Svans (original title)
18min | Short, Drama | 9 September 2016 (Denmark)
By living his entire life fearing the prejudice of others, Aksel inadvertently made himself the source of true bias. Now, the real victims of prejudice will be revealed, as his secret is laid out for the world to see.
A college age gay man discovers how to love himself and accept love from others, despite the disapproval of his father, and tacit disapproval of his mother, who does nothing to counter his father’s overt homophobia. In reaction to being raised by hateful parents, he regularly engages in self harming activities. After one particularly harmful stunt, he ends up in the hospital emergency room, where he meets a sweet male nurse.
The Other End 2016
Fala Comigo (original title)
1h 32min | Drama | 13 July 2017 (Brazil)
Diogo (17) has a little quirk: he likes to call his mother’s female therapy patients and masturbate while listening to them on the phone. One of these patients is Angela (43), a woman who was just left by her husband When Diogo calls Angela, she thinks it’s her husband calling. She starts having a relationship with the silence on the other end of the line. But when she finds out it’s Diogo, she’s disgusted. She’s furious. But, most of all, she’s attracted to this person who showed so much interest in her. The only person who called her every day. So what began as a very unusual relationship soon evolves into something positive for both of them. Diogo helps Angela see that she can have a new beginning, after dedicating all her life to her failed marriage. And she shows him his way to independence. But they have to face a number of obstacles as they try to be together. There’s the age difference, Diogo’s mother, and, especially, his own path to adulthood. Is this path going to lead him closer or further from Angela?
A first person narrative of the exploits of a gay serial killer in deeply disturbing, controversial drama about violence, sexuality, and the imagination. Dennis, the main character, whose lead we follow on this path between what is real and what we can only hope is surreal. His friends attempt to determine if he’s truly a psychopath. The story, is told in the form of a succession of ritual-like murders, comes to life through the letters he writes to his sometime lover and best friend Julian and the object of his desire, Julian’s younger brother, Kevin. The film is set in an erotic world of sado-masochism and portrays the sexual appetites of a young man for whom killing and engorging the victim become the ultimate thrill.
Your Name Engraved Herein 2020
The Name Engraved in Your Heart (original title)
1h 58min | Romance | 23 December 2020 (USA)
In 1988, martial law ends in Taiwan and two schoolboys, A-han and Birdy, are about to enter into an illicit love affair after meeting in the school band led by a Canadian priest named Oliver. While the whole country commemorates the late president, the two boys bask in each other’s presence as A-han’s affection for Birdy is awakened. However, society is homophobic and the threat of violence and social shaming enacted by adults and their fellow teens causes the two to come into conflict as they edge closer to physically enacting on their passions for each other. Birdy pushes A-han away by pretending to fall in love with a girl and this misunderstanding separates them. In desperation, A-han confessed to Father Oliver about his sexuality, only to be cut off again but love knows no bounds and the boys are meant to be together – Inspired by real events, the film is emblematic of the changes in Taiwan which became the first country in Asia to legalise gay marriage.