New This Week – 3/20/20

Xolani, a lonely factory worker, travels to the rural mountains with the men of his community to initiate a group of teenage boys into manhood. When a defiant initiate from the city discovers his best-kept secret, Xolani’s entire existence begins to unravel. ‘The Wound’ is now playing on Dekkoo!

Inspired by true events, ‘Lúbtha’ follows the story of a teenager dealing with his sexuality whilst having to grow up in early 90s Northern Ireland. ‘Lúbtha’ is available to stream now on Dekkoo!

Dallas is a succesful executive with a beautiful wife. Austin is his gay younger brother. Each thinks the other “has it so good.” When they switch places due to a strange twist of fate they both discover not everything is always as it seems. Stream ‘My Brother’s Shoes’ now on Dekkoo!

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Coming next week: A powerful love story, elegantly told.

Make Way for Cubby

Mark (writer-director Mark Blane), the protagonist and anti-hero of the new dark comedy Cubby, is a misanthropic 26-year-old gay man who has been living in his mother’s garage in Indiana. An illustrator who works almost exclusively on sexually explicit-and BDSM-themed-artwork, Mark is stuck in a state of arrested development. He’s pretty much the last person you would expect to find a job working with children… but that’s exactly what happens. When he lies about getting a job opportunity in New York City, he ends up taking a rel job babysitting for 6-year-old Milo (Joseph Seuffert), a new best friend who fully accepts Mark, but does little to help him meet the challenges of everyday life.

Falling behind on rent, and running out of anti-anxiety pills, Mark finally discovers the inspiration he needs, in the form of an imaginary-friend-superhero named Leather-Man (Christian Patrick), who appears to him with the help of a psychedelic cupcake. As a sexy metaphor for discipline and control, Leather-Man helps Mark onto the path for success, but not before Mark’s babysitting adventures turn from empowering, to risky and ultimately transformative.

Featuring a sensational supporting performance from Patricia Richardson (Home Improvement), Cubby is a demented, yet completely charming comedy that marks the arrival of an original new cinematic voice in writer-director-star Mark Blane.

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

New This Week – 3/6/20

This dark comedy from writer-director-star Mark Blane concerns a self-involved gay man who becomes a nanny for a well-to-do couple…a job for which he’s completely unqualified. As he begins to bond with his precocious new charge, he also starts having delusions involving a BDSM superhero named Leather-Man, brought on by a psychedelic cupcake. ‘Cubby’ is available to stream exclusively on Dekkoo!

Jasper, a 20 something playboy with little empathy, has a date in a rather obscure motel Petit Ami with Vincent, a mysterious older man. For Jasper just another day on the job, until he discovers Vincent’s secret. Watch ‘Petit Ami’ now on Dekkoo!

At the oldest-running queer theatre in the world, Toronto’s most cerebral drag queen and “tragicomedienne” Pearle Harbour prepares to take the stage for her new show “Battle Cry: Songs Of Warfare & Gaiety”. ‘Battle Cry’ is now available to stream on Dekkoo!

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Coming next week: The Dekkoo-original series ‘Stranger Hearts’!

Short Film Spotlight: Play It Like a Man

It’s summertime in the Landes. Looking to cure their boredom, fifteen-year-old footballers Loris and Thomas (Simon Boutin and Matthieu Lucci) by engaging in what they assume will be some largely harmless trouble-making.

When they end up stealing the mobile phone of their coach (Samuel Theis), they discover clandestine photos of young naked footballers in the shower. Loris seems to be the main subject of this voyeurism. Cut to the quick, the teenager goes to his trainer’s place to seek revenge… and things get way, way out of hand.

An edgy twenty-one-minute thriller from French writer-director Laurent Lunetta (who worked as the art director on the acclaimed Stranger by the Lake), Play It Like a Man is a riveting short work that isn’t afraid to tackle taboo subjects.

Watch this short excerpt from Play It Like a Man below. The film is available now on Dekkoo.

New This Week – 2/28/20

In this funny, bittersweet romantic comedy from Sweden, perpetual list-maker Anton falls in love with David, but things start to go awry when Anton realizes that his dreams in life might be in direct opposition to David’s. ‘Top 3’ is now available on Dekkoo!

Nathan, a conservative English teacher, tells his best friend Zach about a one-night stand with a hot Latin man who loves to talk dirty in this short comedy. Watch ‘Dirty Talk’ now on Dekkoo!

Over the course of forty-eight hours during a music festival, a recovering drug addict attempts to rekindle his relationship; but with little money, he is forced to engage in a dangerous deal with a former lover-turned-drug-pusher to fund the weekend. Stream ‘The Low End’ on Dekkoo!

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Coming next week: “THE LOVE CHILD OF LADY BIRD AND NAPOLEON DYNAMITE” — Terry Mesnard, FRESH TOMATO REVIEW

Cinema Spotlight: Spa Night

Writer-director Andrew Ahn’s remarkably assured feature-length debut is a portrait of forbidden sexual awakening set in the nocturnal world of spas and karaoke bars in Los Angeles’ Koreatown.

David Cho (Joe Seo, who won the Special Jury Award at Sundance for his breakthrough performance), a timid 18-year-old living with his financially-struggling immigrant parents, chances upon a secret spot for cruising when he takes a part-time job at an allmale spa, and begins to realize hidden inner desires that threaten his life as a dutiful son and student.

Effervescent and atmospheric, this one-of-a-kind coming-of-age story makes the steamy spa a liminal place between dream and reality, and desire and disillusionment.

Joe Seo (David) and Youn Ho Cho (Jin) in Andrew Ahn's SPA NIGHT

Spa Night is an intensely personal film,” said Ahn. “I knew very early in the screenwriting process that I had to draw from my own life experiences in order to find the honesty I wanted to show on screen. As the son of Korean-American immigrants, I have felt the conflict between my parents’ expectations and my own personal desires. In Spa Night, I wanted to explore what it means to be a part of a Korean-American family. As Spa Night progressed into production, the film became even more personal for me. We shot on location in Koreatown, Los Angeles — at restaurants I have eaten at, spas I have visited, and streets I have walked down. As I directed scenes, I saw my family in this fictional family I had created.”

“My main character David speaks in a mix of Korean and English to his parents, the same mix I use when I speak to my parents. With Spa Night, I want to open up American independent cinema to include stories about immigrant communities told in languages other than English. It is important that our cinema culture reflect the diversity of the American experience. By telling this story, I am attempting to validate the immigrant experience and acknowledge my parents’ sacrifice to leave their home country and start a new life in America. Spa Night is my way of fulfilling my parents’ hopes and dreams.”

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

New This Week – 2/7/20

A gay sauna, not unlike the legendary Continental Baths, is the meeting place for a ragtag group of strangers looking for anonymous sex – and perhaps a friendly smile – in this compassionate new comedy-drama. Everyone at Copa 181 is looking to escape from their mundane reality. Falling under its seductive spell, they learn that family is where you find it. ‘Copa 181’ is available to stream now on Dekkoo!

The 15 year old footballers Loris and Thomas are bored, and steal their trainer’s mobile phone, where they discover photos of young footballers naked in the shower. Loris decided to use the pictures as a revenge. Stream ‘Play it Like a Man’ now on Dekkoo!

Kumar, a bachelor in his thirties leaves his corporate job in Kochi to become a graphic novelist. He embarks on a new life as an Uber driver in Kochi while working on his graphic novel titled ‘Pixelia’. One day a transgender named Mandakini gets into his cab and that day changes Kumar’s life forever. ‘Pixelia’ is available to stream now on Dekkoo!

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Coming next week: The release of the trailer for our brand-new Dekkoo-original ‘Stranger Hearts’!