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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.

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.

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