Deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as GOD S OWN COUNTRY...one of the most moving gay romance stories of recent years Film Inquiry.
Having moved to Paris for university, Leevi returns to his native Finland for the summer to help his estranged father renovate the family lake house. Tareq, a recent asylum seeker from Syria, has been hired to help with the work, and when Leevi s father has to return to town on business, the two young men establish a connection in the heat of the Finnish summer.
A MOMENT IN THE REEDS is one of the first queer feature films made in Finland. Viewing Finland from both the perspectives of an immigrant and an emigrant, the film casts the long-marginalised voices of sexual and ethnic minorities centre-stage in a story about the search for freedom, acceptance and a place to call home.
Cast: Janne Puustinen, Boodi Kabbani, Mika Melender Director: Mikko Makela Language: Finnish with english subtitles
Publisher: Saffron Hill, Year: 2018
"What happens when two gay men in a disintegrating relationship leave the big city to spend some time alone, together in nature? Is it possible for nature to reveal the truth, their true essence and help them to change? Can these two wounded men; traumatised, hurt, lost and desperate on a remote beach find a way back to innocence? Is there a way back to reality, back to love? A romantic, poetic and explicit rumination on modern gay love He Love Me is British queer cinema at its finest and most authentic. WARNING: Contains Real Sex. Not suitable for viewers under 18."
Cast: Hermes Pitakkos, Alexandru Schmidt, Thanos Lekkas Director: Konstantinos Menelaou Language: English
Publisher: TLA Releasing, Year: 2019
Yad is finally back home after a life of studying and partying in Amsterdam. To his mother s dismay he settles for the job of a care-worker looking after Ans an elderly woman and that s when he meets her handsome grandson Joris.
The spark of mutual attraction is instant and a passionate romance begins! But with Yad s parents nagging him about his career choices, and Joris s mother struggling in the aftermath of her divorce, will true love have a chance to blossom?
With the right mix of humour, romance, sexiness and pathos, this enchanting cross-cultural love story... is a witty, well-acted crowd-pleaser. San Francisco Chronicle.
Cast: Josha Stradowski, Majd Mardo, Jenny Arean Director: Annemarie van de Mond Language: Dutch With English Subtitles
Publisher: Saffron Hill, Year: 2019
Lorenzo is a quiet teenager who lives with his parents and his younger brother in small city in the Argentinean Patagonia. One day, a family friend's son named Caíto moves south and settles in at Lorenzo's home. His family is going through difficult times and can't give much care to him. Caíto is very shy and hardly speaks. Lorenzo is supposed to help him feel at home. They become friends. They spend great amounts of time together. Although Lorenzo doesn't like sports, he puts up with Caíto's fascination for mountain biking. They share deep conversations too. They can be very different but they come to understand each other. It won't be long until everybody at home realizes Caíto is a difficult case. After a couple of days, Lorenzo's parents feel they've had enough. But then, Caíto makes a big confession to Lorenzo. He tells him the true reason why he was forced to leave his house. After that, Lorenzo takes charge of him so that his parents let him stay. He now has a secret to hold, a responsibility to take and a troublesome partner that will take him through new life experiences.
Cast: Angelo Mutti Spinetta, Lautaro Rodríguez, Guillermo Pfening Director: Martin Deus Language: Spanish with english subtitles
Publisher: Matchbox Films, Year: 2019
Postcards From London tells the story of beautiful teenager Jim (Harris Dickinson of Beach Rats, The Darkest Minds), who finds himself in Soho where he falls in with The Raconteurs - a gang of unusual high class male escorts who specialize in post-coital conversation. From shy novice to sought after escort and eventually artist's muse, Jim would be the toast of the town if it wasn't for his annoying affliction. He suffers from Stendhal Syndrome, a rare condition which causes him to hallucinate and faint when he encounters real works of art. But when Jim is roped into the world of detecting art forgery, could his condition bring about his downfall?
Cast: Harris Dickinson, Jonah Hauer-King, Alessandro Cimadamore Director: Steve McLean Language: English
Publisher: Saffrom Hill, Year: 2018
Marvin is different. He is a quiet, sensitive and artistic fifteen-year-old with an unwitting attraction to other boys. This makes him victim to forceful bullying, both at school and within the confines of his impoverished home, making his situation unbearable. With the support of his teacher, Marvin discovers his thirst for theatre, and its transformative power of becoming someone else. Refusing to be victimised, Marvin moves to Paris to reinvent himself.
As a theatre student, he swiftly befriends the right people including legendary actress Isabelle Huppert (playing herself), and with her help, begins to exorcise the ghosts of his childhood.
Winner of the Queer Lion at the Venice International Film Festival, Reinventing Marvin is a powerful, uplifting story of a young man s quest, against all odds, to be himself.
Cast: Finnegan Oldfield, Grégory Gadebois, Vincent Macaigne, Isabelle Huppert Director: Anne Fontaine Language: French with English subtitles
Publisher: Saffron Hill, Year: 2018