methodist pastor, Roger. When Gail and Roger head out of town for the weekend, Marcy offers to watch their nightmare of a dog, Myra. Marcy works hard to win the pooch over, and ultimately accomplishes much more than that.

 

Austin: Lily, early thirties, is fertile and off the pill. She and her boyfriend Kai plan a casual night of sex after a long dry spell, but Lily’s unwed sister and sick baby nephew make hooking up at Lily’s place impossible. As they prowl the sultry summer night streets, they debate whether marriage and babies are really in their future … and arrive at a startling compromise.

 

Tampa: Late-twenties Luis loops into a local mall to grab lunch in the food court and a quickie in the public restroom. Paranoid about his own small package and clearly nervous about the situation, he scouts for possible partners, letting his imagination take over when reality proves thoroughly unsatisfying.

 

San Francisco: A confident, mid-thirties cross-dressing prostitute, Aliya, travels for a job to Marin County. Arriving at a seaside estate, Aliya meets Anne, the client’s wife, who engages Aliya in nervous conversation. Once Aliya puts her at ease, Anne leads to the door behind which her quadriplegic husband awaits and gives Aliya specific instructions on how to care for him. Left alone with this challenging client, Aliya must summon all her emotional strength and creativity to accomplish her mission.

 

Two of the tales in Fourplay premiered on the festival circuit as stand-alone shorts. Tampa, easily the raunchiest and funniest of the bunch, premiered at the Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight in 2011 and played Sundance in 2012. The heartfelt San Francisco premiered at LA’s Outfest in 2010 and won a special jury commendation from Cardiff’s Iris Prize Festival, the world’s top monetary prize for LGBT short films, and Best Narrative Short at NYC’s NewFest in 2010.

 

Fourplay premiered in its current form as a feature-length anthology in June 2012 at San Francisco’s Frameline Film Fest and has played Los Angeles’ Outfest, Oslo’s Int’l Film Festival, Atlanta’s Out on Film, New Orleans’ Film Fest, Austin’s aGLIFF/Polari, and the Guanajuato Int’l Film Festival.

 

According to director Kyle Henry, “My goal with Fourplay was to provide understanding for characters participating in sexual acts that might otherwise be considered deviant and to depict sex acts as potentially cathartic moments in our lives as human beings.” He went on to say that his idea was to “represent a spectrum of sexual experience, hence four stories of varied style and tone. Like a good book of short stories, the sum total should add up to an impression of my view of the world without the easy trickery of interlocking story overlap or recurring characters. I’m inspired by the surreal films of directors Nicolas Roeg, Ken Russell, and Lindsay Anderson, particularly their anarchic subversion of power through expressive excess. I hope that the scope, nonjudgmental attitude and expressive representation of sex will implicitly challenge notions of ‘normal’ behavior through which sex and bodies are seen in ‘mainstream’ cinema.”

 

Now you can enjoy this wild and unique collection INSTANTLY at TLAgay.com! Check out the image gallery and trailer below!

 

 

The Wound

The Wound Trailer

Brimming with sex and violence, The Wound is an exploration of tradition and sexuality set amid South Africa’s Xhosa culture.

 

Every year, the tribe’s young men are brought to the mountains of the Eastern Cape to participate in an ancient coming-of-age ritual. Xolani, a quiet and sensitive factory worker (played by openly gay musician Nakhane Touré), is assigned to guide Kwanda, a city boy from Johannesburg sent by his father to be toughened up, through this rite of passage into manhood. As Kwanda defiantly negotiates his queer identity within this masculine environment, he quickly recognizes the nature of Xolani’s relationship with fellow guide Vija. The three men commence a dangerous dance with each other and their own desires and, soon, the threat of exposure elevates the tension to breaking point.

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Beach Rats

Beach Rats Trailer

On the outskirts of Brooklyn, Frankie, an aimless teenager, suffocates under the oppressive glare cast by his family and a toxic group of delinquent friends. Struggling with his own identity, Frankie begins to scour hookup sites for older men. When his chatting and webcamming intensify, he begins meeting men at a nearby cruising beach while simultaneously entering into a cautious relationship with a young woman. As Frankie struggles to reconcile his competing desires, his decisions leave him hurtling toward irreparable consequences. Eliza Hittman’s award-winning Sundance Film Festival hit is a powerful character study that is as visually stunning as it is evocative.

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Call Me by Your Name

Call Me by Your Name Trailer

A massive critical hit at the Sundance Film Festival, Call Me by Your Name is shaping up to be – easily – one of the most anticipated gay-themed movies of the year.

 

Lavishly directed by Luca Guadagnino, (I Am Love, A Bigger Splash, the upcoming Suspiria remake), Call Me By Your Name stars Armie Hammer as a 24-year-old student who visits Italy in the early 1980s and develops a relationship with a sensitive 17-year-old played by impressive up-and-comer Timothée Chalamet.

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God’s Own Country Trailer

A huge critical hit as this past year’s Sundance Film Festival, described by some critics as the British answer to Brokeback MountainGod’s Own Country is coming to UK cinema screens in September. This debut feature from director Francis Lee is shaping up to one of the year’s best LGBTQ films. Starring Josh O’Connor (Cinderella, Florence Foster Jenkins) and Alec Secareanu (a relative newcomer in a breakout role), the film tells the story of a rural romance in the West Yorkshire countryside.

 

We’ll have to wait a little longer for it in the United States, where the film will be distributed by Orion Pictures and Samuel Goldwyn Films. In the meantime, there is a new trailer to tide us over. Check it our below along with the official synopsis.

 

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