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Hidden Kisses

Essential Opinion: Hidden Kisses (Baisers cachés)

Gay cinema has had its fair share of coming-out films. But Didier Bivel’s motion picture proves that there is much more left to explore when it comes to generic LGBT themes and that there is room for unique and brilliant storytelling in each of these common queer tropes. Hidden Kisses takes the viewer into a world monopolized by homophobic people whose vitriol and downplayed hatred might not seem representative of today’s society.

Breakfast On Pluto

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Breakfast on Pluto

Filmed in Ireland and England and released in 2005, Breakfast on Pluto was nominated for many awards including a Golden Globe and won awards at Irish Film and Television Awards, Ljubljana International Film Festival and National Board of Review USA. The screenplay was based on the original novel by Patrick McCabe and adapted for film by director Neil Jordan and Pat McCabe. The film stars Cillian Murphy, Ruth Negga, Liam Neeson, Stephen Rea and Brenda Gleeson.


Gay Essential Films To Watch, Teorema

Released in 1968, Theorem is an Italian classic by Pier Paolo Pasolini. Following the story of an upper-class family that is connected to a divine force, the art-house film focuses on a mysterious guest who influences every single person he crosses paths with. Written and directed by Pasolini, the motion picture stars Terrence Stamp and Silvana Mangano.

Fucking Åmål

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Fucking Åmål (Show Me Love)

This Swedish film was originally entitled Fucking Åmål and it follows the life and struggles of two young girls who live in the small town of Åmål. Released in 1998, Show Me Love stars Alexandra Dahlström, Rebecka Liljeberg and Erica Carlson. The motion picture was written and directed by Lukas Moodysson.

Is It Just Me

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Is It Just Me?

Written and directed by J.C. Calciano, Is It Just Me is a gay romantic comedy, released in 2011 and set in West Hollywood and Los Angeles, USA. The winner of The Rainbow Award at Honolulu Film Festival and Best Picture at Detroit Independent Film Festival, The film stars Nicholas Downs, David Loren and Adam Huss.

Death In Buenos Aires

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Death In Buenos Aires (Muerte en Buenos Aires)

This 2014 Argentine film follows the life of a police inspector who has to wander into the underground world of gay nightclubs to solve an investigation. Starring Demián Bichir, Mónica Antonópulos and Hugo Arana, Death In Buenos Aires (Muerte en Buenos Aires) is the directorial debut of Natalia Meta, who also co-wrote the movie.

Going Down in LA-LA Land

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Going Down in LA-LA Land

Going Down in LA-LA Land won Best Feature Film at Barcelona International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. Released in 2011, it was based on the novel by Andy Zeffer, with Director Casper Andreas having written the Screenplay. Shot in Hollywood, California, USA, the film stars Matthew Ludwinski, Allison Lane and Michael Medico.

Remembering The Man

Gay Essential Documentaries To Watch, Remembering The Man

Released in 2015, Remembering The Man is a documentary which follows the life of Tim Conigrave, a renowned Australian writer and activist, and the love affair which inspired him to write Holding The Man. Starring George Banders and Reece Manning, the film was directed by Nickolas Bird and Eleanor Sharpe.

burnt money

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Burnt Money (Plata Quemada)

Burnt Money was released in 2001. Based on a true story and adapted from the prize-winning novel ‘Plata Quemada’ by Ricardo Piglia. The screenplay writers were Marcelo Figueras and Director Marcelo Pineyro. Shot in Montevideo, Uruguay and Buenos Aires, the film won Best Screenplay at Argentinean Film Critics Association Awards amongst others. The film stars Eduardo Noriega, Leonardo Sbaraglia and Pablo Echarri.

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