Released in 2010, Strapped is a drama following the story of a young prostitute and his eventful night in a strange apartment building. Filmed in San Francisco, Strapped was directed by Joseph Graham and starred Ben Bonenfant and Nick Frangione.
Released in 1997, Happy Together was nominated for 12 awards and won seven including Most Popular Foreign Film at Arizona International Film Festival and Best Director at Cannes Film Festival. Directed and written by Kar Wai Wong, the film starred Leslie Cheung, Tony Chiu Wai Leung and Chen Chang. The film was shot in Taiwan and Argentina.
Heartbeats, released in 2010, won the Regards Jeune Prize at the Cannes Film Festival as well as awards at Hamptons International Film Festival, Jurtra Awards and Rotterdam international Film Festival. It was written and directed by Xavier Dolan, who also starred. Filmed in Quebec, Canada, it also starred Monia Chokri and Niels Schneider.
A Home at the End of the World was released in 2004. Written by Pulitzer-Prize winning author Michael Cunningham and adapted by him from his novel for the film, it was directed by Michael Mayer. Shot in New York, Arizona and Canada the film starred Colin Farrell, Dallas Roberts and Robin Wright. The film won an award for excellence in filmmaking at National Board of Review USA 2004.
Nobody could mistake Love, Simon for realism – but its hopeful view of life outside the closet is exactly what teenage audiences need right now, and older audiences are certainly not going to be immune to its charms either. For many teenagers, this is likely to be the first film about a gay romance they ever see, and as an introduction to the wonders of LGBT cinema, you can’t really go wrong with this.
It’s a surprise that Screwed hasn’t been more of a fixture on the festival circuit over the past year. Director Nils-Erik Ekblom has crafted exactly what you’d want from a crowd pleasing coming of age movie; he manages to effectively blend an embarrassingly relatable cringe comedy with a relatable story of stepping out of the closet as awkwardly as possible.