Now Available: Men of Hard Skin

Teenager Ariel (Will Javier) lives a seemingly quiet life with his father and sister on their picturesque farm in a rural part of Buenos Aires. However, unbeknownst to his family, Ariel has been abused for years by Omar (German Tarantino), his neighborhood priest.

Still from Men of Hard Skin

Having confused his mistreatment for romantic affection, Ariel takes it upon himself to free himself from their relationship and soon embarks on a secret affair with one of the male workers on his father’s property.

Still from Men of Hard Skin

Meanwhile, as Omar continues to succumb to his urges, he forms a friendship with a much older priest who finds himself wrestling with similar desires.

Still from Men of Hard Skin

Hard-hitting and defiantly unsentimental, the new Argentinian drama Men of Hard Skin is a richly textured exploration of sex, power and ecclesiastical abuse as well as a complex and often confrontational piece of work, posing many tough questions.

Still from Men of Hard Skin

Watch the trailer for Men of Hard Skin below. The film is now available on Dekkoo.

New This Week – 10/11/19

Kohei, a family man and former competitive swimming, finds his life turned upside down when his wife asks for a divorce. Soon after, he has a fateful encounter with Yutaka, an attractive younger animator who is making ends meet as an online chat boy. As the two fall deeper into a passionate affair, they find their newfound feelings and the circumstances of their personal lives creating a series of major emotional ups and downs. ‘Athlete’ is available to screen now, exclusively on Dekkoo!

Finding it hard to cope with the loss of his fiancé, Donovan turns to his best friend, Adam, to implement a crazy plan to get him back. ‘Romance Is Dead’ is available to watch now on Dekkoo!

Three twenty-something couples (gay, lesbian and straight) travel to an upstate New York beach house to enjoy the last days of summer, but what was meant to be a fun, carefree retreat transforms into an intimate exploration of sex and commitment. Watch ‘That’s Not Us’ now on Dekkoo!

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Coming next week: The Blonde One.

Now Available: Fireflies

Ramin (Arash Marandi), an Iranian refugee living in Mexico, is trying to come to terms with his past, one that has left permanent scars on his body and soul. As he strolls through the port of Veracruz – a place where transient souls collide in search of a better life – the haunting memories of his long-distance lover begin to fill his heart with a profound sense of loneliness and repentance.

Ramin’s friendship with Leti (Flor Eduarda Gurrola), the young woman who runs the small hotel where he stays and teaches him Spanish, and an attraction to ex-con Guillermo (Luis Alberti) help him find himself as a gay man in a new home.

Beautifully shot and strikingly naturalistic, writer-director Bani Khoshnoudi’s touching cross-cultural drama Fireflies won the top prize in the Ibero-American Competition at the Miami Film Festival. Watch the trailer below. The film is now available on Dekkoo.

Don’t Miss the Critically-Acclaimed Doc Mala Mala

Mala Mala, the critically acclaimed documentary from directors Antonio Santini and Dan Sickles, explores the intimate moments, performances, friendships and activism of trans identifying people, drag queens and others who defy typical gender identities in Puerto Rico.

Still from Mala Mala

The film features Ivana, an activist; Soraya, an older sex-change pioneer; Sandy, a prostitute looking to make a change; and Samantha and Paxx, both of whom struggle with the quality of medical resources available to assist in their transition.

Still from Mala Mala

Hailed as “sensitive and thoughtful” by the New York Times  and winner of the audience award for documentary film at the Tribeca Film Festival, Mala Mala is a deeply involving piece of work which boldly affirms that the quest to find oneself can be both difficult and beautiful.

Still from Mala Mala

Watch the trailer for Mala Mala below. The film is currently available to stream on Dekkoo.

New This Week – 10/4/19

When Ariel, a teen living on a remote farm in Buenos Aires, enters into a relationship with one of the male workers on his father’s property, he must also end the long-term affair he’s been having with Omar, an abusive priest. Unafraid to explore taboo topics, this provocative new drama from writer-director Jose Celestino Campusano is defiantly unsentimental. Watch ‘Men of Hard Skin’ exclusively on Dekkoo!

Two young men – one gay and one straight – find themselves forming a deep personal connection. Soon, they embark on a road trip together which will alter the course of their lives. Tender and touching, colorful and sexy, ‘Tale of the Lost Boys’ is a coming-of-age drama about opening your heart, facing your fears and making new friends.

A young man, alone in his room, is visited by a mysterious voice, who forces him to reveal the murder he committed. Watch the very creepy ‘Insomnia’ on Dekkoo!

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Coming next week: Three couples staying in a beach house explore what it takes to sustain a healthy relationship and make love in this generation.

New episodes of Bad Boy are available!

Sort of like The Odd Couple with the fast-paced sensibility of 30 Rock, the sexy and hilarious series Bad Boy  – which has four brand-new episodes available now on Dekkoo – explores the dynamic between Mack (Tony Harth), a young, dumb-ish “bad boy” with a crazy past, and Scott (Artie O’Daly), a straight-laced man Mack has chosen to adopt as his “Daddy”… much to Scott’s frustration.

Artie O'Daly, Braden Davis, and Drew Bradley in Bad Boy

Both characters are gay (Artie is in real life; Tony, sadly, is not) and gay themes and undertones are woven into the comedy.  Plus, there is a hell of a twist in store.

Braden Davis in Bad Boy

After releasing the first episode online, Bad Boy garnered hundreds of thousands of views. With limited resources, the creative team behind the show set out to complete what were clearly in-demand new episodes.

Tony Harth in Bad Boy

The lead actors originally met doing a play in Los Angeles. Artie, who also directs the series, is a prolific actor who has been on shows such as “Modern Family”, “Silicon Valley”, “The Big Bang Theory,” “General Hospital,” and the new, wildly acclaimed sketch series “I Think You Should Leave.” He also co-created the web series Successful People (which you can also watch now on Dekkoo).

Artie O'Daly in Bad Boy

Tony is a recent arrival to L.A. from the state of Wisconsin and has already appeared in multiple commercials and sketches.  Together, they made Bad Boy, which took on a life of its own. Now they’re chasing it wherever it goes!

Drew Bradley in Bad Boy

The first eight short episodes are all available now on Dekkoo!

 

Gerontophilia shows that controversial director Bruce LaBruce is romantic at heart

“My films, no matter how extreme or pornographic, have always had an intense strain of romanticism running through them. Whether it’s the relationship between a hairdresser and a skinhead, or a hustler and a john, the attachments are emotional and romantic, even when there is a very specific and sometimes extreme and taboo fetish involved. So I’ve always played somewhat ironically with rom-com conventions.” – Bruce LaBruce

Pier-Gabriel Lajoie and Walter Borden in Gerontophilia

In this wry “reverse Lolita” tale, an eighteen-year-old named Lake (Pier-Gabriel Lajoie) discovers he has an unusual attraction for the elderly. Fate lands him a job at an assisted-living facility where he develops an intimate relationship with Mr. Peabody (Walter Borden).

Pier-Gabriel Lajoie and Walter Borden in Gerontophilia

Upon discovering that the clients are being over-medicated to make them more manageable, Lake weans Mr. Peabody off his medication and helps him escape, resulting in a road trip that deepens their bond.

Pier-Gabriel Lajoie and Walter Borden in Gerontophilia

Always-provocative, Bruce LaBruce – the artist behind films like No Skin Off My Ass (1991), Hustler White (1996), Skin Flick (2000), The Raspberry Reich (2004) and L.A. Zombie (2010) – has built a prolific career out of pushing buttons and subverting expectations. Gerontophilia ranks among his best. This is a delicately perverse romantic comedy that is both darkly humorous and emotionally heartfelt.

Pier-Gabriel Lajoie and Walter Borden in Gerontophilia

Watch the trailer for Gerontophilia below. The film is now available on Dekkoo.