Shanghai Panic 2002
Wo men hai pa (original title)
1h 27m | Drama, Romance | 14 February 2002 (Germany)
Growing up in the shadows of Shanghai, Bei (Li Zhinan), a disillusioned dancer, spends most of his time in a drug-induced haze. But when he begins developing AIDS-like symptoms and fears he could be seriously ill, he turns to his three best friends to help him forget. Complications ensue when Bei and another friend, Jie (Zhou Zijie), begin to feel more than mutual camaraderie, which throws their sexuality into serious question.
Es war nicht die Nachtigall (original title)
1h 23m | Drama | 28 November 1974 (West Germany)
It’s summer, and the air is quivering with passion, as teenager Pauli, who stays at boarding school travels to a small seaside town to enjoy the holidays with his family. On the train he gets to know the attractive woman, in whose compartment he sits down immediately after he has risked a glimpse into the section of the sleeping beauty. A little later, she vanishes and has sex with a stranger on the train toilet. He is thunderstruck at the train station when his father picks up not only him but also her. The unfaithful blonde, Yvonne is obviously the mistress of his own father. The mood in the villa is heated up from the beginning sexually: His womanizer father and sexy Yvonne, a crazy grandmother, Mimi, a cuckolded uncle, Alex his oversexed lesbian wife, Myriam and the lesbian maid, Silvana. Soon he meets his old neighbor Julia, who turns out to be an 18-year-old beauty. Like Pauli, she is still a virgin, but perhaps this summer, when they both lose their innocence, will be to each other. But there are several who are looking for the young beauty. Not least Pauli’s own father.
The Perfect David 2021
El perfecto David (original title)
1h 15m | Drama | 9 December 2021 (Argentina)
David is a young bodybuilder who obsessively trains to become his artist mother’s muse. As he dedicates himself to further developing his physique, he goes through an identity crisis that will mark his destiny.
The Uninhibited 1965
Los pianos mecánicos (original title)
1h 34m | Drama | 21 April 1965 (France)
Vincent, a young man from Paris, arrives at the small Spanish village of Caldeya. where his has been loaned a home by his friend, Reginald. He meets Pascal Regnier, a novelist engaged in pursuits of drinking and love affairs, who spends his summers in Caldeya with his son, Daniel. Regnier introduces Vincent to Jenny, local nightclub owner, who has already received a wire from Reginald asking her to look after his friend. Vincent and Jenny fall in love and plan a trip to Barcelona together, a trip they take in spite of Reginald’s arrival. However, the shadow of Reginald comes between them and they accept the fact that their love is doomed to failure.
The Story of My Son 1990
Ngoi di sai gaai (original title)
1h 15m | Drama | 28 September 1990 (Hong Kong)
Li Tzu-Liang is returning to Hong Kong with the ashes of his wife. He now has to bring up his two sons on his own. Though he is quite well-off, he his plagued by debts and when he loses a large sum of money betting on horses, he has to turn to dangerous loan-sharks. Here starts a spiral which gets him and his two sons deeper and deeper into trouble.
Nua dhamma chat (original title)
1h 46m | Drama, Sci-Fi | 24 January 2014 (Netherlands)
In a futurist world, the Thai kingdom has been transformed by ‘The Leader’ into ‘the Realm of people who have done good deeds and earned merits’. It’s a nice place to be, even though the inhabitants are plagued by an indefinable nostalgia. In the old days, people could at least touch each other. Although the Realm has reached version 2.0, technical possibilities remain limited. This wondrous story of the future is interwoven with stories set in the present and past. According to Pansittivorakul, known for his independently-produced and taboo-breaking documentaries on homosexuality and politics, his first feature is science fiction, yet it is about today’s Thailand. For instance he criticizes the need for religion and superstition. But in the end, this very idiosyncratic, homo-erotically charged essay is above all about time: ‘Time influences everything. The past has to do with the present, and the present is linked to the future.