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This year’s Outfest Los Angeles hosts a bevy of fantastic queer cinema, including a daughter uncovering a mom-and-pop gay porn shop, a lush gay romance reminiscent of “Weekend,” and the story of “A Nightmare on Elm Street II” star Mark Patton.
“END OF THE CENTURY”
Lucio - Castro - Feature - Filmmaking - Debut
Lucio Castro’s feature filmmaking debut is the Argentinian answer to “Weekend.” Two men meet-cute from a balcony after chatting on Grindr, but they soon discover they have a mysterious familiarity. Time is fluid in this swooning romance, and Castro’s film luxuriates in the luscious bonds of new connection — one so deep it may as well be centuries old. As leading man Ocho, dreamy Juan Barberini is sure to launch a new phase of his career once enough people see the film.
“CIRCUS OF BOOKS”
Tribeca - Film - Festival - Reviews - Ryan
After premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival to rapturous reviews, Ryan Murphy shrewdly snapped up this delightful documentary as part of his massive overall deal at Netflix. Part family history, part gay sex romp, filmmaker Rachel Mason renders the story of her family’s gay porn shop in humorous and absorbing detail. As owners of a famous gay porn shop in Los Angeles for over thirty years, Ellen and Barry Mason hid the true nature of their business from their children and friends at their conservative synagogue. Mason probes her mother’s contradictions with tender and inquisitive care, keeping the tone funny and entertaining the whole way through.
Motivation - Li - Cheng - Josè - Queer
In explaining its motivation for awarding Li Cheng’s “Josè” the 2018 Queer Lion, the Venice Film festival’s LGBTQ film award, the committee wrote: “Sensitively written and beautifully performed, this passionate portrait of a young man’s journey in search of emotional fulfillment, shows the complexity of a same-sex relationship against the background of the harsh life in contemporary Guatemala.”
The film beat out both “Suspiria” and “The Favourite,” so that...
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