Out This Week: Beyto

Things are going well for Beyto (Burak Ates). He’s a talented swimmer, a motivated apprentice and an all-around cool guy. But when he, the only son of a Turkish migrant family, starts falling in love with his swimming coach, Mike (Dimitri Stapfer), his ideal world falls to pieces.

His parents only see one way out. They lure him to their home village and plan his wedding to Seher (Ecem Aydin), a childhood friend. Suddenly, Beyto finds himself in a disruptive love triangle.

Don’t miss this subtle, sensuous and moving love story. Watch the trailer for Beyto below and click here to order your copy. The film is is available on DVD starting this week!

 

The 1979 queer cult classic Arrebato (Rapture) is getting a brand-new restoration in 4K

“AN ABSOLUTE MODERN CLASSIC” – Pedro Almodovar

“A MASTERPIECE” – Screen Slate

“INTOXICATING” – Off Screen

“A GENUINE CULT TITLE” – Time Out

Arrebato (a.k.a. Rapture) is a dimension-shattering blend of drugs, sex and Super-8 – and the final word on cinemania!

Made in 1979, this towering feat of “not-for-the-squeamish” counterculture was the final feature of cult filmmaker and movie poster designer Iván Zulueta. It is a film that defies genre and just so happens to be Pedro Almodóvar’‘s favorite horror film!

The film follows horror movie director José (Eusebio Poncela), a troubled man adrift in a sea of doubt and drugs. As his belated second feature nears completion, his reclusive bubble is popped by two events: the sudden reappearance of an ex-girlfriend and a mysterious package from past acquaintance named Pedro (Will More) – containing a reel of Super-8 film, an audiotape and a door key.

From there, the boundaries of time, space and sexuality are erased as José is once more sucked into Pedro’s sinister orbit. Together, they attempt the ultimate hallucinogenic catharsis through a moebius strip of filming and being filmed.

Watch the new trailer for Arrebato below and click here to pre-order your copy. This new 4K restoration from Altered Innocence will be available on DVD and Blu-ray starting January 25th.

 

This Weekend’s VOD Favorites

The Gay Cinema Video On Demand experience at TLAgay.com has your entertainment needs covered! We’re always working to expand selection of new and old gay-themed movies available for your viewing pleasure. Here’s just five of our current favorites that you may have missed – ALL available to watch INSTANTLY!

 

Wild Tigers I Have Known
Visionary director Cam Archer portrays the lives of teens in awkward gay love. Originally released in 2006, Wild Tigers I Have Known was a hit at the Sundance Film Festival and LGBTQ film festivals around the globe. The film follows Logan (Malcolm Stumpf), a middle schooler who is crushing on an older classmate named Rodeo (Patrick White). As the pair spend time together, Logan’s infatuation grows. Exploring gender fluidity for the first time, he invents a female persona and starts making sexually provocative phone calls to Rodeo at night, hoping to get even closer to the object of his affection. For the film’s 15th Anniversary, Altered Innocence has put together a restored version of this experimental queer classic.

 

One in a Thousand
In the northern Argentine social housing neighborhood known as “One Thousand,” seventeen-year-old Iris (Sofia Cabrera) wanders the estate day and night in the summer heat, trying to stave off boredom by shooting hoops, hanging out with other teens in the project and fending off the unwanted advances of the horny boys. She’s aware that her sexually experienced gay cousins Dario and Ale (Mauricio Vila and Luis Molina) are sleeping with many of the neighborhood boys on the down low, but it’s not until she meets the mysterious Renta (Ana Carolina Garcia) that Iris feels the stirring of her own sexual awakening. One in a Thousand is a touching new indie film that captures a tender love story set in a hostile environment.

 

A Little Lust
Rocco (Andrea Amato) has two aims in life: to finally get laid and to see his favorite pop star in concert with his best friends. When a bullying incident at school forces Rocco to come out of the closet to his middle-class Italian parents, their liberal leanings are severely tested. Luckily, his friends stand by him and latch on to an impulsive plan to run away from home. The three buds are planning to go see their favorite singer in concert. They don’t realize, though, that they’re being followed by Rocco’s neurotic mother and his eccentric grandma – to hilarious effect. A vibrant and funny Italian family comedy, A Little Lust is both immersive and heartwarming – plus there’s a sweet, romantic twist you won’t want to miss.

 

The Harvesters
In this stirring debut, Greek-African filmmaker Etienne Kallos explores repressed sexuality, religion and masculinity in the deep South African countryside. Two teenage boys start a dangerous fight for power, heritage and parental love that will change both of their lives forever. Religion and field work are the guiding principles of their conservative farming community, where strength and masculinity are valued above all else. In this repressive environment, young Janno (Brent Vermeulen) keeps his feelings to himself. One day his mother brings home Pieter (Alex van Dyk), a hardened street orphan she wants to save, and asks Janno to treat this stranger as his new brother. The trouble is: Pieter does not want to be saved.

 

Fair Haven
After a long stay in ex-gay conversion therapy, James (Michael Grant), a young piano prodigy, returns home to his family farm and his emotionally distant father Richard (Tom Wopat). After Richard pressures James to give up his music career and take over the farm, James agrees as a way to make up for his past. Soon, however, he finds himself face-to-face with his former lover Charlie (Josh Green), who wants to help him turn away from his new beliefs and follow his dreams. A touching, deeply romantic drama, Fair Haven is often heartbreaking, but ultimately life-affirming – and the performances, across the board, are terrific. Young up-and-comers Green and Grant make their forbidden love palpable (and very sweet).

 

 

Coming Soon: Cicada

“INCREDIBLY VIBRANT” – Ion Cinema

“AS REAL AS IT GETS” – Los Angeles Times

“A PROFOUNDLY MOVING CHARACTER STUDY” – Little White Lies

“A SEXY AND SEARING ACT OF GAY SELF-ANALYSIS” – IndieWire

“A WARM, TENDER AND HEARTFELT LOVE STORY” – NYC Movie Guru

“CICADA WILL STAY WITH YOU LONG AFTER THE CREDITS ROLL” – Vogue

“ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFULLY CRAFTED PIECES OF QUEER CINEMA OF TECENT TIMES” – The Jam Report

 

After a string of unsuccessful and awkward encounters with women, Ben (played by co-writer/director Matthew Fifer) decides to go “back on the dick.”

The winning, critically-acclaimed new comedy-drama-romance Cicada follows Ben, a young bisexual man, as he comes out to the world and develops an intense relationship with Sam (Sheldon D. Brown), a man of color struggling with deep wounds of his own. As the summer progresses and their intimacy grows, Ben’s past begins crawling to the surface – putting their still burgeoning romance in jeopardy.

 

Co-starring Bowen Yang, David Burtka, Scott Adsit and Cobie Smulders, the film is a smart and deeply thoughtful crowd-pleaser that has been earning rave reviews from critics. “It is a film of love and loss, great pain but also immense joy, with two actors reliving parts of their own experiences,” said the director. “It is a secret told, a wound exposed, and a promise that even in the dark, it’s never too late to cry out.”

 

Watch the trailer for Cicada below and click here to pre-order your copy. The film is coming to DVD January 25th.

 

Trailer Alert: Not Knowing

Umut (Emir Ozden) is a young water polo player – a gentle and quiet high school senior just trying to live his life in a complicated world. When a fellow player spreads a rumor that he is gay, Umut displays maturity beyond his years. He doesn’t deny the allegation – refusing to apologize or explain himself.

His parents, distracted by their own marital problems, prove powerless to stem any fallout as his time at school becomes more and more fraught… until events reach a shocking head.

Set in the high testosterone world of teen sports – and a sometimes suffocating Turkish society – Not Knowing is a thoughtful and touching coming-of-age drama that holds a mirror up to what it still means to be young and gay in so much of the world today.

 

Watch the trailer for Not Knowing below and click here to pre-order your copy. The film will be available on DVD starting December 14th.

 

Bruce LaBruce is back with the provocative and critically-acclaimed Saint-Narcisse

“A WILD RIDE” – The Hollywood Reporter

“TOTALLY TWISTED” – That Shelf

“GLORIOUSLY BIZARRRE” – The Queer Review

“TWINCESTUOUS” – Artsbeat L.A.

“DELIGHTFULLY BONKERS” – National Post

“BRUCE LABRUCE’S MAGNUM OPUS” – Film Threat

“A HELL OF A RIDE” – Seventh Row

Saint-Narcisse, the latest film from maverick director Bruce LaBruce, Canada’s reigning “King of Kink,” follows Dominic (Felix-Antoine Duval), a young man with a fetish… for himself.

Nothing turns him on more than his reflection, with much of his time spent taking Polaroid selfies. When his loving grandmother dies, he discovers a deep family secret: his mother didn’t die in childbirth as he was told.

He also has a twin brother named Daniel who was raised in a remote monastery by a depraved priest, held captive against his will. The power of destiny brings together these two beautiful, identical brothers, who are soon embroiled in a blasphemous web of sex, revenge and redemption.

Set in the early 1970s and the afterglow of sexual liberation, Saint-Narcisse is a taboo-busting love letter to the psychosexual thrillers of that era.

 

Watch the trailer for Saint-Narcisse below and click here to pre-order your copy. The film will be available on DVD starting December 14th.

 

Trailer Alert: Minyan

“HEARTFELT AND HONEST… UNEXPECTEDLY HOT.”
– Screen International

“VISUALLY ENCHANTING… DESERVES TO BE ON EVERYONE’S WATCHLIST.”
– The Forward

“ABSORBING – ITS GRITTY VISUALS CONVEY SOULFUL INTIMACY.”
– The Hollywood Reporter

“A COMPELLING DRAMA THAT WON’T LET YOU GO”
– The Moveable Fest

“AN ENEGANTLY CRAFTED COMING-OF-AGE DRAMA.”
– IndieWire

The critically-acclaimed new drama Minyan follows David (Samuel H. Levine), a teenager at a strict yeshiva in Brighton Beach at the height of the 1980s.

While helping his grandfather (Ron Rifkin) settle into a retirement facility in the tight-knit Russian Jewish enclave he calls home, he meets Itzik and Herschel (Mark Margolis and Christopher McCann), two elderly closeted gay men who open him up to the possibility of connection, community – and love. Finding his way to the East Village, David finds solace in like-minded souls, and quietly blossoms. When Itzik dies and the neighbors want to throw Herschel out, David must stand up to defend his discoveries about himself and where he belongs.

From writer-director Eric Steel (The Bridge) comes a story of strength in numbers, as one young man wakes up to the realities of a new life – where youth, desire and risk collide with the indelible specters of the past.

 

Watch the trailer for Minyan below and click here to pre-order your copy. The film will be available on DVD starting January 11th.

 

 

This Weekend’s VOD Favorites

The Gay Cinema Video On Demand experience at TLAgay.com has your entertainment needs covered! We’re always working to expand selection of new and old gay-themed movies available for your viewing pleasure. Here’s just five of our current favorites that you may have missed – ALL available to watch INSTANTLY!

 

On the Fringe of Wild
Two young men fall in love under harsh circumstances in this moving teen romance set in the early 2000s. Peter (Harrison Browne) dreams of leaving his small Ontario town to pursue his life as an artist, but his homophobic father (Andrew Bee) intends to “make him a man” instead. Sending him on a hunting trip one cold winter break, tensions run high and Peter runs away. Lost, cold and reaching his breaking point, Peter meets Jack (Cameron Stewart), who’s also desperate to escape his toxic family situation. A romance quickly develops between the two teenage boys as they hide away in a secluded cabin, discovering one another – and themselves. But the world outside won’t let them sneak away so easily.

 

Boys Night
Bouncing around from genre to genre, this stellar new collection of short films from Mattioli Productions showcases some of the most cutting edge recent gay cinema from the United States and Australia. In Hopelessly, a bisexual man learns to embrace polyamory. Mass follows an insecure young man looking to bulk up physically. Innocent Boy is a stylish backwoods horror flick. Miles tells the story of a bittersweet love triangle. Sacrifice follows two men in love who find their professional lives tearing them apart. Finally, Tooth 4 Tooth is a smart, satirical vampire comedy. There’s something for everyone in this unique collection – a TLA Exclusive. Sit back, relax and get ready to make it a Boys Night.

 

Ernesto
Ernesto (Federico Russo) is a teenager who wanders, in search of himself, through the streets of Rome. Chapter after chapter, time passes – and people just seem to disappear. But he continues to live impromptu relationships, causing pain to himself and to others. Taking refuge in his happy moments and in political ideologies, he believes he can save his soul from suffering… although life will force him to grow and move forward. Directed by partners Alice De Luca and Giacomo Raffaelli under their joint creative banner Freeres, Ernesto was shot in the 4:3 aspect ratio to give viewers a sense of the fragments of the lead character’s life – as if the film you’re watching were a re-working of his own memories.

 

Nowhere
Adrian and Sebastian (Miguel González and Juan Pablo Castiblanco) live an openly gay life in New York as immigrants. When Sebastian’s visa is rejected, the two must decide whether to return to Colombia – where they face rejection and persecution for their sexual orientation – or do whatever is necessary to stay in the United States. Either way, the thoughts and discussions associated with the decision will have a profound effect on the couple. Hitting upon hot button issues, Nowhere is a riveting new romantic drama that places its characters within the context of a difficult immigration situation – as well as a furthering sense of homelessness and lack of belonging, which consistently haunts our main protagonists.

 

Drive Me Home
Antonio and Agostino (Vinicio Marchioni and Marco D’Amore) grew up together in a small town in Sicily – dreaming of living a different life somewhere else. Now in their 30s, both men are living abroad. When Antonio discovers that the house he grew up in, which had been empty for a long time, is about to be sold at auction, he decides to leave and reconnect with his childhood friend. But in the intervening time, their lives have changed a lot. When these two old buddies come back together, long forgotten conflicts and new revelations bubble back up to the surface. The two end up in a truck, travelling through Europe while confronting the realities of their relationship. Don’t miss this thoughtful and sexy new Italian drama.