Trailer Alert: Song Lang

Set in a richly imagined 1980s Saigon, Song Lang is both a gritty underworld noir and an operatic romance.

 

An unlikely bond develops between hunky, brooding Dung (Lien Binh Phat), a tough debt collector for a ruthless loan shark, and Linh Phung (popular V-pop singer Isaac), a charismatic young opera singer. The two meet when Dung comes to forcefully collect a debt from the struggling opera troupe. But when their paths cross again, a deep friendship develops, awakening romantic feelings in both men. Making his feature-length debut, Vietnamese director Leon Le serves up a uniquely lush melodrama, teasing a smoldering relationship between two apparent opposites set against the backdrop of a gorgeous art form as it fades out of fashion.

 

Song Lang has earned major critical acclaim, and for his breakout performance, Lien Binh Phat has picked up rising star awards at festivals all across Asia.

 

Watch the trailer for Song Lang below and click here to pre-order your copy. The film is coming to DVD and VOD in November.

 

Now Available On-Demand: Getting It

Jamie (Tom Heard) is a singer whose cabaret partner and boyfriend dumped him a year ago. Since then, he has angrily shut out the world, licking his wounds and always putting himself first.

 

His best friend Elaine (Sharron Bower) has had it, and calls out his selfishness, which only hurts Jamie and pushes him further inward. Jamie’s neighbor, Ben, (Donato De Luca) is a poet who is reeling from the devastating loss of his mother a year ago, and currently lives like a hermit with his brother, Luke, and sister-in-law, Alicia. When Alicia asks Jamie to reach out to Ben, Jamie sees his opportunity to be generous and prove Elaine wrong. Slowly, Jamie starts falling for Ben. But has Jamie really changed?

Written, directed by and starring Tom Heard, the new film Getting It is a loveable, old-fashioned romantic comedy-drama about a May-December relationship. Watch the trailer below and click here to rent or download the film. The film is now available on-demand at TLAgay.

Photo Gallery: Rapture in Blue

Like a David Lynch thriller filmed through a queer lens, writer-director Ryder Houston‘s Rapture in Blue follows a young man’s quest through flickering neon and hazy noir shadows to find his true self.

 

After Jason (Bryce Lederer) tries to use his childhood home for a steamy rendezvous with his girlfriend Valerie (Sarah Greenfield), they discover it has been newly occupied by the smoldering Sebastian (Tanner Garmon), who eagerly warms up to anxious Jason. Wracked with desires he’s long tried to ignore while also being pressured by his girlfriend’s sensual advances, a growing sense of unease and dread permeates his life. After receiving an “impossible” photo of him embracing Sebastian, Jason realizes he needs to confront the madness consuming him from all sides.

 

Watch the trailer for Rapture in Blue below and click here to pre-order your copy. The film is coming to DVD and VOD in October – just in time for Halloween. We also have an exclusive image gallery below.

 

 

Now Available On-Demand: Vilom

Vilom, a lonely, isolated young man from India, is obsessed with becoming internet-famous and deeply confused about his sexuality. When he moves in with Amay, a dynamic, openly gay hairdresser, and Nivi, a beautiful struggling actress, he finds that they are both slowly falling in love with him. This sudden love triangle leads to even more confusion, forcing Vilom to examine his sexual and romantic wants and needs on an even deeper level. Meanwhile, societal pressures and prejudices are beginning to build just outside the walls of their home.

The feature-length debut of Mumbai-based actor Sunder Pal, Vilom is an unflinching sociopolitical drama. Centered around gender-blending gay/straight relationships, this films tells a provocative story of risk-taking, creativity, rebellion and survival.

 

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

 

Coming Soon: José

Winner of multiple awards, including the Queer Lion from the 75th Annual Venice Film Festival, José is a gripping, layered and beautifully honest story about one working class young man’s struggle to find himself. Made in the neorealist filmmaking tradition, the film is a nuanced and vivid look at being gay in Central America.

 

José (magnetic newcomer Enrique Salanic) lives with his mother (Ana Cecilia Mota) in Guatemala City, where they survive on her selling sandwiches at bus stops and with him working at a local restaurant. It is a poor and sometimes dangerous country where, dominated by conservative Catholic and Evangelical Christian religion, living one’s life as an openly gay man is hard for José to imagine. His mother has never had a husband, and as her youngest and favorite child, though at the edge of manhood at 19-years old, she is determined to hold on to him.

 

Reserved and private, José fills his free moments playing with his phone… and engaging in random sex with other men arranged via street corners and dating apps. When he meets attractive and gentle Luis (Manolo Herrera), a migrant from the rural Caribbean coast, they pursue an unexpected relationship with more emotion than José had never imagined possible. He is thrust into new levels of passion, pain and self-reflection that push him to rethink his life – even as he is reluctant to take a leap of faith.

 

Watch the emotional trailer for José below and click here to pre-order your copy. The film is coming to DVD on November 10th.

 

Photo Gallery: Young Hunter

Young Hunter, an insanely tense new thriller from acclaimed writer-director Marco Berger (The Blonde One, Sexual Tension: Volatile, AbsentPlan BTaekwondoHawaii) follows Ezequiel (Juan Pablo Cestaro), a fifteen year old boy on the cusp of his sexual awakening who falls for the wrong guy.

 

While his parents are away, Ezequiel meets a handsome, slightly older, seemingly-troubled bad-boy named Mono (Lautaro Rodriguez) 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 disappears, no longer responding to any texts. Ezequiel is surprised and confused until Chino (Juan Barberini), Mono’s cousin, sends him a hidden camera video of Ezekiel and Mono having sex, blackmailing him into making his own sex tape with a minor to be sold on the dark web, in order to keep his secret hidden.

 

Stuck with an impossible choice, Ezequiel decides to try seducing Juan Ignacio (Patricio Rodriguez), an even younger teen whom he knows from school and suspects might have a crush on him. Ezequiel turns from prey to hunter – against his own will – and considers whether to put Juan Ignacio in the same incredibly dangerous situation.

 

Check out this extensive image gallery featuring stills from Young Hunter below and click here to pre-order your copy. The film will be available on DVD and VOD on October 27th.

 

The short film Miles is meditative and introspective character study

From writer-director Christopher Sampson, the new fifteen-minute short film Miles is an Australian coming-of-age drama that explores the relationship between three lifelong friends involved in a love triangle as they embark on a road trip that will change their lives forever.

After the death of his father, sexually ambivalent Michael (Jye Whatson) brings his two closest friends, Edward (Nathan Draman) and Ashley (Madi Jennings), along for a road trip of self-discovery. A complicated love triangle exists between the three, threatening to change everything when they all realize what they truly desire.

When Ashley and Ed use the trip as an opportunity to each push their own agendas of love and romance, Michael is placed at the center of their conflict. Discussions of love, memories, and lost chances scatter throughout, unveiling the true nature of the characters. As actions are misread and advanced upon, Michael is forced to confront the situation and accept what he desires. Professions of love and confusion follow, culminating in a final moment that leaves Michael, Ashley and Ed to reflect upon their choices.

A meditative and introspective character study, Miles opens with no context of the affairs that have occurred beforehand, and we leave uncertain of where our characters will ultimately end up.

 

Watch the trailer for Miles below and click here to see the film. It’s now available on-demand at TLAgay.

 

The stylish short doc A Queer City is now available on-demand

From Mattioli Productions and director George Hellings, the new short documentary A Queer City focuses on three young drag artists as they navigate the rising drag scene in Norwich, a place where their actions appear to be going unnoticed by the rest of the world.

The film’s colorful subjects open up about what their drag means to them and how, by finding a welcoming group of people in Norwich with similar attitudes and camp sensibilities, they have been able to express their queerness and identity freely through performance and visual artistry. Despite sometimes finding it difficult to find their way as marginalized individuals, they have hopes for a future they plan on carving themselves as a close-knit new wave of creatives.

Check out the trailer for A Queer City below and click here to watch the film. It’s now available for rental or digital download at TLAgay.