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 – 9/4/20

Montreal is snowed under. While the downtown cranes dance their hypnotic ballet, two strangers meet randomly in an unfinished apartment. Their chance encounter leads to a violent attraction and a dependency beyond reason. ‘The Acrobat’ is available now, exclusively, on Dekkoo!

Dekkoo Films presents ‘Mani’.

Mani a 12-year-old boy is coming to terms with his burgeoning puberty and sexuality while navigating a series of male-dominated environments in contemporary Tehran. ‘Mani’ is available to watch now on Dekkoo!

Motty and Alon, a gay couple from Israel, are pursuing their dream of becoming parents. This feature-length documentary follows them on the journey – as they communicate with Krista, their American surrogate, and await the arrival of their biological twins. Along the way, the film raises questions about parenthood, religion, social norms and our technologically advanced world. Watch ‘Double Income, Kids’ on Dekkoo!

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Coming next week: A Brazilian transplant and his friends take to the streets of San Francisco to pursue an American fling. 

A loving couple fights for their right to marry in No Dress Code Required

From director Cristina Herrera Borquez, the powerful documentary No Dress Code Required tells a simple story about one Mexican couple’s desire to get married… and all of the roadblocks that stand in their way.

Victor and Fernando, a devoted, unassuming couple from Mexicali, Mexico, find themselves in the center of a legal firestorm over their desire to get married. Weighing all of their options, the pair opt to stay in their hometown of Mexicali and fight for their legal rights.

With the help of two committed attorneys, Victor and Fernando withstand a seemingly interminable series of bizarre hurdles and bureaucratic nitpicking with grace and dignity.

No Dress Code Required is a rallying cry for equality, a testament to the power of ordinary people to become agents of change, and above all, an unforgettable love story that touches the heart and stirs the conscience.

Watch the trailer for No Dress Code Required below. The film is now available on Dekkoo.

Now Available: 15 Years

Yoav (Oded Leopold), a successful architect, has everything he’s ever wanted: Dan (Udi Persi), his lover of fifteen years – a younger lawyer who adores him; and his best friend, Alma (Ruti Asarsai) – a successful artist, who is like a mother and a sister to him.

However, when Alma announces she is pregnant, it ignites Dan’s desire to become a father himself. But Dan’s parental urges have the opposite effect on Yoav, who is haunted by long buried demons.

Yoav’s tight grasp on his life begins to come apart, leading to self-destructive behavior that threatens to destroy his life with Dan, unravel his friendship with Alma, and cost him everything.

Sexy and thoughtful with great acting and gorgeous cinematography, 15 Years is a thought-provoking drama from writer-director Yuval Hadadi, making his feature-length debut.

Watch the trailer for 15 Years below. The film is now available on Dekkoo.

New This Week – 8/28/20

Director Ksenia Ratushnaya’s bold first feature, Outlaw shines a spotlight on modern LGBTQ life (and strife) in Russia. Highly controversial due to the country’s “gay propaganda law,” this provocative and visually dazzling new film tells two parallel love stories – one a love triangle between a gay teen, a popular girl and a violent jock; the other a romance between a general and a transgender dancer in the Soviet ’80s. ‘OUTLAW’ is available now exclusively on Dekkoo!

Bo, a religious and ultra-conservative teen goes on a cross-country delivery job with his estranged father. On the trip, Bo struggles with his parent’s recent divorce and discovering that his father is gay. ‘Long Haul’ is available now on Dekkoo.

In 2016 a small group of families with transgender kids joined the fight against a wave of discriminatory anti-transgender legislation that swept the nation and their home state. With the help of a coalition of civil rights activists and ally lawmakers, these families embarked on an uncharted journey of fighting for their children’s lives and futures in this present-day civil rights story. Stream ‘The Most Dangerous Year’ now on Dekkoo!

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Coming next week: Another brand new gay film arrives on Dekkoo exclusively! Months before it’s DVD release.

Game Face is an inspiring film about the coming out process of LGBTQ athletes

Day by day athletes are becoming more comfortable with their sexuality as sports associations begin to take proactive steps to accepting lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender players in their respective teams or clubs. Yet surprisingly, a lot of homophobia remains in the world of professional and collegiate sports—making it extremely difficult to come out before their careers end. Some are forced to stay closeted by their entourage while others have been kicked off their team; bullied into secrecy; struggle in their careers while battling with self-identity; and tragically some commit suicide.

Some people still feel uncomfortable about having LGBT athletes in sports, and this is the perfect opportunity to finally break all stereotypes. With the documentary Game Face, director Michiel Thomas sheds light on the masses by debunking the myths and misgivings of the LGBT community and athletes. The important details to remember are found in the fact that these are people who have a passion and love for their respective sport, everything else is irrelevant. This film tells different stories from various athletes in their sport, covering a wide spectrum of issues.

Featuring figures such as transgender mixed-martial-arts fighter Fallon Fox and basketball hopeful Terrence Clemens, Game Face offers up an inspiring film about the coming out process of professional and college athletes.

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

Now Available: Bridegroom

Released originally in 2013, the emotional documentary Bridegroom follows the journey of Shane Bitney Crone and Tom Bridegroom, two young men in a loving and committed relationship – a relationship that was cut tragically short by a misstep off the side of a roof.

The story of what happened after this accidental death, before marriage equality, tells of how people without the legal protections of marriage found themselves completely shut out and ostracized. The film is poignant, enraging and opened a window onto the issue of marriage equality like no speech or lecture ever could.

On May 7, 2012, the anniversary of Tom’s death, Shane made a video tribute to his greatest love entitled “It Could Happen To You.” This film, posted on YouTube, earned over 2.7 million hits and inspired over 50 thousand e-mails and comments on YouTube and Facebook. The impact of Shane’s original film, and the raw nerve it touched, told an important story that needed to be brought to the world stage.

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

New This Week – 8/21/20

Dekkoo Films presents, ‘THE LAWYER‘. Life drifts by for gay corporate lawyer Marius, his time spent teasing friends and chasing young lovers. One day, Marius’ estranged father dies. Mourning turns to love as the lawyer finds an unanticipated connection with a sex-cam worker Ali – a Syrian refugee stuck in Belgrade. ‘The Lawyer’ is available exclusively on Dekkoo!

In an underground parking garage in Iran, a car thief stumbles upon two discreet male lovers sharing a moment of intimacy. ‘Parking’ is available now, exclusively on Dekkoo!

A couple in love from Baja California Mexico are in the middle of the preparations for a huge wedding, the only problem is that their marriage is not legal, since they are both male. ‘No Dress Code Required’ is now streaming on Dekkoo!

Dream House tells a delayed-coming-of-age story about becoming one’s true self

In Dream House, the skillfully-made new 31-minute short from director Jeff Bemiss, flashbacks chronicle the life of the O’Brien family – starting in the 1960s when they reigned as an ideal neighborhood family, through to the 1990s… when things have taken a turn.

Elderly matriarch Ginnie (Carol Lambert) lives in seclusion with her gay son, Mark (Ryan Farley). It’s a bit of a Grey Gardens situation. While their idealized family home is falling apart, Mark finds himself trapped in limbo, waiting for his adult life to begin. Ginnie just can’t seem to let go of the past and Mark, a dutiful, caring son, can’t let go of her.

The pair are visited periodically by Mark’s younger brother Dickie (Sean Harris). Now in his thirties, Dickie is an extremely successful businessman who seems to have a model family of his own. There are, however, big cracks in the foundation of the life that he’s built. Like Mark and his mother, Dickie will have to revisit the past in order to move forward into his future.

Mark also finds himself increasingly torn between his dreamlike past and an uncertain future when Ginnie hires Ted (Lance A. Williams), an “on the cheap” handyman, to start fixing up the house. As Ted befriends Mark and the romantic chemistry between them becomes apparent, he starts seeing a new life for himself beyond what he ever considered possible.

Co-written by Kevin Commins and David Lally, based on Lally’s stage play of the same name, Dream House features a terrific ensemble cast comprised mostly of accomplished stage actors making their film debut. The story they come together to tell packs an emotional punch.

Watch an extended trailer for Dream House below. The film is now available on Dekkoo.

Now Available: Bitter Years

One of the founders of the Italian Homosexual Liberation Movement, created at the beginning of the 1970s, Mario Mieli was an activist, intellectual, writer, performer and a key figure on the Italian cultural scene.

Though he committed suicide at the age of thirty, he lived a busy and full life, leaving an impression on LGBTQ culture in Italy together with his friends like architect Corrado Levi, painter Piero Fassoni, singer Ivan Cattaneo, activist Angelo Pezzana, writer Fernanda Pivano and poet Milo De Angelis.

Starring Nicola Di Benedetto in the lead role, Bitter Years traces the ups and downs of Mieli’s short, but influential life. According to Andrea Adriatico, the film’s director, “He liked to provoke and to be an innovator but, today, his thought has been completely forgotten.”

“A son of the upper middle class and second to last of seven children, he spent an entire life having a complicated relationship with his parents, Water and Liderica, and the last years of his life were spent with his lover Umberto Pasti, in a very difficult and intense love story.”

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