Flesh and Blood 2017
1h 31min | Drama | 10 November 2017 (USA)
Based on real life events & captured in a hyperrealistic style, Flesh & Blood unapologetically straddles the line between narrative & documentary to lay bare the beautifully flawed nature of life. Reality belies fiction & vice versa as the characters in the film are played by their real-life counterparts. The central character, Mark, is played by director/actor Mark Webber & draws from elements of Mark’s actual life. The character of Guillermo (Mark’s younger brother who struggles with Asperger’s Syndrome in real life) is played by Mark Webber’s actual younger brother Guillermo & takes us on a true-to-life journey through the eyes of a misunderstood & bullied teenager. The character of Big G is played by Guillermo’s actual father who in reality & in the film is coming to grips with drug addiction, the abandonment of his son & imminent death from “Hep C”. Similarly the character of Cheri is played by Cheri Honkala, Mark’s real-life mother, anti-poverty activist & the Green Party’s nominee for vice-president in the 2012 U.S. presidential election. Her activism & choices in men are a constant source of conflict in her relationships with her children. The film leads up to a pivotal scene wherein Mark the character & consequently the real-life Mark confronts a central figure from his past in hopes of finding the answers to a childhood mired in pain & an adulthood beset with addiction. In the end there is only one question: Will Mark’s life remain defined by his own Flesh & Blood?
Not Rated | 1h 25min | Drama | 31 January 2020 (USA)
José (19 years old) lives with his Mother (50s) in Guatemala: a tough life in one of the most violent and religious countries. His life is his phone, crowded buses, work in the street and random sex. When he meets Luis, he’s thrust into new-found passion and pain.
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.
The Paradise Suite 2015
2h 3min | Drama | 29 October 2015 (Netherlands)
The Paradise Suite is a story about six people finding each other and, sometimes with just one glance, influencing each other’s lives irreversibly. For the beautiful young Bulgarian Jenya, her journey to Amsterdam turns out to be the opposite of what she hoped for. Her grueling captivity forces the angelic African, Yaya, to fight for her freedom – a dangerous fight in which he loses everything but his beloved faith. The Serbian war criminal Ivica, who has just become a father, is painfully confronted with the fact that crimes will never go unpunished. Bosnian Seka has nothing left to live for except her vengeance but as it turns out, it’s that same vengeance that brings love back in her life. And when the Swedish piano-wonder boy, Lukas, runs away from his new temporary home, his father Stig finally realizes that their mutual passion for music damages their relationship.
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.
Lan Yu 2001
R | 1h 26min | Drama, Romance | 22 November 2001 (Hong Kong)
A young, gay student has a relationship with an older, successful businessman. The handsome playboy-businessman must choose between his comfortable, yet closeted straight life, or an honest, yet subversive life with the student.