Now Available On-Demand: Bitter Years

The stylish new biographical drama Bitter Years retraces the real life of Mario Mieli (played her by newcomer Nicola Di Benedetto), one of the founders of the Italian Homosexual Liberation Movement, created in Italy at the beginning of the 1970s.

An activist, intellectual, writer and performer, Mario was a key figure on the Italian cultural scene. Though he died way too young in 1983, his short life was packed with powerful incident. The film follows him through his childhood years – examining a complicated relationship with his parents – to the last years of his life with partner Umberto Pasti (Tobia De Angelis) – which tell an equally difficult and intense love story.

 

Watch the trailer for Bitter Years below and click here to rent or order your copy. The film is available now on DVD and VOD.

 

Trailer Alert: Pornstar Pandemic

What happens to adult film stars when their industry comes to a halt? Pornstar Pandemic seeks to discover just that by opening the doors to a rare, intimate examination of LGBTQ adult actors and their lives during the COVID-19 quarantine.

Follow top adult stars Dante Colle, Pierce Paris, DeAngelo Jackson, and newcomers like Elijah Wilde and Jack Loft during their daily activities. Discover their personal thoughts on the current state of the industry, their own roles in it, how the shutdown has affected their lives and livelihood, and what’s next once everyone can return to work.

Watch the trailer for Pornstar Pandemic below and click here to pre-order your copy. The film is coming to DVD and VOD in July!

 

Trailer Alert: Proud

In 1981, love was forbidden. In 1999, starting a family seemed impossible. By 2013, everything had changed. From Philippe Faucon, the award-winning director of Fatima, this amazing new three-part cinematic event takes us through each of these years. Proud tells the stories of Charles, Victor and Diego, three generations of the same family who represent the seismic social changes that took place in just three decades. Cahiers du Cinema called Proud “one of the most exciting series of the year.” Le Parisien called it “A series that defends the fundamental rights of gay people.”

 

Check out the trailer for Proud below and click here to pre-order your copy. The film is coming to DVD in September.

 

Now Available On-Demand: Siberia & Him

In the stunning new gay romance Siberia & Him, two men begin a clandestine and erotically charged affair – far removed from the prying eyes of their dictatorial society.

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. Although they may be far from their oppressive society, their relationship teeters on a dangerous precipice.

 

Watch the trailer for Siberia & Him below and click here to watch the film or order your copy. The film is now available on-demand.

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Meet the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence in the new short documentary We Are Here

The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence are a leading-edge Order of queer and trans nuns who rightly believe that all people should be free to express their unique joy and beauty. Since their first appearance in San Francisco on Easter Sunday, 1979, the Sisters have devoted themselves to community service, ministry and outreach to those at the margins of society, all while consistently promoting human rights, respect for diversity and spiritual enlightenment. They’re also quick to use humor and irreverent wit to expose the forces of bigotry, complacency and guilt that chain the human spirit.

 

Soon after the San Francisco Order was founded in 1979, the mission of the Sisters — to promulgate universal joy, expiate stigmatic guilt and serve the community — spread far and wide. Houses can be found across the United States and in several countries around the world. Although the San Francisco House is often referred to as the “Mother House,” the Sisters have no central seat of power and no single ruling body. Each House is an autonomous, unique group with its own Habits, culture, and rules. Just as the San Francisco House is a reflection of the culture that surrounds it, so too is each House a reflection of its own environment.

 

With the new short documentary film We Are Here, director Ellie Hodgetts takes a close look at the Manchester House of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence to show us some of the faces and hearts behind the movement. Watch the trailer for We Are Here below. The film is now available on-demand at TLAgay.

 

 

Trailer Alert: 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!

 

Now Available On-Demand: 15 Years

After fifteen years together, Yoav (Oded Leopold), a successful architect, has everything he’s ever wanted and he and his younger lover Dan (Udi Persi), a lawyer who idolizes him, seem to have a charmed relationship. Their sex life is still off the charts, their emotional bond is strong and they enjoy an intimate circle of friends. When Yoav’s best friend Alma (Ruti Asarsai), an esteemed artist who’s like a mother and sister to him, announces she’s pregnant, it ignites Dan’s desire to become a father himself. But Dan’s parental urges have the opposite effect on Yoav who is haunted by long buried demons, leading him to self-destructive behavior that threatens to destroy his life with Dan, unravel his friendship with Alma, and cost him everything.

Filmmaker Yuval Hadadi has written and directed a searing, insightful drama that offers a telling portrait of the emotional darkness lurking beneath the deceptively placid surface.

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Fairytale is a surreal, over-the-top Italian satire all about America in the 1950s

America. The 1950s. Mrs. Fairytale (Filippo Timi) spends her days locked in a world of stuffed poodles, whiskey-infused teas, risqué mambo lessons and threats of alien invasion. In this Technicolor fantasia, all her hopes and dreams would appear to have come true, but something troubling lurks behind the polished veneers. When Mrs. Fairytale and her friend Mrs. Emerald embark on a journey of liberation and self-discovery, their cozy, colorful world is turned upside down.

With nods to everything from Doris Day movies, Douglas Sirk melodramas, the thrillers of Alfred Hitchcock and the early work of maverick queer filmmakers Todd Haynes and Francois Ozon, Fairytale is as much a homage to classic Hollywood as a satire of American values. Featuring gloriously camp costumes and performances, it’s a feast for the eyes.

 

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

 

Throwback Thursday: A Bigger Splash

Released in the early 1970s, A Bigger Splash is an intimate and innovative film about English-born, California-based artist David Hockney and his work, honoring its subject through creative risk-taking. Director Jack Hazan creates an improvisational narrative-nonfiction hybrid featuring Hockney, a wary participant, as well as his circle of friends, capturing the agonized end of the lingering affair between Hockney and his muse, an American model named Peter Schlesinger.

 

A Bigger Splash is at once a time capsule of hedonistic gay life in the 1970s, an honest-yet-tender depiction of gay male romance that dispenses with the then-current narratives of self-hatred and self-pity, an invaluable view of art history in action and a record of artistic creation that is itself also a unique work of art. We’re very happy to see that it has been preserved so lovingly.

 

This Newly Restored Special Edition includes audio commentary by director Jack Hazan, the short documentaries Love’s Presentation (1962) and Portrait of David Hockney (1972), the original theatrical trailer and a deeply informative booklet essay by film critic Nick Pinkerton.

 

Watch the original trailer for A Bigger Splash below and click here to pre-order your copy. This new collector’s item is coming to DVD and Blu-ray in late-July.

 

Coming Soon: You Don’t Nomi

“SMARTLY ANALYTICAL AND ENTERTAINING”
– DAVID ROONEY, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

 

“ALMOST AS ENTERTAINING AS SHOWGIRLS ITSELF”
– RICH JUZWIAK, JEZEBEL

 

“PLEASINGLY WONKISH”
– BEN KENIGSBERG, THE NEW YORK TIMES

 

“EXHILARATING, MADCAP CINE-ESSAY”
– DAVID EDELSTEIN, VULTURE

 

“THE MOST THOUGHTFUL DECONSTRUCTION OF A FILM IMAGINABLE”
– KENT TURNER, FILM FORWARD

 

In You Don’t Nomi, a chorus of film critics and fervent devotees explore the complicated afterlife of 1995’s biggest film flop, Paul Verhoeven’s salacious Showgirls, from disastrous release to cult adoration and extraordinary redemption. The film features Adam Nayman, April Kidwell and Joshua Grannell (a.k.a. Peaches Christ) as well as archive interview footage with the cast and crew of Showgirls. Don’t miss the exceptional pop-doc that Jezebel called “almost as entertaining as Showgirls itself.”

 

Watch the trailer for You Don’t Nomi below and click here to pre-order your copy. The film is coming to DVD and Blu-ray in July.