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.
A grieving mother cannot “move on” after her son’s death, keeping his room as it was, wanting her younger boy to be like his dead brother. A youth leaves juvenile detention, going home to an angry father and a lonely young step-mother. A college teacher whose brother has autistic behaviors separates from his wife and is attracted to a student. The narrative discloses slowly the mother, youth, and teacher’s connections to a car accident. The paroled youth talks to the dead boy’s girlfriend and must sort out his relationship with his step-mother; the professor encourages his brother to go on a date. Can the mother see her living son for who he is? In what ways can each be normal? In what ways can each be normal?
Set in the early 1910s at a time of passionate artistic experimentalism, and based on biographical fact, this is the story of Vaslav Nijinsky, the young and brilliant, but headstrong premier ballet dancer and aspiring choreographer of the Ballets Russes. The company is managed by the famous Sergei Diaghilev, a controlling and fiercely possessive impresario. The increasing tension between these powerful egos, exacerbated by homosexual desire and jealousy, becomes triangular when the young ballerina Romola de Pulsky determinedly attempts to draw the increasingly mentally unstable Nijinsky away from Diaghilev.
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.
Kim Novak Never Swam in Genesaret’s Lake 2005
Kim Novak badade aldrig i Genesarets sjö (original title)
1h 35m | Crime | Drama | 23 September 2005 (Sweden)
The year is 1962. Erik, his newly aquainted friend Edmund and his grown-up brother Henry are going to spend their summer holiday in a fairly decayed house just near the lake Genesaret. One day, Ewa Kaludis, who looks like Kim Novak, turns up at the place while the summer continous to be the best ever – until it comes to a halt as she begins a fatal relationship with Henry and “the terrible thing” happens … and nobody knows who dunnit.
1h 36m | Drama | 23 July 2021 (Philippines)
At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Danny is one of the OFWs who lost their job because of the crisis. Upon returning home, Danny escapes the quarantine facility to reunite with his family only to be welcomed by the dire condition of his invalid father, Gener. Looking for a decent job, Danny seeks the help of his former gay benefactor, Lito, in order to finance Gener’s medication. Instead, Lito endorses Danny to his friend Rene, who runs an online sex den masquerading as a legitimate coffee shop. This opens Danny to the world of cybersex.