The Films of Marco Berger

“I let others talk about doing controversial projects that they think will end up at Cannes. Whereas I think my work is always talking about love. Love between men. And I’m going to keep doing it until I die.”Marco Berger

 

Since his first feature film, Plan B, debuted on the international film festival circuit back in 2009, Argentina-based writer-director Marco Berger has been one of our favorite filmmakers. Mixing homoerotic desire, suspense and dramatic tension, he’s created an impressive collection of slow-burn gay indie gems that reward patient and attentive viewers. With the recent release of his film Young Hunter – available now on DVD and VOD at TLAgay – we wanted to take a look back through his resume and spotlight some of our top picks. Though not all of his work is currently available, we linked the titles below so that you can check them out on our website, place your order and take a deep dive into his alluring cinematic world.

 

Click here to check out the full selection of available films.

 

Absent
Knowingly, even aggressively sexual, 16-year-old Martin (Javier De Pietro) locks his seductive sights on Sebastian (Carlos Echevarria), his recently engaged, 30-something swimming instructor. Faking an injury, Martin eventually tricks his teacher into letting him spend the night at his apartment. As Sebastian begins to realize the possible sexual interest on the part of his student, he is conflicted. He is dismissive, but his curiosity is piqued by the boy’s overt advances. An extraordinary event soon forces the increasingly troubled Sebastian to question his own feelings for young Martin. Absent is not a simple boy-meets-boy drama. It’s a taut drama of repressed passion, guilt and regret. The film won the coveted Teddy Award for Best Feature Film at the Berlin Film Festival when it debuted in 2011.

The Blonde One
In the suburbs of Buenos Aires, Gabriel (Gaston Re) has just moved in with his colleague, Juan (Alfonso Barón). Shy and reserved, Gabriel is reluctant to follow Juan’s wandering hands and meaningful looks. With a revolving door of beauties streaming out of Juan’s bedroom, his machismo seems firmly in place. However, the attraction between the two men is undeniable. What starts out as a sexual relationship based on convenience of location soon develops into the engrossing evolution of a tender and intimate relationship, which is as sweet as it is heartbreaking. But, as reality begins to set in on their homemaking fantasy, something needs to give… or does it? Poignant, beautifully-crafted and incredibly sexy, The Blonde One is one of the hottest gay movies of the past few years.

 

Hawaii
Sexual tension practically spills off the screen in this sweaty, titillating romance originally released in 2013. Berger’s Hawaii follows Martin and Eugenio (Manuel Vignau and Mateo Chiarino), two former childhood friends who reunite during a hot summer in the Argentinean countryside. As they work together to restore Eugenio’s summer home, a game of power and desire ensues – compelling the two buddies to grapple with their sexual attraction and reconsider their relationship. With gorgeous cinematography, a lush setting and compelling lead performances, Hawaii is an intimate and unique slow-moving character study that pushes past social boundaries. Lead actors Vignau and Chiarino make the underlying sexual tension palpable from start to finish.

 

Sexual Tension: Volatile
Berger’s pulsating collection of short films weaves together six scintillating experiences of men in various forms of erotic bonding. A young man feels the adrenaline rush of his sexy tattoo artist’s needle in Ari while in The Cousin, a cute boy has a taboo attraction for a family member. Two “straight” buddies literally show each other how to make love to a woman in The Other One, while a man with Broken Arms receives a sensual sponge bath from a male nurse. Love is questionable when a broken shower brings a married man and an innkeeper together and in Workout two muscular men begin to explore each other’s chiseled bodies. Voyeuristic pleasures await you as the camera penetrates and caresses the men’s bodies while exploring the mysterious and electrifying nature of male intimacy.

 

Sexual Tension: Violetas
Berger and co-writer/director Marcelo Mónaco followed up Sexual Tension: Volatile with another collection of shorts, this time for the ladies. Exploring the art of seduction between two women – through six very different, incredibly sexy stories – Sexual Tension: Violetas is an assured underground lesbian classic. Two guests of a hostel become roommates (and more), a keen shop assistant helps a woman uncertain about what dress to buy, great passion starts to develop between girls during a picnic, a few women get a little carried away whilst discussing films at a restaurant, and two high-class escorts discover that they are attracted to each other when they are in bed with a client. Never less than exciting and passionate, this effortlessly cool collection offers up  six unforgettable stories of lesbian attraction.

 

Taekwondo
In a gorgeous country house in Buenos Aires, Fernando (Lucas Papa) gathers his buddies for a boys-only vacation. Free from work, responsibilities and their girlfriends, this close-knit gang of bros kick back by the pool, sunning their impeccably toned bodies and sharing drug-fueled stories of sexual conquests. Fernando has also invited a newcomer named Germán (Gabriel Epstein), a friend from his taekwondo class, who neglects to tell the group that he’s gay. As the lazy summer days disappear, the connection between Fernando and Germán grows and slowly the boundaries of their relationship begin to blur. A veritable masterclass in will-they-won’t-they suspense, this gloriously protracted, beautifully nuanced tease is both wantonly titillating and disarmingly sweet – luxuriating in the eroticism and lingering over the semi-clad bodies with unapologetic gay abandon.

 

Young Hunter
Berger’s most recently released film is a tense and thought-provoking thriller. Young Hunter follows Ezequiel (Juan Pablo Cestaro), a fifteen-year-old boy on the cusp of his sexual awakening. While his parents are away, he meets a handsome, slightly older guy named Mono (Lautaro Rodríguez) and quickly starts a relationship. Mono invites him to his cousin’s villa to spend a weekend together, but while returning from the trip Mono seemingly disappears, no longer responding to texts. Ezequiel is surprised and confused until Chino (Juan Barberini), Mono’s cousin, sends him a hidden camera video of their sexual encounter, blackmailing him into participating in an increasingly dangerous criminal conspiracy. Against his own will, Ezequiel must decide whether to come clean or turn from prey to hunter.

 

Once again, click here to explore the exciting work of Marco Berger.

 

 

Coming Soon: My Dead Ones

The debut feature of Brazilian writer-director Diego Freitas, My Dead Ones is a subtly homoerotic new psychological thriller about burgeoning sexuality, murderous revenge and obsession.

Davi (Nicolas Prattes) is a shy film student who spends most of his life behind a camera, viewing the world as an observer instead of a participant. His life starts to change when he meets Jonates (Andre Hendges), an alluring man who brings the young voyeur out of his shell and makes him feel like he’s worthy of love. Their budding relationship is threatened, however, by a spate of gruesome murders… which have a connection to Davi’s troubled past. When news spreads of a killer on campus, his worlds collide and the truth finally comes out.

Watch the trailer for My Dead Ones below and click here to pre-order your copy. The film will be available on DVD starting May 25th.

 

Altered Innocence: Vol. 1 collects nearly three hours of cutting egde queer film content!

The kick-ass cult video label Altered Innocence has been dedicated to releasing LGBTQ and coming-of-age films with an artistic edge since their inception in 2015. With a library of features and shorts from around the world – mixing genre with art-house and everything in between – Altered Innocence is committed to curating an esoteric library that is without peer in the current cinema landscape.

Nearly three hours of LGBTQ and coming-of-age short films and music videos await you in the debut of Altered Innocence‘s cinematic mixtape supreme: Altered Innocence: Vol. 1! Films from established auteurs like Peter Strickland (The Duke of BurgundyIn Fabric), Cam Archer (Wild Tigers I Have Known), João Nicolau (From John) and Yann Gonzalez (You and the NightKnife+Heart) join fresh new voices such as Alexis Langlois, Shaun Hughes, Caroline Poggi and Jonathan Vinel. Cruising, dancing, naked wrestling, trans terrorism, first love, bullies, femme faltales, band practice and much, much more is in store!

The films and videos included are “Our Time” (Imperial Teen) by Cam Archer (New HD Restoration), Gabber Lover by Anna Cazenave CambetDoors Cut Down by Antonio Hens (HD Restoration), “Les Vacances Continuent” (Perez) by Yann GonzalezAfter School Knife Fight by Caroline Poggi and Jonathan VinelBunny by Shaun HughesGUO4 by Peter StricklandTerror, Sisters! by Alexis Langlois, “Niemand” (Kompromat) by Bertrand MandicoGambozinos (Wild Haggis) by João Nicolau and Jakt (Hunt) by Gjertrud Maria Bergaust.

 

Watch the trailer for Altered Innocence: Vol. 1 below and click here to pre-order your copy. The collection is coming to DVD and Blu-ray on May 25th!

 

Out This Week: Dancing on the Dark Side of the Moon

Picture this if you will: A futuristic lighthouse floating through dark space. Aboard this lighthouse is a Spirit Guide and his two younglings Alexi and Micah. These three spiritual beings are on an unusual journey. When the curious Alexi asks what his life will be like on Earth, the Spirit Guide is compelled to show him. He knows that dark forces are at hand and Alexi may indeed never be born at all. The Guide reluctantly shows him moments in time where we find Alexi’s family in deep turmoil… where dark secrets abound.

Along the Journey, we are introduced to a man simply referred to as “Him”. This character serves as our narrator, a charismatic wise guy enjoying a steak dinner at his favorite Italian eatery. But this caporegime may be more important than he seems. Is he simply narrating or controlling the events himself?

If this sounds like a page pulled out of “The Twilight Zone,” you would be right. Just add a large dose of David Lynch-esque sensibilities and the pervasive casual (and not so casual) nudity and sex that are synonymous with Babaloo Studios. We welcome you to join us on this unusual journey. Enjoy Dancing on the Dark Side of the Moon.

Check out the (and very NSFW) trailer for Dancing on the Dark Side of the Moon below and click here to order your copy. The film is now available on DVD and Blu-ray.

 

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!

 

Stone Fruit
When long-term couple Manny and Russ (Matt Palazzolo and Rob Warner) decide to call their marriage quits and get a divorce, they also – quite strangely – decide to celebrate the occasion together. The pair head to the Central Coast of California for some wine, sun… and more wine! When Byron (Thomas Hobson), their close friend, joins up with them, an unexpected threesome ensues and the trip becomes the post-divorce party to end all post-divorce parties. This witty, sharply-written new film gives freshness to the classic break-up movie by bringing in a queer perspective and exploring the complicated similarities that many couples, both queer and straight, face throughout their love stories. Stone Fruit is a charming, sexy and very funny new “anti-romantic comedy” for anyone who has ever fallen OUT of love.

 

Mass
The new twelve-minute short film Mass follows Trey (played by writer-director-star Linus Ignatius), a man who finds his usual body dysmorphia compounded by the fact that he is HIV-positive – and pretty freshly diagnosed. He’s soon stuck in the middle of a perfect storm of “I am not enough” feelings. At night, he invites a macho, joyless man over to take advantage of him in the bedroom, and we see how Trey, in his self-loathing, brings people into his life who abuse him – reinforcing his role as the victim. But there is a happy ending to all of this, starting as the next day dawns. Trey, continuing on with his bulking progress, he becomes one pound heavier than the day before. A sexy, stylish and thought-provoking short film, Mass is now available to rent or download on-demand at TLAgay.

 

Testosterone: Volume One
Get ready for the first volume in a thrilling series of gay short film collections – featuring some of the hottest flicks from four corners of the world! 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 shorts 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!

 

Even Lovers Get the Blues
A contemporary pansexual drama, Even Lovers Get the Blues follows a group of close, sexually-liberated friends who are coming to grips with a tragedy. Ana (Marie Denys) is sleeping with Hugo (Gaël Maleux), Dalhia (Adriana da Fonseca) with Graciano (Gabriel Da Costa), Leo (Séverine Porzio) with Louis (Arnaud Bronsart), and Arthur (Tristan Schotte) with just about anyone who will have him. All of the wild parties and one-night-stands satisfy their individual desire to live life to the fullest… until one of them passes away quite unexpectedly. In the cold light of day, each member of this tight-knit group begins questioning the path they find themselves on. Featuring a ton of nudity and some truly explicit sex scenes, Even Lovers Get the Blues is an adults-only exploration of the love and sexual lives of a group of fascinating young lovers.

 

Perfect Cowboy
Perfect Cowboy is a unique “alternative family film” about the two gay fathers of a straight country western singer, all living in a rural community and playing music together. When hard-drinking singer/songwriter Jimmy Poole (Ken Roht) returns home after a stint in prison, he finds that things have changed. His longtime partner Ty (Jeffrey Watkins) seems to be doing just fine without him, and the son they raised together has taken over his place as the lead singer in his country-western band. As Jimmy struggles to retake center stage in his own life, he ends up alienating those he loves the most. And when he reveals what happened to him in prison, it threatens to break up his relationship with Ty for good. Will their family’s collective love for making music be enough to keep them together? Don’t miss this award-winning musical family drama.

Now Available On-Demand: Everything I Like

Daniel (Milton Roses), is an editor at a production company. When Javier (Esteban Masturini), a new cameraman, joins the crew, it upends Daniel’s life in ways he never expected. Though he’s always considered himself straight, Daniel begins to develop feelings for the alluring Javier. Though he’s encouraged by his closest friends to finally come out of the closet, Daniel isn’t sure he’s ready.

Once he admits to his bisexuality, he enters the world of online dating, embarking on an uncomfortable, often embarrassing and deeply funny journey through a new world of potential partners. All the while, however, he’s looking to work up the courage to tell Javier how he really feels… and to finally get over his fear of being naked in front of another person.

 

A sexy new 8-episode romantic comedy series from Argentina, Everything I Like is available on-demand starting this week. Watch the trailer below and click here to rent or download the film – or to order your copy on DVD.

 

Out This Week: Stone Fruit

Stone Fruit follows a gay couple (played by Matt Palazzolo and Rob Warner) who have decided to call their marriage quits and get a divorce.

What better way is there for two former lovers to celebrate such a momentous, life-changing occasion than to head off to the Central Coast of California together for wine, sun, a threesome… and more wine? The pair wish to remain friends and this seems like a good way to do it. Enter Byron (Thomas Hobson), their close friend, and the trip soon becomes the post-divorce party to end all (admittedly rare) post-divorce parties.

This witty, sexy and sharply-written “anti-romantic comedy” gives freshness to the classic break-up movie by bringing in a queer perspective and explores the complicated similarities that many couples, both queer and straight, face throughout their love stories.

Stone Fruit also explores, with great charm and humor, the recent advent of same-sex divorce and provides a quiet nuanced exploration of the dynamics of interracial relationships and the distinct issues facing a generation of gay men post-AIDS, post-marriage equality and post-recession.

Watch the trailer for Stone Fruit below and click here to order your copy. The film will be available on DVD and VOD starting this week.

 

Don’t miss the sexy, stylish and deeply provocative new gay short film Mass

In the new 12-minute short film Mass, Trey (writer-director-star Linus Ignatius) finds his usual body dysmorphia is compounded by the fact that he is HIV-positive, and pretty freshly diagnosed. He’s soon stuck in the middle of a perfect storm of “I am not enough” feelings.

At night, he invites a macho, joyless man over to take advantage of him in the bedroom, and we see how Trey, in his self-loathing, brings people into his life who abuse him – reinforcing his role as the victim. But there is a happy ending – as the next day dawns, and Trey continues on with his bulking progress, he becomes one pound heavier than the day before.

A sexy, stylish and thought-provoking short film, Mass is now available to rent or download at TLAgay. Check out the trailer below along with an exclusive new photo gallery!

 

 

 

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!

 

Taekwondo
In a beautiful country house in a chic suburb of Buenos Aires, Fernando (Lucas Papa) and his buddies are having a “boys only” weekend. Disconnected from the outside world, they bask in the sun, play in the pool, smoke pot and drink – naked or half-naked pretty much the entire time. Fernando decides to invite a newcomer, Germán (Gabriel Epstein), a close friend from his taekwondo class. Germán is quickly welcomed into the group. Fernando doesn’t realize, though, that Germán is attracted to men. Little by little, the two dudes get more intimate and the simmering sexual tension hits a boiling point. Assembling one of the hottest casts in gay movie history, prolific director Marco Berger has outdone himself with Taekwondo.

 

French Kisses
Get seduced by a collection of incredible gay shorts from France. In Apollo, we follow a teen, riddled with insecurities, who fantasizes about an ever more muscular body – and an even bigger banana. Herculaneum concerns two men and a volcano that growls. In The Body of Angels, Remi listens to the birds and falls asleep in the hedges while, Gabriel does something far more sinister. In En Retour, Jean-Marc meets Simon, a younger man, for dinner. After a promising start, the evening plunges into extreme drama. Ruptures follows Gabriel and Andre, ex-boyfriends who cross paths for the first time in ten years. Finally, in Electric July, Thomas and Victor visit an abandoned bridge and face their most secret fears and desires.

 

Paper Boys
After making an impulsive decision to change the course of his life, Cole (Kyle Cabral) moves to San Francisco, using his straight best friend’s engagement party as an excuse to escape a dead-end career and the memories of a passionate summer fling with a boy from New York. But when he arrives, he runs into that very former fling… and old feelings soon begin to resurface. After his friend, Daren (Nathan Brown), reveals that his recent engagement only happened by accident, Cole decides to use the mysterious powers of a re-discovered sketchbook to try to put all of their lives back on track. A short six-episode series, Paper Boys is a charming and thoughtful romance that is sure to leave you swooning.

 

1:54
Tim (Antoine-Olivier Pilon) is a shy sixteen-year-old student, dealing with the loss of his mother as well as his sexuality. The last four years of high school have been tough on him because of school bully Jeff (Lou-Pascal Tremblay). In his last year of school, Tim decides that wants to shine for once. He decides to stand up to Jeff by dethroning him in the 800m championship, the event Jeff is known for in school. But behind the competition and rivalry, a secret is wreaking havoc. After a personal video is shared on social media, Tim’s private life is about to explode into the public eye. Soon Tim finds himself pushed to the edge because of the pressure he endures, the edge where human limits reach the point of no return.

 

Sacrifice
The new 18-minute short film Sacrifice follows two protagonists as they enter a new phase in their relationship. James (Leigh Smith), a humanitarian rights lawyer, and Blake (Jesse Everett), a military officer, are continually torn apart by their overwhelming sense of duty – and their struggle to lead a “normal and quiet life.” They love each other, but their sense of duty is equally as important, especially due to Blake’s military background. Sacrifice aims to show that love is the greatest sacrifice of all, regardless of race, gender and everything in between. The film also pays tribute to those in the military history of Australia who were unrecognized in their service due to their sexuality.