New This Week – 12/4/20

A lucrative win at the races for newlyweds Kevin and Jay turns into a perilous car ride home when Jay claims ownership of the prize and has a very different idea of how to spend the cash to Kevin. Dekkoo Films presents the original short film, ‘Jackplot.’

In Manhattan, film-maker Erik bonds with closeted lawyer Paul after a fling. As their relationship becomes one fueled by highs, lows, and dysfunctional patterns, Erik struggles to negotiate his own boundaries while being true to himself. ‘Keep the Lights On’ is available to stream now on Dekkoo!

United States, the 50s. Amongst stuffed poodles, whiskey-infused teas, sinful mambo lessons, and threats of alien invasion, Mr(s). Fairytale spends her days locked in her dream home and without a moment to breathe. A surreal world where anyone can finally be who they want to be, but behind which hides another upsetting reality. Stream ‘Fairytale’ now on Dekkoo!

Carl, struggling to come to terms with his sexuality, meets James for a one night stand. ‘Your Heart is Homeless’ is streaming now on Dekkoo!

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Coming next week: A confidently out German-born Iranian falls for an Iranian immigrant in a refugee center in Faraz Shariat’s vibrant, lively, lovely debut. – Variety

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!

Now Available: Dry Wind

Sandro (Leandro Faria Lelo) is shy, hirsute and incredibly horny middle-aged factory worker living in a dusty town in central Brazil. By day, he keeps his head down just enough not to be spotted eyeing the ample flesh on display at his local pool. But after a few glances shared with the younger and sexier Ricardo (Allan Jacinto Santana), an undeniable connection has been sparked.

A few chance encounters in the woodlands, and a memorably explicit moment at a county fair, visionary writer-director Daniel Nolasco’s sumptuous new drama Dry Wind takes us on an erotic trip – sometimes real, sometimes imagined – out of the mundane parts of Sandro’s life.

But just as things start to make sense for Sandro and Ricardo as a pair, in walks Maicon (Rafael Teóphilo), a man who seems like he literally stepped out a Tom of Finland sketch. He soon upends everything, forcing a love triangle that threatens Sandro’s careful discreet lifestyle.

A stylish and explicit follow-up to his wildly provocative pseudo-documentary Mr. Leather, Dry Wind proves that Daniel Nolasco is a filmmaker worth keeping an eye on and sets a new standard for original queer erotic cinema in the process.

Watch the trailer for Dry Wind below. The film is now streaming exclusively on Dekkoo.

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!

Now Available: Are We Lost Forever

Hampus and Adrian’s on-again off-again relationship gets the final nail in the coffin one morning when Hampus finally works up the courage to reveal his love has fizzled out for good.

Since they were in a long term relationship thought to last forever, so becomes the long process of their breakup. The walls where pictures of them together once hung become increasingly bare, the pillow that once steadily carried the scent of Hampus begins to weaken, and old videos of a romantic holiday now seem a fleeting dream.

As the story unfolds the two are both pushed further apart but fate seems to continue to find ways of bringing the men together. Although they are broken up, lingering are the feelings of longing and loss.

Featuring terrific lead performances from Swedish actors Jonathan Andersson and Björn Elgerd, the new break-up drama Are We Lost Forever marks the feature-length debut of award-winning short film director David Färdmar.

Watch the trailer for Are We Lost Forever below. The film is available now on Dekkoo.

Don’t miss the acclaimed, decades-spanning French miniseries Proud

In 1981, it was still illegal to be gay in France. Today, same-sex marriage is recognized and has paved the way for legalizing the adoption of children by LGBTQ families.

With stories set in 1981, 1999 and 2013, the epic, critically-acclaimed three-part French miniseries Proud tells the story of Charles (Frédéric Pierrot), Victor (Samuel Theis) and Diego (Julien Lopez), three generations of people from the same family who represent the seismic social changes that took place in just three decades.

Created by Philippe Faucon, the award-winning director of Fatima (the 2016 Cesar winner for Best Film), this episodic cinematic event is a chronology of tolerance and a portrait of one family through changing times.

Watch the trailer for Proud below. All three episodes are available now on Dekkoo.

Short Film Spotlight: My Loneliness is Killing Me

Proudly colorful femme Elliott (Luke Elliott) always appears to be the life of the party. But behind the make-up, he struggles in his search for sexual intimacy. When he manages to lure the animalistic Jack (Jamie Robson) back to his apartment for a late-night hook-up, he unexpectedly unearths a dark emotional connection.

Touching on the hot topics of hook-up culture and toxic masculinity, My Loneliness is Killing Me explores loneliness and division among gay and queer communities against a cold, neon metropolis.

Written by Michael Lee Richardson and directed by Tim Courtney, both Glasgow natives, My Loneliness is Killing Me is a dark, 17-minute short film that should connect with anyone afraid of living or dying without intimacy.

“What drew me to the project were the characters and the story’s commentary on modern issues,” said director Courtney.

“We have a character in Jack, who is openly gay, married and so ‘masculine’ he is almost homophobic. He’s a walking contradiction, a byproduct of toxic masculinity. He is someone who has married out of status and social obligation, and not necessarily for love. Elliott, on the other hand, is the polar opposite. Someone who embraces his ‘Queer’ identity. However, he is a victim to the new breed of homosexual men like Jack. Someone who feels left behind by his community in a world where being feminine is deemed ugly and unworthy.”

“Both men appeal to my obsession for complex characters who are dealing with their own differing experiences of loneliness, in their own conflicting ways.”

Watch a short trailer for My Loneliness is Killing Me below. The film is now available on Dekkoo.

And Then We Danced is one of the year’s most powerful films

A passionate tale of love and liberation set amidst the conservative confines of modern Georgian society, And Then We Danced follows Merab (Levan Gelbakhiani), a devoted dancer who has been training for years with his partner Mary (Ana Javakishvili) for a spot in the National Georgian Ensemble.

The arrival of another male dancer, Irakli (Bachi Valishvili) – gifted with perfect form and equipped with a rebellious streak – throws Merab off balance, sparking both an intense rivalry and romantic desire that may cause him to risk his future in dance as well as his relationships with Mary and his family.

Met with great hostility locally when it debuted in Georgian theaters, And Then We Danced is a bold, unforgettable romance featuring truly stunning dance sequences. The film was in the middle of its theatrical run in the United States earlier this year when national theaters began closing as a response to COVID-19. We’re happy audiences will have a chance to catch up with it now. It’s easily one of 2020’s most powerful films.

Watch the trailer for And Then We Danced 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.

Two men embark on a revelatory road trip in Drive Me Home

When Antonio (Vinicio Marchioni) and Agostino (Marco D’Amore) were growing up together in a small town in Sicily, they each dreamt of living completely different lives… somewhere else. Now thirty-year-olds, their initial dreams have somewhat come true. They both live abroad, but they lost touch many years ago.

When Antonio discovers that the house he grew up in, which had been empty for a long time, is about to be sold at auction, he decides to start revisiting some of his past and reconnects with his childhood friend in the process. When Antonio and Agostino come back together, they find that their lives have changed a lot. Soon, during a road trip through Europe to reclaim the childhood property in question, old conflicts and new revelations rise to the surface, bringing them close together once again.

From writer-director Simone Catania and co-writer Fabio Natale, Drive Me Home tells a generational story about finding a place called home… wherever you are. It’s also a refreshing story about straight-gay male friendship not often seen.

Watch the trailer for Drive Me Home below. The film is now available on Dekkoo.