The queer cult classic Fogi is a Bastard has a brand-new special edition restoration

Set in Zurich during the early seventies and boasting a killer soundtrack that includes the likes of punk legends The Stooges and The Velvet Underground, Fogi is a Bastard is director Marcel Gisler‘s honest depiction of teenage infatuation and obsession.

Beni (Vincent Branchet) is a 15-year old sensitive romantic completely besotted by the super sexy Fogi (Frédéric Andrau), the front man to local punk outfit The Minks. The wide-eyed seemingly innocent Beni – who begins his courting of Fogi with lovingly penned letters – is welcomed into the out gay punk musician’s world of partying and playing gigs. However, as Fogi slowly drifts from an ambitious music career to the addictive world of mind-altering substances, a wedge slowly forms in their relationship which leads to Beni becoming a submissive “dog” in their relationship and supporting his lover with sex work.

With its raw depiction of urban life, ghettoized youth, working class angst and gay male sex without any compromise, Fogi is a Bastard is a must see for fans of coming-of-age cinema and alternative queer sensibilities and aesthetics.

Originally released in 1998, Fogi is a Bastard has been unavailable for many years, but has recently been restored by the cult/indie distribution label Altered Innocence for this special edition release.

Watch a new trailer for the restoration of Fogi is a Bastard below and click here to order your copy. The film is now available on DVD, Blu-ray and VOD at TLAgay.


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