Three couples get more than they bargained for during a weekend away in That’s Not Us

Now available on Dekkoo, writer-director William Sullivan’s That’s Not Us is an intimate portrait of three twenty-something couples.

James and Spencer (Mark Berger and David Rysdahl), Alex and Jackie (Sarah Wharton and Nicole Pursell) and Liz and Dougie (Elizabeth Gray and Tommy Nelms) travel to a beach house to enjoy the last days of summer. But what should be a fun and carefree weekend becomes an exploration of what it takes to sustain a healthy relationship and make love last in what is now being called the “gayest generation.”

Through each of the three couples – one gay, one lesbian, and one straight – That’s Not Us explores sex and relationships with a fresh perspective, finding that while sexuality and gender may vary, the struggles to keep love alive do not.

Watch the trailer for That’s Not Us below.

 

 

Athlete is a sexy and emotional new gay drama from Japan

Kohei, a swimmer with a wife and child, is shocked when, one day, his wife asks him to sign divorce papers. Drowning his sorrows in alcohol, he finds himself venturing into Tokyo’s gay neighborhood, where a fateful meeting awaits with Yutaka, an alluring younger man.

Yutaka makes his living in adult entertainment, but his dream is to become an anime creator. Both men are in strange places in their lives and find themselves increasingly needing one another to get through to the next day.

Sexy and emotionally gripping, Japanese writer-director Oe Takamasa’s debut feature Athlete has been a hit at LGBTQ film festivals around the globe.

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

 

Now Available: Men of Hard Skin

Teenager Ariel (Will Javier) lives a seemingly quiet life with his father and sister on their picturesque farm in a rural part of Buenos Aires. However, unbeknownst to his family, Ariel has been abused for years by Omar (German Tarantino), his neighborhood priest.

Still from Men of Hard Skin

Having confused his mistreatment for romantic affection, Ariel takes it upon himself to free himself from their relationship and soon embarks on a secret affair with one of the male workers on his father’s property.

Still from Men of Hard Skin

Meanwhile, as Omar continues to succumb to his urges, he forms a friendship with a much older priest who finds himself wrestling with similar desires.

Still from Men of Hard Skin

Hard-hitting and defiantly unsentimental, the new Argentinian drama Men of Hard Skin is a richly textured exploration of sex, power and ecclesiastical abuse as well as a complex and often confrontational piece of work, posing many tough questions.

Still from Men of Hard Skin

Watch the trailer for Men of Hard Skin below. The film is now available on Dekkoo.

Now Available: Fireflies

Ramin (Arash Marandi), an Iranian refugee living in Mexico, is trying to come to terms with his past, one that has left permanent scars on his body and soul. As he strolls through the port of Veracruz – a place where transient souls collide in search of a better life – the haunting memories of his long-distance lover begin to fill his heart with a profound sense of loneliness and repentance.

Ramin’s friendship with Leti (Flor Eduarda Gurrola), the young woman who runs the small hotel where he stays and teaches him Spanish, and an attraction to ex-con Guillermo (Luis Alberti) help him find himself as a gay man in a new home.

Beautifully shot and strikingly naturalistic, writer-director Bani Khoshnoudi’s touching cross-cultural drama Fireflies won the top prize in the Ibero-American Competition at the Miami Film Festival. Watch the trailer below. The film is now available on Dekkoo.

Don’t Miss the Critically-Acclaimed Doc Mala Mala

Mala Mala, the critically acclaimed documentary from directors Antonio Santini and Dan Sickles, explores the intimate moments, performances, friendships and activism of trans identifying people, drag queens and others who defy typical gender identities in Puerto Rico.

Still from Mala Mala

The film features Ivana, an activist; Soraya, an older sex-change pioneer; Sandy, a prostitute looking to make a change; and Samantha and Paxx, both of whom struggle with the quality of medical resources available to assist in their transition.

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Hailed as “sensitive and thoughtful” by the New York Times  and winner of the audience award for documentary film at the Tribeca Film Festival, Mala Mala is a deeply involving piece of work which boldly affirms that the quest to find oneself can be both difficult and beautiful.

Still from Mala Mala

Watch the trailer for Mala Mala below. The film is currently available to stream on Dekkoo.

Gerontophilia shows that controversial director Bruce LaBruce is romantic at heart

“My films, no matter how extreme or pornographic, have always had an intense strain of romanticism running through them. Whether it’s the relationship between a hairdresser and a skinhead, or a hustler and a john, the attachments are emotional and romantic, even when there is a very specific and sometimes extreme and taboo fetish involved. So I’ve always played somewhat ironically with rom-com conventions.” – Bruce LaBruce

Pier-Gabriel Lajoie and Walter Borden in Gerontophilia

In this wry “reverse Lolita” tale, an eighteen-year-old named Lake (Pier-Gabriel Lajoie) discovers he has an unusual attraction for the elderly. Fate lands him a job at an assisted-living facility where he develops an intimate relationship with Mr. Peabody (Walter Borden).

Pier-Gabriel Lajoie and Walter Borden in Gerontophilia

Upon discovering that the clients are being over-medicated to make them more manageable, Lake weans Mr. Peabody off his medication and helps him escape, resulting in a road trip that deepens their bond.

Pier-Gabriel Lajoie and Walter Borden in Gerontophilia

Always-provocative, Bruce LaBruce – the artist behind films like No Skin Off My Ass (1991), Hustler White (1996), Skin Flick (2000), The Raspberry Reich (2004) and L.A. Zombie (2010) – has built a prolific career out of pushing buttons and subverting expectations. Gerontophilia ranks among his best. This is a delicately perverse romantic comedy that is both darkly humorous and emotionally heartfelt.

Pier-Gabriel Lajoie and Walter Borden in Gerontophilia

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

Now Available: Mr. Leather

In April of 2018, São Paulo played host to the second annual Brazilian Mr. Leather competition… and things got heated, to say the least.

Still from Mr. Leather

The new film Mr. Leather offers you a front-row seat – and takes you deep behind the scenes – as five individual contestants vie for full leather dominance. The winner will be crowned by Dom Barbudo, the first official Mr. Leather of Brazil. Along with victory comes a year-long commitment to promoting the leather community throughout the country, even in the face of increasingly conservative values and political unrest.

Still from Mr. Leather

Making his feature film debut, writer-director Daniel Nolasco follows all the action, creating gorgeous and intensely provocative compositions that celebrate the unique power of this thriving subculture.

Still from Mr. Leather

You check out the trailer for Mr. Leather below. The film is now available to stream on Dekkoo.