The Goddess of Fortune 2019
La dea fortuna (original title)
16 | 1h 54min | Drama | 19 December 2019 (Italy)
Alessandro and Arturo have been a couple for more than fifteen years. Although passion and love have turned into an important affection, their relationship has been in crisis for some time. The sudden arrival in their lives of two children left in custody for a few days by Alessandro’s best friend, however, could give an unexpected turn to their tired routine. The solution will be a crazy gesture. But on the other hand, love is a state of pleasant madness.
Man of Ashes 1986
Rih Essed (original title)
1h 49min | Drama | 11 May 1990 (Netherlands)
In the ensuing days before his wedding bridegroom Hachemi faces both the anxieties of the future and the shadows of the past. His best friend, Farfat, is the topic of street graffiti and local gossip, which calls his manhood into question. This ripples out to affect Hachemi for, unbeknownst to anyone, as apprenticed youths they were molested by Ameur, the local carpenter. Farfat is banished from his father’s home and the shared secret between the two friends threatens to undo more than just the wedding, but their very lives.
Love, Victor follows Victor, a new student at Creekwood High School on his own journey of self-discovery, facing challenges at home, adjusting to a new city, and struggling with his sexual orientation. When it all seems too much, he reaches out to Simon to help him navigate the ups and downs of high school.
Zmija (original title)
20min | Short, Drama | 2019 (Republic of North Macedonia)
A bitter-sweet story, about the beginning of a friendship between a 9-year-old daredevil MARIO and an eccentric gay young man BORCHE, challenged by the fear and the prejudices of Mario’s parents, in a remote Macedonian small town.
Les affluents (original title)
1h 23min | Drama | 26 September 2020 (France)
In Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, there are three young men. Songsa came to Phnom Penh to help sell clothes. Thy who wants a motorcycle, but doesn’t have money, sets foot in an entertainment establishment. Phearum drives a taxi, but there is no way to pay off his debt. What is the fate that lies before those who have to pursue money and dreams in a difficult reality? The film is based on a rapidly changing Cambodian society, with the story of three characters intersecting. This is the debut film of the new French director Jesse Miceli, who was invited to the ACID of this year’s Cannes Film Festival. The film gives a realistic view of young people in contemporary Cambodia.
Poppy Field 2020
1h 21min | Drama | 2021 (Romania)
“Poppy Field” follows the struggle of a young Romanian gendarme, Cristi, who tries to find the balance between two apparently opposing parts of his identity: that of a man working in a macho hierarchical environment and that of a closeted gay person who tries to keep his personal life a secret. While his long-distance French boyfriend, Hadi, is visiting him, Cristi is called in for an intervention at a movie theatre, where an ultra-nationalist, homophobic group has interrupted the screening of a queer film. After one of the protesters threatens to out him, Cristi spirals out of control.
Sequin in a Blue Room 2019
1h 20min | Drama | 20 August 2020 (Australia)
After a chance encounter at an anonymous sex party, a boy hunts through the world of a hook-up app to track down the mystery man. Favouring the instant gratification of anonymous, no-strings sexual encounters over meaningful relationships, high schooler Sequin is part of the always logged-on, but never-engaged, hook-up generation. He ghosts ex-partners and remains emotionally unavailable. That’s until he finds his way to an anonymous sex party, where a whole new dizzyingly alluring world unfolds before him. In one scene, Sequin connects with a mysterious stranger, but they are separated suddenly. Utterly fixated on this man, Sequin sets off on an exhilarating and perilous mission to track him down. Cowritten by Jory Anast and Samuel Van Grinsven, Sequin in a Blue Room is a highly-accomplished queer coming-of-age tale and a breath of fresh air from the Australian independent film scene.