A young gay teen faces brutal military service in the riveting South African drama Moffie

“It’s a coming-of-age movie that plays like a thriller…”
– New York Magazine

“The filmmaking is strong and confident throughout, while Mr. Brummer’s performance is a constant revelation.”
– Wall Street Journal

“It’s an usual perspective for an apartheid film, something the director – who is gay and mixed race – has acknowledged initially recoiling from. But that point-of-view only makes Hermanus’ mission all the more laudable.”
– Associated Press

“This is a gentle beauty of a film with impressive work from a young cast.”
– San Jose Mercury News

“A riveting portrait of a particular time and place while also being a broader assault on the type of pressure-cooker masculinity where torture, cruelty, humiliation and racism are the coins of the realm.”
– Houston Chronicle

“The film lifts the lid on same-sex desire just enough to stir the pot but refuses to indulge in any unrealistic wish fulfillment when depicting a time when discovered transgressions provoked the most extreme consequences.”
– Deadline Hollywood

“It does such a thought-through, empathetic, and powerful job of exploring homophobia as part of a root-and-branch mentality in South Africa’s white patriarchal psyche.”
– Daily Telegraph

“Both a shiver-delicate exploration of unspoken desire and a scarringly brilliant anatomy of white South African masculinity.”
– Variety

“It’s often tough to watch, but that harshness is mitigated by moments of aching tenderness and desire.”
– Hollywood Reporter

 

Moffie, the acclaimed new coming-of-age military drama from director Oliver Hermanus, is set year is 1981 – while South Africa’s white minority government is embroiled in a conflict on the southern Angolan border.

Like all white boys over the age of sixteen, Nicholas van der Swart (Kai Luke Brummer) must complete two years of compulsory military service to defend the apartheid regime. The threats of communism, violence and racial discord are at an all-time high. But they are not the only dangers Nicholas faces. He must survive the brutality of the army – something that becomes even more difficult when a connection is sparked between him and a fellow recruit.

Watch the trailer for Moffie below and click here to order your copy. The film is now available on DVD and Blu-ray at TLAgay.

 

Trailer Alert: Potato Dreams of America

Obsessed with old Hollywood movies and concerned for her son’s future in the USSR of the 1980s, Lena (played by both Sera Barbieri and Marya Sea Kaminski) becomes a mail-order bride and moves to the United States. Though she hopes to give her son, Potato (Hersh Powers and Tyler Bocock), a better life, things veer off course when his burgeoning sexuality and love of New Queer Cinema clash with his new father’s political and religious points of view.

Stylized and deliciously campy, Potato Dreams of America conjures a portrayal of the American dream that is as hopeful and hilarious as it is dizzying. Featuring a star-studded LGBTQ+ cast including Lea DeLaria and Jonathan Bennett, writer/director Wes Hurley‘s autobiographical crowd-pleaser is sure to spark whimsical wonder.

Watch the trailer for Potato Dreams of America below and click here to pre-order your copy. The film is coming to DVD on February 22nd.

 

Now Available On-Demand: A Stormy Night

The stylish and thoughtful new black and white indie A Stormy Night follows two seemingly mismatched strangers who end up spending some unexpected time in one another’s company.

Marcos (played by writer-director David Moragas) arrives in New York City from Barcelona only to find out that his layover flight to San Francisco has been cancelled due to a storm. This leaves him without a place to stay. That’s how he meets Alan (Jacob Perkins), the roommate of an old college friend. Happy to help, Alan agrees to host Marcos for the night.

These two young men don’t seem to have anything in common. Nevertheless, they will have to spend twelve hours and a New York storm together. Throughout the night, a series of misunderstandings lead the boys to challenge each other’s approach to love, relationships and happiness. They both have secrets to hide that are difficult to hold. And yet, the biggest challenge might be having to say goodbye to each other the morning after.

David Moragas is a Catalan writer, director and actor based in Barcelona. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Media Communication from Pompeu Fabra University, and a filmmaking MFA at the NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. In 2018, David wrote and directed the short film Only Fools Rush In, which was presented at several international film festivals. His screenplay Two Sisters was selected by the prestigious Purple List at NYU in 2019. A Stormy Night is his first feature film and it shows tremendous promise.

Watch the trailer for A Stormy Night below and click here to rent or download the film. It’s available now on-demand at TLAgay.

 

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. This week we’re focusing on unique documentaries. Here’s just five of our current favorites that you may have missed – ALL available to watch INSTANTLY!

 

The Carnival
From acclaimed, prolific filmmaker Marco Berger (The Blonde One, Young Hunter, Taekwondo), The Carnival is a clever new pseudo-documentary which centers around two men who grew up in the town of Gualeguaychú, a city in the east of Argentina near the border of Uruguay. Every summer, they participate in the town’s traditional carnival, which transforms the men of the community into Dionysian figures via costumes, glitter and feathers. While Berger captures the action – and the mostly straight male participants’ bodies – he also blurs the line between fiction and non-fiction, adding his unique cinematic spin, homoerotic themes and eye for dynamic male relationships to color and comment on the proceedings.

Everything at Once
A  deeply seductive new documentary, Everything at Once profiles Paco Moyano and Manolo Rodriguez, two Catalan photographers who have been together for thirty years. Their simple yet sophisticated style records the sex appeal of working class men, using natural light and abandoned locations. With great compassion and understanding, Paco and Manolo build an intimate relationship with their subjects, capturing not only their bare bodies but their inhibitions and hidden depths as well. In the end, they reveal just as much about themselves as they do the nude men in front of their cameras. Everything At Once tells a beautiful story of two fascinating artists and a special relationship that has lasted for three decades.

Mr. Leather
In April of 2018, São Paulo played host to the second annual Brazilian Mr. Leather competition… and things got heated. Mr. Leather offers you a front-row seat – and takes you deep behind the scenes – as five individual contestants vie for full leather dominance. The winner will be crowned by Dom Barbudo, the first official Mr. Leather of Brazil. Along with victory comes a year-long commitment to promoting the leather community throughout the country, even in the face of increasingly conservative values and political unrest. In his feature film debut, writer-director Daniel Nolasco (Dry Wind) follows all the action, creating gorgeous and intensely provocative compositions that celebrate the unique power of this thriving subculture.

Chemsex
Cruising through hidden basements, bedrooms and bars across London, the startling documentary Chemsex from directors William Fairman and Max Gogarty frankly and intimately exposes a dark side to modern gay life. Traversing an underworld of intravenous drug use and weekend-long sex parties, this stunning documentary tells the story of several men struggling to make it out of “the scene” alive – and one health worker who has made it his mission to save them. While society looks the other way, this powerful and unflinching film uncovers a group of men battling HIV as well as drug and sex addiction while trying to find acceptance in a changing – and incredibly challenging – world.

Seed Money
Seed Money tells the the fascinating and largely unknown story of Chuck Holmes, the San Francisco pornographer who founded Falcon Studios. As a major contributor to gay advocacy groups, Holmes helped create and shape gay identity in the 20th century, only to find out that while his money was welcome in philanthropic circles, he sometimes was not. Funny, candid and completely eye-opening, this feature-length doc is packed with mind-blowing archival footage as well as interviews with notable figures, including Chi Chi LaRueJeff Stryker, Scissor Sisters front-man Jake Shears and John Waters. Learn all about one of the gay community’s most unheralded heroes – seems like it’s the least we can do for him!

Trailer Alert: Baja Come Down

In Baja Come Down, writer-director Anderson Matthew‘s feature film debut, the mythological Mexican landscape becomes both a destination and character while witnessing the denouement of a queer romance.

Hannah and Charlie (Caitlin Michael Riley and Michelle Ortiz) have an on-and-off relationship, but neither are willing to address it head on. In an impulsive moment of delusion, Hannah suggests a road trip to Mexico. Will this reignite and reconnect them? Or is this relationship suicide? They pack up, and head south of the border along with Hannah’s cat, Lou.

To Hannah, the Baja Peninsula is uncharted territory, a foreign land of mystery and adventure. To Charlie, it’s familial roots and childhood vacations. Mesmerized by the coast under Mexican moonlight, the two reconnect and make love. But they can’t play lovebird tourists for long before the tension between them rises to the surface. On top of that, an unpleasant surprise forces them to face whether or not they will be returning home separately or together.

Watch the trailer for Baja Come Down below and click here to pre-order your copy. The film will be available on DVD and VOD starting January 25th.

 

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!

 

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.

 

15 Years
Yoav (Oded Leopold) has everything he’s ever wanted. He and his younger lover Dan (Udi Persi), a lawyer who idolizes him, seem to have a charmed relationship. Their sex life is still off the charts, their emotional bond is strong and they enjoy an intimate circle of friends. When Yoav’s best friend Alma (Ruti Asarsai) announces she’s pregnant, it ignites Dan’s desire to become a father himself. But Dan’s parental urges have the opposite effect on Yoav – who is haunted by long buried demons. He soon ends up engaging in very self-destructive behavior that threatens to destroy his life with Dan, unravel his friendship with Alma, and cost him everything. 15 Years is a searing, insightful drama that offers a telling portrait of an emotional darkness lurking beneath the surface.

 

About Us
Diego (co-writer/director Thiago Cazado) is leaving his hometown in Brazil to attend a film school in California for four years. He will have to leave behind everything he has ever loved… including Matheus (Rodrigo Bittes), a handsome young man with whom he fell madly in love and shared a brief passionate affair. Ten years later, back in Brazil, Diego decides to write a novel about their relationship using his camera instead of his pen. This heartfelt biopic shows how passion can increase our motivation in life, but also how making tough choices can affect that passion. Romantic and intimate, filmed with a handheld, fly-on-the-wall intimacy, About Us brings us right into the middle of a tricky relationship – portrayed with aplomb by the two lead actors, both relative unknowns with talent to spare.

 

In Bloom
Young lovers Kurt and Paul (Kyle Wigent and Tanner Rittenhouse) could not seemingly care less about the alleged serial killer stalking the streets of Chicago. They’re far too busy being the perfect 20-something gay couple. They’re fun, deeply in love and not lacking for money thanks to Kurt’s highly successful pot-dealing business. But when a sexy young customer (Adam Fane) makes a play for Kurt, he makes a decision that threatens to permanently ruin everything that he and Paul have built together – all while placing himself in the elusive murderer’s path. Prickly and compulsively watchable, In Bloom is a warm, funny, intelligent, sharply-written, painfully honest, well-acted drama and first feature film by promising writer/director Chris Michael Birkmeier.

 

Downriver
Sometimes the path to redemption is paved in sin. 18-year-old James (Reef Ireland) has just been released from juvenile detention after serving time for his involvement in the suspected drowning of a young boy in a river years earlier. Ravaged with uncertainty, dealing with an estranged family and forced to face the dead boy’s mother, James is set upon a journey of self discovery, shocking revelations and danger as questions surrounding the boy’s death brim to the surface. Old friendships are questioned, family ties are tested and lives are put on the line as James must find his path to the truth. From Australian writer-director Grant Scicluna, Downriver is a carefully-calibrated mystery/thriller which tells a sleepy tale of secrets, manipulation and redemption.

 

 

 

 

Trailer & Photo Gallery: Bringing Him Back

A deeply affecting new film about loss, love and human connection, writer-director Borja de la Vega‘s Bringing Him Back is a rich character drama with a surprisingly erotic sting.

Moi (Ricardo Gomez) travels with his boyfriend, Biel (Eneko Sagardoy), to his family home after the death of his mother. Despite arriving to the warm embrace of his sister (Bruna Cusi), Moi struggles to come to terms with his new reality, manifesting in a new disconnect with Biel. When his sister’s boyfriend (Joe Manjon) surprises everyone with his unannounced arrival, their delicate seclusion is shattered- replaced by a potently sensual and tense mood.

Watch the trailer for Bringing Him Back below and click here to pre-order your copy. We also have an extensive photo gallery available below for your viewing pleasure! The film will be available on DVD starting January 18th.

 

 

$15.99 Gay Movie Sale

From now until Tuesday, January 18th, select in-stock DVDs are available for just $15.99 at TLAgay. Stock up on your favorite gay movies and more while supplies last! Click the banner below to start shopping and saving!

 

Trailer Alert: Don’t Look Down

In a high-rise apartment in Paris, four men and one woman gather to share their experiences of a man with whom they have all been either romantically or sexually involved.

All five of them fell in love, but were ultimately betrayed. In the main room, they talk, drink, and dance. One by one, each of them goes into another room to confront this man – and share in a private moment of truth and revelation. But what happens between the monster and the individual characters remains their secret.

From Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau, the acclaimed filmmakers behind The Adventures of Felix and Paris 05:59: Theo and HugoDon’t Look Down is a riveting new mystery about secret desires and the ways we change when we’re falling in love – and how we expect our partners to do the same.

Watch the trailer for Don’t Look Down below and click here to pre-order your copy. The film is coming to DVD and VOD on February 2nd.