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The Way He Looks

Gay Essential Films To Watch, The Way He Looks (Hoje Eu Quero Voltar Sozinho)

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.

Beyond the Walls

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Beyond the Walls (Hors les murs)

Beyond the Walls was filmed in Belgium and released in 2012. Directed by David Lambert, The film is a drama telling the story of two lovers Ilir and Paolo. The film won the People Award at Paris Lesbian Film Festival, with Best Performance going to stars Matila Malliarakis and Guillaume Gouix.

Boys (Jonas)

Essential Opinion: Boys (Jonas)

Boys (Jonas) is Charrier’s second TV movie, and I suspect that it’s only a matter of time before somebody gives him money to make his big screen debut. His film may tell a fairly melodramatic story as it progresses, but it’s easily forgivable due to being grounded within a heartfelt character study – one that is all the more effective due to the perfectly pitched performances he manages to get from the entire ensemble.

Benjamin

Gay Essential Review: Benjamin at BFI London Film Festival

Comedian Simon Amstell’s second film in the director’s chair follows a socially awkward filmmaker suffering from crippling anxiety due to the imminent world premiere of his second film. And if this didn’t already feel dangerously close to autobiography, Amstell’s second directorial outing has just had its world premiere at this year’s London Film Festival, just like the embarrassingly personal film directed by the title character of his latest effort, Benjamin.

Rafiki

Gay Essential Review: Rafiki at BFI London Film Festival

So much attention has been devoted to the controversy surrounding Rafiki, the first LGBT film produced in Kenya, that discussions on the film itself have been something of an afterthought. To put it simply, the Kenyan censorship board didn’t have the same rapturous response to the film as audiences at Cannes (where it premiered earlier this year), effectively banning it – only to upturn the ban, submit the film as their entry for the foreign language Oscar, and premiere it to sold out audiences upon opening in Kenya.

Mario

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Mario

Mario was released in 2018 and follows the career of a talented young soccer player who has to choose between his reputation and his love for a fellow player. Directed by Marcel Gisler, the motion picture stars Max Hubacher, Aaron Altaras and Andreas Matti. The film was co-written by Thomas Hess, Frederic Moriette and Marcel Gisler.

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