Gay & Lesbian
A serial killer dispassionately discusses the nuts and bolts of his grisly avocation, as well as the youthful traumas which helped to mold him into a psychopath, in this disturbing independent drama from Germany, based on a true story. Young Jurgen Bartsch (Sebastian Urzendowsky) was raised in a family where his father (Walter Gontermann) barely acknowledged his existence and his mother (Ulrike Bliefert) displayed an inappropriate degree of affection toward him. When he reached puberty, Bartsch (played as a teenager by Tobias Schenke) was a young man confused and bitter about his growing sexual maturity, and possessing a deep hatred of those around him. Bartsch was a 15-year-old apprentice butcher when he kidnapped and murdered a young boy; he would kill three more boys in a similar fashion before he was captured by police in 1966. After he was found guilty, Bartsch carefully documented his childhood and his crimes in a series of letters and essays, and Ein Leben lang kurze Hosen tragen is drawn from his own words as it dramatizes his life and his crimes. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
Kristian is a shy 16 year old starting at a new school. Like all boys his age he is uncertain of his new environment. He is drawn to Henrick an androgynous, charismatic and independent student, a warm friendship slowly develops. On the other side of the school’s spectrum is Patrick, a bully and troublemaker who stirs another kind of feeling in Kristian. Kristian’s world gets turned upside down when Henrick introduces Kristian to his boyfriend. This leads Kristian to his first sexual encounter, but does not lead him to the one he really desires, Patrick.
Aoi, a young teacher with striking good looks, has just learned that his newest student Sora is the alluring teen prostitute he once hired. Here the nightmare begins. As the walls of the prestigious academy become a percolating hotbed of sexual intrigue, prostitution and blackmail, other students, including Sora’s nerdy roommate and the sinister campus bully, are pulled down the same torrid path of unquenchable desire toward the inevitable moment when obsession turns deadly.
For over sixty years, aged pianist Traude Krüger has been teaching piano at the women s prison. But she s never met someone like Jenny, a convicted killer beating everything around her to a pulp just to amuse herself. But Jenny used to be a great musical talent. And she still is under her impenetrable facade. She could manage to win a prestigious piano contest she is allowed to participate in despite her prison sentence. However, a contest is no challenge to someone who wants life to stand still.
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)
Directed by Giada Colagrande, Aprimi II Cuore follows the obsessive and sometimes incestuous relationship between sisters Caterina (Colagrande) and Maria (Natalie Cristiani). Caterina, 17-years-old and shy, loves the arts and takes comfort in listening to music while her sister, a prostitute, entertains her nightly host of clients. Living in the apartment becomes harder with each passing day, as Maria is only allowed to leave to go to dance class. Despite Maria’s efforts, Caterina falls for her dance teacher, Giovanni (Claudio Botosso), and series of perverse situations present themselves as the siblings compete for his attention. ~ Tracie Cooper, Rovi
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.
After a 16 year absence, Spanish filmmaker Eloy de la Iglesia returns with an entertaining drama/thriller about the tangled love affair between Daniel, a 40 year-old wealthy Madrid lawyer, and Kyril, a younger ôstraightö Bulgarian man. Despite his friendÆs misgivings, Daniel moves Kyril into his home. The younger manÆs shady business dealings drag Daniel into a world of stolen cars, drugs, and the Spanish Mafia. Things get even worse when KyrilÆs girlfriend arrives on the scene. Bulgarian Lovers is a compelling, sexy drama about one manÆs lust leading him into a shady underworld.
Three young Israelis, two guys and a girl, share an apartment in Tel Aviv’s hippest neighborhood: headstrong Lulu, who works in a bath products boutique; flamboyant Yali, who manages a trendy café; and brooding music store clerk Noam, who spends his weekends serving at checkpoints in the National Guard. When Noam meets and falls in love with a Palestinian man named Ashraf, he and his friends conspire to help Ashraf stay on in Tel Aviv illegally. They participate in a beach rally, celebrating a peaceful coexistence, and calling for an end to the occupation of Palestinian territories. But ultimately, their carefully constructed utopia is shattered by the political and social realities of the Middle East, and the constant outbursts of violence.
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
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.
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.