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 tender coming-of-age tale, Pashi follows a young boy from a Himalayan village as he fumbles through the maze of adolescence, infatuation, and queer identity. Siddharth Chauhan imaginatively uses dream sequences and folk traditions to tell an emotionally intricate story of desire.
1h 38m | Drama, Sport | Release date: July 27, 2022 (New Zealand)
Jim is a seventeen-year-old boxer in a small town. He’s a golden boy, preparing for a fight that will elevate him to an early professional status. All bets are on his climb to success. But his father Stan is a demanding coach and a notorious alcoholic. As Jim begins to rethink why he is fighting, his life tangles with Whetu, a razor-tongued, gay Maori boy who spends his days in an old shack with his dog Moimoi where he cobbles together a fragile glamour and dreams of leaving town to become a musician. Away from the rainbow flags and Pride parades, Jim and Whetu must navigate isolation, hypocrisy, the brutality of small-town boxing, and an anonymous queer bashing that no one will talk about. As Jim stumbles towards discovering what it really is to be a gay man, he is forced to understand that strength has little to do with heroism.
Lie with Me 2022
Arrête avec tes mensonges (original title)
1h 38m | Drama | Release date: February 22, 2023 (France)
Upon agreeing to be the brand ambassador for a famous cognac celebrating their bicentennial, novelist Stéphane Belcourt returns to his hometown for the first time in many years. Once there, he meets his first love’s son, Lucas. Memories come rushing back to him: irrepressible attraction, bodies becoming one in the heat of desire, a passion that can never be revealed… His first love’s name was Thomas. They were 17.
Chul-soo is a twelve-year old boy who attends an acting training course. One day, the teacher arranges for him to rehearse a “love confession” scene with the prettiest girl in class, Yeon-hee, but he is unable to perfectly portray the feeling of his heart pounding. However, when his acting counterpart gets replaced with Soo-hyun, a male classmate, Chul-soo realizes that some emotions don’t need to be rehearsed..
One Afternoon 2021
Mi mi de wu hou (original title)
19m | Short, Drama | Release date: October 2, 2022 (Taiwan)
Two brothers and their father lived in the old house that was about to be rebuilt. The father is always strict and difficult to approach, while the younger brother is responsible acting as Brother Ren’s follower. Day after day, life is so quiet, it’s a small and mysterious moment of growth. It seems to be the same forever, but on a summer afternoon, the time slips away.
Somewhere Boy 2022 (s01)
23m | Drama | Release date: October 16, 2022 (United Kingdom)
Danny was a baby when his mother was killed in a car crash. Overcome with grief, his father locked him away in a house, telling him the outside world is full of monsters that will spirit him away like his mother.