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 – 11/27/20

A polyamorous male couple test the limits of a restrictive society when they become romantically entangled with a beautiful young woman. ‘The Taste of Betel Nut’ is now available to stream on Dekkoo!

A seemingly pious Hasidic man living a secret double life misplaces his black hat one night which will cause his two separate lives to collide in a way he never imagined. Watch ‘Black Hat’ now on Dekkoo!

John Curry transformed ice skating from a dated sport into an exalted art form. Coming out on the night of his 1976 Olympic win, he became the first openly gay Olympian in a time when homosexuality was not fully legal. Ferociously ambitious yet bent on self-destruction, Curry was an artist and an athlete whose body time and again – sometimes against his will – became a political battlefield. ‘The Ice King’ is available to stream now on Dekkoo!

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Coming next week – Dekkoo Films present a new original short film from the winner of our ‘Love & Distance’ short film competition!

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 This Week – 11/13/20

From visionary director Daniel Nolasco, ‘Dry Wind’ is an erotic fever dream centered around Sandro, a shy, middle-aged factory worker in a secret relationship with his younger co-worker Ricardo. When the mysterious and seductive Maicon arrives on the scene, a heated love triangle begins to develop, threatening to upend the secret life Sandro has strived to keep hidden. ‘Dry Wind’ is a available to stream now, exclusively on Dekkoo!

When a teenager with Down syndrome is abandoned by his mother, a gay couple take him in and become the loving family he’s never had. But when their living arrangement is discovered, the men are forced to fight a biased legal system to save the life of the child they have come to love as their own. ‘Any Day Now’ is now streaming on Dekkoo!

In a cold, lonely motel room, two boys who came out to their parents form a special, self-affirming bond. Watch ‘Blind Chance’ now on Dekkoo!

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Coming next week: A brand-new original short film from Dekkoo Films!

Politics get personal in the timely new drama Snowflake

The new queer political drama Snowflake tells a fictional story about the fear a nation faces when a dictatorial politician is suddenly thrust into the White House. Sound familiar?

After a shocking presidential election flings an anti-LGBTQ Christian warrior into the Vice Presidency, Ethan (JJ Bozeman) must grapple with his fear of the future and decide how many bridges he’s willing to burn, and how far he’s willing to go, to fight the future he fears.

“While I am overjoyed that the nation is finally beginning to grapple with the hard truths of systemic racism and police brutality, it is still shocking to me just how much we as a nation have numbed to the outrageous fraud and corruption of the Trump administration,” reflects Jack Tracy, the film’s writer director. “It has been normalized.  I hope when people watch Snowflake, the emotional spiral that I and so many other Americans felt in the days following Trump’s election will resurface and a new fire will be lit.”

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

New This Week – 10/23/20

In 1981, love was forbidden. In 1999, starting a family seemed impossible. By 2013, everything had changed. From Philippe Faucon, the award-winning director of Fatima, this amazing new three-part cinematic event takes us through each of these years. ‘Proud’ tells the stories of Charles, Victor and Diego, three generations of the same family who represent the seismic social changes that took place in just three decades. ‘Proud’ is available to watch now on Dekkoo!

One morning it is over. For Hampus it is a relief to break up from their destructive relationship, while Adrian is devastated. Will he be able to survive without the love of his life, or is there a way of somehow getting him back? ‘Are We Lost Forever’ is available exclusively on Dekkoo!

Friends Adam and Luke are the life of the party. When they decide that Luke should host a party at his house, what was meant to be a night of fun without responsibilities turns out to be a nightmare for Adam. Stream ’46’ now on Dekkoo!

After a shocking election puts a bigot into the Vice Presidency, Ethan must grapple with his fear of the future for the LGBT community and decide how far he’s willing to go to fight it. ‘Snowflake’ is streaming now on Dekkoo!

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Coming next week: The new Dekkoo-original series ‘Soul Mate’ debuts.

New This Week – 10/16/20

A passionate coming-of-age tale set amidst the conservative confines of modern Tbilisi, the film follows Merab, a competitive dancer who is thrown off balance by the arrival of Irakli, a fellow male dancer with a rebellious streak. ‘And Then We Danced’ is available to stream on Dekkoo!

When Elliott lures the animalistic Jack to his apartment for a late night hook up, he unexpectedly unearths a dark emotional connection. Stream ‘My Loneliness Is Killing Me’ now on Dekkoo!

‘Moments of Awakening’ follows Paolo as he makes peace with his past relationships with Sherwin and Sandino. It is also the story of a people whose lives are endangered by the fascist Duterte regime, and the events that lead to their awakening and empowerment. Watch ‘Moments of Awakening’ now on Dekkoo!

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Coming next week: “One of the most exciting series of the year.” – Cahiers du Cinema

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.

A thoughtful LGBTQI doc takes a look at what lies Between the Shades

The documentary Between the Shades seeks to put faces to the letters that make up LGBTQI and examine how those individual letters, and the groups they represent, have evolved and expanded since the Stonewall riots. All the while the film also takes a look at the immense power of labels and the transcendence of love.

Director Jill Salvino invited fifty people, each with a connection to the LGBTQI community, to begin a conversation by sharing their stories. Between the Shades features many voices, among them: Beth Malone (of Broadway’s “Fun Home”), actress Kathy Najimy and former Democratic National Committee Treasurer Andrew Tobias. No film can ever capture the immense diversity of the LGBTQI community, but this film puts in a lot of effort to try.

The New York Times said that the film “suggests that human sexuality is far more nuanced than labels or even a linear scale can capture… it’s a conversation that feels right for the times in which we live.”

Watch the trailer for Between the Shades 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.