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Stranger by the Lake

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Stranger by the Lake (L’inconnu du lac)

A drama-thriller directed by Alain Guiraudie, Stranger by the Lake tells the story of a summer by the lake in which Franck falls in love with the dangerous Michel. It was filmed at Lake of Sainte-Croix, Verdon Gorge, France and starred Pierre Deladonchamps and Christophe Paou.

Devil's Path

Gay Essential Review: Devil’s Path at FilmOut San Diego

You might think you know the story: two men meet at a remote cruising spot, where men have been mysteriously disappearing for weeks, and find themselves falling deeper into a murderous cat and mouse chase. But this surface level synopsis is the only true similarity between Devil’s Path and 2013’s widely acclaimed anti-thriller Stranger by the Lake, a film to which it will likely be compared based on the subject matter alone.

Death In Buenos Aires

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Death In Buenos Aires (Muerte en Buenos Aires)

This 2014 Argentine film follows the life of a police inspector who has to wander into the underground world of gay nightclubs to solve an investigation. Starring Demián Bichir, Mónica Antonópulos and Hugo Arana, Death In Buenos Aires (Muerte en Buenos Aires) is the directorial debut of Natalia Meta, who also co-wrote the movie.

In Order of Disappearance

Gay Essential Films To Watch, In Order of Disappearance (Kraftidioten)

Directed by Hans Petter Moland, In Order of Disappearance (Kraftidioten) is a Norwegian crime thriller released in 2014. After his son is accidentally killed, honourable citizen Nils goes on a quest for revenge, and in doing so, ignites a war between two criminal enterprises. The film stars Stellan Skarsgård, Bruno Ganz and Pål Sverre Hagen.


Essential Opinion: Grinder

Before you ask, the answer is no. Grinder has nothing to do with the popular hookup app. While Writer/Director Brandon Ruckdashel’s film may not be buried in your iPhone menu, the metaphor is far from lost. This is a story about the meat grinder many young gay men must try to survive, weathering a gauntlet of homophobia, confusion, and the discovery of one’s self-identity.

Advise & Consent

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Advise & Consent

Released in 1962, Advise & Consent is an American film based on Allen Drury’s homonymous book. Directed by Otto Preminger and starring Henry Fonda, the movie follows Robert Lefingwell’s political race for Secretary of State, uncovering communist affiliations and homosexual trysts along the way. With a majority of characters based on real, historical figures, Preminger’s noir motion picture features veteran actors like Peter Lawford, Betty White, Lew Ayres and Walter Pidgeon.

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