A closeted policeman tries to diffuse an anti-gay protest in the tense thriller Poppy Field

Planning to spend a romantic weekend with his long-distance boyfriend, Christi (Conrad Mericoffer) finds their tender reunion cut short when he is called in to handle a crisis at work. He and his unit are sent to quell a protest at a local movie theater, where a far-right group has interrupted the screening of a queer film.

As tensions between the homophobic protesters and the audience mount, Christi, closeted to his fellow officers, begins to spiral out of control when he spots a former fling in the crowd. When the incident turns violent, it threatens to expose Christi’s secret and forces him to confront the contradictions between his personal and professional life.

Based on true events, Poppy Field creates a poignant portrait of a man reconciling his professional and private identities. Director Eugen Jebeleanu builds a pressure cooker of emotions and subverts the conventional thriller format to arrive at deeper truths.

Watch the trailer for Poppy Field below. The full film is now available on Dekkoo. And if you want to dive into the true story further, the film 5 Minutes Too Late, which is based around the same real-life incident, is also streaming now.

All Episodes of the Dekkoo-Original Series Adam in Fragments are Now Available

Inspired by crime thrillers of the 1970s, Adam in Fragments is a gritty and provocative new drama series which conjures filmmakers like Stanley Kubrick, David Lynch and Steven Soderbergh to tell the story of one hustler’s odyssey.

After a prolonged disappearance, Adam, played by Beau Swartz, reluctantly returns to sex work. Following the urge to protect a young aspiring adult film star from their terrorizing handler, Adam’s actions trigger a series of events that send violent ripples through the Los Angeles underground sex-trade.

Featuring strong supporting performances, Adam in Fragments is the newest series from Omar Sales Zamora. You can check out his other work, such as the series Here Comes Your Man and Nothing But Flowers, now as well. Both are streaming on DekkooAdam in Fragments is also co-directed by Here Comes Your Man lead actor Calvin Picou.

In addition to the new show, you can also dive deeper into the making of Adam in Fragments. We also have an in-depth conversation with the filmmakers available now to our subscribers.

Soft Lad is a gay British drama about love, lust, sexuality and betrayal

22-year-old David (Jonny Labey) seems to have it all. He’s young, he’s hot and he’s just been accepted into the prestigious dance school of his dreams. But David has been harboring a big secret. For two years he’s been sleeping with his sister’s husband, Jules (Daniel Brocklebank).

After an argument between the two lovers, David throws himself into a one-night stand with Sam (Craig Stein), a casual encounter which quickly becomes something much stronger. Unable to express his feelings to anyone, Jules is slowly driven mad by his secret desire for David, and finds himself growing more and more jealous of his newfound, public relationship.

When David’s sister, Jane (Suzanne Collins), insists he brings his new boyfriend over for dinner, Jules snaps, revealing a secret which none of them can ignore.

The feature-length directorial debut of accomplished actor Leon Lopez, who has gone on to helm a wide variety of British TV shows, Soft Lad is critically-acclaimed drama which examined lust, jealousy, repression and all of their consequences in contemporary Liverpool.

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

The Dekkoo Digest 029 – 11/18/22

The Dekkoo Digest is back with three new releases this week (of course!). Check out what Ross has to say about the Dekkoo-original series ‘Adam In Fragments’. It’s available to stream now exclusively on Dekkoo!

Now Available: Ekaj

From first-time filmmaker Cati Gonzalez, Ekaj is a gritty indie film that delves deep into the triumphs and torments of a gay teenage street hustler with an unflinching authenticity.

Ekaj, played by Jake Mestre, is a confused young teen living on the streets of New York City – trying to find his place personally, socially and sexually. His life begins to change when he meets Mecca, played by New York City-based artist Badd Idea.

A cynical hustler who is dying of AIDS, the older Mecca takes Ekaj under his wing. Ekaj starts taking on sex work, hoping to become the lover of a rich man and be taken care of for life. When he starts up a romance with an abusive painter named Johnny, his day-to-day existence goes from bad to worse.

Having earned acclaim at over 35 film festivals around the globe, Ekaj examines the turbulent lives of LGBTQ youth, specifically those who have been kicked out of their own homes. The film articulately depicts what it means to be gender-queer and struggling in the fast-paced landscape of New York.

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

Now Available: Isaac

The debut film from veteran Spanish producers Angeles Hernandez and David Matamoros, Isaac stars Pepe Ocio and Ivan Sanchez as Nacho and Denis, two former childhood friends who meet again years after having had an intense relationship as teenagers.

Both men’s lives are now quite different. Nacho and his wife Marta seem to be the perfect bourgeois married couple, but they’re struggling to get pregnant. Denis and his wife Carmen lead a more laid-back lifestyle, living from hand to mouth as they try to save up enough money to open up the restaurant of their dreams.

When Denis offers his partner as a surrogate for Nacho and Marta, the two couples find themselves having to deal with deep secrets the two men buried long ago.

Based on an acclaimed Spanish stage play by Antonio Hernández, Isaac is an emotional and poignant drama about class, happiness, repressed desires and learning to be your true, authentic self.

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

Robin Lord Taylor and Tommy Beardmore star in the dramatic short film Skeletons

From award-winning writer, director and actor Adam DeCarlo, Skeletons is a dramatic and deeply emotional new 18-minute short.

Set on one rainy night, the film concerns a man who must confront the pain and trauma of a past relationship when a former lover unexpectedly arrives on his doorstep.

Packed with mood and atmosphere, the film also features bristling performances from the two lead actors, who may be familiar to some viewers. Tommy Beardmore has popped up recently on shows like Chicago PD, Shameless and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel while Robin Lord Taylor will be instantly recognizable to Batman fans from his long stint playing The Penguin on the beloved series Gotham.

Expertly acted and directed, Skeletons offers up an emotionally charged meditation on grief and asks whether or not we should be willing to forgive those who have hurt us.

Watch a short trailer for Skeletons below. The film is now available on Dekkoo.

Short Film Spotlight: Floating

In expertly-made new short film Floating, a Russian astronaut awakens alone on board a space station module after an unfortunate crash. Space debris has left the module severely damaged and any communication with the outside world appears to be severed.

As the astronaut tries to reconnect to the base, strange noises turn his attention to the outside. There are knocks coming from outside the ship. They get closer and closer until a strange character emerges. He’s come to welcome the astronaut with a pie.

Puzzled, scared and believing everything to be a hallucination, the astronaut tries to focus on his communication efforts… but the mysterious man decides to open the door and let himself in.

From director Frankie De Leonardis, Floating, also known as Flotando, shows what a skilled filmmaker can do on a limited budget. Ultimately telling an allegorical story about self-realization and acceptance, this clever sci-fi short packs a surreal comic punch.

Watch a short – and very tense – trailer for Floating below. The full short film is now available on Dekkoo.