Tsai Ming-liang’s evocative Days is easily one of the best reviewed films of the past year

“One of the year’s most touching films.” – Indiewire

“Pure rapture. A full body massage for the soul.” – Film Comment

“A profound, meditative poem on the human need for connection.” – Little White Lies

“A mesmerizing film… one of Tsai’s most stripped down, direct and moving works.” – Hyperallergic

“A quietly aching stunner from one of our great filmmakers. Gorgeously sensual.” – Los Angeles Times

“An extraordinary movie. Intoxicating. See it however and wherever you can, preferably with some strangers and with all the lights out.” – RogerEbert.com

The great Taiwanese filmmaker Tsai Ming-liang – along with his lead actor and must Lee Kang-sheng – has been directing exquisite examinations of alienation, isolation, and the fleeting beauty of human connection for decades. His latest film, Days, will undoubtedly stand as one of his best, sparest and most intimate works.

Lee once again stars as a variation on himself, wandering through a lonely urban landscape and seeking treatment in Hong Kong for a chronic illness. At the same time, a young Laotian immigrant working in Bangkok, played by Anong Houngheuangsy, goes about his daily routine. These two solitary men eventually come together in a moment of healing, tenderness and sexual release.

Among the most cathartic entries in Tsai‘s filmography, Days is a work of longing, constructed with the director’s customary brilliance at visual composition and shot through with profound empathy. Many different film critics have hailed it as one of the best films of the year.

Watch the trailer for Days below and click here to order your copy. The film will be available on DVD and Blu-ray starting this week.

 

 

 

Trailer Alert: Give or Take

The new indie comedy-drama Give or Take follows Martin (played by-co-screenwriter Jamie Effros), a pragmatist who has checked all of the boxes of an acceptable life, yet he still feels somewhat disconnected – especially from his father, Kenneth, a distant man Martin could never figure out.

Their relationship got even more complicated when Kenneth came out of the closet after his wife died. For the first time, he was able to live openly and honestly as a gay man. He found love with a younger man, his lawn guy, Ted (Norbert Leo Butz), and they had been living together in Ken’s house on Cape Cod ever since.

When Kenneth dies, Martin goes home to sell the house while sharing it with Ted. Grieving, they circle each other, butt heads and negotiate how to remember the different man they both loved and the significance of what he left behind.

From co-writer/director Paul Riccio Give or Take is a touching, award-winning new film about love, loss, connection, acceptance and what it truly means to be home.

Watch the trailer for Give or Take below and click here to pre-order your copy. The film is coming to DVD and VOD February 22nd.

 

Eloy de la Iglesia’s cult classic Pals (Colegas) has been restored for a special edition Blu-ray

In the controversial 1982 cult classic Pals (Colegas), three teenagers living in a Spanish suburb find themselves in a whole world of trouble when one of them, Rosario, gets pregnant and doesn’t have the money for an abortion.

Her brother, Antonio, and her lover, Jose, fail to find legitimate work to raise the cash and turn to hustling and petty crime. They find themselves in a series of misadventures and encounters with grimy criminals in their effort. Luckily they’ve got each other!

Pals is a classic Quinqui (trouble-maker cinema) film from legendary director Eloy de la Iglesia starring real-life siblings Antonio and Rosario Gonzalez as well as his regular leading man Jose Luis Manzano. The film has recently been restored by the cult cinema label Altered Innocence for a brand-new special edition Blu-ray.

 

Watch the trailer for the film below and click here to pre-order your copy. The new Blu-ray will be available starting February 22nd.

 

Coming Soon: Theality TV

Theality TV is a new 10-episode comedy series that follows the making of an Off-Broadway musical.

Robert Gould‘s dream is to see his show, Little House on the Ferry, produced. Set on Fire Island, the musical tells the story of a love triangle that plays out just as marriage equality is passed in New York. Robert is given just one month and $10,000 to create a backer’s audition to fund his dream project. With such limited resources, it’s going to take everything he’s got to bring his vision to the stage.

Hosted by iconic former Village Voice critic Michael Musto, this show takes you behind-the-scenes to capture all of the frantic action – from the casting process, through the rowdy rehearsals and all the way to the wrap show. You’ll also get the see the musical in full, along with 16 awesome original songs.

Watch the trailer for Theality TV below and click here to pre-order your copy. The series will be available on DVD and Blu-ray beginning March 8th.

 

Now Available: The Man with the Answers

A hit with critics and audiences all around the world, writer-director Stelios Kammitsis‘ thoughtful and romantic new film The Man with the Answers is coming to DVD in January.

The film follows Victor (Vasilis Magouliotis), a twenty-something ex-diving champion who is now working in a furniture factory. He has been living with his sick grandmother in a seaside town in Greece. Distraught after her death, he decides to dust off her old car and travel to Germany to visit his estranged mother.

On the ferry to Italy, he meets Matthias (Anton Weil), a talkative, inquisitive young German who is on his way home. Matthias persuades Victor to take him along. As they drive north, Victor’s uptight, repressive personality clashes with the more free-spirited Matthias. But they soon find common emotional ground as their summer road trip takes unexpected turns.

The Man with the Answers is a tender story of self-discovery, love and family… in all its many forms. Watch the trailer below and click here to order your copy. The film is now available on DVD at TLAgay.

 

Cicada is one of the past year’s most acclaimed gay films

“INCREDIBLY VIBRANT” – Ion Cinema

“AS REAL AS IT GETS” – Los Angeles Times

“A PROFOUNDLY MOVING CHARACTER STUDY” – Little White Lies

“A SEXY AND SEARING ACT OF GAY SELF-ANALYSIS” – IndieWire

“A WARM, TENDER AND HEARTFELT LOVE STORY” – NYC Movie Guru

“CICADA WILL STAY WITH YOU LONG AFTER THE CREDITS ROLL” – Vogue

“ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFULLY CRAFTED PIECES OF QUEER CINEMA OF RECENT TIMES” – The Jam Report

 

After a string of unsuccessful and awkward encounters with women, Ben (played by co-writer/director Matthew Fifer) decides to go “back on the dick.”

The winning, critically-acclaimed new comedy-drama-romance Cicada follows Ben, a young bisexual man, as he comes out to the world and develops an intense relationship with Sam (Sheldon D. Brown), a man of color struggling with deep wounds of his own. As the summer progresses and their intimacy grows, Ben’s past begins crawling to the surface – putting their still burgeoning romance in jeopardy.

 

Co-starring Bowen Yang, David Burtka, Scott Adsit and Cobie Smulders, the film is a smart and deeply thoughtful crowd-pleaser that has been earning rave reviews from critics. “It is a film of love and loss, great pain but also immense joy, with two actors reliving parts of their own experiences,” said the director. “It is a secret told, a wound exposed, and a promise that even in the dark, it’s never too late to cry out.”

 

Watch the trailer for Cicada below and click here to order your copy. The film is now available on DVD at TLAgay.

 

A young gay teen faces brutal military service in the riveting South African drama Moffie

“It’s a coming-of-age movie that plays like a thriller…”
– New York Magazine

“The filmmaking is strong and confident throughout, while Mr. Brummer’s performance is a constant revelation.”
– Wall Street Journal

“It’s an usual perspective for an apartheid film, something the director – who is gay and mixed race – has acknowledged initially recoiling from. But that point-of-view only makes Hermanus’ mission all the more laudable.”
– Associated Press

“This is a gentle beauty of a film with impressive work from a young cast.”
– San Jose Mercury News

“A riveting portrait of a particular time and place while also being a broader assault on the type of pressure-cooker masculinity where torture, cruelty, humiliation and racism are the coins of the realm.”
– Houston Chronicle

“The film lifts the lid on same-sex desire just enough to stir the pot but refuses to indulge in any unrealistic wish fulfillment when depicting a time when discovered transgressions provoked the most extreme consequences.”
– Deadline Hollywood

“It does such a thought-through, empathetic, and powerful job of exploring homophobia as part of a root-and-branch mentality in South Africa’s white patriarchal psyche.”
– Daily Telegraph

“Both a shiver-delicate exploration of unspoken desire and a scarringly brilliant anatomy of white South African masculinity.”
– Variety

“It’s often tough to watch, but that harshness is mitigated by moments of aching tenderness and desire.”
– Hollywood Reporter

 

Moffie, the acclaimed new coming-of-age military drama from director Oliver Hermanus, is set year is 1981 – while South Africa’s white minority government is embroiled in a conflict on the southern Angolan border.

Like all white boys over the age of sixteen, Nicholas van der Swart (Kai Luke Brummer) must complete two years of compulsory military service to defend the apartheid regime. The threats of communism, violence and racial discord are at an all-time high. But they are not the only dangers Nicholas faces. He must survive the brutality of the army – something that becomes even more difficult when a connection is sparked between him and a fellow recruit.

Watch the trailer for Moffie below and click here to order your copy. The film is now available on DVD and Blu-ray at TLAgay.

 

Trailer Alert: Potato Dreams of America

Obsessed with old Hollywood movies and concerned for her son’s future in the USSR of the 1980s, Lena (played by both Sera Barbieri and Marya Sea Kaminski) becomes a mail-order bride and moves to the United States. Though she hopes to give her son, Potato (Hersh Powers and Tyler Bocock), a better life, things veer off course when his burgeoning sexuality and love of New Queer Cinema clash with his new father’s political and religious points of view.

Stylized and deliciously campy, Potato Dreams of America conjures a portrayal of the American dream that is as hopeful and hilarious as it is dizzying. Featuring a star-studded LGBTQ+ cast including Lea DeLaria and Jonathan Bennett, writer/director Wes Hurley‘s autobiographical crowd-pleaser is sure to spark whimsical wonder.

Watch the trailer for Potato Dreams of America below and click here to pre-order your copy. The film is coming to DVD on February 22nd.

 

Now Available On-Demand: A Stormy Night

The stylish and thoughtful new black and white indie A Stormy Night follows two seemingly mismatched strangers who end up spending some unexpected time in one another’s company.

Marcos (played by writer-director David Moragas) arrives in New York City from Barcelona only to find out that his layover flight to San Francisco has been cancelled due to a storm. This leaves him without a place to stay. That’s how he meets Alan (Jacob Perkins), the roommate of an old college friend. Happy to help, Alan agrees to host Marcos for the night.

These two young men don’t seem to have anything in common. Nevertheless, they will have to spend twelve hours and a New York storm together. Throughout the night, a series of misunderstandings lead the boys to challenge each other’s approach to love, relationships and happiness. They both have secrets to hide that are difficult to hold. And yet, the biggest challenge might be having to say goodbye to each other the morning after.

David Moragas is a Catalan writer, director and actor based in Barcelona. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Media Communication from Pompeu Fabra University, and a filmmaking MFA at the NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. In 2018, David wrote and directed the short film Only Fools Rush In, which was presented at several international film festivals. His screenplay Two Sisters was selected by the prestigious Purple List at NYU in 2019. A Stormy Night is his first feature film and it shows tremendous promise.

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

 

Trailer Alert: Baja Come Down

In Baja Come Down, writer-director Anderson Matthew‘s feature film debut, the mythological Mexican landscape becomes both a destination and character while witnessing the denouement of a queer romance.

Hannah and Charlie (Caitlin Michael Riley and Michelle Ortiz) have an on-and-off relationship, but neither are willing to address it head on. In an impulsive moment of delusion, Hannah suggests a road trip to Mexico. Will this reignite and reconnect them? Or is this relationship suicide? They pack up, and head south of the border along with Hannah’s cat, Lou.

To Hannah, the Baja Peninsula is uncharted territory, a foreign land of mystery and adventure. To Charlie, it’s familial roots and childhood vacations. Mesmerized by the coast under Mexican moonlight, the two reconnect and make love. But they can’t play lovebird tourists for long before the tension between them rises to the surface. On top of that, an unpleasant surprise forces them to face whether or not they will be returning home separately or together.

Watch the trailer for Baja Come Down below and click here to pre-order your copy. The film will be available on DVD and VOD starting January 25th.