How I Celebrated the End of the World 2006
Cum mi-am petrecut sfârsitul lumii (original title)
1h 46m | Drama | Romania September 15, 2006
Bucharest 1989: the last year of Ceausescu’s dictatorship. Eva lives with her parents and her 7-year-old brother Lalalilu. One day at school, Eva and her boyfriend accidentally break a bust of Ceausescu. They are forced to confess their crime before a disciplinary committee and Eva is expelled from school and transferred to a reformatory establishment. There she meets Andrei and decides to escape Romania with him. Lalalilu becomes convinced that Ceausescu is the main reason for Eva’s decision to leave, so with his friends from school he devises a plan to kill the dictator.
Un hilito de sangre 1995
1h 13m | Adventure, Drama | Country of origin: Mexico
Leon, a young 14 year-old, is obsessed with Osbelia, a dream-girl. Leon decides to follow her to Guadalajara, leaving behind his small world at home. On his journey, Leon goes through many adventures and takes the final step from childhood into adolescence.
The story of two British teens, Nick Nelson and Charlie Spring, at an all-boys grammar school. Charlie, a high-strung, openly gay overthinker, and Nick, a cheerful, soft-hearted rugby player, one day are made to sit together in class. Their friendship quickly becomes something more for openly gay Charlie, but he initially does not believe he has a chance with Nick, but love works in surprising ways, with Nick more interested in Charlie than either of them realized. Heartstopper is about love, friendship, and loyalty. It encompasses all the small stories of Nick and Charlie’s lives that together make something larger.
Powrót do tamtych dni 2021
1h 44m | Drama | Release date: December 10, 2021 (Poland)
Tomek lives alone with his mother, because his father, Alek, left for the USA with money. Unexpectedly, the man shows up at home with a bunch of presents, but does not explain the reason for his return. Everyone seems happy, but there is something disturbing in the air. As time goes on, Alek is struggling with a strong alcohol addiction, which gradually destroys Tomek’s family and his childhood. The boy has to grow up very quickly and face a reality unwritten by any child.
June 1982, Sicily. While Italians dream of winning the World Cup, two adolescents dream of living their love story without fear. Seventeen-year-old Gianni is bullied because of his homosexuality but his life changes when he meets by accident Nino, a captivating and innocent boy. The profound friendship they develop will without embarrassment turn into love, as they start working together for Nino’s father, shooting fireworks. When their bond is discovered by their families, the consequences are as violent as the times and mores are conservative. The two teenagers are separated by force but ready to challenge everything and everyone, convinced their love can defeat death.
A Son’s Promise 1990
1h 35m | Drama, Family | Release date: March 5, 1990 (United States)
The touching true story of 15-year-old Terry who promised his dying mother to look after his six younger brothers and keep them together as a family–a man’s job on a boy’s shoulders. He had to face many misfortunes and “parenthood” had such hard and unpleasant surprises for him, he was almost tempted to disappoint his mother..
1h 44m | Drama | Release date: February 8, 2023 (France)
David Depesseville takes a largely observational approach to the story of young Samuel (Mirko Giannini), a traumatized orphan on the cusp of teenagehood trying to adjust to life with his new, rural foster family, headed by the overwhelmed but sympathetic Marie (Jehnny Beth) and the violent Clément (Bastien Bouillon). With an elliptical approach, Depesseville gently touches upon Samuel’s difficulties coming to terms with his remote substitute parents and brothers, his sexual awakening with the girl next door, and, most disturbingly, the improper attention Marie’s troubled brother seems to devote to the boys. With a gentle, unhurried, but compelling style, Depesseville transports the viewer into the boy’s mundane world, while, in a bold stylistic move, also offering the possibility for the child’s spiritual transcendence.
Before I Change My Mind 2022
1h 29m | Drama | Release date: August 10, 2022 (Switzerland)
The year is 1987, and the place is Alberta, Canada. For Robin (Vaughan Murrae), their first day at a brand-new school is full of dread, for Robin knows that the first question they will be asked is, “Are you a boy or a girl?” Robin defies simple gender labels, and their appearance immediately attracts the attention and curiosity of Carter (Dominic Lippa), a boy who spends most of his time getting into or causing trouble. But while Carter’s interest may initially come with a sharp tongue, Robin is equally curious about him and spends time forging a new and close friendship with Carter. Meanwhile, the girls surrounding Robin find them impossible to pigeonhole, much to their frustration, but one, Izzy (Lacey Oake), sees an opportunity for experimentation. However, Izzy has also caught Carter’s eye, and an uneasy early teenage love triangle soon develops that is less about gender or sexuality and more about one simple question, “Who Am I?
1h 53m | Drama | Release date: September 24, 2022 (Spain)
Antonio and Nikola are inseparable friends who live across the road from each other, and share a love of pyrotechnics and mobile phones. Their families have been in dispute for years over an easily resolvable problem: the water that flows from the top house to the bottom house. The boys’ friendship, as they are about to enter puberty, is put to the test at Christmas time when their families uncover much more dangerous secrets and interests, and the water just carries the hate of the adults to the children. Debut film.