From writer Nick Roth and director Lindsay Haun, Nanoblood is a short film that tosses comedy, neo-noir, horror and sci-fi all into the blender at once, telling the story of three young lovers and the bots that tear them apart.
Not for the squeamish (expect lots of blood and some thrillingly Cronenberg-influenced body horror), this 38-minute film follows Gary (Anthony Rutowicz), a painter recently out of a day job, and his wife Lisa (Amanda Fuller), a graduate student in nanobiology.
Lisa’s funding is contingent on her participation in an experimental trial to replace her blood cells with microscopic, artificially intelligent robots. When the pair decide to make some extra cash by renting Gary’s painting studio out to Toby (Gabriel Miller), a mysterious visiting scholar also participating in Lisa’s clinical trial, their bodies begin to change in unexpected ways… and sexual desire begins to emerge in unexpected places.
Ambitious, provocative, sexually-frank and surprisingly timely, Nanoblood tells a large, inventive sci-fi story on an intimate scale.
Watch the trailer for Nanoblood below. The full short film is available now on Dekkoo.
An intense 26-minute thriller from Israeli director Moshe Rosenthal, Our Way Back follows two secret lovers who find themselves in a life-or-death situation.
Lior Ashkenazi stars as Uri, a 50-year-old family man in a secret romantic relationship with the much-younger Oded, played by Shachar Netz.
Telling his wife that he’s going away for a business conference, Uri whisks Oded away to the desert, where the two can express their love for one another freely, away from the prying eyes of their small, close-knit community.
When Oded suffers a serious accident, it puts not only their affair, but his very life in jeopardy. Now Uri is faced with a major decision. He can call for help and risk being exposed, or let go of the man he loves in the most heartless way possible.
Writer-director Pau Masó also stars in this new gay thriller Complete Strangers as Robert, a recovering alcoholic from Budapest who returns home to reconnect with some friends.
While there, he also happens to meet the enigmatic Hugo (Matthew Crawley), a tall blue-eyed stranger who quickly gains his trust by giving him the attention he craves most.
Their courtship moves unusually fast. Soon into their passionate relationship, Robert willingly accepts Hugo’s proposal of a weekend getaway – against the advice of his inner circle. What begins as an idyllic weekend takes a sinister turn when Hugo’s true intentions are revealed. Not everything is as it seems on the surface.
Sexy and suspenseful in equal measure, Complete Strangers is a stylish gay film that harkens back to the erotic thriller heyday of the late ’80s and early ’90s.
Filmed in Pakistan in a matter-of-fact style, Aadat is a bracing 13-minute short from writer-director Iqran Rasheed.
Aadat tells the story of a deeply closeted young man from a conservative Muslim family. Gripped with unrealized desires, he dares to hire an attractive young sex worker. The two spend time together alone in a room, cautiously getting closer while fully aware of the risks involved.
A devastating film about one perfectly normal young man who is looking to explore his sexuality in a forbidding Islamic country, Aadat is a sobering and heartbreaking reminder of the basic freedoms that are still not afforded to gay men in many parts of the world today.
Watch a short trailer for Aadat below. The film is now available on Dekkoo.
Tin (Edan Lui) has been single his whole life. One day, he discovers that his boss secretly harbors romantic feelings and is even willing to leave his wife to be with him.
Tin confides this news to his friends, only to discover that his co-worker and flatmate, Muk is also deeply in love with him. Even though Tin has never ever thought about dating another man, he finds himself overwhelmed by his new popularity and slowly falling for the men who hold him dear.
Originally broadcast in Hong Kong, Ossan’s Love is a charming romantic series based on a Japanese drama of the same name. Both shows are notable as the first mainstream television series to feature gay love as a central storyline in their respective regions.
An eight-minute short film from Swedish director Jimi Vall Peterson, Sleepover follows Emil and Adam, two seemingly straight young men who have been friends since junior high. After a night together at the movies, Emil decides he is going to crash at Adam’s apartment.
The two young men end up sharing a double bed. In the middle of the night, Emil awakens and his unspoken feelings for Adam start to become clear. But is he willing to test the boundaries of their friendship?
A simple, but well-executed short film Sleepover perfectly captures those youthful pangs of unrequited love.
In the brand new Dekkoo-Original Comedy Series Marriage of Inconvenience, two total strangers entering a witness protection program must pretend to be a happily married couple in order to hide their identities from the dangerous people who want them dead!
Franklin (David Singletary) is an even-tempered English professor who prides himself on his attention to detail in every area of his carefully structured life. Owen (Jason T. Gaffney) is a messy, street-smart dropout with anger issues, forced into a life of crime against his will.
About the only thing Franklin and Owen have in common is that they’re gay. Now, living together in a very small house as “Mr. and Mr. Fulton,” they find they have something else in common: they can’t stand each other. But both men have complicated pasts, with some very bad people relentlessly hunting them down.
With their lives on the line, Owen and Franklin are stuck with each other, for better or worse, hoping that it’s not literally a “til death do we part” situation.
In writer-director Riccardo Tamburini’s new romance A Dice with Five Sides, two strangers meet in an apartment for a hookup, but find a much deeper attraction to one another.
Too afraid to follow their hearts, Marcello and Herman decide to play a game – using ancient dice made of stone. They establish six actions to perform – one for each side of the dice. They can tell an uncomfortable or intimate truth about themselves, do something the other likes, invite a third person, do something blindfolded, leave the apartment or simply have sex.
Years go by while the gameplay continues. The conflict between their desire to be together and the fear of yet another failed relationship only intensifies. Will they be able to find the strength to make choices and break the vicious cycle they have entered or will the game continue until fate decides for them?
The Poet and the Boy follows an aimless, seemingly straight poet in his late 30s who has spent all his life on the same island, mostly living off the hard work and careful planning of his more responsible wife.
Spending most of his time daydreaming, he longs to express himself creatively, but his poetry lacks passion and depth – something that the other members of his writers group are quick to point out.
One day, the poet meets a teenage boy working at a donut shop and develops romantic feelings he has never had before. Suddenly, his life and work begins to improve. He’s finally found his muse while falling helplessly in love with another man for the first time. But when he discovers that his wife is pregnant, he is faced with a very difficult decision.
The feature-length debut of South Korean filmmaker Kim Yang-hee, The Poet and the Boy tackles marriage, creativity and longing in a refreshingly honest manner.
Dekkoo isn’t just a source for entertainment. We also offer a deeply engaging crash course in queer cinema history!
Starting with Queens at Heart, an eye-opening short film offering a look into the lives of four trans women during the pre-Stonewall 1960s, and continuing through to director Ira Sachs electrifying 2012 relationship drama Keep the Lights On, this collection exemplifies some of the most important queer cinema of the past five decades.
Including films like the landmark 1973 docudrama A Bigger Splash and Todd Haynes’ brazenly original Poison, which took the 1991 Sundance Film Festival by storm and helped launch the New Queer Cinema movement, these pioneering selections offer up a vibrant and expansive trip through time.