Gay & Lesbian
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.
Natalya Negoda stars as Vera, a sultry and sullen woman, torn between her brooding lover and bitter parents. After meeting Sergei at an underground dance party, Vera’s life is turned upside down. Not so much by Sergei, but by the whirrling torrent of conflict her sexual freedom causes. Russian with English Subtitles
They say you make your own family, but that doesn’t keep you from having to deal with your own flesh and blood. In ADORED, Riki, a risqu and well-known Italian gay porn star attends the funeral of his affluent father, while trying to keep his porn stardom a secret. When Riki’s uptight brother Federico comes to Riki’s Rome apartment to resolve issues surrounding their father’s estate, he meets Riki’s hilariously tragic friend Luna and accidentally discovers the truth of Riki’s life. The two brothers rekindle their relationship when Federico assists Riki in the adoption of a young boy who unexpectedly enters his life. A dazzling and provocative feature debut, ADORED unapologetically celebrates the joy of sex, the glories of Italian men and the diversity of family.
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.
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)
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!
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.
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.
Wolfgang Zenker (Edgar Selge), a middle-aged traveling ladies’ fashion salesman is in dire straits: his deadly rival Steven, (Roman Knizka) is threatening to steal his best customers and he’s lost his driver’s license. Desperate to stay one step ahead of his young enemy salesman, he cancels his son, Karsten’s (Florian Bartholom++Ýi) holiday and employs him as an unwilling chauffeur. Things go from bad to worse: the bank is after him, the taxman catches up with him, his wife leaves him, his son announces he’s gay and falls in love with his father’s rival! Family and foe meet in an uproarious showdown where the bullets and misunderstandings fly.
Directed by Lionel Baier (Garçon Stupide) this sweet, oddball story deftly shuffles between sex, family love and adventure with comedic grace. From all outward appearances, Lionel is a happy gay man with a great career and a modern, open minded family who accepts his devoted lover Serge as one of their own. Then Lionel discovers he has Polish ancestors. Suddenly he s immersing himself in all things Polish: food, language, etc. Things really heat up when he meets a pretty Polish immigrant facing deportation and decides to marry her. Taking charge, Lucy (Lionel s sister) borrows Lionel s company car for a road trip to Poland to discover the family roots. Once there, Lionel rediscovers his seemingly lost homosexuality with the handsome Polish boy, Stan, and along the way, he finds the true meaning of family.
Paris, 1968. After a failed attempt to gain national acceptance for gay rights Marc finds himself adrift, dealing with the joys and agonies of being gay at a time when homosexuals had no place in society. In a park pick up, he meets Andre and they begin a relationship that will last off and on for the next three years. Andre is a small town factory worker who is not sure of his own sexuality. He turns to Marc to fill a need he knows he has, but sticks to his claim that he will marry later in life. Their passion is heated but is also tempered by Marc s fierce advocacy for gay rights, a fight that will lead him to butt heads with his father, a Paris police officer. Made as an homage to the FHAR, the Front Homosexual d Action Révolutionnaire, the first gay rights movement if France, Ma Saison Super 8 is a touching testimony of an important moment of contemporary French history
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 woman must compete with her friend for the love of a man — it’s not an unusual story, but this drama from Germany puts a new spin on the situation. Anna (Tatjana Blacher) is a woman in her early 30s who has a normal appetite for sex, but can’t stand the idea of involvement or attachment. Consequently, her love life consists of a long series of one night stands with anonymous pick-ups. Anna becomes friendly with Johann (Sebastian Blomberg), a gay burglar who has had one too many run-ins with the law and wants to get out of the racket. Anna invites Johann to stay at her apartment, and they enjoy a close but platonic relationship. One night, Anna meets Max (Barnaby Metschurat) at a club and is immediately attracted to him. However, unlike the other men she’s been with, Anna finds to her surprise that she wants to see Max again. Max moves in with Anna, but she soon finds that she has a rival for Max’s affections — Johann. Chill Out was shown in the "Panorama" series at the 2000 Berlin Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
Canadian sexploitation filmmaker Bruce LaBruce goes to Germany to write and direct the satire Raspberry Reich, inspired by real-life ’70s radical group the Baader-Meinhof gang. East German dominatrix Gudrun (Susanne Sachsse) leads a revolutionary gang of her own in Berlin. She has her men kidnap the son of a rich businessman in order to gain publicity. Claiming that heterosexuality is a social norm created to keep the people down, she forces her male minions to have sex with each other. Raspberry Reich was shown at the Sundance Film Festival as part of the midnight screenings. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, 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.