British comedian Simon Amstell wrote and directed this charmingly offbeat romantic comedy about a mess-of-a-filmmaker juggling the anxieties and excitement of his upcoming film premiere with the fear and awkwardness of a burgeoning romance.
Gangly and neurotic, and always ready with a self-defensive quip, indie film director Benjamin (Colin Morgan, The Happy Prince, Merlin) nervously prepares for the premiere of his sophomore feature when he meets and falls for hard for Noah (Phénix Brossard, Departure, Little Joe), an young French musician. Will Benjamin’s insecurities and anxieties get in the way of success and happiness? Will his film be a citics-savaging disaster and he, a one-hit wonder?
Amstell peppers this entertaining tale with hilariously deadpan one-liners and a scene-stealing cast of supporting characters including Joel Fry (Game of Thrones) as Stephen, Benjamin’s manic-depressive stand-up comedian best friend; Jessica Raine as Billie, his unbearable publicist, Harry (Jack Rowan), his egocentric, bi lead actor; and Anna Chancellor (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Pride and Prejudice) as his patient producer.
A charming, laugh-out-loud comedy, Benjamin looks at one man’s land mined road to success and love. Watch the trailer below. The film is available now on Dekkoo.
Three writers, two directors and twenty-one actors come together for an intersecting anthology series about love, lust, loss and making a connection even in the most troubled of times.
Created by Michael Varrati and Brandon Kirby, the same team behind the hit rom-com series I’m Fine, the new Dekkoo-Original Series So Far, So Close takes the restrictions of our shelter-at-home lifestyles and turns them into an advantage, focusing on a broad collection of engaging characters and following them through one of the most delightful games of telephone we’ve ever seen.
All eight episodes of So Far, So Close will be available to binge on Dekkoo starting on Friday, February 5th. Mark your calendar and make sure to check out our exclusive trailer for the series, along with some select images, below!
Sort of like The Odd Couple with the fast-paced sensibility of 30 Rock, the series Bad Boy – with new episodes now available 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.
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.
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.
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” and “General Hospital.” He also co-created the web series Successful People (which you can also watch now on Dekkoo). 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!
The first twelve short episodes are all available now on Dekkoo.
When Manuel (Facundo Gambande) returns to his hometown on the occasion of his parents’ wedding anniversary, he has a bit of an ulterior motive. He’s planning to ask for money so that he can move to Denmark with his boyfriend.
The last time he saw his family, he came out of the closet – and things have been tense ever since. When his boyfriend suddenly dumps him, Manuel finds himself diving head-first into an existential crisis. Now more in need of his family’s love and support than ever, an unexpected opportunity to reconnect presents itself.
Featuring a terrifically endearing lead performance, A Skeleton in the Closet is a tender and heartfelt Argentinian family comedy-drama that you don’t want to miss.
Back on Board: Greg Louganis is an intimate portrait of the public triumphs and private struggles of trailblazing openly gay athlete Greg Louganis. A refreshingly candid documentary about this four-time Olympic champion, Back on Board follows Louganis for three years as he struggles with financial security and reunites with the sport he once dominated but did not feel welcome in. The threat of losing his house during the recent financial crisis forces Louganis to re-evaluate the choices, relationships, and missed opportunities of his career.
Nominated for an Emmy Award and a Producer’s Guild of America award in 2016.Back on Board: Greg Louganis gained critical and audience acclaim on the film festival circuit, screening at over 40 festivals worldwide and picking up eight awards.
The film was also selected for the American Film Showcase, a program of the U.S. State Department that brings award-winning contemporary American documentaries around the world offering a view of American society and culture as seen by independent filmmakers.
The Prince is an explosive prison drama set in a repressive 1970s Chilean prison.
During a night of heavy drinking, Jaime (Juan Carlos Maldonado), a hot-tempered narcissist, suddenly stabs his best friend. He is sent to jail for murder and there, alone and afraid, he comes under the protection of a tough older inmate known as “The Stallion” (Alfredo Castro Gómez).
The unlikely pair begin a clandestine romance but violent power struggles inside the penitentiary threaten their bond.
This searing story of survival at all costs, takes its inspiration from Jean Genet’s Un Chant d’amour and Fassbinder’s Querelle in its affecting exploration of masculine aggression, conflicting loyalties and pent-up sexual desires.
In the new Swedish short film Shadow Animals, a young girl (Ayla Turin) follows her parents to a party where she experiences assorted grown-up rituals. As the evening progresses she finds the adults’ behavior increasingly strange. Everyone tries to fit in, but not everyone succeeds.
Skillfully mixing kitchen-sink social drama with over-the-top surrealism, Shadow Animals manages to pinpoint the illogical adult world that makes childhood something deeply serious.
Writer-director Jerry Carlsson has created a fascinatingly weird dance-based drama about the discovery of human behavior.
Watch the trailer for Shadow Animals below to get a sense of what the film has up its sleeve. It’s now available on Dekkoo.
The critically-acclaimed, Teddy Award-winning must-see romance No Hard Feelings tells a story about re-discovering one’s past and building a future together.
Parvis (Benny Radjaipour), the son of exiled Iranians, copes with life in his small hometown by indulging himself with pop culture, Grindr dates, and raves. After being caught shoplifting, he is sentenced to community service at a refugee shelter where he meets siblings Banafshe (Banafshe Hourmazdi) and Amon (Eidin Jalali), who have fled Iran.
As a romantic attraction between Parvis and Amon grows, the fragile relationship between the three is put to a test. They find and lose each other throughout a summer of fleeting youth, an intense first love, an attempt at a joint future, as well as the stark realisation that, in Germany, they are not equal.
Growing up in Cologne the son of exiled Iranis himself, writer-director Faraz Shariat studied media art to explore his experiences as a gay, second generation migrant. In his work, Faraz often attempts to re-inhabit his own history and build a visual archive of migration in Germany. No Hard Feelings is one of his most treasured works yet.
Nagisa (Kisetsu Fujiwara) and Shun (Hio Miyazawa) first met one another and fell in love when they were teenagers in high school. Thirteen years have now passed since they last saw one another.
Even though he now lives in Australia with his wife and child, Nagisa has never been able to let the memory of his first love fade. When difficulties begin to arise within his marriage, he is reminded more of those early day than ever. He decides to return to Japan with his daughter in tow – and to reunite with Shun to see if their connection is still as strong.
Though their love story may be pure, the hopeful pair must survive discrimination and prejudice in order to live together as a happy family.
From accomplished Japanese director Rikiya Imaizumi, the gorgeous new romance His is a heartfelt exploration of custody and long-lost love.
Watch the trailer for His below. The film is available now on Dekkoo.
In the stylish new indie film A Stormy Night, Marcos (played by writer-director David Moragas, making his feature-length debut) arrives to New York from Barcelona only to find out his layover flight to San Francisco has been cancelled due to a forecasted storm. This leaves him without a place to stay for the night. That’s how he meets Alan (Jacob Perkins), his old college friend’s roommate, who is happy to host him.
The two boys have nothing in common. But they will have to spend twelve hours and a New York storm together. Throughout the night, a series of misunderstandings lead the boys to challenge each other’s approach to love, relationships and happiness. They both have secrets to hide, difficult to hold. And yet, the biggest challenge might be having to say goodbye to each other the morning after.
Shot in gorgeous black and white, this entrancing new film shows what a talented filmmaker and cast can do with a good script and a small budget. Moragas, a Catalan writer and director based in Barcelona, holds a bachelor’s degree in Media Communication from Pompeu Fabra University, and a filmmaking MFA at the NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. In 2018, he created the short film Only Fools Rush In, which was presented at several international film festivals. His screenplay Two Sisters was selected by the prestigious Purple List at NYU in 2019. A Stormy Night is his feature-length debut – and promises more great films to come.