New This Week – 10/11/19

Kohei, a family man and former competitive swimming, finds his life turned upside down when his wife asks for a divorce. Soon after, he has a fateful encounter with Yutaka, an attractive younger animator who is making ends meet as an online chat boy. As the two fall deeper into a passionate affair, they find their newfound feelings and the circumstances of their personal lives creating a series of major emotional ups and downs. ‘Athlete’ is available to screen now, exclusively on Dekkoo!

Finding it hard to cope with the loss of his fiancé, Donovan turns to his best friend, Adam, to implement a crazy plan to get him back. ‘Romance Is Dead’ is available to watch now on Dekkoo!

Three twenty-something couples (gay, lesbian and straight) travel to an upstate New York beach house to enjoy the last days of summer, but what was meant to be a fun, carefree retreat transforms into an intimate exploration of sex and commitment. Watch ‘That’s Not Us’ now on Dekkoo!

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Coming next week: The Blonde One.

New This Week – 10/4/19

When Ariel, a teen living on a remote farm in Buenos Aires, enters into a relationship with one of the male workers on his father’s property, he must also end the long-term affair he’s been having with Omar, an abusive priest. Unafraid to explore taboo topics, this provocative new drama from writer-director Jose Celestino Campusano is defiantly unsentimental. Watch ‘Men of Hard Skin’ exclusively on Dekkoo!

Two young men – one gay and one straight – find themselves forming a deep personal connection. Soon, they embark on a road trip together which will alter the course of their lives. Tender and touching, colorful and sexy, ‘Tale of the Lost Boys’ is a coming-of-age drama about opening your heart, facing your fears and making new friends.

A young man, alone in his room, is visited by a mysterious voice, who forces him to reveal the murder he committed. Watch the very creepy ‘Insomnia’ on Dekkoo!

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Coming next week: Three couples staying in a beach house explore what it takes to sustain a healthy relationship and make love in this generation.

Now Available: The Blue Hour

“The Blue Hour” can mean the time between day and night, a realm between dream and reality, or a point between good and evil. Based on a true story, The Blue Hour from director Anucha Boonyawatana is all about the relationship between a boy, who is pressured by his family, and a mysterious young man who will lead him into horrifying situations.

Attapun Poonsawad and Oabnithi Wiwattanawarang in The Blue Hour

A sexy supernatural love story about a bullied loner, Tam (Attapun Poonsawad), who finds solace in the arms of Phum (Oabnithi Wiwattanawarang), a boy he meets at a haunted swimming pool. Phum reveals that his family’s land has been stolen and the new found lovers imagine a perfect life together on the disputed land. Haunted by a ghostly presence, Tam struggles to stay connected to reality.

An official selection of the Berlin International Film Festival, The Blue Hour is a dark atmospheric tale of love and distress.

Attapun Poonsawad and Oabnithi Wiwattanawarang in The Blue Hour

Born in Nakhon Phanom, a North-Eastern Province of Thailand, in 1981, Anucha Boonyawatana is a Thai independent film director and also founder of G-Motif Production, one of the largest video production company in Thailand. His thesis film “Down the River”, combination of Buddhist philosophy and Thai art and a love story of a gay couple, won Young Thai Artist Award and has been shown at several film festivals. He collaborated with TUC, Thai-American Public Health Agency (under the US government) and UNESCO to direct the online movie “Love Audition1, 2” aim to promote health and relationships among Thai gay teenagers. In 2012, his short film “Erotic Fragments No.1, 2, 3” was screened in competition at Berlinale Shorts of the 62th Berlin International Film Festival. The Blue Hour is his first feature film.

Attapun Poonsawad and Oabnithi Wiwattanawarang in The Blue Hour

Check out the trailer for The Blue Hour below. The film is now available on Dekkoo.

Short Film Spotlight: Fish Tank

Born and raised in the suburbs outside of Boston, Neal Mulani is a rising writer-director with a proclivity for autobiographical narratives about the queer experience. Raised by a father from Mumbai and a mother from Boston, Neal spent his childhood at the crossroad of two cultures and turned to film to articulate the complexity of his experiences.

Neal’s introduction to storytelling, however, began at an early age with theater, instilling in him a fundamental appreciation for character, story and improvisation. Often characterized by genre experimentation and self-insertion, his work explores themes of shame, self-perception, masculinity and parenthood as they relate to the queer experience.

Tristan McIntyre in Fish Tank

His first short film, the six-minute-long Fish Tank, is a dark, tension-filled study of desire and apprehension and marks the arrival of a deeply skilled filmmaker, especially when it comes to creating tension.

Starring Marcus DeAnda, the 2013 Outfest Jury Prize Winner for Best Actor for his performance in Pit StopFish Tank follows a college student (played by Tristan McIntyre) who goes to his first hook-up with an enigmatic older man. Once there, however, strange things begin to happen. He must decide if his anxieties point to a darker truth about his host for the night. Is his new date a fetishist… or something more sinister? Also, are they really alone in the house? Sexy and scary in equal measure, this short packs an enigmatic punch and leaves it up to the audience to decide what’s really going on.

Original Poster Artwork for Fish Tank

Fish Tank is now available on Dekkoo.

 

 

New This Week – 7/12/19

Two men encounter each other on a dangerous gay cruising park trail, and quickly find themselves caught up in a deadly game of cat and mouse. ‘Devil’s Path’ is streaming now on Dekkoo!

New from Dekkoo Films! When a college student goes to his first hook-up with a mysterious older man, he must determine if his anxieties point to a darker truth about his host for the night. ‘Fish Tank’ is available to stream now on Dekkoo!

‘William, the New Judo Master’ portrays the universe of an eternal being that exists within a life cycle filled with disappointments and hopelessness. It’s the chronicle about the search for love and the fight against oblivion. Stream ‘William, The New Judo Master’ now on Dekkoo!

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Coming next week: A romantic comedy about the intersection of imagination and anxiety, and the courage to reach for love.

New This Week – 6/20/19

A masked madman stalks a gay porn set in 1979 Paris while its producer Anne, (French pop star Vanessa Paradis) tries to win back her editor and lover Lois by shooting her most ambitious film yet with her trusted, flaming sidekick Archibald. Shot in 35mm and featuring a killer retro score from M83, KNIFE+HEART is an ultra-stylish and blood-soaked ode to ’70s-era De Palma, Argento, and Friedkin. Watch ‘KNIFE+HEART’ now on Dekkoo!

Pour yourself a milkshake and experience the magic, music, and mirth of the all-time favorite camp-tastic classic: ‘Can’t Stop the Music!’ This (highly fictionalized) story depicting the creation of disco icons The Village People provides the framework for an outrageous musical extravaganza as only producer Allan Carr (Grease, Grease 2) could deliver. Stream ‘Can’t Stop the Music’ now on Dekkoo!

A chance meeting changing attitudes and lives. With a hint of Woody Allen in style and feel. A simple story of 2 strangers brought together by a dog. It delves into the ideas of solitude and loneliness and how a simple human act of kindness can instill hope. ‘The Definition of Lonely’ is available now on Dekkoo!

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Coming next week: The second season of ‘Woke’!

Cinema Spotlight: Rift

Paying homage to classic art-house horror films like Robert Wise’s The Haunting and Nicolas Roeg’s Don’t Look Now, Rift is an enticing, well-acted and expertly-directed mystery-thriller from Iceland that will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.

Bjorn Stefansson and Sigurdur Thor Oskarsson in Rift

Gunnar (Bjorn Stefansson) receives a strange phone call from his ex-boyfriend, Einar (Sigurdur Thor Oskarsson), months after they parted ways. Einar sounds distraught, like he’s about to do something terrible to himself, so Gunnar drives to the secluded cabin where Einar is holed up and soon discovers there is more going on than he imagined.

Sigurdur Thor Oskarsson in Rift

As the two former lovers come to terms with their broken relationship, some other person, a mysterious figure in red, seems to be lurking outside the cabin, wanting to get inside. Is this a fantasy… or a real intruder?

Bjorn Stefansson and Sigurdur Thor Oskarsson in Rift

Eerie and stylishly crafted by director Erlinger Thoroddsen (Child Eater), Rift is a horror-tinged examination of trauma and the psychic scars it leaves behind. The film proved a big hit at film fests – not just LGBT festivals, but general horror film festivals as well, where it earned rave reviews.

Bjorn Stefansson in Rift

Watch the trailer for Rift below. The film is streaming now on Dekkoo.