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Fashion Victims

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Fashion Victims (Reine Geschmacksache)

Released in 2007, this fun German film is a light-hearted, whimsical comedy about the ludicrous endeavours of a ladies’ fashion salesman. Directed and co-written by Ingo Rasper, Fashion Victims (Reine Geschmacksache) stars Edgar Selge, Florian Bartholomäi and Roman Knizka.

This Side of Heaven

Essential Opinion: This Side of Heaven

Shot entirely in black and white, Verow’s film carries an interesting film noir feel to it.  V is the unfortunate victim of circumstance, locked in an ever-present battle with the villainous Shawnith.  A string of sexually motivated young men float in and out of V’s life until Christian arrives – the unexpected femme fatale, or male fatale as it were.

Japan Japan

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Japan Japan

Imri Khan is front and centre in the Israeli-Berliner director Lior Shamriz’s 2007 film, Japan Japan. The protagonist, who is played by the actor of the same name, is an introspective young man who is refining his dream of moving to Japan from Tel Aviv, and the audience bears witness to the series of encounters that shifts his international whims.

Saturn Returns

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Saturn Returns

Released in 2009, in Saturn Returns director Lior Shamriz has created a work that blends a Punk subculture documentary with slice-of-life melodrama. The piece stars Chloe Griffin as an American who has turned a Berlin rocker named Lucy, Joshua Bogle as her best friend Derek, and Tal Meiri as Galia, the enchanting woman who opens the wandering souls to a quieter and clearer way of living.

Brotherhood

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Brotherhood (Broderskab)

Brotherhood (Broderskab) is a Danish-language romantic drama directed by Nicolo Donato. The 2010 release describes the formation of a tumultuous and threatened relationship between a former Danish serviceman, and neo-Nazi group recruit. The film stars Thure Lindhardt, David Dencik and Morten Holst.

La Cage Aux Folles

Gay Essential Films To Watch, La Cage Aux Folles

Released in 1978 La Cage aux Folles was co-written and directed by Edouard Molinaro. Nominated for an Academy Award, the film won Best Foreign Film at the Golden Globes, with Best Actor going to Michel Serrault at the Cesar Awards. Shot in location in Rome, Saint Tropez, France and the French Riviera, Ugo Tognazzi and Claire Maurier also star. The film is an adaptation of the 1973 play by Jean Poiret.

Gay Essential Films To Watch, High Art

Lisa Cholodenko’s charming feature film debut High Art released in 1998, stars Radha Mitchell as Syd, a scrappy, lowly intern at a photography magazine, who is pulled into the hedonistic orbit of her intriguing neighbour Lucy, who happens to be a well-reputed photographer (played by Ally Sheedy). The 101-minute film grossed just under $2 million at the box office during the year of its release.

I Love You Phillip Morris

Gay Essential Films To Watch, I Love You Phillip Morris

Released in 2009 and directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Recqua, I Love You Phillip Morris is about a con man who falls in love with a fellow prisoner and the lengths he’ll go to stay together. The film was nominated for multiple awards, and won the GLAAD Media award for Outstanding Film – Limited Release. Shot in multiple locations in the USA, the film features actors Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor.

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