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American Translation

Gay Essential Films To Watch, American Translation

American Translation is a French film co-directed by Pascal Arnold and Jean-Marc Barr. The film follows a stunningly handsome young man and his American lover as they travel the French countryside, pursuing young male prostitutes for sadistic thrills, while managing to evade the local police inspector.

This is What Love in Action Looks Like

Gay Essential Documentaries To Watch, This is What Love in Action Looks Like

An American documentary, This is What Love in Action Looks Like presents the inspirational story of a teen led protest over a fundamentalist Christian gay-conversion facility. Filmed in Memphis, Tennessee, the story is told through the eyes of protestors and former clients of the facility.

The Last Match

Gay Essential Films To Watch, The Last Match (La Partida)

In The Last Match, two Cuban boys named Reinier and Yosvani are struggling to maintain enough income to take care of their families. Meanwhile, the two boys have fallen in love with each, and find that they must fight even harder to be together in a country where homosexuality is frowned upon.

Four More Years

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Four More Years (Fyra år till)

Released in 2010, the Swedish film Four More Years (Fyra år till) is a romantic comedy about finding love through failure. Directed by Tova Magnusson and starring actors David Holst and Eric Ericson, this surprising love story unfolds between two career politicians who are aligned on opposite ends of the political spectrum.

Getting Go, the Go Doc Project

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Getting Go, the Go Doc Project

A film about obsession, Getting Go, the Go Doc Project, tells the story of a college filmmaker named Doc who is enamoured with a popular New York go-go dancer, aptly named Go. After befriending Go, Doc begins shooting a movie about Go, following him into every club, bar, and even into his bedroom.

Absent

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Absent (Ausente)

The thriller Absent (originally titled Ausente) tells the story of a teenager who pursues a sexual relationship with his swimming instructor. Written and directed by Marco Berger, this film features an Argentine cast including Carlos Echavarria, Javier De Pietro, and Antonella Costa. Absent won a 2011 Teddy Award for Best Feature Film in the Berlin Film Festival.

Land of Storms

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Land of Storms (Viharsarok)

In the 2014 Hungarian drama, Land of Storms, two best friends named Szabolcs and Bernard are playing football for the same club in Germany. After suffering a tough loss, Szabolcs decides to return to his native Hungary. During his trip home, however, Szabolcs meets a boy named Aron.

Mixed Kebab

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Mixed Kebab

Mixed Kebab is a Belgian drama that examines the crossroads between gay and straight, and modern and traditional Muslim lifestyles. Cultures clash as a closeted gay Muslim man must face the prospect of an arranged traditional marriage. Written and directed by Guy Lee Thys, this film stars Cam Akkenat, Simon Van Buyten, and Gamze Tazim.

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