Cinema Spotlight: Cupcakes

From Eytan Fox the director of Yossi, comes this extravagant and unashamedly
entertaining Eurovision parody featuring a feel-good soundtrack provided by Babydaddy
from the Scissor Sisters.

Set in contemporary Tel Aviv, Cupcakes follows six diverse best friends who gather to
watch the wildly popular UniverSong competition. Appalled by the Israeli entry, they
decide to create their own and record it on a mobile phone. Unbeknownst to them, their
performance is seen by the UniverSong judges and selected as Israel’s entry for next
year’s competition.

With bright, Almodóvar-esque styling, irresistibly catchy tunes and a
gloriously uplifting storyline, this laugh-out-loud comedy is a refreshing ode to music,
friendship and romance.

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

Short Film Spotlight: Battle Cry

Kyle Reaume is an award winning Toronto-based director, writer, actor and editor. Graduating from Toronto Film School in 2015, his student short film The Lazarus Files took home Best Picture, Best Producer, Best Editor and Best Production Design awards. His collective shorts have screened in over sixty film festivals worldwide.

In 2016, Kyle won the inaugural Inside Out BravoFact Pitch Competition, receiving a $50,000 grant to produce his short, What About Shelley, which screened at festivals worldwide, including Canada, the US, Germany, China, and Iceland. His short film Vertical Lines won Best Men’s Short at 2018 Wicked Queer Boston, and Best Screenplay at the 2019 Future of Film Showcase. Currently, he is developing his first feature film.

Kyle’s latest short film, Battle Cry, is now available on Dekkoo. At the oldest-running queer theatre in the world, Toronto’s most cerebral drag queen and “tragicomedienne” Pearle Harbour prepares to take the stage for her new show “Battle Cry: Songs Of Warfare & Gaiety”.

Watch a short clip from Battle Cry below. The film is now available on Dekkoo.

 

New This Week – 2/21/20

This charming romantic comedy follows two men, Paul and Gavin, who meet over of the holidays while planning the “perfect wedding” for Paul’s sister. Watch ‘The Perfect Wedding’ now streaming on Dekkoo!

In this one man play, producer, playwrite and actor Del Shores plays six distinct characters he has created based on people in his life. They are all Southern caricatures but more complicated than they may at first seem. Stream ‘Six Characters in Search of a Play’ now on Dekkoo!

Female prejudices towards men are explored in this humorous short about a young woman has two unexpected meetings in the Jardin de Luxembourg. ‘No Comment’ is now available to stream on Dekkoo!

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Coming next week: A funny, bittersweet animated romantic comedy from Sweden.

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.

 

New This Week – 9/27/19

Ramin is a young gay man in his 30s who fled the repression in Iran and arrived to Veracruz after traveling clandestinely on a boat from Turkey. While coping with the distance that he has taken with his loved-ones, he begins to discover a freer life here, far from Iran. Watch ‘Fireflies’ exclusively on Dekkoo!

The critically acclaimed ‘Mala Mala’ explores the intimate moments, performances, friendships and activism of trans identifying people, drag queens and others who defy typical gender identities in Puerto Rico. ‘Mala Mala’ is available now on Dekkoo!

Randy has a huge crush on hunky co-worker Jack, but Ray can’t figure out if Jack is gay – until Jack discovers a GAYDAR gun that could change everything. Watch ‘Gaydar’ now on Dekkoo!

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Coming next week: ANOTHER brand new gay film arrives exclusively on Dekkoo!

Short Film Spotlight: Walk for Me

Set in present day New York City, the new twelve-minute short film Walk for Me is a contemporary coming out story that packs an emotional punch.

A conflicted teenager (newcomer Aaliyah King) is torn between their devotion to their mother and their desire to be their authentic self.

When their mother (“The Chi” and “The Get Down” star Yolanda Ross) finds women’s underwear and a flyer to a Gay Ball in their bedroom, she decides to track down her child and confront them. Arriving at the ball, the mother is shocked to find that her child has been taken under the wing of an adoptive Ball mother, Paris Continental (Brenda Holder), and assumed the identity of Hanna.

The mother is confronted by a choice: deny her child or accept her for who she really is.

Winner of the 2017 Mexico International Film Festival Gold Palm Award, Walk for Me has earned stellar reviews. Emilie Friedlander of Thump said “Walk For Me isn’t just a ballroom story. It’s also a story about motherhood, and the complexities of family life for queer teens like Hanna. Through a delicate choreography of loaded glances and small hand gestures, it captures Hanna’s struggle for acceptance from her biological mother, as well as her discovery of a second support system.”

In Shadow and Act, writer Aramide A. Tinubu said “Director Elegance Bratton highlights one of the most pivotal moments in a young trans person’s life… It is the exact instant that will either lead to final rejection or acceptance from her mother.”

Walk for Me is now available on Dekkoo.

Pride Month Spotlight: Real Boy

Real Boy is the coming-of-age story of Bennett Wallace, a transgender teenager finding his voice – as a musician, a friend, a son, and a man.

Directed by Shaleece Haas, the film follows Bennett over the first three and a half years of his transition – as he grapples with issues of identity, sobriety, and connection to the people he loves. And the person he loves most is his mom, Suzy, who struggles to accept and understand his decision to transition.

As Suzy works to overcome her misgivings, Bennett finds support in the people who understand him best – his musical hero Joe Stevens, a celebrated transgender musician fighting his own demons; and his best friend Dylan, another trans teen on a similar path to young manhood.

At its heart, Real Boy is a story about growing up. It’s a story about the meaning of family, given and chosen. And it’s a story about how our search for identity isn’t just personal, but involves those closest to us.

One of our Pride Month selections, Real Boy is now available on Dekkoo. You can watch the trailer below.