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! Stay home, stay safe and enjoy a movie!

 

7 Minutes
A bold new drama from writer-director Ricky Mastro, making his feature debut after a long series of acclaimed shorts, 7 Minutes tells the story of Jean (Antoine Herbez), a 55 year-old policeman who discovers his son, Maxime (Valentin Malguy), and another man hanged in a hotel room. The autopsy shows that Maxime died from an overdose of GHB, just seven minutes after his boyfriend. During an evening organized by Maxime’s friends, Jean discovers a nightclub that his son used to frequent. There, he meets the seductive young Fabien (Clément Naline). Desperately trying to learn more about the events that led to his son’s untimely death, Jean goes to the club several times more and is quickly welcomed by the other patrons. As Fabien becomes increasingly attached to him, Jean starts mixing his mourning with the desire to discover his son’s world.

 

45 Days Away from You
After a recent breakup with “a man who shall not be named,” young bachelor Rafael (Rafael de Bona) finds his romantic life spinning out of control. With a change of scenery in order, he sets out on journey of self-discovery – an adventure that will take him from Brazil to England, Portugal and Argentina. Along the way, he seeks the counsel of his nearest and dearest friends. There’s Julia (Julia Correa), an amorous single actress trying to land her breakthrough role; Fabio (Fábio Lucindo), Rafael’s straight-boy buddy, who is trying to maintain a long-distance relationship; and Mayara (Mayara Constantino), a dear friend who gave up a promising career in favor of marriage. Over the course of his 45-day trip, Rafael grows closer to the people in his life who really matter and learns that all it takes to mend a broken heart is time… and the support of a few good friends.

 

Socrates
After his mother’s sudden death, Socrates (Christian Malheiros), a 15-year-old living on the margins of São Paulo’s coast, must survive on his own. As he faces isolation because of his sexuality, his search for a decent, worthy life reaches a breaking point. Filmed with a micro budget of under twenty thousand dollars, Socrates is the debut feature film from Brazilian-American director Alexandre Moratto. Socrates is the first feature produced by the Querô Institute in Brazil where it was co-written, produced, and acted by at-risk teenagers from local low-income communities, with the support of UNICEF. The film earned rave reviews from critics and won numerous awards at film festivals all over the world – along with the coveted “Someone to Watch” award at last year’s Film Independent Spirit awards.

 

Martyr
For Hassane (Hamza Mekdad), a young man from an impoverished neighborhood, life has stopped making sense. All he has left is a close group of friends, brought together by a shared sense of marginalization and hopelessness. Hassane’s strange sudden drowning at Beirut’s rocky shore sparks a mob procession and strips apart the bond of youth and friendship, forcing his friends to grapple with loss and powerlessness, and with the cold heavy truth of their friend’s dead body. The funeral is transformed into a heartfelt farewell to the beauty and sensuality of life, youth, friendship, and love.

 

A Little Lust
16-year-old Rocco (Andrea Amato) has two aims in life: to finally get laid and to go see his favorite pop star in concert with his best friends – sassy and tomboyish Maria (Carolina Pavone) and nerdy and quiet Mauri (Francesco De Miranda). When a bullying incident at school forces Rocco to come out of the closet to his divorced, middle-class Italian parents, their liberal leanings are severely tested. Luckily, his two friends stand by him and quickly latch on to his impulsive plan to run away from home… in his parents’ stolen car, no less. The three buds are planning to go see their favorite singer in concert. They don’t realize, though, that they’re being followed hot on the heels by Rocco’s neurotic mother (director Veronica Pivetti) and his eccentric grandma (Pia Engleberth) – to hilarious effect. A vibrant and funny Italian family comedy, A Little Lust also has a sweet, romantic twist you won’t want to miss.

 

 

Out This Week: Dry Wind

“An erotic fever dream.” – That Shelf

“A sultry and stylish portrait of sexual obsession on the down low.” – MiamiArtZine

“Dry Wind’s powerful and unabashed representation of homosexuality is momentous.” – One Room with a View

“Sex, desire, swimming, neon, labor unions, secret leather parties, daydreams, nightmares and chapped lips. Dry Wind truly has everything!” – BostonHassle

“The performances reach into emotional nuance even during moments of explicit sex.” – Edge Media Network

“It adds up to a fun, playful, sexually-charged atmosphere that’s never not fun to look at.” – The Queer Review

“There is such a dexterous wit to these defiantly subversive scenes that somehow even the sleaziest of them is interpreted with a strange gentleness.” – Variety

“Shot with a flair that gives the hi-viz work uniforms a fizzy vibrancy it also has a pore plunging realism.” – Queer Guru

A gloriously erotic new film from Brazilian director Daniel Nolasco (Mr. Leather), Dry Wind follows factory worker Sandro (Leandro Faria Lelo) as he escapes his rural boredom via secret trysts with his co-worker Ricardo (Allan Jacinto Santana) – and through elaborate sexual fantasies that would make Tom of Finland himself blush.

Though his sex life is in full swing, Sandro shies away from any emotional attachment, preferring to imagine worlds of anonymity, leather and unbridled fetish-play – which Nolasco brings to stunning life in color-drenched widescreen glory. When a new arrival to town – a certified hunk straight out of Sandro’s dreams – sets his sights on Ricardo, Sandro finds himself brimming with jealousy and fearing exclusion from the kind of romance he never thought he wanted.

Easily one of the year’s hottest and most unique gay movies, Dry Wind is a smart and sensual exploration of desire featuring the kind of realistically rugged cast you don’t often find in gay films. For discerning adult audiences, we can’t recommend it more highly.

 

The EXCLUSIVE UNCUT VERSION is available on DVD starting this week. Click here to read more and to pre-order your copy.

Warning: Dry Wind features graphic, unsimulated sex scenes. Viewer discretion is strongly advised.

 

 

Trailer Alert: Aviva

Aviva is a young Parisian who develops an online romance with Eden, a New Yorker. After a long courtship they meet in person and fall in love, settling into an intimate relationship that leads to marriage. But their lives are not without struggle – for inside both young lovers exist warring factions of masculine and feminine energies battling for primacy inside and out of the bodies that contain them.

 

Incorporating exultant dance sequences, and featuring a pair of principal characters played by four different actors (Zina Zinchenko and Or Schraiber as Aviva; Bobbi Jene Smith and Tyler Phillips as Eden) externally expressing their masculine and feminine sides, Aviva captures a restless, frenzied and very fluid moment in time – right now – where the male-female dynamic is demystified and laid bare like never before.

 

“With Aviva, I wanted to make a film that told the story of the inner life experienced in a romantic relationship, using all the expressive means I have been exposed to as a creative person,” said director Boaz Yakin (Fresh, Remember the Titans). “I was influenced by such diverse filmmakers and Luis Bunuel and Bob Fosse, and set out to create something that unfolds in dance and physical movement as well as traditional dramatic scenes. And even these scenes I wanted to imbue with the concept of different actors playing different aspects of the characters they were portraying; using visual differences to highlight the inner emotional and spiritual splits that are experienced by all of us.”

 

Watch the electrifying trailer for Aviva below and click here to pre-order your copy. The film is coming to DVD and Blu-ray in December.

 

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! Stay home, stay safe and enjoy a movie!

 

Musical Comedy Whore!
He’s selling it… both onstage and off. In his charming and sexually-frank one-man-show, Musical Comedy Whore!, actor David Pevsner (Old Dogs, New Tricks, Waiting in the Wings, Coffee House Chronicles) opens up about intimate sexual milestones and choices on a difficult, emotional and hilarious road to ultimate acceptance. With great honesty, surprising introspection and a lot of droll and daring ditties, David shares an unforgettable journey based on his true story. It’s David’s story, but in a way it is your story too. Filmed live at the famed Colony Theatre in Burbank, CA before the pandemic, this mix of drama, humor, and musicality is an evening of great theatre. Though it’s a one-man musical stage performance, be warned that this film is still for mature audiences only.

 

Bombshell
Bombshell is a short web comedy about Jay (Ellis David Perry), a queer transman navigating the shark-infested waters of LA’s gay dating scene. He’s young, he’s single, and he’s really just looking for fun and sex, meeting guys mostly on hookup apps. But, when the bedroom door closes, his private world becomes an arena for cis men and the questions they only feel safe to ask in private. Jay’s chosen family is with him on his journey, starting with his primary relationships with cis women: Selena (Jessica Rosas), his gluten-intolerant Angeleno best friend and Darlene (Cheril Vendetti), the Bostonian hairdresser/problematic fave who practically raised him and Penis Mascot (Charles Johnson), the cartoon caped penis who personifies his id. When he meets Joe (Havon Baraka), a kind genuine guy who’s really into him, he doesn’t exactly know how to act and must learn self respect to save any hope for his new relationship.

 

Longhorns
The setting is a Texas college circa 1982. Here, men are men, women are just future wives (or current “sluts”), and there is nothing gay about helping a buddy get off! Good ol’ fratboy Kevin (Jacob Newton) is straight as an arrow (if you don’t count his gay fantasies – or the fact that he loves jerking off his fellow frat brothers) but he begins to see things a little differently when he meets the sexy, openly gay César (Derek Villanueva). Can a straight guy fall for another dude? And can Kevin continue going down on his pals under the belief that it’s just frat boy hijinks? And will kissing César change him forever? Never has a film featured so many straight men doing so many gay things! Beer is guzzled, pants are dropped and playful bed-hopping ensues. Fast, funny and sexy – what more could you want from a film?

 

Dudes
Spend some time with a group of raunchy young straight boys (with the exception of one) in the new twelve-minute short film Dudes from writer-director Noan Ribeiro. While a bunch of buddies (Michael Gmur, Jakeem Hawkins, Anthon Meyer and Alexander Volpi) hang out together in the living room playing video games, a homophobic comment is casually uttered. This prompts one brave, young jock to muscle up some courage and finally come out to his (sometimes inconsiderate) frat bro besties. When the news is unleashed, each of the boys has a different reaction. Will friendship win over discrimination?

 

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.

 

Trailer Alert: No Hard Feelings

No Hard Feelings, the emotional new gay romance from German filmmaker Faraz Shariat, tells a coming-of-age story about re-discovering one’s past and building a future together.

Parvis (Benjamin Radjaipour), the son of exiled Iranians, copes with life in his small hometown by immersing himself in pop culture, Grindr dates, and raves. After being caught shoplifting, he is sentenced to community service at a refugee shelter where he meets siblings Banafshe and Amon (Banafshe Hourmazdi and Eidin Jalali), who have fled Iran.

As a romantic attraction between Parvis and Amon grows, the fragile relationship between the three is put to a test. They find and lose each other throughout a summer of fleeting youth, and intense first love. An attempt at a joint future brings them to the stark realization that, in Germany, not all are considered equal.

 

No Hard Feelings is coming to DVD and VOD in December. Watch the trailer below and click here to pre-order your copy.

 

Just Came Out: 7 Minutes

A bold new drama from writer-director Ricky Mastro, making his feature debut after a long series of acclaimed shorts, 7 Minutes tells the story of Jean (Antoine Herbez), a 55 year-old policeman who discovers his son, Maxime (Valentin Malguy), and another man hanged in a hotel room. The autopsy shows that Maxime died from an overdose of GHB, just seven minutes after his boyfriend.

 

During an evening organized by Maxime’s friends, Jean discovers a nightclub that his son used to frequent. There, he meets the seductive young Fabien (Clément Naline). Desperately trying to learn more about the events that led to his son’s untimely death, Jean goes to the club several times more and is quickly welcomed by the other patrons. As Fabien becomes increasingly attached to him, Jean starts mixing his mourning with the desire to discover his son’s world.

 

Watch the trailer for 7 Minutes below and click here to order your copy. The film is available on DVD starting this week.

 

The Family Tree tells an unusual Christmas story

In his latest film, provocative indie filmmaker Jorge Ameer (Sabor Tropical, D’Agostino, The House of Adam, Contadora is for Lovers) has created a nostalgic Christmas story based on a old Panamanian holiday tradition.

 

Victor (Keith Roenke) is a lonely workaholic who rescues animals for a local shelter. He has always loved the end of the year holiday celebrations and since he was young, he would create explosive life size dolls made from newspaper and fireworks to celebrate. However, this holiday season will prove unforgettable as Victor’s latest creation comes to life to disrupt and enlighten him on the true meaning of love, friendship, and family. Life, as he knows it, is about to change. The holiday specter will teach him to cherish the moments that makes lasting memories, as what was once is no more.

 

Watch the trailer for The Family Tree below and click here to pre-order your copy. The film is coming to DVD and VOD in early December.

 

Out This Week: The Goddess of Fortune

Alessandro and Arturo (Edoardo Leo and Stefano Accorsi), a handsome Italian couple, have been together for over fifteen years. Despite the feelings that they still have for one another, their relationship is entering a stage of crisis. When Annamaria (Jasmine Trinca), Alessandro’s best friend and former girlfriend, asks the couple to look after her kids for a while, their world is turned upside-down. This new responsibility forces old resentments out into the open and reminds the pair why they fell in love in the first place.

 

With a stellar cast, The Goddess of Fortune, a charming new Italian family comedy from acclaimed writer-director Ferzan Ozpetek (Steam: The Turkish Bath, His Secret Life) examines how love shifts and redefines itself in long-term relationships.

 

Watch the trailer for The Goddess of Fortune below and click here to order your copy. The film will be available on DVD starting this week.

 

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! Stay home, stay safe and enjoy a movie!

 

Rialto
Colm (Tom Vaughan-Lawlor) is a married man in his mid-forties with two teenage children. Though he has a seemingly great life, his world is about to crack open. Still grieving the death of his father, a destructive figure in his life, Colm finds himself struggling to connect with his own family. A shake-up at work also starts threatening their financial future. Desperate for comfort, he falls into the arms of a younger hustler named Jay (Dunkirk star Tom Glynn-Carney) and starts down and increasingly self-destructive path. As his sexual encounters with Jay become more frequent and intense, his recklessness starts to put his entire family life at risk. Don’t miss this tense new drama from Irish director Peter Mackie Burns and writer Mark O’Halloran, based on his own play Trade.

 

Siberia & Him
Reminiscent of Brokeback Mountain and God’s Own Country, the stunning new gay romance Siberia & Him follows two men who begin a clandestine and erotically charged affair. Brothers-in-law Sasha, a meek farmhand, and Dima, a policeman, have always had a fraught relationship. When the two set out on a trip together through the desolate, wide-open country of Siberia in an effort to reach a troubled relative, things begin to change. Along their journey, unspoken truths are uttered and a deep intimacy is built. The pair soon become not only travel companions, but secret lovers – spending their days hiking and hunting for food and their nights in one another’s arms.

 

The Third
A sexy and provocative new series from creator Matthew Lynn, The Third follows the story of Jason Height (Sean McBride), a young man recently displaced on the West Coast. During his conquests and adventures as a twenty-nine-year-old gay man in Palm Springs, he stumbles into a triad relationship with a slightly older gay couple who are on the outs after thirteen years of marriage. Thinking that a third person might spice up their relationship, they agree to move forward only to learn that relationship issues only become more apparent once someone steps in to fill the gaps. What ensues is a tumultuous experience as everyone tries to figure the true definition of love… and whether or not it can be maintained in a three-person relationship. Don’t miss this totally addictive new series.

 

People You May Know
A sexy ensemble cast sparks this lively drama that poses some rather provocative questions about the boundaries of friendship and sexuality. Joe, Delia, Rodrigo, and Herbert are very close friends in their mid-30s who are about to see their closeness tested. Delia and Joe used to be a couple until Joe realized he was gay. Then Delia met Rodrigo and true love blossomed with one exception: no kids. When Rodrigo has to return to Madrid to work for six months, Delia and Joe spend a lot of time together and after a night of drinking the two end up in bed together, with Delia winding up pregnant. Having recently discovered Rodrigo is sterile, Delia wants to keep the baby – just as Joe is contemplating a new relationship with his online lover. Then there’s Herbert, the fourth member of this quartet, who is also gay and wrestling with doubts over his affair with a much younger man. When Rodrigo learns the truth, all hell breaks loose. Sean Maher, Mark Cirillo, Lauren Mayhew and Andrea Grano star in this endearing film from director J.C. Falcon.

 

Furious Desires
Desire is mysterious. Desire is overwhelming. Desire is tragic. Desire is FURIOUS. The many permutations of that strange thing called desire are on full display in this stunning collection of short films: Daytime Doorman tracks the burgeoning desire between Marcelo and his sexy doorman Marcio. Xavier charts the beginnings of desire when Nicholas begins to notice his son, Xavier, only pays attention to certain types of boys. The Other Side is about the frustrations of unfulfilled desire when the object of your lust is beyond your reach – literally. The Tiger’s Fight explores what happens when one man, unbound by the ancient traditions, decides to subvert what’s expected of him to declare his desire for his best friend. Finally, in Loris Is Fine, we learn about the lengths two young lovers will go to prove that their love is beyond desire altogether.