Summertime rages on in Sleeping Giant

During a lazy summer at a lakeside cottage with his parents, Adam’s (Jackson Martin) dull routine is shattered when he meets Riley (Reece Moffett) and Nate (Nick Serino), local trouble-making cousins who fight their boredom with debauchery and petty crime. What begins as a friendship will lead the boys to a powerful revelation that changes their lives forever.

Winner of the “Best Canadian First Feature Film” award at the Toronto Film Festival and an Official Selection of Cannes’ Critics Week, Sleeping Giant takes you on a majestic and haunting ride through the backwoods of a Canadian summer. With his feature-length debut, writer-director Andrew Cividino has crafted an exceptional coming-of-age pictures, an emotional journey of youthful liberation.

Watch the trailer for Sleeping Giant below. It’s streaming on Dekkoo right now.

Short Film Spotlight: Lost Years

From Spanish filmmaker Alejandro Beltran, the new short film Lost Years tells the story of a young boy, Felix (Samuel Garcia), who after the death of his mother is sent to boarding school abroad. There, he meets Leo (Jack O’Neill), his roommate and a fellow student at the school.

The two soon begin a clandestine romantic relationship. The heartwarming love affair the film promises, however, is quickly shattered. A traumatic event soon occurs in which Felix is assaulted, and his relationship with Leo comes to an end.

This powerful 21-minute film examines the repercussions that sexual abuse can have in young people and the impact such violations have on their lives and the lives of those around them.

Lost Years is streaming now on Dekkoo. Check out the trailer below.

 

New This Week – 9/6/18

'Sleeping Giant' is available to stream on Dekkoo

While spending the summer in cottage country on the shores of Lake Superior, three teens cope with boredom by testing the limits of their experience. ‘Sleeping Giant’ is now available to stream on Dekkoo!

Watch 'The Lost Years' on Dekkoo

Dekkoo Films presents ‘Lost Years’. In this short film, Felix is a young boy who, after the death of his mother, is sent to a boarding school abroad. There he meets his roommate, Leo, with whom he begins a relationship.

Watch the gay film 'Burning Blue' on Dekkoo

In the film ‘Burning Blue’, two Navy fighter pilots find themselves in the midst of a forbidden relationship throwing their lives and careers into disarray.

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Coming next week:  A man’s life is his image.

‘Boys’ is a gripping and compassionate study of first love, arrives August 28.

Following one man through two timelines, decades apart, Boys, the newest feature from French director Christophe Charrier, is a gripping and compassionate study of first love and the lingering sting of loss.

We first meet Jonas (BPM star Felix Maritaud in a riveting performance) in the present… where he’s having a rough go of it. He’s prone to starting fights at Boys Paradise, the local gay bar, and his boyfriend has had enough of his infidelity and alcohol-soaked antics. His volatile behavior may stem from a traumatic incident in his past.

Felix Maritaud stars in the gay film, 'Boys'

The film flashes back to 1997, where Jonas (played as a straight-laced high school kid by newcomer Nicolas Bauwens) meets Nathan (Tommy Lee Baik), the rebellious new student who will become Jonas’s crush. We’re treated to an expert depiction of cautious first love as Nathan and Jonas sneak off from class to share cigarettes in the school gym and get to know one another – partly through posturing to cover their vulnerability. When they share their first kiss, the sparks are immediately felt.

Nicolas Bauwens stars in the gay film, Boys

Back in the present, adult Jonas has been kicked out of his boyfriend’s apartment. When he decides to check into a hotel, we meet the handsome concierge (Ilian Bergala) with whom Jonas appears to be infatuated. We’ve already seen him scoping out the man’s social media photos. He’s even followed him to the beach. Why does Jonas seem to be stalking this younger guy and how is he connected to the romance he shared with Nathan years ago? Charrier teases out the answers slowly and carefully, capturing our hearts even before the full picture comes into focus.

Felix on the beach

With terrific performances (there’s no slouches in this cast) and expert direction, Boys will take you along on one character’s tender and heartfelt journey toward redemption. This film will be available exclusively on Dekkoo starting August 28.

Short Film Spotlight: Tomorrow

As the new millennium was approaching (and some pesky, much-buzzed-about technological anxieties hung heavy on our minds), New Year’s Eve in 1999 became a deeply memorable occasion. The leads of the stellar short film Tomorrow have a slightly different reason to remember that particular evening.

Daniel Rashid and Zachary Roozen in Tomorrow

Tomorrow finds college-bound best buddies Clark (Daniel Rashid) and Trevor (Zachary Roozen) concerned about the future of their friendship. It becomes clear early on that Clark is secretly in love with Trevor… and too afraid to say anything about it.

Daniel Rashid and Zachary Roozen in Tomorrow

When the two meet a local girl and end up attending a pool party, Trevor asks Clark to help him win her affections. He reluctantly complies, but when said girl turns out to have more of an interest in Clark, the friends learn that jealousy is a two-way street. Soon, their relationship is tested in ways neither could have imagined – resulting in some explosive revelations.

Daniel Rashid and Zachary Roozen in Tomorrow

Featuring terrific performances from its game young cast, this tense and emotional film from writer Joshua Paul Johnson and director Leandro Tadashi is a skillfully-made 13-minute coming-of-age gem. The film is presented by the USC School of Cinematic Arts, which is known for turning out talented artists – and it certainly shows in the quality here. We can’t wait to see what these filmmakers get up to in the future.

You can stream Tomorrow TODAY on Dekkoo.

Daniel Rashid and Zachary Roozen in Tomorrow

Just added: ‘Off Beat’

Off Beat follows 26-year-old Lukas (Hans-Jakob Mühlethaler), who is not so much living as floating.

His dream of making it as a musician is on the wane and his great passion – freestyle hip-hop – has also past its heyday. Lukas lives with his producer, 46-year-old Mischa (Domenico Pecoraio), in an old loft where they cultivate cannabis. They have been having a turbulent affair for years – but this is a closely guarded secret.

Hans-Jakob Mühlethaler in Off Beat - Now Streaming on Dekkoo

Lukas has grown cold inside and only really feels himself in moments of excess. Drunk and coked-up to the eyeballs, he toils his way through a gig in a small club. In the audience his sixteen-year-old brother Sämi (Manuel Neuburger), an ambitious rapper himself, feels nothing but shame for his brother’s embarrassing performance.

Mischa decides that he has had enough of Lukas’ escapades and suggests they ask Sämi to join the band. Sensing that he is about to be substituted, Lukas gets out of his head and starts to take back control of his life.

Jan Gassmann's Off Beat - Original Film Festival Poster Art

A gritty drama that shines a spotlight on a corner of closeted gay life not often seen on film, Swiss writer-director Jan Gassmann’s Off Beat is now streaming on Dekkoo. Check out the trailer below.