The barriers we build in our hearts can be as cruel and impractical as the walls countries erect to keep “foreigners” out. But the worldly men throughout this charged and romantic shorts program refuse to build such walls when it comes to love. Whether it’s risking everything for companionship or breaking free of rigid familial expectation, these heroes fight ideologically imposed blinders head-on, unearthing a kinder, sexier truth.
In the affirming One Night Only, a confident Australian calls out his date for chastising his “femme” qualities. A Mexican teen travels by foot to the border, hoping to reunite with his love, in the gripping The Other Side. Ocean Swells unfolds by the calm Norwegian seaside, but the unspoken attraction between these two friends is anything but tranquil. Will they break through the friend-zone barrier and admit their mutual love? Tough questions also consume the handsome protagonist in Pedro, whose cruising opportunities hit a snag when his mother, hungry for his attention, keeps close watch over his every move. And nothing beats the poignant plea for acceptance from the masterfully executed Pria, a powerhouse short that follows a rural Indonesian teen desperately seeking to outmaneuver his impending arranged marriage.
— HARRY VAUGHN
FILMS IN THIS PROGRAM
One Night Only
DIRECTOR Sam Langshaw | 2016 | Australia | 11m
In this defiantly affirming queer tale, a gorgeously decked-out Australian calls out his date for chastising his “femme” qualities.
The Other Side
DIRECTOR Rodrigo Alvarez Flores | 2016 | Mexico | 15m | In Spanish with English subtitles
A determined Mexican teen travels by foot to the border, hoping to fall back into the arms of his love, in the gripping and beautifully crafted The Other Side.
DIRECTOR Sverre Matias Glenne | 2016 | Norway | 14m | In Norwegian with English subtitles
In a quiet, easygoing Norwegian seaside town, the unspoken attraction between two best friends is anything but tranquil. Will they break the friend-zone barrier and finally admit that they love each other?
DIRECTORS Marco Leão & André Santos | 2016 | Portugal | 20m | In Portuguese with English subtitles
This sexy protagonist’s charged cruising opportunities hit a snag when his overbearing mother, hungry for his attention, keeps close watch over his every move.
DIRECTOR Yudho Aditya | 2016 | Indonesia, USA | 21m
In this powerhouse short film, a rural Indonesian teen tries desperately to outmaneuver his impending arranged marriage.