Winner of the Audience Award for Best Feature at the 2012 Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, and due to play both Frameline and Outfest, Elliot Loves in a new LGBT themed movie by Terracino. Here’s the synopsis: ‘The film is the story of Dominican-American Elliot Ayende at two stages of his life: as a 9-year-old who is side-kick and confidant to his barely-keeping-it-together single mom; and as a 21-year-old young gay man looking for love in New York City. A comedy-drama that shows you can survive anything life throws at you — just “keep it cute, papi.”‘ Watch the lengthy and intriguing trailer above.
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At the moment we’re reserving judgment on K-11. Although it’s rare for a film with a fairly well-known cast to deal with transgendered characters at all, there’s a chance K-11 will be exploitative and treat women born as men as a bit of a freakshow. However right now we’ll give it a chance as it’s an idea that could be good if handled well (although we’re not sure from this trailer). In the film, Goran Visnjic plays a record producer who comes around after binging on drink and drugs, and finds himself in a section of the Los Angeles County Jail reserved for gay and transgender people, which is ruled by a transsexual named Mousey. The movie stars Visnjic, Kate del Castillo (La Reina del Sur), Portia Doubleday (Youth in Revolt), D.B. Sweeney (Hard Ball), Jason Mewes (Clerks), Tommy ‘Tiny’ Lister (The Dark Knight), Tara Buck (Justified) and Cameron Stewart in his feature film debut.
While Michel Gondry gained a lot of fans thanks to the quirky, indie sensibility of Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind and Be Kind Rewind, his entry into the mainstream with The Green Hornet wasn’t a great success. However now he’s going back to decidedly indie territory with The We And The I, which follows a group of inner city high school bus passengers on their way home to start summer vacation. It look like it could be an interesting character piece and a more serious film from Gondry than we’ve seen before. It also seems the film could have a bit of gay content, with two boys and two girls briefly kissing in the trailer.
Keep The Lights On has been having a successful festival run, screening at Sundance, Berlin and most recently Tribeca. Now a short but sexy trailer for the gay themed film has arrived. Here’s the synopsis: ‘It’s 1997 and New York City is in a state of intense flux when documentary filmmaker Erik Rothman (Thure Lindhardt) first meets Paul Lucy (Zachary Booth), a handsome but closeted lawyer in the publishing field. What begins as a highly charged first encounter soon becomes something much more, and a relationship quickly develops. As the two men start building a home and life together, each continues to privately battle their own compulsions and addictions. A film about sex, friendship, intimacy and most of all, love, Keep the Lights On takes an honest look at the nature of relationships in our times.’
In 2002, Etoyan Fox made waves in gay movie circles with Yossi & Jagger, about the romance between two soldiers who are stationed at an Israeli outpost on the Lebanese border. It’s a bit of a modern gay classic, and now 10 years on Fox has made a follow-up, Yossi.
As the title suggests, the film picks up the story of one of the lead characters from the earlier movie, Yossi (Ohad Knoller), who’s now a Tel Aviv doctor and still firmly in the closet. He has little social life, but an unexpected encounter sends Yossi on a road trip across southern Israel, where a chance meeting with a group of young soldiers reawakens something inside him. The film is currently playing at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival, and to coincide with that the first clip has emerged, which you can see above.
We reported last month that Jack & Diane was set to premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. That’s now happened and now timed to coincide with that, the first clip and poster for the movie have arrived.
Riley Keough and Juno Temple star in the film, which has been widely described as a werewolf film, although many have said that’s slightly misleading. The movie is about two teenage girls who meet in New York City and despite being very different, spark up a relationship. When Jack discovers that Diane is leaving the country in a week she tries to push her away. Diane struggles to keep their love alive while hiding the secret that her newly awakened sexual desire is giving her werewolf-like visions. Jena Malone also stars, with Kyle Minogue popping up in the movie as a tattooed lesbian. Hopefully the movie will reach the UK later this year.
Virginia (or What’s With Virginia? as it was initially titled) debuted with mixed-to-bad reviews at the Toronto Film Festival a few months ago, but Dustin Lance Black’s directorial debut still seems like it’ll be worth a look. It’s out on the US in May and should reach the UK later this year.
Black is, of course, best known as the out and proud screenwriter of Milk and J. Edgar, but here thing are less historical and more satirical. In the film, a sheriff (Ed Harris) sees his state senate bid slide onto the ice when his daughter begins to date the son of a charming but psychologically disturbed woman (Jennifer Connelly) with whom the sheriff has engaged in a two-decades-long affair.
Some have commented that the trailer seems deceptive, as the film they saw plays out more tragic than the comic tone of the promo, However it has been completely re-edited since its TIFF debut, due to some of the severe criticism it came in for. Hopefully Dustin will have sorted things out, as the trailer does make the movie look decent enough.
A year after his brother Tom’s death, Jack (Mark Duplass) is an emotionally unstable slacker. When he makes a scene at a memorial party, Tom’s ex-girlfriend Iris (Emily Blunt) offers up her family cabin on an island in the Pacific Northwest so Jack can seek catharsis in solitude. Once there, however, he runs into Iris’ sister Hannah (Rosemarie DeWitt), a lesbian reeling from the abrupt end of a seven-year relationship who finds solace in the affable Tom’s unexpected presence, and the two bond over a long night of drinking. The blurry evening concludes with an awkward sexual incident made worse by Iris’ sudden presence at the cabin the next morning, which sets into motion a twisted tale of ever-complicated relationships. The film hits the UK on June 29th.
A tale of star-crossed lovers with a difference, Sabine Bernardi’s richly textured ode to teenage love takes a fresh and unique look at a romantic encounter that transcends boundaries. When 20-year-old Lukas arrives in Cologne, a summer of late nights, clubs heaving with hot guys and insurmountable self-discovery awaits. You see, Lukas has a heavy secret that he has chosen to leave behind, and best friend Ine knows this too well. Like most young adults their age, the pair indulge in parties and alcohol with abandon, helping Lukas to overcome what makes him different from everyone else. However, when hunky neighbourhood catch Fabio appears, a heated attraction between the two boys gradually develops — until Fabio accesses the secret of Lukas’s identity. Despite their differences, will love conquer all? The film reaches DVD in the UK on June 25th.
There’s no doubt that Corpus Christi is a controversial play. Written by Terrence McNally and first performed in 1998, the play depicts Jesus and his disciples as gay men, Christ performing a same-sex marriage, and Judas betraying him due to romantic jealousy. It’s original Broadway production was met with protests and it’s been pretty much the same wherever it’s been staged in the US, becoming a major target in the ever intensifying culture wars of homosexuality.
Corpus Christi: Playing with Redemption is a documentary that looks at the staging of a small LA production, which led to a US tour and eventually a staging in Corpus Christi, Texas, which doesn’t just share a name with the play, but is also McNally’s hometown. The film also looks at the protests and reactions against it, comparing the play’s message of universal love to the blind bigotry it’s been met with.
Unfortunately there’s no clue yet if the doc will ever make it to the UK, but it’s premiering on April 29th in San Francisco, and will then accompany a new production of the play on a US tour. (Thanks to Queerty for the heads up)