Coming Soon: Straight Up

Todd (writer-director-star James Sweeney) is a hyper-articulate, obsessive compulsive gay twenty-something whose fear of dying alone leads him to a baffling conclusion… maybe he’s not really so gay after all?! When he meets Rory (Katie Findlay), an equally whip-smart stuggling actress with her own set of insecurities, the two forge a relationship that is all talk, no sex. Now it’s a matter of how long it will work! Straight Up is a razor-sharp rom-com that’s equal parts classic Hollywood and distinctly 21st century exploring how elastic our definitions of love and sexuality can get.

 

Watch the trailer for Straight Up below and click here to pre-order your copy. The film is coming to DVD in September.

 

Trailer Alert: 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.

 

Jess & James is a scorching hot summer road movie – available now on-demand at TLAgay

“I’m 23 years old. My name is Gerónimo, but people call me Jesse. I hate my family. I hate my brother. I don’t know what to do with my life. Is this a trip or a dream?”

 

Jess (Martín Karich) is a bohemian youth with secrets to hide from his shrewd parents. James (Nicolás Romeo) feels trapped living with his irritable mother. After meeting for a sexual encounter, the two young men set off on a spontaneous road trip across rural Argentina to reunite with Jess’ estranged brother. On their journey, they confront strange occurrences and engage in a ménage à trois affair with another companion (Federico Fontán) that brings them even closer together. Their newly found affection grows, all while discovering a fresh vision of freedom and happiness.

 

Stylishly created by prolific writer-director-producer-actor Santiago Giralt, Jess & James is a sexually charged road-trip movie, a love story, and a coming-of-age tale set against the gorgeous, mythical landscape of the Argentinian Pampas.

 

Watch the trailer for Jess & James below and click here to watch the film. It’s available now, on-demand, at TLAgay!

 

Now Available On-Demand: The Prince

From director Sebastian Muñoz, The Prince is an explosive homoerotic prison drama set in a repressive 1970s Chilean prison. During a night of heavy drinking, Jaime (Juan Carlos Maldonado), a hot-tempered narcissist, suddenly stabs his best friend. He is sent to jail for murder and there, alone and afraid, he comes under the protection of a tough older inmate known as “The Stallion”  The unlikely pair begin a clandestine romance but violent power struggles inside the penitentiary threaten their bond. This searing story of survival at all costs, takes its inspiration from Jean Genet’s Un Chant d’amour and Fassbinder’s Querelle in its affecting exploration of masculine aggression, conflicting loyalties and pent-up sexual desires.

 

Watch the trailer for The Prince below. The film is now available on-demand at TLAgay.

 

Trailer Alert: Beats

A universal story of friendship, rebellion, and the irresistible power of music set against the backdrop of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act of 1994, which banned unlicensed raves across the United Kingdom, Beats follows best friends and polar opposites Johnno (Cristian Ortega) and Spanner (Lorn Macdonald) who, realizing they are destined for different futures, sneak out to an illegal party. Their intimate bromance hits not levels throughout their pursuit of one last crazy night together. Don’t miss this incredibly stylish, critically-acclaimed new indie gem!

 

Watch the electric new trailer for Beats below and click here to pre-order your copy. The film is coming to DVD in September.

 

Fulboy is packed with voyeuristic thrills

On the verge of achieving his dream career, Tomás allows his older brother, director Martín Farina, an inside look at his life as a professional football player.

 

Martín, never able to fulfill his own dream of playing football, steps into the world of Tomás and his teammates through the lens of his camera. However, the rest of the club has their own opinions – some viewing Martín as an intruder, as he exposes their most vulnerable moments, and their concerns for the future after the game has ended.

 

Fulboy offers an uncensored, confessional look at how the athletes behind the most popular sport in the world behave during their time off the field. At the same time, Fulboy reflexively interrogates Farina’s aesthetic choices and point-of-view – as well as the viewer’s gaze at the male form. These are very attractive straight athletes viewed through a distinctly queer lens.

 

Watch the trailer for Fulboy below and check out our extensive image gallery. You can also click here to watch the full film. It’s available now on-demand at TLAgay.

 

 

Coming Soon: Benjamin

British comedian Simon Amstell wrote and directed this charmingly offbeat romantic comedy about a mess-of-a-filmmaker juggling the anxieties and excitement of his upcoming film premiere with the fear and awkwardness of a burgeoning romance.

Gangly and neurotic, and always ready with a self-defensive quip, indie film director Benjamin (Colin Morgan) nervously prepares for the premiere of his sophomore feature when he meets and falls for hard for Noah (Phénix Brossard), a young French musician. Will Benjamin’s insecurities and anxieties get in the way of success and happiness? Will his film be a critics-savaging disaster and he, a one-hit wonder? Amstell peppers this entertaining tale with hilariously deadpan one-liners and a scene-stealing cast of supporting characters including Joel Fry as Stephen, Benjamin’s manic-depressive stand-up comedian best friend; Jessica Raine as Billie, his unbearable publicist, Harry (Jack Rowan), his egocentric, bi lead actor; and Anna Chancellor as his patient producer.

Benjamin is a charming, laugh-out-loud look at one man’s land mined road to success and love.

Watch the trailer for Benjamin below and click here to pre-order your copy. It’s coming to DVD and VOD in August!

 

The Prince, one of the year’s hottest gay movies, is now available on DVD and Blu-ray

“A dark, raw film that takes us directly into the harsh life behind bars in the notorious San Bernardo prison outside Santiago, Chile… beneath this primal surface there exists a tale of loyalty love and compassion that blooms even in the most horrific of circumstance.”
– The Chicago Times Weekly

 

The Prince is brutal, raw and cold, yet also beautiful, sincere and honest.”
WireMag

 

“A pretty boy — or, to be more precise, an angular jawline and a head of lush curls in search of a personality — is thrown into a dark and dank prison in 1970 Chile in The Prince. For most people, this would be a horror scenario, but this feature is such a work of homoerotic fantasy, pilfering liberally from sources ranging from Un Chant d’amour to Querelle and the opera omnia of Jean-Daniel Cadinot, that the protagonist doesn’t mind being locked away with a bunch of handsy, well-endowed inmates for even one hot minute. Quite the contrary, as behind bars he’ll find plenty of man-on-man action, cute bell-bottoms and perhaps even the homosexual Holy Grail decades before the age of marriage equality: love.”
– The Hollywood Reporter

 

The Prince deals with the homosexual awakening of a young man called Jaime (played by Juan Carlos Maldonado). It’s a realization that, sadly, he could not come to while he was a free man, given that any sign of desire between two men would have been suppressed by the conservative society of the time… The Prince is a story of survival revolving around a young man condemned to remain in this hellhole of a prison.”
– Cineuropa

 

“Just wait until you see all the sweat, pubes, and grime on display here: Muñoz treats men’s bodies the same as most studios treat women’s, and that’s the point… The guards are brutal and the hyper-masculinity only reaches a ceasefire in inmates’ passionate expressions of their sexuality… it’s wonderful how Muñoz plays with masculinity. He shoots men like we’d expect to see them only to stage them like lingerie models minutes later. They get to be domineering; they get to be vulnerable. It gets to a point where it isn’t so much about gender as it is raw emotions, and DP Enrique Stindt complements this wonderfully with patinas and grain detail. There are too many supporting characters at times, but The Prince sure knows how to develop a sense of place.”
– TheSpool

 

“As in the work of Jean Genet, The Prince offers a gritty but phantasmatic world of social deviance and sexual liberation, where the close proximity of barely clothed or naked male bodies sparks an irrepressible eroticism that can only be answered through intercourse or violence. Muñoz, a first-time director, does an elegant job of balancing the lurid and the tender; there’s certainly enough exposed flesh here to reflect the material’s pulp origins, but the feelings that are evinced, the yearning for intimacy and affirmation between men who’ve been denied them, is just as affecting.”
– CineFile

 

From director Sebastian Muñoz, The Prince is an explosive homoerotic prison drama set in a repressive 1970s Chilean prison. During a night of heavy drinking, Jaime (Juan Carlos Maldonado), a hot-tempered narcissist, suddenly stabs his best friend. He is sent to jail for murder and there, alone and afraid, he comes under the protection of a tough older inmate known as “The Stallion”  The unlikely pair begin a clandestine romance but violent power struggles inside the penitentiary threaten their bond. This searing story of survival at all costs, takes its inspiration from Jean Genet’s Un Chant d’amour and Fassbinder’s Querelle in its affecting exploration of masculine aggression, conflicting loyalties and pent-up sexual desires.

 

Watch the trailer for The Prince below. The film is now available on DVD and Blu-ray.

 

Last Summer is a haunting and beautiful gay romance about two high school sweethearts

Released in 2013, writer-director Mark Thiedman‘s Last Summer tells the story of two high school sweethearts, Luke and Jonah (Samuel Pettit and Sean Rose), who spend their final months together over the course of a long, quiet summer in the rural South, contemplating their uncertain future and the uncertain future of America.

 

Jonah, sensitive, quiet and artistic, prepares to leave his small town for college, leaving Luke behind, but all he wants is for Luke to ask him to stay. But Luke, an athlete struggling through summer school, knows that his boyfriend needs to experience the world beyond their home. Though he is somewhat aimless and unsure of his place in the world, he begins to find solace in an old camera that he finds in an antique store.

 

Last Summer positions their love story against a world of baseball fields, bicycles, church and seemingly conservative values, though the boys never face adversity from their community; instead, their relationship fits directly into the fabric of their all-American town. In this unusual, socially-distanced summer of 2020, this film also provides a quiet, seasonally-appropriate escape to a simpler time and place (albeit an idealized one).

 

Watch the trailer for Last Summer below. The film is available right now on-demand at TLAgay.

 

Trailer Alert: The Lawyer

Life just drifts by for corporate lawyer Marius (Eimutis Kvosciauskas)… until he finds an unexpected connection with the dark and handsome Ali (Dogac Yildiz), an incredibly attractive young Syrian refugee who makes his living as a sex-cam worker. After Marius’s estranged father passes away, his infatuation intensifies. It isn’t long before he’s completely obsessed. He inevitably flies to Belgrade to meet Ali with in person, in hopes of a romantic week with his sexy Arab prince. Although, off-camera, things might not be exactly as they seemed.

 

An intense romantic drama, The Lawyer is the newest film from prolific filmmaker Romas Zabarauskas, the same writer-director behind Porno Melodrama, We Will Riot and You Can’t Escape Lithuania. Watch the trailer for The Lawyer below and click here to pre-order your copy. The film is coming to DVD and VOD in August.