Gay & Lesbian
Three short films by one of Greece’s finest filmmakers. Constantine Giannaris has gone on to prove himself as a powerful director in features such as "From the Edge of the City" and "3 Steps to Heaven", but before them came his short films. Each short is preceded by an introduction by the filmmaker. CAUGHT LOOKING is about gay men’s sexual fantasies. Based around a computer program that allows the user to become part of the landscape it gives new meaning to the word "virtual". The film is sexy, comic and subversive. 1991 35min.NORTH OF VORTEX is a studied road movie about a bisexual poet, two hitchhikers and an American landscape. Shot in black and white it shows off our nation in a way no filmmaker from here ever could. It also has two of the hottest men you have ever seen. 1991 45min.A PLACE IN THE SUN has a bored 35 year old Greek man falling in love with an 18 year old Albanian boy. The two share little in common except their boredom and the only way they both know to relieve it, sex. 1994 45min.
Mexican short-film specialist Julian Hernandez marks his sophomore feature film with this erotic, impressionistic tale about an emotionally tumultuous love triangle experienced between three attractive twenty-something men. Gerardo (Miguel Angel Hoppe) is a sensitive man who is deeply in love with longtime boyfriend Jonas (Fernando Arroyo). When Jonas becomes infatuated with a stranger he recently met at a local nightclub, heartbroken Gerardo soon seeks solace in the arms of sympathetic Sergio (Alejandro Rojo). Though his lovelorn pains are palpable, Gerardo remains incapable of ending his romance with Jonas despite the rapidly deepening chasm that seems to be splitting the once-happy pair apart. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
From the co-writer of Km. 0 and Amor de Hombre comes this twisted, dark Spanish comedy/drama. A theater company is rehearsing Shakespeare using male actors in the traditional way — for all the roles — male or female. When the director’s wife dies suddenly he develops an obsession with the beautiful lead actor Valentin with disastrous consequences. Valentin is a self-absorbed young man intent on charming those around him. When the slightly older man, who Valentin replaces, decides to seek revenge, the film becomes a passionate tale of jealousy and revenge. (Spanish with English subtitles)
An almost perfect friendship, but will love tear it apart? Two boys grow up together bound by the love that only comes from years spent frolicking as children and teens. Enzo, smaller and more effeminate already knows who he loves. Adong, tall and strong is his attraction and has been since they were boys. But not all boys are alike and so when Adong elopes Enzo is crushed. Five years later, Enzo has moved to Manila and like so many before him is working in the sex trade. Still young and beautiful he has no trouble earning a great living. Then one night, he is required to do a live on-stage act with another boy, one he as not met yet. Will the love of their lifetime find a way? Or will it tear them apart?
A father and son test the binds of family From ground breaking gay Chinese film maker Cui Zi en (Feeding Boys, Ayaya, Star Appeal) comes a tender and touching tale about a father and son trying to reconcile their separate lives. Ray, a tall, thin and handsome young man returns to live with his father after having grown up with grandfather. He is angry and disconnected over his father s middle class life style and hard line ways. Ray enrolls in art school where he makes a new friends and starts a relationship with a another student. One morning, Dad discovers the two young men naked in bed and, after being surprised, must begin to understand his own feelings toward homosexuality. Then Ray meets Bo, one of his dad s top employees. From the start, sparks fly and Ray falls in love. But Bo is to be married, how will the two connect and what will Ray s father think? Brilliantly shot, this art house film shows gay life in China in a different light than ever before.
In Paris, 1941, Armenian poet Missak Manouchian leads a motley crew of foreign-born resistance fighters in clandestine battle against the Nazi occupation. An initially reluctant Manouchian and his team must resort to guerilla tactics and radical measures in the name of liberty. News of their daring attacks, including the assassination of an SS general, eventually reaches Berlin, and the Manouchian group ultimately have to answer for their brutal role in defending France as the cradle of freedom. SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE: Interview with Director Robert Guediguian, Interviews with stars Simon Abkarian and Virginie Ledoyen, Trailers and more! OFFICIAL SELECTION: CANNES FILM FESTIVAL, THE NEW YORK TIMES-CRITICS PICK!
Francios is a filmmaker who aims to study and document the sensuality of women. What he expected to be an objective exploration quickly becomes a difficult confrontation with emotion, temptation, jealousy, and lust. As his femals subjects reveal intense emotional and sexual satifaction, their effect on Francios and each other is immesuarble, and Fancios’ attempt to understand women threatens to unravel him.
Two young girls, Nadia and Martha, meet in a prostitution ring in Athens. Robbed of their childhood, they form a tender yet devastating relationship that explodes into a series of murders that will grant them the "liberation" they so desperately seek. In Greek, English subtitles.
Johann and Robin, a young gay couple, travel to the countryside to get to know each other better. After several days of hiking, they arrive at an old farmhouse inhabited by a woman and her adolescent son. They take refuge with the welcoming family until one day they get too close for comfort and are flung out of their paradise, forcing them back into the real world.
A handsome, successful fashion photographer (Melvil Poupaud) learns that he has a malignant brain tumor that will soon kill him. Hiding his diagnosis, he alienates his family and his young boyfriend, but during a short stay with his grandmother (Jeanne Moreau), his vulnerability is met with a big heart and sound advice. A chance encounter with a roadside cafe waitress (Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi) results in an unusual bargain that provides a happy, playful dimension to the proceedings. Director Francois Ozon (Swimming Pool, 8 Women) has made a film that is at once ironically funny and emotionally gripping. TIME TO LEAVE was a selection in the Cannes Film Festival and the Toronto Film Festival, 2005.
A young man learns some lessons about life and love the hard way in this frothy gay-themed romantic comedy-drama from Taiwan. Tien (Tony Tang) is a gay teenager who decides to leave the small town where he grew up and strike out for the bright lights of Taipei. As it happens, several of Tien’s old friends have already made the trip, including Yu (King Chin), who tends bar at a gay club; gym rat Alan (Jimmy Yang); and aggressively style-conscious CC (Dada Ji). Tien’s old friends are eager to show him the town when he arrives in Taipei, but when he sets his gaze on handsome Bai (Duncan), they all warn him away, telling him Bai is a notorious player who is sure to leave him with a broken heart. However, the fates keep bringing Tien and Bai together, and in time they end up spending the night. True to form, Bai abandons Tien the next day, and soon Tien’s pals begin hatching a scheme to get Bai back in Tien’s arms for the sake of his happiness. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
A teenager discovers he may be a genius, which turns out to be a less-than-welcome surprise to his family, in this comedy-drama from Israel. Shlomi (Oshri Cohen) is a 17-year-old boy who has unwittingly become the most important member of his household — with his mildly-paranoid father (Albert Illouz) divorced from his mother (Esti Zakhem), busy supporting the family as a nurse. Shlomi cheerfully looks after his aging grandfather, cooks the meals, keeps tabs on his brother, Doron (Jonathan Rozen), and tries to keep the house clean. With so much going on, Shlomi doesn’t have much time for (or interest in) his schoolwork, and he’s more preoccupied with his girlfriend Tehila (Rotem Zisman) and his efforts to move their relationship to the next level; however, Shlomi’s math teacher (Nisso Khavia) discovers that Shlomi has a rare gift for working with numbers and is eager to transfer him to another school where he can hone this talent. But Shlomi’s family resists the idea, partly because they’re not sure if he can do the work and partly because they don’t want to see the family’s anchor go away. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
Brimming with visual invention and breathless erotic angst, Sex in Chains uniquely combines gorgeous cinematic craftsmanship with bold subject matter. Made at the peak of the German silent era, Sex in Chains defines the Weimar era artistic freedom that would shortly fall prey to the Nazis. An astonishing mixture of love story, socially conscious expose and lurid melodrama, Sex in Chains assuredly balances tender romance with candid erotica and uninhibited imagination with crisp realism. It’s maybe the best silent film of its director and star Wilhelm Dieterle. he later became successful in Hollywood as William Dieterle, directing classics like The Life of Emile Zola and A Portrait of Jennie. When Sommer (William Dieterle) accidentally kills a nightclub patron caught harassing his wife Helene (Mary Johnson), he’s sentenced to three years in prison. Inside prison, Sommer grapples with the realities of men separated from women but not from temptation, while outside Mary longs for her husband’s reassuring caress. Denied the physical comfort promised in their marriage vows, the young newlyweds are driven to risk their future and find release where they can – Sommer in the arms of a handsome fellow prisoner and Helene with the boss whose kindness becomes her only solace. Remarkably at ease with his taboo subject matter, director Dieterle depicts the hothouse passions of Sex in Chains with ravishing black and white photography. Actor Dieterle gives a restrained, honest performance as a traditionally-minded young husband forced to test his marriage and his very sexuality. Though censored after its 1928 release, Sex in Chains has been restored to its original state-of-the-silent-film-art brilliance by the Filmmuseum Muenchen and is presented here for the first time on DVD.
In the middle of an Australian summer, we meet three sisters. Nina is widowed with two young children. Anna is an aspiring actress unhappily married to a filmmaker. Christine is a med student who has yet to fully come to terms with her sexuality. When their mother Susan’s breast cancer returns, the family is faced with the reality of their last Christmas together. As each daughter confronts personal change and growth, Susan guides them by revealing a secret of her own.
Cheyenne( Mila Dekker), a young unemployed journalist whose welfare payments have been cut off, decides to leave Paris to live a marginal life in the country "off the grid." Sonia, the woman she loves, and a physics and chemistry teacher at a Parisian high school, tells Cheyenne she cannot give up her connection to modern Society. She tries her best to forget Cheyenne, but it’s not easy. How do we reconcile what we want with what we’re actually able to do, what we think and how we act? How do we cope with a person we love and yet have to refuse? Looking for Cheyenne is a contemporary fable about the precarious states created by modern society, the need for change and the power of love.
Chica Busca Chica (Girl Seeks Girl) is Spain s answer to THE L WORD, and features luscious ladies, unabashed romanticism, and clever plot twists. Nines, who bartends at the local dyke bar, hops into bed with adorable Monica but flees when things get serious. Enter the ravishing, bi-curious Carmen, who mesmerizes Nines, but also happens to be Monica’s roommate. And Carmen has a boyfriend. Is there any happy ending to a love triangle this complicated? Ladies, meet your newest guilty pleasure as a new feature-length edit of the massively popular web series jumps to a much bigger screen.
Let the Manhunt begin! when Luke enters the gay bar flanked by his sidekicks, he doesn t know that he is about to meet his match in hot macho man Stephen. Awakening in a twisted heap of naked strangers, Luke heads to work at a Chelsea sex store where he is forced to face his lifestyle by his co-worker Zeke, a confrontational gay crusader who will stop at nothing short of changing the world.Up the street, actor/waiter Peter is moving in with his long time boyfriend Derek. His restaurant boss Marilyn is maniacally planning her wedding, but when her AA sponsor, Trisha, declares her attraction, Marilyn s sobriety and marriage may be in jeopardy.Smitten with Stephen, Luke considers giving monogamy a chance. He attends a sexual compulsives meeting where he discovers he is not the only nympho in New York. Luke is falling for Stephen, but it soon turns out that Stephen s cash doesn t flow from a trust fund; he works hard for his money as a hustler!A relationship between a playboy and a prostitute depends on whether that is the only secret Stephen is keeping. Among party boys, monogamists, addicts and activists, Luke s quest may unearth answers his heart is not ready to handle. The protagonists ultimately realize that being true to yourself may be the best way to deal with the many complications of A Four Letter Word called love.