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.

 

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.

 

Coming Soon: Madame

The touching new documentary Madame is a double portrait of a young boy slowly coming out of the closet and of the lady that was, even more than his own mother, the woman of his life – his grandmother.

 

Based on private archival footage, Madame takes us onto an intimate journey where Caroline, a flamboyant 90-year-old grandmother, and her filmmaker grandson Stephane explore the development and transmission of gender identity in a patriarchal environment. Promised to domestic life in the 1920s, Caroline manages to free herself from the clutches of forced marriage and becomes a successful businesswoman, defying the social rules of her time. In parallel, Stephane struggles to play the role everyone expects in his Swiss bourgeois family until the day he comes out of the closet and sets off on a crusade against homophobia and sexism.

 

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

 

Trailer Alert: Dating Amber

From writer-director David Freyne, the new romantic coming-of-age comedy-drama Dating Amber is a poignant, honest and funny look at the highs and lows of teenage life, where the only way to fit in is to not be yourself, even if this goes against your very being.

 

Set-in Ireland during the mid-1990s, Eddie (Handsome Devil star Fionn O’Shea) and Amber (Lola Petticrew) decide to stage a relationship in order to stop everyone speculating about their sexuality. Eddie is keen to follow his Dad into the military, while Amber dreams of moving to the liberal hub of London. However, their ideal arrangement begins to fall apart, forcing Eddie deeper into denial as Amber realizes that a perilous future awaits her best friend unless she intervenes.

 

Dating Amber is a charming and deeply touching love letter to all those kids who grew up in a small town and who needed to escape in order to be themselves.

 

Watch the trailer for Dating Amber below and click here to pre-order your copy. The film is coming to DVD at the end of December.

 

Just Came Out: 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 order your copy. The film is available on DVD starting this week.