2018, Darko Štante, Slovenia/Austria, 95 min.
Matej Zemljic, Timon Šturbej
- Sun, Mar 24th 5:15pm
- Tue, Mar 26th 8:15pm
“Manages to find a new angle on a familiar staple of LGBT storytelling…an unusual, refreshing dynamic that makes this stand apart.”--Alistair Ryder, Gay Essential
A violent coming of age is complicated by sexual ambiguity and betrayal in Slovenia’s first gay-themed film. A bedroom tryst at a teen drinking party ends in charges filed when eighteen-year-old Andrej (a terrific, smoking-hot Zemljic) beats up the girl he has been unable to satisfy, and is sentenced to a work-release detention center. At first shunned by the center’s controlling gang of thugs, he soon falls in with their leader Zele (Šturbej), who uses Andrej’s secret attraction to him as leverage in shakedown schemes and drug deals. Director Štante plays with the mixed sexual signals given off in this odd-couple pairing, as Zele bestows favors, then taunts his sometime lover with his female conquests. A deadly showdown is in the offing, and Andrej’s identity and soul hang in the balance. In Slovenian with English subtitles. DCP digital. Special advance screening courtesy of Dark Star Pictures. (BS)