Short Film Spotlight: Good Night
When Aram (Yianni Katsifas), a young Armenian man who only recently came out of the closet, goes out on a first date with the much more confident and experienced Jason (Robert Walker Jeffery), he must decide how far he’s willing to go in order to make sure they both have a good time.
When they go back to Aram’s place, his nervousness and uncertainty about what he wants leads to some majorly awkward – and boldly sexually-explicit – tension in bed. Taking place almost in real time, Good Night is a deeply unabashed 10-minute short about a sexual encounter that never quite gels.
Gorgeously shot in crisp black and white and featuring committed performances from lead actors Katsifas and Jeffrey, the film captures how uncomfortable it can be to hook up with someone when you’re not totally on the same page – especially when the whole experience is new to you.
Good Night is now available on Dekkoo.
Now Available: French director André Téchiné’s acclaimed coming-of-age drama ‘Being 17’
From André Téchiné, the renowned writer-director behind the queer classic Wild Reeds, comes Being 17, a moving exploration of unexpected adolescent love.
Damien and Thomas (Kacey Mottet Klein and Corentin Fila) are teens from very different backgrounds who go to the same school… and are constantly fighting. Damien is the gawky son of a doctor and a military pilot stationed abroad. He can’t seem to stop staring at Thomas, the handsome bi-racial son of local farmers who reacts with hostility to Damien’s longing.
Damien’s mother Marianne (Sandrine Kiberlain) is treating Thomas’s ailing mother at the farm, a snowy two-hour ride outside of town. When she needs to be admitted to the hospital, Marianne quite naturally offers to take Thomas into their home for a temporary stay. Forced to live together under one roof, the two boys must work through their hostility, emerging attraction and complicated desires.
Co-written by Celine Sciamma, the award-winning filmmaker behind Tomboy, Petite Maman and Portrait of a Lady on Fire, Being 17 is a critically-acclaimed coming-of-age gem that accurately captures both youthful friction and attraction.
Watch the trailer for Being 17 below. The film is now available on Dekkoo.
Get ready to dive into LGBTQ+ history with the upcoming Dekkoo-original series Historical Homos!
A brand-new Dekkoo-original video podcast series from Executive Producer Zachary Quinto, Historical Homos is a no-fucks-given guide to LGBTQ+ history! Hosts Donal Brophy and Sebastian Hendra are proud to introduce you to some of the gayest stories never told.
Buckle up for one of the most infamous-and lesser-known-gay couples in Greek mythology: Zeus and Ganymede, originators of the divine Daddy-Twink dichotomy. In Episode 1 of Historical Homos, we’ll discover what these myths tell us about ancient Greek homosexuality and how they provided much-needed PR for the complex reality between mortal sheets.
Episode Two tells the unbelievably wild and weird life story of the Chevalier d’Éon, transgender spy, soldier and sleuth of the Enlightenment. Assigned male at birth, Charles eventually transitioned to become Charlotte, before discovering the humiliating constraints of life as an 18th century woman.
William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe were both brilliant dramatists… and maybe bisexual? In Episode Three, we unpack the rumors, the hearsay and the straight-up gay poems that suggest these titans of English literature were also ridiculously good-looking… and gay.
Finally, Episode 4 offers up a review of the life and loves of Virginia Woolf. We dive deep into her affair with Vita Sackville-West, leading London lesbian of her day, and relive the parties thrown by the Bloomsbury Set, a group of young Modernists who continued the British tradition of plumbing the nation’s bottomless depths of homosexuality. (Or should we say bottom-full?)
The first episode of Historical Homos drops on June 9th with new episodes coming each week throughout the month of June!
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Now Available: Dekkoo’s Seductive Shorts Collection
Dekkoo has a wealth of short films on offer from all around the globe – inventive and inspiring works of queer cinematic expression you won’t find anywhere else!
With such a vast library, it can be hard to know where to dive in. We’re sending you straight into the deep end with this collection of our most Seductive Shorts!
Youthful regrets, raunchy online encounters and the intersection between queerness and age are explored in the experimental shorts camchat and As I Sat in My Car. Sparks fly as men come together for a little romance in Rubber Dolphin, Foreign Lovers and Is This a Date. Steamy relationships from the past haunt the present in both Just Me and Let’s Meet Again at the End of the World.
Max follows a recent divorcee who hires a male escort. Open Relationship sees a couple considering exactly what the title suggests. Plum follows a fleeting encounter between two hot young men with opposing views on love. And finally His Hands and Fish Tank both explore strange hook-ups that have the potential to turn dangerous… or dangerously sexy.
Catch up on all the steamy action with our Seductive Shorts collection – available now on Dekkoo!
Don’t miss the deliciously sexy new Dekkoo-original series ‘We Will Never Die’
Sascha Weingarten stars in the brand-new Dekkoo-original series We Will Never Die as Philipp, a seductive, but dangerous criminal from Germany who catches the eye of an Italian tourist named Luca (Jacopo Garfagnoli) while vacationing on the Greek island of Rhodes.
What begins as an innocent encounter between the two ends up taking a sinister turn when Luca witnesses an illicit drug deal. A deadly game of cat and mouse is soon set in motion – continuing in Germany where more men are unexpectedly pulled into harm’s way.
A deliciously twisted new offering from the mind of prolific filmmaker Tor Iben (the German director behind films like The Visitor, Orpheus’ Song, The Passenger and The Year I Lost My Mind), We Will Never Die is a sexually-charged international gay action-thriller that will keep you guessing until the bitter end.
Watch the trailer for We Will Never Die below. The full five-episode first season is available now on Dekkoo.
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Happy one year anniversary to the Dekkoo Digest!
Short Film Spotlight: Nanoblood
From writer Nick Roth and director Lindsay Haun, Nanoblood is a short film that tosses comedy, neo-noir, horror and sci-fi all into the blender at once, telling the story of three young lovers and the bots that tear them apart.
Not for the squeamish (expect lots of blood and some thrillingly Cronenberg-influenced body horror), this 38-minute film follows Gary (Anthony Rutowicz), a painter recently out of a day job, and his wife Lisa (Amanda Fuller), a graduate student in nanobiology.
Lisa’s funding is contingent on her participation in an experimental trial to replace her blood cells with microscopic, artificially intelligent robots. When the pair decide to make some extra cash by renting Gary’s painting studio out to Toby (Gabriel Miller), a mysterious visiting scholar also participating in Lisa’s clinical trial, their bodies begin to change in unexpected ways… and sexual desire begins to emerge in unexpected places.
Ambitious, provocative, sexually-frank and surprisingly timely, Nanoblood tells a large, inventive sci-fi story on an intimate scale.
Watch the trailer for Nanoblood below. The full short film is available now on Dekkoo.
Short Film Spotlight: Our Way Back
An intense 26-minute thriller from Israeli director Moshe Rosenthal, Our Way Back follows two secret lovers who find themselves in a life-or-death situation.
Lior Ashkenazi stars as Uri, a 50-year-old family man in a secret romantic relationship with the much-younger Oded, played by Shachar Netz.
Telling his wife that he’s going away for a business conference, Uri whisks Oded away to the desert, where the two can express their love for one another freely, away from the prying eyes of their small, close-knit community.
When Oded suffers a serious accident, it puts not only their affair, but his very life in jeopardy. Now Uri is faced with a major decision. He can call for help and risk being exposed, or let go of the man he loves in the most heartless way possible.
Our Way Back is now available on Dekkoo.