Out This Week: After Blue (Dirty Paradise)

In a faraway future, on a wild and untamed female-inhabited planet called After Blue, a lonely teenager named Roxy (Paula Luna) unknowingly releases a mystical, dangerous and sensual assassin from her prison.

Roxy and her mother Zora (Elina Lowensohn) are held accountable, banished from their community and tasked with tracking down the murderer named Kate Bush (not that Kate Bush, although she’s definitely having a moment).

Haunted by the spirits of her murdered friends, Roxy sets out on a long and strange journey across the supernatural territories of this filthy paradise.

The newest vision from Bertrand Mandico (The Wild Boys), After Blue (Dirty Paradise) plays like a lesbian El Topo in space – along with stunning 35mm in-camera practical effects, otherworldly set pieces and a dazzling score by Pierre Desprats.

Watch the electrifying new trailer for After Blue (Dirty Paradise) below and click here to order your copy. The film is now available on DVD and Blu-ray at TLAgay.

 

Watch the trailer for the queer indie horror flick Night at the Eagle Inn

Night at the Eagle Inn follows fraternal twins Spencer and Sarah Moss (Taylor Turner and Amelia Dudley). The pair embark on a pilgrimage to a remote Vermont inn to investigate the last known whereabouts of their father… who mysteriously disappeared the night they were born.

Once checked in, the uncanny innkeeper (Greg Schweers) and the attractive groundskeeper (Beau Minniear), who proves to be seductive for both twins, guide them through the institution’s tragic and terrifying history.

Not ones to leave any stone unturned, Spencer and Sarah go rogue and dive even deeper. Their exploration leads to shocking revelations as the property’s dark secrets ensnare them in a hellish labyrinth they must escape before dawn.

Equal parts The InnkeepersThe Shining and VacancyNight at the Eagle Inn is a fast-paced, queer-friendly horror-mystery laden with intrigue, black comedy and plenty of scares. Writer-director Erik Bloomquist is a former Top 200 Director on HBO’s Project Greenlight. The film won a Special Jury Prize at Popcorn Frights, Best Actress at ReadingFilmFEST, Best Sound Design at Sin City Horror Fest and Best Supporting Actor and Best Original Score at Terror in the Bay Film Festival.

Watch the trailer for Night at the Eagle Inn below. The film will be available on DVD and Blu-ray starting October 11th, just in time for Halloween, but you can pre-order your copy here.

 

Trailer Alert: Once a Year on Blackpool Sands

Once A Year on Blackpool Sands is a triumphant new comedy-drama based on real events, regarding an extraordinary night in Blackpool 1953, several days after the Queen’s Coronation.

Tommy and Eddy (Macaulay Cooper and Kyle Brooks) are coal miners and secret gay lovers who spend their holiday at a quirky bed and breakfast in Blackpool, along with a few other “alternative” members of society. Together, they summon up the courage to do the first fabled walk towards Gay Pride.

Written and directed by Karlton Parris, this true story offers a rare glimpse into an underrepresented era in LGBTQ history. Touching and poignant, Once a Year on Blackpool Sands offers up a portrayal of the lives of working-class gay men and the women who supported them, in a time when homosexuality was a crime.

 

Watch the trailer for Once a Year on Blackpool Sands below and click here to pre-order your copy. The film is coming to DVD and VOD on October 28th.

 

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!

 

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.

 

You’ll Never Be Alone
After his gay teenage son (Andrew Bargsted) starts secretly cross-dressing and becomes the victim of a violent homophobic attack, Juan (Sergio Hernandez), a withdrawn manager at a mannequin factory, struggles between paying his son’s exorbitant medical bills and his last attempt at becoming partners with his boss. As he runs into dead-ends and unexpected betrayals, he’ll discover his own form of violence. Juan feels he’s made too many mistakes, but his son can still be saved. With You’ll Never Be Alone, writer-director Alex Anwandter combines atmospheric style and unnerving realism to craft a powerful, courageous and socially-conscious debut which reflects on the values of human freedom and justice.

 

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.

 

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.

 

A Wake
Young actor Noah Urrea pulls double duty in this emotional drama, playing twin boys from a religious family. A Wake revolves around the funeral of Mitchel, a teen who died far too young. Everyone is reeling from the loss, but there is a generational divide when it comes to how the younger and older family members deal with grief. While the parents cling to normalcy, the children grow tired of repressing the truth about their late brother. When an unexpected stranger (Kolton Stewart) arrives on the scene, everyone in the family must suddenly face the secrets and lies that have surrounded Mitchel’s life – as well as his untimely death. Don’t miss this powerful new film from director Scott Boswell (The Stranger in Us).

There’s a new 4K restoration of Saturday Night at the Baths coming soon!

Newly restored in 4K by the cult video label Altered Innocence, David Buckley‘s landmark excursion into bisexuality, 1970s relationship politics and the historical importance of gay bathhouse culture is celebrated in his 1975 film Saturday Night at the Baths.

When struggling pianist Michael (Robert Aberdeen) lands a job at the legendary Continental Baths in New York City, his wife Tracy (Ellen Sheppard) encourages him, even emphasizes how special this institution is. Michael, however, struggles with his own homophobia, yet starts developing feelings for his confident and sexually free co-worker Scotti (Don Scotti).

Shot on-location inside the famous Continental Baths and featuring an unforgettable 12-minute scene of the actual entertainment, both musical and sensual alike, Saturday Night at the Baths is a sublime example of the compelling and sensual queer cinema of one of the most groundbreaking periods in gay and bisexual film history.

 

Watch the new trailer for Saturday Night at the Baths below and click here to pre-order your copy. This new special edition will be available on DVD and Blu-ray starting October 25th.

 

 

Francois Ozon pays tribute to Fassbinder with the colorful new remake Peter von Kant

From celebrated gay filmmaker Francois OzonPeter von Kant is a critically-acclaimed retelling of Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s classic drama The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant.

Set in the 1970s, the film follows Peter (Denis Menochet), a famous director who lives with his assistant Karl (Stefan Crepon), whom he likes to mistreat and humiliate. Through his actress muse Sidonie (Isabelle Adjani), he meets and falls in love with Amir (Khalil Gharbia), a handsome young man of modest means. Quickly becoming smitten, Peter offers to help break Amir into cinema – setting up a tense love triangle and complicated working relationship with Karl.

Having previously helmed the cult film Water Drops on Burning Rocks, an adaptation of a play by Fassbinder, back in 2000, Ozon creates a loving tribute to one of his cinematic idols while also offering up a colorful, sexually-charged drama all his own.

 

Watch the trailer for Peter von Kant below and click here to pre-order your copy. The film is coming to DVD and Blu-ray November 1st.

 

The Power of the Dog is getting the special DVD and Blu-ray treatment by The Criterion Collection

Jane Campion returns to the kind of mythic frontier landscape – pulsating with both freedom and menace – that she previously traversed in The Piano in order to plumb the masculine psyche in The Power of the Dog, set against the desolate plains of 1920s Montana and adapted by the filmmaker from Thomas Savage‘s novel.

After a sensitive widow (Kirsten Dunst) and her enigmatic, fiercely loving son (Kodi Smit-McPhee) move in with her gentle new husband (Jesse Plemons), a tense battle of wills plays out between them and his brutish brother (Benedict Cumberbatch), whose frightening volatility conceals a secret torment, and whose capacity for tenderness, once reawakened, may offer him redemption or spell his destruction.

Campion, who won an Academy Award for her direction here, charts the repressed desire and psychic violence coursing among these characters with the mesmerizing control of a master at the height of her powers.

 

With some titles disappearing from streaming services, it’s nice to know that there will be physical copies of The Power of the Dog available – especially from The Criterion Collection, who have long celebrated Jane Campion’s work. This upcoming special edition includes numerous special features. There is a new interview with Campion about the making of the film, a documentary featuring interviews with members of the cast and crew and behind-the-scenes footage captured on location in New Zealand, an interview with composer Jonny Greenwood about the film’s score, an essay by film critic Amy Taubin and much, much more.

 

Watch the original trailer for The Power of the Dog below and click here to pre-order your copy. The film will be available on DVD and Blu-ray starting November 8th.

 

The beloved gay series Here Comes Your Man returns to take another shot at romance!

A charming, funny, sexy and refreshingly realistic gay series from director Omar Salas ZamoraHere Comes Your Man follows the relationship of two very different young men who tried to make love work, but hit many roadblocks along the way.

Here Comes Your Man: Season Two follows Aaron (Jason Alan Clark), living his own version of the 21st century gay experience. After his breakup, Aaron tries to navigate his new causal relationship with Julio (Alessandro De Gennaro) into somewhere more serious. Meanwhile, Jordan (Calvin Picou) settles into Omaha to record his album. Dustin (Matthew Namik) becomes entangled in an online romance while Cassie (Noelle Miller) reignites her romance with Malcolm (Clay von Carlowitz).

A continuation in the thoughtful and ultimately heartwarming story of four friends who are all exploring their own ambitions, relationships and dreams in modern day Los Angeles, Here Comes Your Man is back and better than ever!

Watch a short teaser trailer for Here Comes Your Man: Season Two below and click here to pre-order your copy. It will be available on DVD and VOD in mid-September. The first season of Here Comes Your Man is also available now at TLAgay!

 

Trailer Alert: Albatross

Worlds collide at an awkward dinner party in 1959 New England in Albatross, a stylish new indie drama from writer-director Myles Yaksich.

After moving to a new town, Elizabeth and Thomas Miller (Katherine Gauthier and Romaine Waite) find themselves at a crossroad. They are childless, he’s an unpublished writer and she’s tired of cutting checks to keep them afloat. Thomas’ work suffers to the point that his publisher wants him to ditch his novel about the Black experience to write a more commercially viable harlequin romance.

Meanwhile, Carol and Dr. Lloyd Burke (Sarah Orenstein and David Keeley) have built an imposing façade, glorifying the societal ideals of the era. They have an impressive home, a prominent role at their country club and a son studying medicine. But, behind closed doors, the couple is haunted by the cracks in their relationship and his use of controversial psychiatric techniques.

With style to spare, Albatross thoughtfully examines the concept of self in the context of society, while illustrating the compromises individuals make to feel as though they belong. Ultimately, tables are turned, secrets revealed and we’re left questioning who really pulls the strings in this tense game of social chess.

 

Watch the trailer for Albatross below and click here to pre-order your copy. The film will be available on DVD beginning October 4th.