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Suicide Room

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Suicide Room (Sala Samobójców)

Suicide Room is an award-winning Polish film that tells the dark and disturbing story of teenage bullying. Released in 2011 the film crosses the genres of drama and thriller. The film was written and directed by Jan Komasa. The premiere of Suicide Room was held at The Berlin International Film Festival in 2011. Jakub Gierszał takes centre stage in the film.

Huckleberry

Gay Essential Opinion: Huckleberry

Huckleberry has a crush on his lifelong friend Jolene, even though she’s deep in a relationship with Clint, a drug addicted, violent man far beneath her. Taking matters into his own hands, he irreparably changes the dynamics of his friendship group as he confuses seeking justice with winning the heart of a girl he has long admired.

Vic + Flo Saw a Bear

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Vic + Flo Saw A Bear (Vic + Flo Ont Vu Un Ours)

In the 2013 crime thriller, Vic + Flo Saw a Bear (Vic + Flo ont vu un ours), Victoria (Pierrette Robitaille) and Florence (Romane Bohringer) are a pair of lesbian ex-cons who are seeking a quiet life after prison. Things go awry, however, when a woman from Flo’s past emerges and enters their lives.

The Skin of the Teeth

Gay Essential Opinion: The Skin Of The Teeth

As far as first dates go, you’d struggle to think of any that are worse than this. Josef arrives at the lavish apartment where John lives. The pair had met before and agreed to a date, but Josef was too wasted to remember the specifics – a detail that becomes insignificant due to the mounting awkwardness that envelops their evening.

Knife + Heart

Gay Essential Review: Knife + Heart (Un Couteau Dans Le Coeur) at BFI Flare

Part Thriller, part Period Film, part Romance (…sort of), French director Yann Gonzalez transports us on a kitschy and intriguing ride. Knife + Heart (Un Couteau Dans Le Coeur) throws viewers head first into Paris 1979, complete with eclectic fashion, technicolor, and that unmistakably soft, creamy focus in every shot.

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.

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.

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.

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