The post-queer, musical biopic Thirsty tells the story of girly-boy Scott Townsend, who turns to the world of drag as a safe respite from his bullied upbringing in the Cambridge, MA projects, becoming Thirsty Burlington, Provincetown’s beloved Cher impersonator. Within a dynamic, non-linear structure, the film visits significant events in Scott/Thirsty’s life, spanning the 1970s to the present, to illuminate the dangers and the joys of living life with a slippery gender. Culminating on an upbeat note, Thirsty’s message champions acceptance, outside and in.
Star Boys 2017
Kaiken se kestää (original title)
1h 22min | Drama | February 2017 (Sweden)
The movie tells what happens when sexual revolution arrives into a conservative and religious small town in Northern Finland, as seen by the 13-year-old Star Boy singers who are forced to observe their parents’ sexual liberation and its consequences at too close range. It’s a powerful story of two families of architects being torn apart by crumbling of moral conceptions and the parents’ endless need for love and freedom. After a fatal toga party, no one and nothing is the same, and the boys’ confusion erupts violently – Even though Star Boys deals with heavy themes, it is ultimately a warm and positive survival story that portrays the persistence and capacity of children to get over even most difficult experiences in life.
Show Me Love 1998
Fucking Åmål (original title)
Not Rated | 1h 29min | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 23 October 1998 (Sweden)
Åmål is a small insignificant town where nothing ever happens, where the latest trends are out of date when they get there. Young Elin has a bit of a bad reputation when it comes to guys, but the fact is that she is inexperienced in that matter. Another girl in her school, Agnes, is in love with her but is too shy to do anything about it. For a number of reasons, Elin ends up at Agnes’ birthday party as the only guest. They have a girl’s night out together but after that Elin desperately avoids Agnes, refusing to even consider her own feelings toward Agnes.
Lovers of the Arctic Circle 1998
Los amantes del Círculo Polar (original title)
R | 1h 52min | Drama, Mystery, Romance | 28 August 1998 (Spain)
Otto and Ana are kids when they meet each other. Their names are palindromes. They meet by chance, people are related by chance. A story of circular lives, with circular names, and a circular place (Círculo polar) where the day never ends in the midnight sun. There are things that never end, and Love is one of them.
Amateur Teens 2015
1h 32min | Drama | 30 September 2015 (Switzerland)
A group of normal 14-year-old teenagers at a secondary school in Zürich with the normal yearnings for love and acceptance. But the power of social media, with its high-gloss selfies and perpetual pressure towards cooler and sexier, increasingly forces the kids to deny their true feelings. So a tragedy runs its course, one in which it is almost impossible to differentiate between perpetrator and victim, guilt and innocence.
Je vous aime très beaucoup 2010
1h 31min | Comedy, Drama, Family | 7 July 2010 (France)
When the mother they have never known dies, three half brothers aged 8, 15 and 17 respectively, who were all brought up in different ways, meet for the very first time. They spend the long summer holidays with Nonna, their grandmother, and start sharing secrets and rabbits, polenta and mean tricks, adventures and first time experiences, together. At last their once solitary lives take a new direction.
1h 24min | Drama | 10 May 2011 (Philippines)
Guiller and Dexter (Kenjie Salvino and Luigi Romero, respectively) are new graduates subsisting in the squalor of the slums. Ambitious Guiller, a business administration grad, is desperate for a promotion at the company where he works. He craves for the luxury that insouciant Dexter is flaunting. But don’t they earn the same? Turns out Dexter enjoys the patronage of a rich lover Hector (Albert Rosales) who provides him with frills.
R | 1h 24min | Drama | 14 April 1999 (France)
Although deeply in love with her boyfriend – and indeed sleeping in the same bed with him – a schoolteacher cannot handle the almost complete lack of intimacy he will allow. Increasingly frustrated, she gradually finds her sexual appetites leading her into ever more risky situations, including a developing one with the headmaster.