acted by Jean-Hugues Anglade and directed by the great French filmmaker Patrice
Chéreau, this film is a daring and ahead-of-its-time portrait of the anguishes
of a young gay man in love with a manipulative criminal.
2. The Garden (Derek Jarman, 1990,
Derek Jarman delivers a visual and metaphorical narrative about the struggles of
the gay community having to face oppression, criminalization, stigmatization
and society’s homophobia. With his current collaborator, Tilda Swinton, Jarman
makes an experimental movie that is very poetical, haunting and unique.
3. Young Soul Rebels (Isaac Julien,
1991, United Kingdom)
A great exponent
of the New Queer Cinema. This film touches the subjects of racism, homophobia, black
and queer identity, contracultural movements, police violence, punk music, love
and desire. A rare kind of film that speaks of themes rarely seen on the big
screen even nowadays. It tells the story of the friends Chris and Caz, who run
a pirate radio station from a tower block in Dalston, East London.
4. Dong gong xi gong (East Palace, West
Palace) (Yuan Zhang, 1996, China)
Mainland Chinese movie with an explicitly homosexual theme. The film tells the
story of a young gay writer A-Lan who, being attracted to a young policeman,
manages to have himself interrogated for a whole night. In placing the openly gay
protagonist and the homophobic policeman alone in a room, the movie was able to
explore the relations of power, masculinity, and repressed desire with a haunting
and, at the same time, sensual atmosphere.
5. Wild Side (Sébastien Lifshitz, 2004,
The film is
a tender and melancholic portrait of three outsiders who love each other: Stéphanie,
a transsexual prostitute; Djamel, an Egyptian hustler and Mikhail, a Russian man
who works in a restaurant. Fluid and working like an everyday simple tale, the
movie showcases these three characters in a very intimate and sincere way.
impressionist tale of love, grief and regret which tells the story of Ricky, who
leaves Hong-Hong to look for the lost soul and the past of his deceased Swiss
lover, Pascal. Ricky struggles with the confusion of memories, reality and
du Salut (Abdellah Taia, 2013, France/ Marocco)
writer Abdellah Taia, debuts his filmmaking with an autobiographical adaptation
of his homonymous novel. A crude, realistic and intimate coming-of-age about the
formation of identity, sexuality and desire and that showcases the difficulties of
immigrants in France.
8. Onthakan (The Blue Hour) (Anucha
Boonyawatana, 2015, Thailand)
love story about a bullied loner, Tam, who finds solace in the arms of Phum, a
boy he meets at a haunted swimming pool. The Blue Hour is a thriller with glances
of horror and teenage romance. Sometimes tender, sometimes disturbing, this
film is very unlike and unique.
9. Spa Night (Andrew Ahn, 2016, United
minimalistic sensorial film is a hauntingly blurry study on repression,
tradition, foreignness, desire and family bound. It tells the story of David, a
Korean-American teenager who starts working in a spa to help his struggling
family. There he has contact with gay men who uses the spa for sex, and this new
reality both scares and excites him.
Corpo Elétrico (Body Electric) (Marcelo Caetano,
is a fluid and naturalistic study of the every-day-life of factory workers in
the northeast of Brazil. The protagonist is Elias, a gay young man who spends
his days working in a fabric factory, having love affairs and getting out with
his friends. This movie works like a chronic full of energy, love, truth and an
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