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The Comedian

Gay Essential Films To Watch, The Comedian

The Comedian is a drama directed and written by Tom Shkolnik that premiered at the BFI London Film Festival in 2012. Starring Edward Hogg and featuring Steven Robertson, Elisa Lasowski and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Shkolnik’s feature film debut follows the struggles of a gay man who starts doubting both his career and life choices.

Boy Culture

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Boy Culture

Released in 2006 and directed by Q. Allan Brocka, Boy Culture is the tale of a male escort and his relationship with his two roommates, as well as a mysterious older man. The film won an award for Best Screenplay at the L.A. Outfest. Shot in Seattle, the film features actors Darryl Stephens, Derek Magyar, and Jonathon Trent.

Different From Whom?

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Different From Whom? (Diverso da chi?)

Directed by Umberto Carteni, Different From Whom? (Diverso da chi?) is an Italian comedy that delves into the struggles of an aspiring gay politician. Released in 2009, the film stars Luca Argentero and Claudia Gerini and also features Filippo Nigro, Francesco Pannofino and Rinaldo Rocco.

A Story Of Yonosuke

Gay Essential Films To Watch, A Story Of Yonosuke (横道世之介)

Released in 2013, A Story Of Yonosuke (横道世之介) is a Japanese film that follows the life and dreams of a young boy who travels to the suburbs of Tokyo and joins a renowned university. Starring Kengo Kôra, the film was directed by Shūichi Okita and based on the homonymous novel by Shuichi Yoshida.

Opening Night

Essential Opinion: Opening Night

Set backstage on the opening night of a new Broadway musical about one hit wonders, Opening Night stars Topher Grace as Nick, the miserable production manager of the show, just about managing to hide his disdain for the production and many of the people involved with it. As the show nears stage time, he struggles with the ego of his leading man, N*Sync’s JC Chasez who he finds out has also slept with his former girlfriend – who just happens to be the understudy to the leading actress.

Before the Fall

Essential Opinion: Before the Fall

In Before the Fall, writer and director Byrum Geisler presents a familiar assortment of rambling, lovestruck characters. Familiar, because Geisler bases his debut feature film off of one of Jane Austen’s most recognizable works, Pride and Prejudice.

Côte d'Azur

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Côte d’Azur (Crustacés et Coquillages)

This 2005 film Côte d’Azur (Crustacés et Coquillages) was directed by Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau and follows the juicy summer vacation of an eccentric, morally bankrupt family. Starring Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi, Jean-Marc Barr and Gilbert Melki, the French sex comedy was also co-written by the two directors.

Man at Bath

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Man at Bath (Homme au bain)

Released at the Locarno International Film Festival in 2010, Man At Bath (Homme au bain) is an experimental French film that follows the controversial love story between two gay men. Starring porn actor François Sagat and Omar Ben Sellem, the movie was written and directed by Christopher Honoré and also features singer and actress Chiara Mastroianni.

Antique

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Antique (서양골동양과자점 앤티크)

Genre-defying 2008 Korean feature Antique, directed by acclaimed Kyu-dong Min and based on the manga of Antique Bakery, is a twisted and genre-blending number. Protagonist Kim Jin-hyeok (Ji-hun Ju) opens a bakery thinking it will land him more dates with girls, but in a whirlwind, falls for the baker he hires Min Seon-woo (Jae-wook Kim).

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