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.

 

Out This Week: 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 order your copy. The film will be available on DVD starting this week.

 

This Weekend’s VOD Favorites

The Gay Cinema Video On Demand experience at TLAgay.com has your entertainment needs covered! We’re always working to expand selection of new and old gay-themed movies available for your viewing pleasure. Here’s just five of our current favorites that you may have missed – ALL available to watch INSTANTLY! Stay home, stay safe and enjoy a movie!

 

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 shadows to find his true self. After Jason (Bryce Lederer) tries to use his childhood home for a steamy rendezvous with his girlfriend, they discover it’s been newly occupied by the smoldering Sebastian (Tanner Garmon), who eagerly warms up to anxious Jason. Wracked with desires he’s long ignored 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.

 

The Harvesters
In this stirring debut, Greek-African filmmaker Etienne Kallos explores repressed sexuality, religion and masculinity in the deep South African countryside. Two teenage boys start a dangerous fight for power, heritage and parental love that will change both of their lives forever. Religion and field work are the guiding principles of their conservative farming community, where strength and masculinity are valued above all else. In this repressive environment, young Janno (Brent Vermeulen) keeps his feelings to himself. One day his mother brings home Pieter (Alex van Dyk), a hardened street orphan she wants to save, and asks Janno to treat this stranger as his new brother. The trouble is: Pieter does not want to be saved.

 

Godless
After the death of their father, Nate (Craig Jordan) moves in with his mother, but his elder brother, Steven (Michael E. Pitts) continues his studies out of state. The brothers use this distance to end the incestuous physical affair they’ve shared since puberty. However, when their mother dies in a car accident, Steven returns for her funeral. During this time of mourning, the two brothers’ unrelenting love for each other threatens the secret they had buried. Nathaniel Grey for Frontiers Media said, “What carries this film is that through the chemistry and performances of Jordan and Pitts, you want to know more about them. You wonder how have they retained their sanity and composure over the years while holding strong to their forbidden but shared love.” He goes on to say, “…the film provides a great opportunity to experience a rarely offered and controversial topic.”

 

We Are Three
Nacho (Carlos Etchevers) is an accountant, a seemingly average guy. At a party he meets Ana (Flor Dragonetti), an attractive and self-confident, recently divorced young woman. As the pair are getting to know one another, they also meet an exceedingly charismatic bartender named Sebastian (Juan Manuel Martino), who starts flirting with both of them. Despite their doubts, Nacho and Ana accept Sebastian’s invitation to spend the night at his place. Initially, nothing happens (nothing sexual or overtly romantic, at least). A few days later, they decide to go on a weekend trip to a secluded farm. There, it seems like things will evolve – possibly leading to a a fun and fleeting one-night stand… until Sebastian confesses that he desires a long-term relationship with a man and a woman together. Featuring casual, committed, naturalistic performances, this unique indie film from Argentinian writer-director Marcelo Briem Stamm takes a sexy and provocative look at a modern three-person courtship.

 

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 and You Can’t Escape Lithuania.

Now Available On-Demand: 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.

 

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

 

 

Photo Gallery: 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 now to pre-order on DVD. The film will be available on both DVD and VOD on November 24th. Click here to read more and to pre-order your copy.

Warning: Dry Wind features graphic, unsimulated sex scenes. Viewer discretion is strongly advised.

 

 

 

 

Out This Week: Are We Lost Forever

Are We Lost Forever follows two young men who may have come to the end of their long-term relationship.

 

For Hampus (Jonathan Andersson), breaking up with Adrian (Bjorn Elgerd) is a good thing. He’s happy to veer away from the destructive path that their relationship had been taking. For Adrian, it’s quite the opposite. He’s devastated to lose his lover and will stop at nothing to win him back. The fallout of their break-up is divided into stages of desperate attempts to reunite, as well as rebounds that sometimes push them further apart and sometimes bring them closer together.

 

The feature-length debut from award-winning short film director David Fardmar, Are We Lost Forever is a poignant, sexy and bittersweet romantic drama.

 

We’re posting the trailer for Are We Lost Forever below along with an exclusive photo gallery! Click here to order your copy. The film is coming to DVD starting this week!

 

 

The sexy thriller Rapture in Blue is now available to stream – just in time for Halloween!

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 (along with a photo gallery) and click here to stream or download the film. It’s available now at TLAgay on DVD and Blu-ray, as well as on-demand!

 

 

Now Available On-Demand: Your Eyes on Me

Working on her final show, the much-loved and popular drag artist, Gloria (Paul Stone), finds herself auditioning Kandi (Jean-Philippe Boriau), a young French dancer. Gloria and Kandi have more in common than they could ever imagine. They find themselves stuck in an emotional waltz where past and present blend together into one future.

 

A deeply promising debut feature from writer-director Sergei Alexander, Your Eyes on Me has earned rave reviews. Film & TV Now called it “Compactly structured with an effectively shocking revelation which confounds the very core of emotions.”

 

Watch the trailer for Your Eyes on Me below and click here to watch the film on-demand. It is now available to rent or download at TLAgay.