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GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender People) Feature Films in Leavey Library (DVDs): New Additions To the Collection

New Additions to the Collection

Akron
"A sensitive and unique film that puts a progressive, Midwestern spin on a classic family drama. Benny and Christopher, college freshmen, meet playing football and begin a relationship. They fall in love supported by their family and friends. As their love for each other grows, a past tragic event involving their mothers comes to light. This revelation tests their own love and Benny's close-knit family."

L'assassino = The Assassin
"Thirty-something antiques dealer Alfredo Martelli is arrested on suspicion of murdering his older, far wealthier lover Adalgisa. But as the increasingly Kafkaesque police investigation proceeds, it becomes less and less important whether Martelli actually committed the crime as his entire lifestyle is effectively put on trial."

BPM (Beats Per Minute)
"In Paris in the early 1990s, a group of activists go to battle for those stricken with HIV/AIDS, taking on sluggish government agencies and major pharmaceutical companies. Amid rallies, protests, fierce debates and ecstatic dance parties, the newcomer Nathan falls in love with Sean, the group's radical firebrand, and their passion sparks against the shadow of mortality as the activists fight for a breakthrough."

Beach Rats
"An aimless teenager on the outer edges of Brooklyn struggles to escape his bleak home life and navigate questions of self-identity, as he balances his time between his delinquent friends, a potential new girlfriend, and older men he meets online."

Brotherly Love
"Which call to answer? The one from God or the one about the authentic self? This is the dilemma at hand for Brother Vito struggling with a decision as he must decide between becoming a Brother or allowing himself to declare his love for Gabe. Shot entirely in Austin and with a local cast and crew, it is a fresh take on the traditional gay love story."

Buddies
"David, a naive graduate student, has volunteered to work as a 'buddy' for people dying of AIDS. Assigned to the intensely political Robert, a lifelong activist whose friends and family have abandoned him following his diagnosis, the two men, each with notably different world views, soon discover common bonds, as David's inner activist awakens and Robert's need for emotional release is fulfilled."

Call Me By Your Name
"It's the summer of 1983 in Italy, and Elio, a precocious 17-year-old, spends his days in his family's villa transcribing and playing classical music, reading and flirting with his friend Marzia. One day, Oliver, a charming American scholar arrives as the annual summer intern tasked with helping Elio's father, an eminent professor. Elio and Oliver discover the heady beauty of awakening desire over the course of a summer that will alter their lives forever."

Disobedience
"A woman returns to the community that shunned her for her attraction to a childhood friend. Once back, their passions reignite as they explore the boundaries of faith and sexuality."

O fantasma
"A cautionary tale about a marginalized young man, a trash collector living and working in the seedy north of Lisbon, exploring his sexuality. Rodrigues and Meneses, in a rigorous, risky portrayal, chart the young man's odyssey, with its potential for self-discovery as well as self-obliteration, with psychological insight and visual power."

East Side Story
"In East Los Angeles, handsome young Diego works at his family's restaurant while secretly having an affair with a hunky but super-closeted real estate agent, Pedro. For the largely Latino neighborhood, the landscape is literally changing as white folks move in, including gay couple Wesley and Jonathan. Diego, increasingly frustrated with his hush-hush situation with Pedro (who, making matters worse, romantically pursues a female relative of Diego's!), falls for Wesley. But racist and homophobic friends, relatives and, in Wesley' case, a pissy ex-boyfriend guarantee this affair will be no picnic."

4 Days in France
"On a seemingly ordinary night in Paris, Pierre takes one last look his lover Paul's sleeping body, then steals away into the early morning light. Where he is headed, neither of them know. Pierre's only guide is his Grindr app, which leads him on a series of encounters with an indelible cast of characters across the French countryside. Paul sets out after him, using his own phone to track Pierre's movements in a strange and wonderful game of Grindr cat-and-mouse."

God's Own Country
"Spring. Yorkshire. Young farmer Johnny Saxby numbs his daily frustrations with binge drinking and casual sex, until the arrival of a Romanian migrant worker for lambing season ignites an intense relationship that sets Johnny on a new path."

Heartland
"Lauren, a young Oklahoma artist struggling with a recent death, finds escape in a reckless affair with her brother's girlfriend."

Hjarttasteinn = Heartstone
"In a remote fishing village in Iceland, teenage boys Thor and Christian experience a turbulent summer, as one tries to win the heart of a girl, while the other discovers new feelings toward his best friend. When summer ends and the harsh nature of Iceland takes back its rights, it's time to leave the playground and face adulthood."

Hooked
"Jack is an impulsive, eighteen-year-old hustler with few redeeming qualities. Despite his unfavorable attributes, he and his boyfriend Tom are together, in love and desperate to make ends meet in New York. When he meets Ken, a closeted married man, they jet set off from New York only to find the excitement of Miami nightlife can take a deadly turn."

I Am Michael
"Based on the true-life story of Michael Glatze, a gay activist who becomes an anti-gay Christian pastor. Michael is a high profile gay youth activist who created a national controversy when he claimed to no longer be gay and became a straight Christian pastor. The film follows Michael from his life in San Francisco with his boyfriend Bennett--where he pursues political activism, a journalist career at XY Magazine, social awareness, and sexual exploration--to his days of personal self-discovery. After a traumatic scare, Michael is plagued by doubt and paranoia, and begins a religious reawakening. Michael renounces his gay lifestyle, rejects his friends, and endeavors to find his "true self." He explores Buddhism and Mormonism, yet ultimately lands at a Christian Bible school in rural Wyoming where he meets his girlfriend Rebekah, and becomes the pastor of his own church."

Inxeba = The Wound
"Brimming with sex and violence, The Wound, is an exploration of tradition and sexuality set amid South Africa's Xhosa culture. Every year, the tribe's young men are brought to the mountains of the Eastern Cape to participate in an ancient coming-of-age ritual. Xolani, a quiet and sensitive factory worker (played by openly gay musician Nakhane Touré), is assigned to guide Kwanda, a city boy from Johannesburg sent by his father to be toughened up, through this rite of passage into manhood. As Kwanda defiantly negotiates his queer identity within this masculine environment, he quickly recognizes the nature of Xolani'e relationship with fellow guide Vija.."

Kater = [Tomcat]
"Andreas and Stefan lead a happy and passionate life: together with their beloved tomcat Moses, they live in a beautiful old house in Vienna's vineyards. They work as a musician and as a scheduler in the same orchestra and they love their large circle of friends. An unexpected and inexplicable outburst of violence suddenly shakes up the relationship and calls everything into question, the blind spot that resides in all of us."

Jonas = Boys
"When Jonah was fourteen he met the charismatic but mysterious Nathan. In addition to guiding him in grappling with his sexuality, Jonas soon confronts something dark and even dangerous about his new friend."

Der Kuchenmacher = The Cakemaker
"Thomas, a young German baker, has an affair with Oren, a married Israeli man. After Oren unexpectedly dies in a car crash, Thomas travels to Jerusalem seeking answers about his death. Under a fake identity, Thomas enters the life of Anat, his lover's newly widowed wife. There, he begins to work for Anat, baking pastries that bring her cafe to vibrant life. Thomas becomes deeply involved in her life beyond his own expectation and stretches the lie about himself to a point of no return."

Love, Simon
"Everyone deserves a great love story, but for seventeen year old Simon Spier, it's a little more complicated. He hasn't told his family or friends that he's gay, and he doesn't know the identity of the anonymous classmate that he's fallen for online. Resolving both issues proves hilarious, terrifying and life changing."

Mario
"There's a ripple of disquiet in the locker-room when Leon, a new striker, joins the soccer team. Sharing a flat with keen rival Mario sets the scene for an unexpected love affair, but the path of gay love in this macho world is not an easy one. With the prospect of a professional career a strong possibility, will Mario forsake the hope of emotional satisfaction for professional gain?"

Der Mitte der Welt = Center of My World
"After a summer spent with his best friend Kat to escape his family, Phil goes back to school and falls in love with Nicholas, a new classmate."

Paris 05:59: Théo & Hugo
"It's after midnight in a Paris gay sex club when Théo and Hugo lock eyes across the crowded room- and their connection is electric."

Paths
"Andreas and Martin have shared all the ups and downs of life, and now that their son has matured and moved out on his own, they have more free time to focus on themselves again. But when they are left alone with only themselves, will the spark still be there?"

Porcupine Lake
"Bea and Kate, two thirteen-year old girls, meet up early summer in Port Severn, a small town in Ontario, and become more than best friends. By the end of the summer they have irrevocably influenced each other, and the course of their lives has changed in ways they can't yet foresee."

Rift
"When Gunnar receives a distraught phone call from his ex-boyfriend, Einar, he drives to the secluded cabin where Einar is and discovers a menacing presence lurking."

Santa & Andreas
"In 1983, in the rural mountain region of Eastern Cuba, Andrés - a noncompliant gay writer - resides after being blacklisted by the government for having 'ideological problem'. After a major event occurs, the government decides someone reliable must be appointed to watch over him, to make sure he does not get out and make any public political statements. Santa a country girl who works on a farm - is assigned to the task. For three days in a row, Santa will sit in front of Andrés' hut and keep watch over him. Santa and Andrés are as close as it gets to being true opposites, and are not meant to like each other. However, they soon find that they have more things in common than they expected."

Screwed
"Seventeen-year-old Miku is trying to come to terms with his sexuality and find his place in the world. After his parents find out he threw a wild party while they were away, he is forced to spend the summer with them at their cottage. A flirtation soon develops with Elias, the boy next door. As they spend the summer escaping their dysfunctional families, a relationship quickly blossoms."

Tainted Souls
"Set in a working-class apartment building in Rome, the lives of a bisexual former body builder, his wife, his male lover, and a pair of ambitions criminals intersect against a backdrop of crime, confused sexual feelings, and tainted relationships. Soon, these lost souls will come to find that the hunger for power is an unstoppable disease from which there is no cure."

Thelma
"A shy young student leaves her small town and religious family to study at a university in Oslo, but once on campus she experiences what appears to be a violent, unexpected seizure. Overwhelmed by the increasing intensity of the mystifying episodes and her powerful feelings for a beautiful classmate, she struggles to control her supernatural abilities."

Tom of Finland
"Dome Karukoski's stirring biopic Tom of Finland follows his life from thetrenches of WWII and repressive Finnish society of the 1950s through his struggle to get his work published in California, where he and his art were finally embraced amid the sexual revolution of the 1970s. Tom's story is one of love, courage and perseverance, mirroring the gay liberation movement for which his leather-clad studs served as a defiant emblem."