First Love 1970
Erste Liebe (original title)
R | 1h 30min | Drama, History, Romance | 23 April 1971 (West Germany)
Based on Ivan Turgeyev’s novella, Erste Liebe is about two young lovers in czarist Russia. One is a 21-year-old woman, the other a young man of sixteen. Things take a tragic turn as the girl (Dominique Sanda as Sanaida) falls in love with the boy’s father (Maximilian Schell). This film was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film in 1970’s Academy Awards.
My Straight Son 2012
Azul y no tan rosa (original title)
Not Rated | 1h 54min | Drama, Romance | 27 November 2012 (Venezuela)
The story of Diego, a young and successful photographer that lives in the glamorous world of fashion, shallowness and excess. A tragic accident turns his world around; his partner is now in a coma. Unexpectedly, and right at this terrible time, Diego must take care of his son, Armando. Now, both of them have to adapt to each other; Armando to the unknown, homosexual world of his father, and Diego to the closed attitude of his teenage son.
The Boy in the Ocean 2016
15min | Short , Drama | 19 January 2016 (Germany)
The 12-year-old German boy, Mathias, discovers his sexuality on a sailing boat i Denmark. Surrounded by water, trapped on the boat with his parents, who still treat him like a child, his desire is to get on land to have new experiences. His desire grows, when he gets fascinated by a Danish girl in the harbor.
Clandestine Childhood 2011
Infancia clandestina (original title)
Not Rated | 1h 52min | Drama | 20 September 2012 (Argentina)
Juan lives in clandestinity. Just like his mum, his dad and his adored uncle Beto, outside his home he has another name. At school, Juan is known as Ernesto. And he meets María, who only has one name. Based on true facts, set in the Argentina of 1979, this film is “one about love”.
My Best Friend 2018
Mi mejor amigo (original title)
1h 30min | Drama , Romance | 8 November 2018 (Argentina)
Lorenzo is a quiet teenager who lives with his parents and his younger brother in small city in the Argentinean Patagonia. One day, a family friend’s son named Caíto moves south and settles in at Lorenzo’s home. His family is going through difficult times and can’t give much care to him. Caíto is very shy and hardly speaks. Lorenzo is supposed to help him feel at home. They become friends. They spend great amounts of time together. Although Lorenzo doesn’t like sports, he puts up with Caíto’s fascination for mountain biking. They share deep conversations too. They can be very different but they come to understand each other. It won’t be long until everybody at home realizes Caíto is a difficult case. After a couple of days, Lorenzo’s parents feel they’ve had enough. But then, Caíto makes a big confession to Lorenzo. He tells him the true reason why he was forced to leave his house. After that, Lorenzo takes charge of him so that his parents let him stay. He now has a secret to hold, a responsibility to take and a troublesome partner that will take him through new life experiences.
Jibeuro (original title)
PG | 1h 20min | Drama | 5 April 2002 (South Korea)
Seven-year-old Sang-woo is left with his grandmother in a remote village while his mother looks for work. Born and raised in the city, Sang-woo quickly comes into conflict with his old-fashioned grandmother and his new rural surroundings. Disrespectful and selfish, Sang-woo lashes out in anger, perceiving that he has been abandoned. He trades his grandmother’s only treasure for a video game; he throws his food and he throws tantrums. When Sang-woo’s mother finds work and finally returns for him, Sang-woo has become a different boy. Through his grandmother’s boundless patience and devotion, he learns to embrace empathy, humility and the importance of family.
Eighth Grade 2018
R | 1h 33min | Comedy, Drama | 3 August 2018 (USA)
In his feature film directorial debut, comedian Bo Burnham deftly encapsulates the awkwardness, angst, self-loathing and reinvention that a teenage girl goes through on the cusp of high school. Given that the 27-year-old stand-up comic achieved fame as a teenager himself through YouTube by riffing on his insecurities, he is uniquely capable as the film’s writer and director to tell the story of Kayla, an anxious girl navigating the final days of her eighth grade year, despite creating a protagonist w female instead of male. Like Burnham did more than a decade ago, 13-year-old Kayla turns to YouTube to express herself, where she makes advice blogs in which she pretends to have it all together. In reality, Kayla is sullen and silent around her single father and her peers at school, carrying out most of her interactions with her classmates on Instagram and Twitter. Her YouTube videos are a clever narrative tool that provide insight into her inner hopes and dreams, much like an inspirational online diary. One of Eighth Grade’s biggest triumphs is in its realism.