TLA Releasing offers the best in independent queer cinema
TLA Releasing is a global leader in LGBT entertainment, with offices in Philadelphia and London, and a partnership in France (Optimale/TLA). Since its inception in 2001, TLA Releasing has been devoted to providing the best in independent cinema for LGBT audiences. We’ve spotlighted five of their latest new releases below, so that you can begin 2021 with a fresh perspective on gay cinema.
Skeleton in the Closet
Handsome, twenty-something, Manuel, travels back to his hometown with an ulterior motive- to ask his parents for money to move to Denmark with his super-hot boyfriend. Soon after arriving, however, things start to get complicated- his boyfriend dumps him, he has a surprising romantic encounter with an ex-teacher, and his parents are finding every possible means to avoid talking about his love life!
No Hard Feelings
Parvis, the son of exiled Iranians, copes with life in his small hometown by immersing himself in pop culture, Grindr dates, and raves. After being caught shoplifting, he is sentenced to community service at a refugee shelter where he meets siblings Banafshe and Amon, who have fled Iran. As a romantic attraction between Parvis and Amon grows, the fragile relationship between the three is put to a test. They find and lose each other throughout a summer of fleeting youth, and intense first love. An attempt at a joint future brings them to the stark realization that, in Germany, they are not equal.
Sandro is shy, hirsute, and horny. Factory worker by day, he keeps his head down just enough not to be spotted eyeing the ample flesh on display at his local pool. But after a few glances shared with the younger and sexier Ricardo, enough has been said. A few chance encounters in the woodlands, and a memorably explicit moment at a county fair, take us on an erotic trip out of the mundane of Sandro’s life.
But just as things start to make sense, in walks Maicon, a man who seems like he literally stepped out a Tom of Finland sketch, and upends everything. Stylish and explicit, Daniel Nolasco’s ‘Dry Wind’ sets a new standard for original queer erotic cinema.
Are We Lost Forever?
Adrian and Hampus have been living together for three years, and are engaged to be married. But their relationship has gone down an increasingly destructive path and during one fateful discussion it all comes crashing down. For Hampus it is a relief to close the door on his destructive relationship with Adrian, but the latter is devastated and heartbroken. Will he be able to survive without the love of his life, or is there a possible way of somehow getting him back? Through desperate attempts to reunite, awkward encounters and rebound sex, they try to once again draw themselves closer together. But will it ultimately push them further apart?
Ezequiel, a fifteen year old boy on the cusp of his sexual awakening, meets handsome, twenty-one-year-old Mono and quickly starts a relationship. Mono invites him to his cousin’s villa, to spend a weekend together, but while returning from the trip Mono disappears, no longer responding to Ezekiel’s texts. Ezequiel is surprised and confused until Chino, Mono’s cousin, sends him a hidden camera video of Ezekiel and Mono having sex, blackmailing him into making his own sex tape with a minor to be sold on the dark web, in order to keep his secret hidden.
Ezequiel, with an impossible choice, decides to seduce Juan Ignacio, a thirteen-year-old boy whom he knows from school and suspects has a crush on him. Ezequiel turns from prey to hunter against his own will and begins a seduction work on Juan Ignacio.
Adrian and Sebastian live an openly gay life in New York as Immigrants. When Sebastian’s visa is rejected, the two must decide whether to return to Colombia where they face rejection and persecution for their sexual orientation or do whatever is necessary to stay in the United States. Either way, the thoughts and discussions associated with the decision will have a profound effect on the couple. Hitting upon hot button issues, Nowhere places its characters within the context of the difficult immigration situation in the US and furthering a sense of homelessness and lack of belonging for the main protagonists.
Visit TLA Releasing for purchase and streaming information, and a list of all films in their back catalogue.
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