17 September 2014

Violine (2012)

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Director: Roman Ilyushenko
Writer: Roman Ilyushenko
Genre: Short movie
Country: Germany
Language: German ( eng. subtitle)
Duration: 12 min
Year: 2012



Stars: Johannes Huth, Hannes Sell











Two unlikely kindred spirits share an unlikely moment of intimacy with a violin.
'Violin' is a contemporary 11 minute film that was shot in Berlin in 2012, featuring originally composed music.



Oli is a talented young musician studying to play the violin. Jan is a dissatisfied dropout with aspirations, who sells dope for a living. A change to their usual meeting arrangements brings the two together in Oli's apartment for the first time.

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13 September 2014

The Hinterlands ( 2013)

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The Hinterlands ( 2013)



Director: Brandon Ivie
Producer: Annie Cull
Writers: Michelle Elliott, Danny Larsen
Genre: Musical, Web series
Country: USA
Year:2013

Web page: http://hinterlandsthemusical.com/












In the middle of nowhere, growing up gay is the worst.
Hinterlands1Meet Paul. He’s 16. He’s into theoretical physics. He lives in the middle of nowhere. And he’s gay. Being a scrawny, queer science nerd practically makes him a bully magnet. And as the harassment piles up, Paul contemplates taking his own life. In THE HINTERLANDS, a six-part musical miniseries, Paul struggles to keep his head above water as he confronts intolerance, his sexuality and the rocky path of adolescence.

Hinterlands2We wanted to respond to the issue of gay bullying in a way that would help kids like Paul understand that they're incredibly valuable members of our human community and that they are inherently worthy of love and compassion.  We decided to do what we do best - write a musical.  As storytellers and songwriters, we can ask questions, create empathy and make change.  By creating the character of Paul we believe we will be giving young people a person with whom they can relate and empathize.  By watching Paul's journey to discover how to cope with the day-to-day bullying he faces, teens can gain strength and be inspired to overcome their own obstacles. Yes, “it gets better” for gay youth who make it through their difficult childhood and teenage years, but The Hinterlands is our attempt to help all bullied young people find and embrace their own innate worthiness NOW, despite the onslaught of hatred they must survive every day.
Hinterlands3 A guiding factor in the creation of the Hinterlands as a musical web series – rather than a staged production – was our belief that kids need to be able to access a story like this from the safety of their own laptops, iPads and smart phones. And kids in the real hinterlands are the most in need of a project like this, as some communities are highly intolerant of gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender kids.


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09 September 2014

Hearts and Hotel Rooms (2007)

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Director: Justin Nicholas James
Writer: Justin Nicholas James
Genre: Short movie
Country: USA
Year: 2007
Duration: 13 min

Stars: Aaron Harp, Wes Tyler, Amber Jaeger

 

 

 

Onaj osjećaj da ste zaboravili nešto reći i da više nećete imati priliku da to kažete se teško zaboravlja, ali kod nekih ljudi se stalno ponavlja.
Juče sam bio da se upoznam sa jednim momkom tu iz mog grada. Iako izbjegavam upoznavanje sa lokalcima ovaj put sam pristao da se nađem sa njim, djelovao mi je dovoljno diskretno i pouzdano tokom naših chat razgovora.
Dogovorimo se da odemo dovoljno daleko od grada u kojem živimo i provedemo jedno poslijepodne. Našli se , odemo na piće i pričamo. Trudim se da budem otvoren i iskren, a on kao da je progutao cipelu. Priča o društvu sa kojim izlazi i kako voli da mjenja mjesta tokom izlazaka. Kako je grad u kojem živimo dosadan i kako su svi drugi gradovi zanimljiviji i naravno što su udaljeniji to su bolji.
Odemo u drugi restoran sa prelijepim pogledom na more. Zalazak sunca , slikavamo se i narućimo žestoko piće da se malo bolje opustimo.  Nastavljamo razgovor i opet priča iste stvari. U povratku doma tokom vožnje kolima pokušavam da promjenim temu. Želim da mi priča o sebi o tome šta želi i očekuje. Ništa od toga nisam čuo. Ostao je zatvoren tokom 4 sata druženja o sebi ništa nije rekao.

Pozdravljamo se i nastavljam vožnju kući. Razmišljam šta je u tom momku da tako žarko želi da je negdje daleko. Zašto ne želi da priča o onome što potajno želi kada je zatvoren u svojoj sigurnoj i zaštićenoj sobi.

Najvažnije od svega toga je da li je u stanju sam sebi da odgovori na ta vrlo jednostavna pitanja.
Naravno da znam šta želi, ali ipak neke stvari se naprosto moraju reći. Prelomiti kome povjerovati i podjeliti svoje misli. Ako to ne uradiš i prepustiš se pušenju prangije i trpanju u nekom nepoznatom krevetu sa potpunim strancem onda si samo još jedan peder sa chata i ništa drugo.

Čisto onako da nešto napišem, a zašto sam ovo napisao ne znam ni sam.

 

Jimmy returns to a charmingly convenient hotel room, he reminisces on a one-night stand that took place there. Flashbacks from a year earlier - checking in, simple conversation, discovering love - bring into question whether or not Brian will return as well.

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10 July 2014

The Way He Looks (2014)

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"Hoje Eu Quero Voltar Sozinho" (original title)

 

Director: Daniel Ribeiro
Writer: Daniel Ribeiro (script)
Genre: Drama
Country: Brazil
Language: Portuguese
Year: 2014
Duration: 95 min

 

Stars: Ghilherme Lobo, Fabio Audi, Tess Amorim, Selma Egrei, Eucir de Souza

 

 

 

Leonardo je srednjoškolac, slijep od rođenja, odlično integriran u školsku sredinu iako ponekad zbog svog hendikepa doživljava neugodnosti od školskih drugova. Njegova najbolja prijateljica Giovana brine o njemu  pomažući mu na putu od škole do kuće i provodi sa njim vikende u beskrajnim tinedžerskim pričama.
The-Way-He-Looks-1Idiličnu sliku narušava dolazak Gabriela, novog učenika u školi u kojeg se sve cure zagledaju, pa i Giovana.
Gabriel i Leonardo sticajem okolnosti postaju prijatelji ali možda i više od toga.

Ova lijepa školska coming out priča je laka za pogledati i za sobom ostavlja pozitivan osjećaj koji nam na jedan nenamjetljiv način nametne odobravanje na mladalačku gej ljubav i prijateljstvo.

The-Way-He-Looks-3Bilo bi lijepo kada bi naše balkanske TV kuće otkupile ovaj film i prikazale ga široj publici ne samo kao edukativan film o gej ljudima i njihovim emocijama već i kao podstrek da homofobi preispitaju svoj stav prema drugačijima od sebe. U ovom slučaju prema slijepim i gay osobama.

 

Jay Weissberg on Variety.Com

The-Way-He-Looks-2Everyone will root for the two teen protags in Daniel Ribeiro’s sweet gay coming-of-age debut, “The Way He Looks,” since the boys are so likable and their route to first love has an undeniably touching quality. Centered on a blind high schooler chomping at the bit for independence while discovering his sexuality, the pic has genuine appeal, though in truth the script and direction are little more than average. However, its affirmative stance could be vitally formative for gay teens, and Berlin’s Teddy Award, plus Fipresci’s Panorama nod, should open doors to niche release worldwide.

The-Way-He-Looks-5Ribeiro first floated the story in his short “I Don’t Want to Go Back Alone,” made expressly to raise funding for the feature. Leonardo (Ghilherme Lobo), blind from birth, is largely well integrated into his school in Sao Paulo, though a few bullying kids occasionally make life unpleasant. His wisecracking best friend, Giovana (Tess Amorim), vigilantly looks out for him even though he’s blithely unaware of the torch she carries. Then new kid Gabriel (Fabio Audi) arrives in class, a sudden object of interest for all the girls. Leonardo is intrigued, Gabriel solicitous. Soon they’re hanging out together, much to Giovana’s fury, since she feels shut out, no longer the sole caretaker to her BFF.

The-Way-He-Looks-7Concurrent with the boys’ deepening friendship is Leonardo’s increasing frustration with his overprotective parents; in this, Ribeiro errs by making them behave as if their son’s been blind for just a few years rather than his entire life. Mom (Lucia Romano) in particular is reluctant to let Leonardo remain alone in the house even for an afternoon; Dad (Eucir de Souza), in a nice speech, is more supportive of his son’s interest in study-abroad programs, wanting to be sure his yearning for independence stems from the right reasons.

Most of the dialogue feels recycled from countless teen pics, and were this a film about a blind boy falling in love with a girl, there’d be nothing to make it stand out. The-Way-He-Looks-99But this is a gay story, done with tenderness and capturing the hesitancy of expressing affection when rejection can have ugly consequences. Had “The Way He Looks” been made 20 years ago, it would be hard to overestimate the impact it could have had on gay teens desperate for this sort of positive representation; although the field has expanded somewhat recently, this could still be a meaningful catalyst in boosting confidence and self-worth for those struggling to come out.

Ribeiro, who won the Crystal Bear in 2008 with “You, Me and Him,” includes a few visually pleasing setpieces, such as a scene of Gabriel teaching Leonardo to dance. Otherwise, lensing is professional in a standard way, carefully ensuring that the filtered lighting sympathetically bathes everyone in a cool attractive glow. Unexpected musical choices feel just right.

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