New This Week – 1/22/21

Two teenage boys living in Argentina find their longtime friendship turning into a tentative romance, but their familiesare upset by this possibility and decide to tear them apart. Reunited a decade later, they must face their feeling for each other. ‘Esteros’ is available to stream now on Dekkoo!

The short film ‘1781’ explores a queer possibility in the lives of two young men in the 18th century. Watch it now on Dekkoo!

Having emotional anxieties after spending time in prison; Shawn takes work as an erotic dancer to support his daughter, and falls in love with a man for the first time. ‘Neon Boys’ is now available on Dekkoo!

A conservative military family in the heart of the bible belt is left to unravel the mystery behind their gay teenage son’s suicide. They soon discover a tragic secret, and begin to question their parenting, values, and civic responsibility amidst a heated city council election in their hometown of Norman, Oklahoma. Don’t miss the powerful documentay ‘Broken Heart Land’ now playing on Dekkoo!

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Coming next week: Facing immigration issues, a couple must confront fears of rejection or risk losing each other.

Watch an exclusive trailer for the new Dekkoo-Original Series So Far, So Close – premiering February 5th!

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!

New This Week – 12/11/20

Second-generation Irani-German Parvis works at a refugee shelter where he meets brother and sister Irani refugees and develops a tenuous romance with Amon as his friends attempt refugee status. ‘No Hard Feelings’ is available to stream now on Dekkoo!

Strangers from opposite ends of the earth: Nizar, a Syrian refugee and Eric an Irish tourist, meet in the City of Angels and embark on a journey of trust, abandonment, tragedy and privilege. Stream ‘Irish Goodbye’ now on Dekkoo!

Marcos lands in New York only to find out his layover flight to San Francisco has been canceled. Having nowhere to go, he ends up in his friend’s apartment with a complete stranger: Alan. ‘A Stormy Night’ is available now on Dekkoo!

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Coming next week: Yet ANOTHER new release gay film comes to Dekkoo! You’re welcome!

New This Week – 11/20/20

Ryan and Jacob have been together for 4 years. They had planned to get married in the summer of 2020. Then a pandemic hit. And Jacob got sick. Dekkoo Films presents, ‘Do We Really Have to Say Goodbye’.

‘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 film about this four-time Olympic champion, ‘Back On Board’ follows Louganis as he struggles with financial security and reunites with the sport he once dominated but was not welcome in.

‘History’ follows Jamie, a thirty-something gay New York lawyer, in the days after a messy breakup with his partner of five years, Jared. Through flashbacks, the audience watches Jamie’s evolution—or lack thereof—on issues of intimacy, sex, gender role conformity and friendships as he rebuilds his life on his own terms. Binge all three seasons of ‘History’ now on Dekkoo!

In the western town of Coal Ridge, a deputy keeps his love a secret until the outlaw who stole his heart is taken hostage. ‘Black Knuckle and Deputy Maltese’ is available to stream now on Dekkoo!

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Coming next week: A polyamorous couple sets out to test the limits of a restrictive society.

New Dekkoo-Original Film: Vilom

Vilom, a lonely young man from India, is obsessed with becoming internet-famous and deeply confused about his sexuality.

When he moves in with Amay, a dynamic, openly gay hairdresser, and Nivi, a beautiful struggling actress, he finds that they are both slowly falling in love with him. This sudden love triangle leads to even more confusion, forcing Vilom to examine his sexual and romantic needs on a deeper level.

Meanwhile, societal pressures and prejudices are building just outside the walls of their home.

The feature-length debut of Mumbai-based actor Sunder Pal, Vilom is an unflinching sociopolitical drama centered around gay/straight relationships. This films tells a provocative story of risk-taking, creativity, rebellion and survival.

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

The critically-acclaimed drama Tremors is now available on Dekkoo

In this deeply personal follow-up to his landmark debut film Ixcanul, writer-director Jayro Bustamante shifts his focus from rural Guatemala to the denizens of Guatemala City, but once again sets his sights on an individual caught between two seeming irreconcilable worlds.

When handsome and charismatic Pablo (Juan Pablo Olyslager) arrives at his affluent family’s house, everyone is eagerly awaiting the return of their beloved son, devoted father and caring husband. A seemingly exemplary pillar of Guatemala City’s Evangelical Christian community, Pablo’s announcement that he intends to leave his wife for another man sends shock waves through the family.

As Pablo tries to acclimate to his new life in the city’s gay subculture with the liberated Francisco (Mauricio Armas Zebadúa), his ultra-religious family does everything in its power to get their prodigal son back on track, no matter the cost.

A sensation on the international film festival circuit, Tremors has received great critical acclaim. “Tremors is a prodigiously gut-wrenching demand for change; the film isn’t kindly asking for tolerance but bluntly exposing the torment inflicted in the name of a prejudiced God,” said Carlos Aguilar in The Wrap. “It’s a magnificently unflinching film from a master director in the making, whose thunderous strength will surely make waves in Bustamante’s Central American homeland and abroad.”

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

The controversial Russian import Outlaw makes its debut on Dekkoo

Director Ksenia Ratushnaya’s bold first feature, Outlaw shines a spotlight on modern LGBTQ life (and strife) in Russia.

Highly controversial, this provocative and visually dazzling new film from director Ksenia Ratushnaya and producer Veronika Chibis tells two parallel love stories. One is a love triangle between a gay teen named Nikita (Viktor Tarasenko), a violent jock named Alpha (Gleb Kaluzhny) and a popular girl, the eponymous Outlaw (Liza Kashintseva). The other story follows a romance between a general (Sergey Epishev) transgender dancer (Evengry Okorokov) in the Soviet 1980s.

Due to Russia’s “gay propaganda law,” introduced in 2013 and used to suppress public discourse over LGBTQ issues, the film has had a rough time reaching audiences domestically. It is, however, available now to audiences via Dekkoo.

Watch the trailer for Outlaw below.

 

The acclaimed short film Brother is coming soon to Dekkoo

The 2019 short film Brother (Bror) has been picked up in a deal with Dekkoo, and will be released on our platform in the original language with English subtitles.

Nico (Phillip Oros) and Khalid (Poyan Karimi) are best friends. Khalid was born in Iran, a country where having feelings for another man can lead to the death penalty. Nico was born in Sweden, a country where it’s openly accepted for a man to have a boyfriend. And yet it’s Nico who keeps holding back when Khalid tries to take their relationship to another level.

Brother was created by Isabella Carbonell a screenwriter and director based in Stockholm, Sweden. She has written/directed several shorts and music videos among them is the film Boys that was screened during the Critic’s Week in Cannes and that won the Grand Jury Award for Best Live Action Short at the AFI Film Fest in Los Angeles.

Carbonell said “We are so ridiculously happy and honored to have our film be part of this exciting platform. Brother is all about identity, intimacy and of course love. Hopefully, this love will spread even further now thanks to Dekkoo!”

“This is one of our first ever Swedish titles and we are very proud to be championing the work by the young talented director Isabella Carbonell and producer Alexandra Alegren getting their work to a wider audience,” said Ebba Eriksson of the British distributor Videoplugger (which represents the film). “The topics raised in this short are very relevant, touching on integration and homophobia.”

Check out the original Swedish poster for Brother below and keep your eyes on Dekkoo to see the film. It will be available in the coming weeks.

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Now Available: The Lawyer

Life just drifts by for corporate lawyer Marius (Eimutis Kvosciauskas), until he finds an unexpected connection for the dark and handsome Ali (Dogac Yildiz), a Syrian refugee who doubles as a sex-cam worker.

After Marius’ estranged father passes away, his infatuation intensifies. He inevitably flies to Belgrade to meet Ali in person, in hopes of a romantic week with his mysterious object of desire. Although off-camera, things might not be exactly as they seem.

The newest feature from prolific Lithuanian filmmaker Romas Zabarauskas (the director behind We Will Riot, Porno Melodrama and You Can’t Escape Lithuania – all available now on Dekkoo), The Lawyer is an engrossing and heartfelt romantic drama. Reportedly, it is also the first feature film made in one of the Baltic countries about male-male love.

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

New This Week – 7/31/20

‘Bitter Years’ is a drama based on the life of Mario Mieli, one of the founders of the Italian Homosexual Liberation Movement, created at the beginning of the 1970s. He was an activist, intellectual, writer and performer – a key figure on the Italian cultural scene. ‘Bitter Years’ is a streaming exclusively on Dekkoo!

A man ridicules his wife’s fascination for masculinity, but she’s dead serious. Watch ‘A Double Life’ now on Dekkoo!

Leo stands out in a crowd. That’s not always a good thing working in a fish cannery in Alaska. His dreams of leaving this small town are hard fought, until a new boy moves to town and sees him for who he really is (an international superstar). ‘Alaska is a Drag’ is available to stream now on Dekkoo!

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Coming next week: An ederly woman begins to learn that she knows nothing about her son.