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 – 1/8/21

Dr. Jason Holden, early 50s, is in danger of losing his family, because of a tragic automobile accident. He becomes a piano accompanist at a local ballet studio and falls in love with Brandon Wykowski, 27, a troubled dancer. ‘The Accompanist’ is available to stream now on Dekkoo!

’50 Years of Fabulous’ recounts the rich history of the Imperial Council, the oldest LGBT charity organization in the world. Founded in San Francisco by renowned activist, drag queen and performer Jose Sarria (the first openly gay man to run for political office), the Council has helped shape LGBT life and social history in San Francisco and beyond throughout the years. Watch ’50 Years of Fabulous’ now on Dekkoo!

Across distant landscapes of the past, Farm Boy wanders through a phantasmagoria of yearning and regret: memories displaced in time. ‘Farm Boy’ is available now on Dekkoo!

As a special treat this week, new episodes of ‘Bad Boy’ are now available!

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Coming next week: “The summer that changed everything.”

The Prince is one of the year’s most explosively provocative films

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.

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

New This Week – 1/1/21

In this affecting, bittersweet comedy, a rising young filmmaker is thrown into emotional turmoil by a burgeoning romance and the upcoming premiere of his second feature. ‘Benjamin’ is available to stream now on Dekkoo!

Love is complicated; so is betrayal. There are many difficult questions to ask yourself in your soul’s darkest hour. But there is only one simple rule to follow when you have finally decided to get rid of your wife’s lover: make sure you find a hitman who is not the chatty kind. Stream ‘By the End of the Week’ now on Dekkoo!

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Coming next week: When there’s nowhere left to hide, the music will find you.

Short Film Spotlight: Shadow Animals

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.

No Hard Feelings is a must-see new romance!

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.

Watch the trailer for No Hard Feelings below. The film is now available on Dekkoo.

New This Week – 12/25/20

A ’70s-set homoerotic prison drama based on a low-circulated pulp novel, tracking the sexual, often-violent and eventually murderous experiences of 20-something narcissist Jaime. ‘The Prince’ is available to stream now on Dekkoo!

A young girl follows her two dads 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. Watch ‘Shadow Animals’ now on Dekkoo!

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Coming next week: Inspired by first-time feature filmmaker Simon Amstell’s own experiences, this film is a heartfelt ode to the search for human connection.

His is a heartfelt romance from prolific Japanese director Rikiya Imaizumi

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.

Two strangers get to know each other during A Stormy Night

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.

A Stormy Night is available now on Dekkoo. You can watch the trailer below.

New This Week – 12/18/20

Handsome, twenty-something, Manuel, travels back to his hometown with an ulterior motive. He’s going to ask his parents for money to move to Denmark with his super-hot boyfriend. Soon after arriving, however, things start to get complicated. ‘A Skeleton in the Closet’ is available to stream exclusively on Dekkoo!

Nagisa and Shun fell in love during their high school days in Japan. Though he’s now a family man living in Australia, Nagisa has never let the memory of his first romance fade. When he finally returns to Japan, he and Shun reconnect, after thirteen years apart, to see if their love story deserves a new chapter. Stream ‘His’ now on Dekkoo!

Eric, who has early-onset dementia, arrives home from hospital after overcoming COVID-19 to discover his partner is still in hospital, uncertain of his future. Due to the lockdown restrictions, Eric is unable to visit his partner and relies on Benny, his carer to help him through his confusion. ‘Where’s Steve?’ is available to stream now on Dekkoo.

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Coming next week: An explosive homoerotic drama set in a repressive 1970s Chilean prison.