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Oy Vey! My Son is Gay!

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Oy Vey! My Son is Gay!

Oy Vey! My Son is Gay! was produced, directed and written by Evgeny Afineevsky. Released in 2009, it tells the story of a Jewish family struggling to accept their son being gay and in a relationship with a Catholic man. The film stars Lainie Kazan (My Big Fat Greek Wedding), Saul Rubinek (Warehouse 13, Frasier) and John Lloyd Young.

In The Grayscale

Gay Essential Films To Watch, In The Grayscale (En la gama de los grises)

Written by Beppe Norero, In The Grayscale is a Chilean drama about Bruno, a father of one who is separated from his wife, and his unexpected romance with tour guide Fer. Released in 2015, the film was directed by Claudio Marcone and stars Francisco Celhay and Emilio Edwards.

The Circle

Gay Essential Films To Watch, The Circle (Der Kreis)

Released in 2014, The Circle depicts the story of Ernst Ostertag, Röbi Rapp and other members of Der Kreis, a gay organisation and publication that fell under investigation by the Swiss police after several gay men were killed. Written by Christian Felix, Ivan Madeo, Urs Frey and director Stefan Haupt, the docudrama was shot entirely in Zurich, Switzerland. The film stars Matthias Hungerbühler and Sven Schelker as Ostertag and Rapp respectively.

The Perfect Wedding

Gay Essential Films To Watch, The Perfect Wedding

Written by Ed Gaffney, Suzanne Brockman and Jason T. Gaffney, The Perfect Wedding was directed by Scott Gabriel and released in 2012. The film tells the story of Paul whose sister’s wedding forces him to see his ex-boyfriend again only to fall in love with his ex’s new man. The Perfect Wedding stars Eric Aragon and Jason T. Gaffney as Paul and Gavin respectively.

Sleepless Knights

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Sleepless Knights (Caballeros Insomnes)

Released in 2012, Sleepless Knights was written and directed by Stefan Butzmühlen and Cristina Diz. The film tells the story of Carlos, who spends the summer in the country with his family where he contemplates whether or not he should return to Madrid. Meeting handsome Juan doesn’t make his decision any easier. The film stars Raul Godoy and Jaime Pedruelo as Carlos and Juan respectively.

Water Boys | Dreams from Strangers

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Water Boys (Non accettare i sogni dagli sconosciuti)

Released in 2015, Water Boys (Dreams from Strangers) is an Italian drama set in St. Petersburg, Russia. It tells the story of Massimo and Vladimir, a young gay couple whose relationship is getting complicated due to cultural and political differences between the two. Written and directed by Roberto Cuzzilo, Water Boys stars Giuseppe Claudio Insalaco and Daniel de Rossi.

North Sea Texas

Gay Essential Opinion: North Sea Texas (Noordzee, Texas)

The beauty of North Sea Texas lies in its simplicity. The film is beautifully shot and brilliantly acted, especially by Jelle Florizoone, Eva van der Gucht and Katelijne Damen who deliver outstanding performances. Bavo Defurne achieves so much without having to rely on dialogue, using very distinct and bold colours (just think about Pim’s yellow shirt or Yvette’s yellow evening dress) as well as amazing long shots of the Belgian coastline.


Gay Essential Films To Watch, Tattoo (Tatuagem)

Written and directed by Hilton Lacerda, Tattoo released in 2013 stars Irandhir Santos and Jesuíta Barbosa. The film follows the romance between a young soldier and an actor. The original Portuguese title Tatuagem literally translates to Tattoo, has won several awards including Best Film and Best Actor at the Rio de Janeiro Film Festival.


Gay Essential Opinion: Boys (Jongens)

Boys was originally produced with a target audience of kids and teenagers in mind. It aired for the first time on Dutch television in February 2014 and was later released in selected theatres as well. Because of its success in the Netherlands it was sold to other countries and started to gain international recognition. Jongens (original Dutch title) was directed by Mischa Kamp and starred Gijs Blom and Ko Zandvliet as Sieger and Marc respectively.

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