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.

 

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!

 

Blurred Lines
Janik and Samuel (Emil von Schonfels and Mekyas Mulugeta) are best friends enjoying their final year of high school. Though they share a tight bond, they come from different worlds. Janik’s parents are responsible and uptight. Samuel comes from a broken home. The two teens seem to want what the other has. While Samuel looks for order and discipline, Janik seeks out chaos in his day-to-day life. When a thoughtless incident puts their relationship in jeopardy, the pair decide to leave Germany and set off on a long-planned trip to Istanbul. While there, the boys look to enjoy their freedom, try out a new life and figure out the true depths of their friendship. Blurred Lines is a sexy and thought-provoking new coming-of-age drama.

 

The Strong Ones
Based on an original short film, which won the coveted Teddy Award at the Berlin International Film Festival, The Strong Ones follows the romantic saga of two beautiful Chilean men on different life paths. Lucas (Samuel Gonzalez), an architect, travels to visit his sister, who lives in a remote town in Southern Chile. Beside the ocean, shrouded in the wintery mist, he meets Antonio (Antonio Altamirano), a boatswain on a local fishing boat. When an intense romance blossoms between them, their strength, independence, and adulthood become immovable, just like the ebb and flow of the tide. A true gem, The Strong Ones took home both the Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize at Outfest when it debuted in 2020.

 

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.

 

Testosterone: Volume One
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 short gay films is sure to stir. The End of My World follows an attractive young man who, after a break-up, becomes convinced that the world is ending. The Surf Report tells a ghostly beach-side love story. It Gets Better? follows an older man who decides to start telling secrets online. Finally, the hilarious Killer Friends is a quirky horror comedy that follows four friends on a camping trip gone terribly wrong. Make sure to look for the rest of the Testosterone short film collections as well. There are four in total so far!

 

Fireflies
Ramin (Arash Marandi) is lost. An Iranian man who escaped persecution in Tehran, he wound up – accidentally – in the Mexican port of Veracruz. His time is soon divided between hard labor, trying to learn Spanish and cruising for anonymous sex in dark alleys. Though he pines for the boyfriend he left behind, he finds himself drawn to Guillermo (Luis Alberti), an inscrutable ex-con with a body full of bullet holes. Beautifully shot by Iranian-born, Texas-raised filmmaker Bani Khoshnoudi, who lends striking attention to detail in nearly every frame, Fireflies is a sensitive, award-winning portrait of a gay man in exile, showing us a world where borders can’t always be crossed and our scars – literal and figurative – tell many stories.

 

The acclaimed 1980s-set gay drama Minyan is coming to DVD next week

“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.

 

 

Coming Soon: Dramarama

Winner! Best Comedy Feature, Woods Hole Film Festival
Winner! Outstanding Screenplay, Tallgrass Film Festival
Winner! Audience Award, Novos Cinemas
Winner! Best LGBTQIA+ Feature, Oxford Film Festival
Winner! Audience Award, Oxford Film Festival
Winner! Best Feature Film, SENE Film, Music & Arts Festival

“A warm period piece with wittily specific dialogue, Dramarama somehow modernizes the coming out story despite its dated setting.”
– Michael Cuby, Nylon Magazine

Dramarama is like a warm hug that shares a timely message; that no matter which way you relate to the story, you’re not alone and your experience is valid and beautiful.”
– Stacey Yvonne, Pride.com

“Executes with finesse what a John Hughes movie might have looked like had positive portrayals of LGBTQ+ youth been possible for mainstream consumption in the 1980s.”
– Nicholas Bell, IONCINEMA

Dramarama pays tender homage to all things high school theatre-related, and to the wacky friendships that developed therein. For any queer kids who sought theatre as a refuge, or for anyone haunted by childhood’s end as embodied by high school graduation, Dramarama is a must-see.”
– David Reddish, Queerty

It’s the end of summer of 1994 and Gene (Nick Pugliese) is preparing for his high school drama friends’ final murder mystery slumber party. The theatrical hostess, Rose (Anna Grace Barlow), will fly off to start college the next morning, followed by earnest Claire (Megan Suri), charismatic Oscar (Nico Greetham), and sarcastic Ally (Danielle Kay). Before they leave and head off to begin their separate lives, however, Gene wants to come out of the closet – but is terrified of what his sheltered Christian friends might think… especially his best friend Oscar.

Part The Breakfast Club, part The Big Chill, this nostalgic, funny coming-of-age tale is a poignant love letter to drama nerds, late bloomers and the intense friendships that mark our youth.

 

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

 

Now Available On-Demand: 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 rent or download the film. It’s available now on-demand at TLAgay.

 

The acclaimed new animated documentary Flee is coming to Blu-ray in March

“EXPANDS THE DEFINITION OF DOCUMENTARY” – The Hollywood Reporter

“A THRILLING SURVIVAL STORY” – Indiewire

“A STELLAR FEAT OF CINEMA” – The Playlist

“A BREATHTAKING CINEMATIC EXPERIENCE” – Next Best Picture

“TRULY UNIQUE” – Thrillist

“STUNNING” – The Wrap

“INCREDIBLY INTIMATE” – Variety

“FLAWLESS” – Harper’s Bazaar

“JAW-DROPPING” – Time Out

“THIS IS A SPECIAL FILM” – Deadline

 

In Flee, the Grand Jury Prize winner at this past year’s Sundance Film Festival, filmmaker Jonas Poher Rasmussen tells a poignant story of belonging and the search for identity.

Amin’s life has been defined by his past and a secret he’s kept for over 20 years. Having left his home country of Afghanistan as a young child with his mother and siblings, Amin now grapples with how his past will affect his future in Denmark and the life he is building with his soon-to-be husband.

Told brilliantly through the use of animation to protect his identity, Amin looks back over his life, opening up for the first time about his past, his trauma, the truth about his family and the acceptance of his own sexuality.

 

Watch the trailer for Flee below and click here to pre-order your copy. The film will be available on Blu-ray beginning March 1st.

 

 

 

Coming Soon: Days

“One of the year’s most touching films.” – Indiewire

“Pure rapture. A full body massage for the soul.” – Film Comment

“A profound, meditative poem on the human need for connection.” – Little White Lies

“A mesmerizing film… one of Tsai’s most stripped down, direct and moving works.” – Hyperallergic

“A quietly aching stunner from one of our great filmmakers. Gorgeously sensual.” – Los Angeles Times

“An extraordinary movie. Intoxicating. See it however and wherever you can, preferably with some strangers and with all the lights out.” – RogerEbert.com

The great Taiwanese filmmaker Tsai Ming-liang – along with his lead actor and must Lee Kang-sheng – has been directing exquisite examinations of alienation, isolation, and the fleeting beauty of human connection for decades. His latest film, Days, will undoubtedly stand as one of his best, sparest and most intimate works.

Lee once again stars as a variation on himself, wandering through a lonely urban landscape and seeking treatment in Hong Kong for a chronic illness. At the same time, a young Laotian immigrant working in Bangkok, played by Anong Houngheuangsy, goes about his daily routine. These two solitary men eventually come together in a moment of healing, tenderness and sexual release.

Among the most cathartic entries in Tsai‘s filmography, Days is a work of longing, constructed with the director’s customary brilliance at visual composition and shot through with profound empathy. Many different film critics have hailed it as one of the best films of the year.

Watch the trailer for Days below and click here to pre-order your copy. The film will be available on DVD and Blu-ray beginning February 22nd.

 

 

 

The Man with the Answers is one of the year’s most romantic gay movies!

A hit with critics and audiences all around the world, writer-director Stelios Kammitsis‘ thoughtful and romantic new film The Man with the Answers is coming to DVD in January.

The film follows Victor (Vasilis Magouliotis), a twenty-something ex-diving champion who is now working in a furniture factory. He has been living with his sick grandmother in a seaside town in Greece. Distraught after her death, he decides to dust off her old car and travel to Germany to visit his estranged mother.

On the ferry to Italy, he meets Matthias (Anton Weil), a talkative, inquisitive young German who is on his way home. Matthias persuades Victor to take him along. As they drive north, Victor’s uptight, repressive personality clashes with the more free-spirited Matthias. But they soon find common emotional ground as their summer road trip takes unexpected turns.

The Man with the Answers is a tender story of self-discovery, love and family… in all its many forms. Watch the trailer below and click here to pre-order your copy. The film will be available on DVD January 11th.

 

Altered Innocence has restored the films of Fred Halsted for this amazing collector’s set!

Fred Halsted was a legend in his own time. His self-created public persona-that of the leather-clad sadist-instantly made him both feared and revered as one of the first openly gay sex symbols. And his taboo-shattering films broke new ground in the gay erotic cinema for their portrayal of sadomasochism and other forms of polymorphous perversity.

These works sent a shockwave throughout the fledgling gay liberation movement and the art establishment alike, leading to their eventual acquisition by the Museum of Modern Art. But despite their significant cultural importance, these films have long been available only in neutered form, if at all.

Altered Innocence and Anus Films are proud to present the first-ever uncut disc release of the groundbreaking and fiercely controversial films L.A. Plays ItselfSextool and The Sex Garage, beautifully restored by MoMA and with a host of new bonus features, including Halsted’s formerly-lost second feature, Truck It.

 

The collection also includes audio commentaries, interviews, photo galleries, original theatrical trailers, a 2-page booklet filled with essays and much, much more.

Watch the gorgeous new trailer for L.A. Plays Itself: The Fred Halsted Collection below (Warning: It’s NOT Safe for Work) and click here to order your copy. The set will be available on DVD and Blu-ray beginning this week!

 

Our Top 20 Gay Films of 2021!

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year! Before we ring in 2022, we wanted to highlight some of the best gay films we saw this year. Check out our Top 20 Gay Movies of 2021 below and make sure to pick up your copies on DVD and/or Blu-ray at TLAgay.com!

Editor’s Note: We limited our considerations to titles that we have currently available to order on our site (including pre-orders). So, while certain film exclusive to subscription services may be masterpieces, they don’t qualify for this particular list as they haven’t been announced yet for DVD, Blu-ray or non-exclusive VOD.

 

20. 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 named Jameson (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).

 

A Wake is available now on DVD and VOD.

 

19. The Obituary of Tunde Johnson
On a day unlike any other, Tunde Johnson (Steven Silver) is confronted with both his sexuality and his race. After coming out to his parents, he is the victim of a racially motivated shooting. Instead of dying, he repeatedly undergoes re-incarnation, but the opportunity to do things differently and avoid the tragic consequences of his actions meets the harsh reality of being black and queer in the United States. A fresh take on the Groundhog Day-style time loop narrative, The Obituary of Tunde Johnson is a riveting must-see, examining the overlaps of wealth and race, beauty and sexuality. Director Ali leRoi creates a disturbing universe where even the hereafter is a restless limbo upon which the burden of straddling many worlds at once constantly weighs.

 

The Obituary of Tunde Johnson is available now on DVD.

 

18. Isaac
The debut film from directing duo David Matamoros and Angeles HernandezIsaac employs two different timelines to tell the story of two couples who clash together. Former childhood friends Denis and Nacho (Ivan Sanchez and Pepe Ocio) had an intense relationship as teens. They meet as adults and seemingly regain those distant ties of trust, affection and complicity. Denis, who needs money for a business venture, doesn’t hesitate in asking Nacho for a loan. From there begins a game of mutual dependencies in which the two men’s partners are both implicated. And if this four-way collaboration was not complex enough, loose ends, social pressures, ambition, repressed desires and guilt complicate this intense story of polyamory even further.

 

Isaac is available now on DVD.

 

17. Supernova
One of the year’s most high-profile gay films, Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci star in this romantic drama about a couple struggling with a life-changing diagnosis. Sam and Tusker, partners of twenty years, are traveling across England in their old campervan, visiting friends, family and various places from their past. Having recently learned that Tusker is suffering from early-onset dementia, their time together has become more important than ever – and their love will be tested like never before. From writer-director Harry Macqueen and the producers of the award-winning 45 Years, Supernova is a profoundly moving film which has earned rave reviews from critics. The Washington Post said “Tucci and Firth have never been better.”

 

Supernova is available now on DVD and Blu-ray.

 

16. Here Comes Your Man
What begins as a simple hookup blossoms into an unlikely romance between two young men in this charming and deeply sexy gay romantic comedy. When Jordan (Calvin Picou) and Aaron (Jason Alan Clark) meet in person after exchanging pics, their initial tryst is fraught with the kind awkward tension that suggests they might not be a perfect match. On top of that, Aaron is unaware that Jordan is, for all intents and purposes, “straight.” Confused about his sexuality, Jordan blocks Aaron’s number. When they run into each other weeks later, the truth comes out… and they find something undeniable about their strange romantic chemistry. But turning a one-night stand into “happily ever after” is not quite as easy as it seems.

 

Here Comes Your Man is available now on DVD and VOD.

 

15. Summer of 85
Adapted from a young adult novel by Aidan Chambers, this gorgeous new film from prolific writer-director Francois Ozon (Swimming Pool, 8 Women) follows a gay summer romance during the mid-80s. When Alexis (Felix Lefebvre) capsizes off the coast of Normandy, David (Benjamin Voisin) comes to the rescue and soon opens the younger boy’s eyes to a new horizon of friendship, art and sexual bliss. The two lovers steal every possible moment for a fugitive kiss, a motorcycle ride,or a trip to the cinema, but their relationship is soon rocked by a host of challenges. Their wild summer fling lasts just six weeks, but casts a shadow over a lifetime. A must-see, Summer of 85 is a nostalgic reverie or first love and its consequences.

 

Summer of 85 is available now on DVD and Blu-ray.

 

14. Truman & Tennessee
The brilliant work, personal struggles and cultural impact of iconic American writers Truman Capote and Tennessee Williams explodes onto the screen in this innovative dual-portrait documentary. Filmmaker Lisa Immordino Vreeland masterfully collages a wealth of archival material, including dishy talk show appearances with Dick Cavett and David Frost, with clips from some of the duo’s most memorable movie adaptations. Featuring vibrant voiceover work by Jim Parsons (as Capote) and Zachary Quinto (as Williams), the film is dripping with wit and wisdom. It is a celebration of both men’s fearless candor and often tumultuous friendship that honors how their identity as gay Southerners informed their timeless artistic achievements and relationships with family, colleagues, confidants and one another.

 

Truman & Tennessee is available now on DVD.

 

13. The Man with the Answers
Victor (Vasilis Magouliotis) is a former diving champion who works in a furniture factory and lives with his sick grandmother in a seaside town in Greece. Distraught after her death, he dusts off her old car and travels to Germany to visit his estranged mother. On the ferry to Italy, he meets Matthias (Anton Weil), a talkative, inquisitive young German who is on his way home. Matthias persuades Victor to take him along. As they drive north, Victor’s uptight, repressive personality clashes with the more free-spirited Matthias. But they soon find common emotional ground as their summer road trip takes unexpected turns. The Man with the Answers is a tender and romantic story about self-discovery, love and family… in all its many forms.

 

The Man with the Answers is available to pre-order now on DVD. The film will be released on January 11, 2022.

 

12. Wojnarowicz
Wojnarowicz (also know as Wojnarowicz: F**k You F*ggot F*ker) is a fiery and urgent documentary portrait of downtown New York City artist, writer, photographer and activist David Wojnarowicz. As New York City became the epicenter of the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s, Wojnarowicz weaponized his work and waged war against the establishment’s indifference to the plague until his death from it in 1992 at the age of 37. Exclusive access to his breathtaking body of work – including paintings, journals, and films – reveals how Wojnarowicz emptied his life into his art and activism. Rediscovered answering machine tape recordings and intimate recollections from Fran Lebowitz, Gracie Mansion, Peter Hujar and other friends and family help present a stirring portrait of this fiercely political, unapologetically queer artist.

 

Wojnarowicz is available now on DVD.

 

11. Dramarama
It’s the end of the Summer of 1994 and Gene (Nick Pugliese) is preparing for his high school drama friends’ final murder mystery slumber party. The theatrical hostess, Rose (Anna Grace Barlow), will fly off to start college the next morning, followed by earnest Claire (Megan Suri), charismatic Oscar (Nico Greetham), and sarcastic Ally (Danielle Kay). Before they leave and head off to begin their separate lives, however, Gene wants to come out of the closet – but is terrified of what his sheltered Christian friends might think… especially his best friend Oscar. Part The Breakfast Club, part The Big Chill, this nostalgic, funny coming-of-age tale is a poignant love letter to drama nerds, late bloomers and the intense friendships that mark our youth.

 

Dramarama is available to pre-order now on DVD. The film will be released on January 11, 2022.

 

10. Twilight’s Kiss
Twilight’s Kiss (originally titled Suk Suk) presents the story of two closeted married men in their twilight years. One day 70-year old Pak (Tai-Bo), a taxi driver who refuses to retire, meets 65-year old Hoi (Ben Yuen), a retired single father, in a park. Despite years of societal and personal pressure, they are proud of the families they have created through hard work and determination. Yet in that brief initial encounter, something is unleashed in them which had been suppressed for so many years. As both men recount and recall their personal histories, they also contemplate a possible future together. A critical hit at film festivals around the globe, Twilight’s Kiss is a refreshing coming-out romance about two mature men.

 

Twilight’s Kiss is available now on DVD.

 

09. I Am Syd Stone
Syd Stone (Travis Nelson) is a former A-List actor whose once-promising career has hit a major slump. Now he finds himself in a small town, reluctantly shooting a B-movie. While getting drunk in a hotel bar, he forms an almost instant connection with Matt (Benjamin Charles Watson), a young lawyer on the verge of his biggest case yet. Despite pressure from his representatives to hide his sexuality for the sake of his career, Syd and Matt soon become more than just friends. Based on an acclaimed short film and adapted into a feature-length film from the popular web series of the same name, I Am Syd Stone is a sexy, thoughtful and moving coming-out romance. Tilt Magazine called it “a heartfelt exploration of living authentically.”

 

I Am Syd Stone is available now on DVD.

 

08. Sublet
Michael (John Benjamin Hickey) is a travel columnist for The New York Times who reluctantly goes on a trip to Tel Aviv to write an article after suffering a tragedy. Leaving behind some unresolved relationship troubles with his husband, Michael just wants to do his research and go home. But when he sublets an apartment from Tomer (Niv Nissim), an attractive young film student, he suddenly finds himself drawn into the life of the city. The intense bond he forms with this casually seductive younger man ends up transforming both their lives in unexpected ways. Sexy, charming and ultimately life-affirming, Sublet is the newest indie gem from acclaimed director Eytan Fox (the award-winning filmmaker behind Walk on Water and Yossi & Jagger).

 

Sublet is available now on DVD.

 

07. Cicada
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 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, Cobie Smulders, David Burtka and more, Cicada is a smart and deeply thoughtful crowd-pleaser that has been earning rave reviews from critics. The Jam Report called it “one of the most beautifully-crafted pieces of queer cinema.”

 

Cicada is available to pre-order now on DVD. The film will be released on January 25, 2022.

 

06. Minyan
A closeted young man struggles to reconcile his strict Russian-Jewish upbringing with his burgeoning sexuality in this contemplative coming-of-age drama set in Brighton Beach during the 1980s. Yeshiva student David (Samuel H. Levine) dutifully follows religious strictures, but itches to explore yearnings beyond his insular community. When he moves in with his widowed grandfather (Ron Rifkin) and befriends two elderly gay neighbors, they open his imagination to new possibilities. He begins to explore gay life in the East Village, just as the threat of AIDS looms in the background. A sexy and thoughtful critically-acclaimed drama, Minyan tells a powerful story of rebellion, self-discovery, sexual and spiritual awakening – and survival.

 

Minyan is available to pre-order now on DVD. The film will be released on January 11, 2022.

 

05. I Carry You with Me
Academy-Award nominee Heidi Ewing (the filmmaker behind Jesus Camp and The Boys of Baraka) directs this luminous, moving narrative film debut. Based on a true story, I Carry You with Me follows a tender, decades-spanning romance between an aspiring chef and a teacher. Starting in provincial Mexico and continuing as first Ivan (Armando Espitia), then Gerardo (Christian Vasquez), journey towards sharing a life together in New York City, I Carry You with Me is an intimate love story, as well as a soulful rumination on family, sacrifice, regret, and ultimately, hope. Don’t miss this remarkable, award-winning gay romance. Entertainment Weekly called it “innovative, heartbreaking, vital and absolutely extraordinary.”

 

I Carry You with Me is available now on DVD and Blu-ray.

 

04. Moffie
Moffie, the acclaimed new coming-of-age military drama from director Oliver Hermanus (the same director behind the controversial 2011 award-winner Beauty), is set in 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. This hard-hitting new period drama is not to be missed.

 

Moffie is available to pre-order now on DVD and Blu-ray. The film will be released on January 25, 2022.

 

03. Saint-Narcisse
Dominic (Felix-Antoine Duval) has a fetish… for himself. Nothing turns him on more than his own reflection. When he learns that he has a long-lost identical twin brother named Daniel – who is being held captive in a remote monastery by a depraved priest – it sends him down a blasphemous (and incestuous) rabbit hole of sex, revenge and redemption. Set in the early 1970s and the afterglow of sexual liberation, Saint-Narcisse is the newest film from master provocateur and reigning “King of Kink” Bruce LaBruce (Hustler White, L.A. Zombie, The Raspberry Reich, Gerontophilia) – and it might just be his best film yet! It has earned rave reviews from critics and currently holds a “100% Fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes. We can’t recommend it more highly!

 

Saint-Narcisse is available to pre-order now on DVD. The film will be released on December 21, 2021.

 

02. Tu Me Manques
Following the death of his son, Jorge (Oscar Martinez) travels from conservative Bolivia to New York City in an effort to confront Sebastian (Fernando Barbosa), his son’s boyfriend. While Jorge struggles to accept his son’s out and proud lifestyle, Sebastian channels his grief into a bold stage production, honoring his lost love. A powerful LGBTQ tear-jerker about being one’s true self and finding acceptance, Tu Me Manques was the Official Selection from Bolivia for the Academy Awards in 2020 – a landmark achievement for a country with a notorious reputation for homophobia. The New York Times called the film “a moving and intellectually rewarding testament to queer life and loss.” Though it’s flown a little under the radar this year, we guarantee it’s one of 2021’s most moving films.

 

Tu Me Manques is available now on DVD and VOD.

 

01. Swan Song
From Todd Stephens, the director behind Another Gay Movie and Edge of Seventeen, comes a funny and touching showcase for legendary character actor and arthouse icon Udo Kier. He stars in Swan Song as a retired hairdresser named Pat Pitsenbarger, who escapes the confines of his small-town Sandusky, Ohio nursing home after learning of his former client’s dying wish for him to style her final hairdo. Soon, Pat embarks on an odyssey to confront the ghosts of his past – and collect the beauty supplies necessary for the job. Co-starring Jennifer Coolidge and Michael UrieSwan Song is a comical and bittersweet journey about rediscovering one’s sparkle… and looking gorgeous while doing so. It was a tough call, but we couldn’t help putting it at the very top of our list for this year.

 

Swan Song is available now on DVD.