Short Film Spotlight: The Distance Between Us and the Sky

The new short film The Distance Between Us and the Sky takes place during a dark night somewhere just outside of Athens as two strangers (played by Ioko Ioannis Kotidis and Nikos Zeginoglou) cross paths at an isolated gas station.

One of these gentlemen is just looking to refuel his motorcycle and be on his way. The other, however, is stranded and looking for some cash so that he can catch a bus back to the Greek capital.

After approaching the biker and asking for help, the man in need offers a series of unique propositions – which soon escalate fantastically. What began as a simple favor becomes a tense and ambiguously erotic power struggle. We, the audience, are never sure whether to be afraid or turned on.

Elegantly constructed and packed with mystery, The Distance Between Us and the Sky is a deceptively simple 9-minute short featuring just two characters and endless possibilities. The film won the Short Film Palme d’Or at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, with writer-director Vasilis Kekatos becoming the first Greek filmmaker to take home that particular prize. We can’t wait to see what he does next.

You can watch The Distance Between Us and the Sky now on Dekkoo.

Watch the trailer for the upcoming Dekkoo-Original Adam in Fragments

Conjuring Stanley Kubrick, David Lynch and Steven Soderbergh all at once, the trailer for the brand-new Dekkoo-Original Adam in Fragments delivers a small taste of the transgressive sights and sounds to come.

Inspired by crime thrillers of the ’70s, this provocative, gritty drama tells the story of one hustler’s odyssey.

After a prolonged disappearance, Adam (Beau Swartz) reluctantly returns to sex work. Following the urge to protect a young aspiring adult film star, Lucy (Keiva Bradley), from their terrorizing handler, Felix (Francisco Antonio), Adam’s actions trigger a series of events that send violent ripples through the Los Angeles underground sex-trade.

Featuring supporting performances from Jonathan Miller, Ryan Ruffing, Joe Garcia and Tara Emerson, Adam in Fragments is the newest film from Omar Salas Zamora, the filmmaker behind Here Comes Your Man and Nothing But Flowers. This time, he is co-directing along with his Here Comes Your Man lead actor Calvin Picou.

“Adam is a career sex worker,” said the directors. “It was interesting to us to look at Adam as someone who doesn’t view himself as a victim of circumstance, and instead takes pride in a skill he’s mastered. His drug use muddies thing for him, but it was important to us that his story should be one where the sex worker doesn’t necessarily want out because he genuinely doesn’t care. His careful anonymity to keep his professional lifestyle livable until the end was a big draw. His noble aspirations to be in control of his life and accountable for his decisions makes him unaware that he’s on a suicide mission.”

The filmmakers hope that audiences “find the humanity in difficult characters. It wasn’t interesting to try to make them heroes, villains or victims – they just needed to exist.”

You can watch the trailer for Adam in Fragments now on Dekkoo. The film will be available to Dekkoo subscribers in November.

What He Did is a chilling new true crime doc from Denmark

From Danish director Jonas Poher Rasmussen, What He Did is a chilling new true crime documentary about psychologist and author Jens Michael Schau.

Back in 1988, allegedly sparked by a fit of jealousy, Schau’s actions led to the death of Christian Kampmann, his boyfriend of thirteen years. At the time, Kampmann had been at the peak of a successful literary career. He had travelled to a small island, along with Schau, to write a continuation of a popular Danish television series. During their stay, something went terribly wrong. But what caused this mysterious death… and why?

Featuring intense and intimate new interviews with Schau, who has since served a full prison sentence for second-degree manslaughter, those questions are explored in What He Did. Schau digs deep, telling the story in his own words and recalling troublesome memories he had long ago tried to suppress – all while a local theater group begins staging a new production based on the shocking incident.

Watch the trailer for What He Did below. The film is available now on Dekkoo.

Short Film Spotlight: According to Mateo

Exploring a particularly dark side of desire, the new 20-minute short film According to Mateo offers up a moody exploration of the grey area between pleasure and pain.

Mateo and his boyfriend, Marc, arrive home after a night out with Luke, a guy they’ve just met. After an argument, Mateo leaves their apartment and bumps into a mysterious drug dealer named Jon. Mateo convinces Jon to take him to his house – where he discovers that he can’t feel anything that isn’t pain.

Edgy and sexually-explicit, the film was produced and co-directed by Osama Chami, a former production assistant who gained a wealth of movie-making experience working on the films of Pedro Almodovar.

According to Mateo marks Chami’s directorial debut, along with his filmmaking partner Enrique Gimeno Pedros. You can also find their follow-up short, Young Diego, on Dekkoo later this month.

Watch the trailer for According to Mateo below. The film is now available on Dekkoo.

Present Still Perfect follows up on a beloved Thai romance

In Present Perfect, his 2017 feature film debut, Thai director Aam Anusorn Soisa-Ngim drew from his own experiences to tell the story of Toey and Oat, a pair of young men who, despite the fact that they both have girlfriends, end up falling into a brief affair during a trip to a small Japanese town.

The film developed a dedicated fanbase in Japan, leading to a successful crowd-funding campaign for this new, highly anticipated sequel. Set four years after the events of the first film, Present Still Perfect reunites the two young lovers – this time on a tropical Thai island.

Oat is now a married man with a son, but Toey has never forgotten their brief romance and won’t give it up so easily.

Tender and heartfelt, the film offers an idealistic view of same-sex relationships in modern day Thailand.

You can catch up on the whole romantic saga right now at DekkooPresent Still Perfect is available now, along with the original film. Watch the trailer for Present Still Perfect below.

Short Film Spotlight: The Future

The new 10-minute short The Future concerns a promising first date that could easily turn into a dream come true… or a nightmare.

Newcomer Chun-Wei Peng stars as a hopeless romantic who decides to venture out to the club and meet up with a guy he’s been chatting with on a dating app. When he meets the man, played by Elliot Cable, in person, there is an instant attraction.

The two young bachelors end up making out on the dance floor and share a cigarette on the way home. Soon, however, they’re approached on the street by a mysterious psychic played by Grace Carmen-Davis, who offers the new couple a free reading of their future. And that’s when things start to get really tricky.

Stylishly crafted by first-time director Andy I-Chang Wang, this trippy British short captures the infectious process of becoming smitten with someone you just don’t know all that well yet – and projecting a future together that, sadly, may not come to pass.

Watch a short trailer for The Future below. The film is available now on Dekkoo.

Watch the full first season of the gay series Trending Yesterday

If you could go back in time and change one of your life’s biggest regrets, would you? Could you? More importantly, should you?

The binge-worthy new series Trending Yesterday explores that very question. This independently-produced show follows a close-knit group of gay men who have all been friends since the late 1980s. Though they came of age during a more turbulent time, the group built a strong sense of community and survived society’s ups-and-downs together.

The series begins in the present day, but takes an unexpected turn when, after a celebratory night, Eric, the show’s narrator, wakes up to discover that he has somehow been transported back to 1988. He then sets out on a mission to change the things he wasn’t able to the first time around.

Employing a dual timeline, this clever, critically-acclaimed series examines the many strides we have made over the past three decades as well as the challenges that still exist within the LGBTQ community.

All eight episodes of the first season of Trending Yesterday are now available on Dekkoo!

Short Film Spotlight: Wilma

Wilma tells the story of an unusual meeting between an estranged father and his precocious child.

Wilma is a young kid who goes to meet her dad for the very first time at the trailer park where he lives. What the dad doesn’t know, however, is that the son he once fathered now identifies as a girl and has changed her name.

A touching and funny 11-minute short film from Icelandic writer-director Haukur Bjorgvinsson, an accomplished artist who has worked mostly as a sound designer in commercials and music videos, Wilma earned massive acclaim at film festivals all around the world.

The film won the Special Jury Prize at the 2020 Flickerfest in Sydney, the Audience Award at the 2019 Luststeifen Film Festival and the Best Original Screenplay Award at the 2019 Face á Face Festival in France. It was also nominated for Best Short Film at the Icelandic Film and Television Awards. In fact, this short film has been so successful that Bjorgvinsson is currently working on a feature-length adaptation.

Wilma is available now on Dekkoo.

New episodes of Woke are available now on Dekkoo!

A new season of Woke has arrived!

The series, created by Sullivan Le Postec, centers around the abundant, colorful world and everyday lives of several engaging and passionate activists who run an LGBTQ+ center in France.

In this brand-new season, Thibaut saves a Chechen refugee from a nearly fatal trap, and in the process discovers a trial program for human rights protection which has provided shelter for numerous people in Europe. Meanwhile, Hicham returns to his tower-block neighborhood in Saint Étienne after a relative is killed in a fight with the police.

Both men are in a race against time. Thibaut has to discover the mole inside the European institutions in order to save the lives of those protected by the human rights program, while Hicham has to reveal the truth about his cousin’s death and fight a media cover-up which threatens the case.

Series stars Mehdi Meskar and Eric Pucheu return to their roles in what is easily the show’s grittiest and most intense season yet. If you haven’t caught up with all the action, fear not. The first two seasons of Woke are also available now on Dekkoo.

Short Film Spotlight: Malik

A hard-hitting 15-minute short film from French writer-director Nathan Carli, Malik concerns two men who are looking to make a better life for themselves, but find that escape is more difficult than either of them had hoped.

Malik and his boyfriend live in a low-income neighborhood that is less than accommodating to their lifestyle. The local homophobic attitudes have made their day-to-day lives unsafe.

They have formed a plan and attempt to flee the city, but Malik’s older brother Walid and his gang refuse to let them get away easily. What begins as an attempt to escape to greener pastures soon becomes a desperate run for their lives.

An intense drama, Malik has earned acclaim at film festivals and is now available to Dekkoo subscribers.