Sunburn (Golpe de Sol) is a conceptual Portuguese drama exploring the complex connections between four long-time friends. Writer-director Vicente Alves do Ó fills each scene with bold experimental filmmaking touches that draw out the attitudes that gurgle under the surface.
Carmen & Lola (Carmen y Lola), the directorial debut of Arantxa Echevarria, reinvigorates a familiar coming out scenario by transporting it to the heart of Madrid’s Roma community, finding within it specific cultural issues that, sadly, allows for one of the oldest narratives within LGBT storytelling to maintain its relevancy.
Justin Johnson is a privileged rich kid, whose parents only ever wanted two things – a straight son who got straight A’s. Bankrolling his college fund, he’s flown the nest and is finally free to be himself, until he gets phone calls from his disapproving father that always lead to committing various acts of self harm.
Written and directed by Tor Iben, the 2011 film The Visitor (Cibrâil) is a sensual drama set in Berlin. Starring and all-German cast including Sinan Hancili, Martina Hesse, and Engin Sert, this story unfolds as a romantic love triangle when a young man comes to stay with his cousin and her boyfriend.
The Way He Looks (Hoje Eu Quero Voltar Sozinho) is a touching Brazilian drama written by director Daniel Ribeiro. The film follows a young blind teenager as he struggles to live a more independent life despite the disappointment this causes his best friend and his mother. When a new boy comes to town, however, he reconsiders his plans.