DEKKOO DISPATCH 003 – ‘CONCRETE NIGHT’

Title: Concrete Night

Director – Pirjo Honkasalo

Starring – Johannes Brotherus, Jari Virman, Anneli Karppinen, Juhan Ulfsak

Release Date – November 11, 2013

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Today we bring you ‘Concrete Night‘, Finland’s entry for the 87th Academy Awards. A moving, lyrical, and stunning film constructed by an award winning cinematographer turned director, the film focuses on young Simo as he struggles to find his way in an otherworldly Helsinki surrounded by the presence of both good and evil influences.

The film is without question one of the most beautifully lensed black and white films in the past five years. As we watch Simo playfully fight with his brother, skinny dip with his best friend, and become lost in an amusement park we’re constantly moved by an unyielding camera eye that doesn’t back down from the goal of piercing Simo’s outer layers.

Kyle Turner, in a critical essay on ‘Concrete Night‘, had this to say about its style, ‘Other queer films, or even films with latently queer films, generally shy away from bleakness, trading it in for melodrama or comedy (unless you go the genre route). But Pirjo Honkasalo paints a search for self as a Kafka-esque nightmare, the landscapes of Helsinki reminiscent of the chiaroscuro in Orson Welles’ ‘The Trial’ and David Lynch’s ‘Eraserhead’. The harsh contrast between dark and light creates jagged little edges on every object in every frame, transforming a falling feather in the air recalling the prologue from Lars von Trier’s ‘Antichrist’ not a symbol of solace or safety, but something more sinister and duplicitous.’

If your internet is fast enough make sure to choose 1080p to see ‘Concrete Night‘ in all of its intended glory!

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Watch it with: Yourself or a friend that appreciates a
critical discussion after a film.

Mix it with: Cappuccino

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Turning 40 and still turning tricks?

Ryan Crosby, aka Rod Driver, has been an adult film star and escort since his early twenties. He’s had a pretty easy life. Now 40, Ryan wants a change but quickly discovers he has a very limited skill set. ‘Hustling‘ explores Ryan’s rediscovery of life as he examines the choices he’s made. This smart, sexy, edgy drama with a touch of dark comedy stars Sebastian La Cause, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Stephen Guarino, Brent Barrett and Gerald McCullouch.

All three seasons of Hustling are available now on Dekkoo!

In other news, did you happen to catch cult filmmaker John Waters’ top ten films of 2016 list? Every year Art Forum publishes his picks and this year, ‘Like Cattle Toward Glow‘ made the cut.

He said of the film:

Arty teenage death, Gallic rimming, and a maddening passion for punk penises make this Eric Rohmer–like porno a real French tickler for the fucked-up literary set.

Kinda makes you want to see it, no? Well, lucky for you it’s available on Dekkoo!

 

Feral, a Dekkoo-original series, is available NOW!

Make tonight, ‘Date Night With Dekkoo’ now that Feral is available to watch.

Best friends Billy and Daniel are faced with a conflict when they are forced to kick out their roommate, Jordan. Finding a new gay/gay friendly roommate turns out to be no easy task, and they end up relying on the help of their fun and whimsical friend Emily who introduces them to the mysterious new guy in town.

Feral is now available only on Dekkoo.

 

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A tense, probing drama set in the rural South.

After his mother dies, Sequan, a sensitive teenager from Brooklyn, moves in with relatives living in a small town plagued with secrets hidden deep within its lush, rural Alabama terrain. Confronting ignorance and danger, Sequan finds refuge in a friendship with a troubled girl who astutely hones in on his true sexuality and introduces him to her cute brother.

Rivers Wash Over Me is now playing.

In addition, do not miss filmmaker Blake Pruitt’s devastatingly candid short documentary 20MALEGAYNYC. We just added it to our library yesterday and it’s already garnering a lot of views.

 

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Another gay classic and SO. MUCH. MORE.

Dazzling. Astonishing. Fascinating.

These are just a few of the words that have been used to describe director Ira Sachs classic gay film, The Delta. A compelling character study revolving around the confused relationship between a 17-year old Memphis student and a Vietnamese immigrant, it’s a fascinating tale of sexual and racial differences. It was a very controversial film upon its initial release but still holds up after 20 years.

The Delta is now playing on Dekkoo!

In addition, this week we added several other great titles to our library. Be sure to check them all out.

Three’s A Crowd – This comedic web series about two men falling in-love while an ex is still in the picture is sure to delight.

The Surface – An emotional romantic drama that bridges the gap between two generations of gay men.

The Pride & Pretence of Eirik – Actor, writer and vlogger Jeffrey Self stars in this hilarious web series about Eirik, a self-absorbed gay man finding his way.

BoysTown The Series – A great series about eight leading men who heat things up in L.A.

Undetectable – A gay man living with undetectable HIV must confront the guilt tormenting him after betraying and infecting his terminal ex-lover.

It looks like you’re going to be busy this weekend!

 

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One of the most extraordinary gay films ever.

Emotionally moving and brimming with youthful energy, ‘The Bubble‘ is a snapshot of three Tel Aviv friends.

Their lives filled with trendy cafes, boutiques and the occasional sexual adventures, the trio seek refuge in their metropolitan “bubble”, isolating them from omnipresent fear of modern warfare around them. But when young Noam falls in love with a Palestinian young man named Ashraf, a chain of events is set in motion threatening their naive, idealistic existence.

Directed by Eytan Fox, The Bubble is as relevant today as it was upon its release 10 years ago. It’s a rich, textured gay romance that is an important link in the chain of great gay cinema.

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Beauty is in the unexpected. ‘Beautiful Something’ comes to Dekkoo.

Four diverse gay men navigate art, sex and love in one sublime night.

Directed by Joseph Graham (he directed Strapped, one of our favorite movies in the Dekkoo collection), Beautiful Something is a romantic comedy-drama that follows four diverse gay men over the course of one eventful night in Philadelphia. Each man is looking for a meaningful connection but usually settles for a quick and dirty hook-up. But in this stunningly photographed film, one extraordinary night will deliver a series of strange and life-changing encounters for each.

We are proud to offer this film the same week as its DVD release. As Dekkoo continues to grow, we will continue to bring our subscribers the very best in gay film. We’re thrilled to have you along for the ride!

Enjoy!