Ukrainian Queer Shorts

An important and timely collection that brings to the big screen stories of the LGBTQ community in Ukraine.
Two films that describe the day to day reality in the country during the war against Russia, a movie that focuses on a young transgender activist and a dramatic comedy about the wedding of a young Roma man facing a fateful decision.

Duration: 75 minutes.

Three Nights A Week

The surprising comic and romantic drama of the year brings to the big screen a refreshing and stigma breaking character.
Cookie Kunty is a talented Parisian drag queen. Everyone who is familiar with the world of drag knows how hard it is for drag queens to find love. Therefore, when Cookie meets 29 years old Baptiste, she finds it hard to believe that he’s interested in her, but Baptiste is immediately mesmerized by Cookie. At first he’s driven by the idea of creating a photography project with Cookie and sinks into her world, but eventually starts to develop a relationship with Quentin, the young man behind the drag queen. The problem is, Baptiste has never been in a relationship with a man before and he is in a long term relationship with Samia, a hospital nurse, who also works at the HIV clinic.
In his debut film director Florent Gouëlou provides the audience a cinematic experience rich in colors and music, and featuring a different and surprising love story, which is also a coming out story, the likes of which was never before seen on the big screen. Actor Pablo Pauly is wonderful as Baptiste and Romain Eck as Cookie/Quentin builds a moving and complex character.
The result is pure enjoyment and it is certainly no surprise that “Three Nights a Week” was chosen as the opening film of the 2022 Critics’ Week of the Venice Film Festival.

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Sexy Gay Shorts

The sexy collection is back after a year’s absence. Seven films, among them a surprise- two Israeli short films that are going to turn the Cinematheque into an adult films cinema a-la randy 70’s and 80’s. Getting high on semen, playing with a dildo, the beauty and the beast adult version, a sexy car crash, two steaming threesomes – surprising and unexpected in two completely different films, as well as a JIZZ parties collection to make the evening even steamier. And all that on the big screen!
Get ready for an extremely horny 95 minutes.

All the films are restricted to 18+ due to explicit sex scenes.

Friday, 28/10 Midnight

Funny Gay Shorts

This year a lot of short and very funny gay comedies had made it into the TLVFest, and so for the first time in the TLVFest history, we’ve decided to do a comedy collection.
After a lot of deliberation 4 short films were chosen: 3 from the USA and one from the UK. Each one of the short films describes an extreme situation and has a different comic style.
A wild parody that ends in a disaster, a biting satire about gossip news, a British film that nods to the films of Woody Alan and Wes Anderson, and also the story of a couple that decides to open up their relationship.

Duration: 105 minutes.

Poly Shorts Mix

USA, Japan, Spain, Canada, Columbia and Germany: six different films from six different countries celebrate people and stories on the poly spectrum.
From short comedies to complex dramas that bring intricate situations from life, through exciting sexual experiences and one amazing animation film.

Duration: 90 minutes.

Gay Shorts

This year the TLVFest had many short film entries, all dealing with different aspects of the gay experience. It was a difficult choice, the selection was especially impressive this year and the films excellent.
Our electors chose 15 short films, and from those, 6 made it to this collection. The short films arrived from different countries and deal with a variety of themes: sexual fantasy, teenage coming out, a complex relationship between father and son, gay immigrants trying to find themselves in a new country, football fans and even a period piece about the secret police.

Duration: 105 minutes.

Horseplay

It’s the Christmas holidays and Andy leaves town for a vacation with friends in a luxurious villa in the countryside. Spending time with a bunch of men is a new experience for him – there are moments of rest, friendship and teasing, but there are also games – macho games, boys games, where each one pushes his own personal boundaries.
Since his debut film “Plan B” (2009), Marco Berger became one of Latin America’s leading queer filmmakers. In his films he explores queer narratives, erotic fantasies, sexuality and gender. “Horseplay” keeps well with those themes and delivers a subservient and political film that describes masculinity in its most toxic and dangerous form.

Viewing is 18+ due to nudity, explicit sex scenes and violence.

The Blue Caftan

Halim and Mina run a traditional caftan shop in one of Morocco’s oldest Medinas. Times have changed, working on a handmade caftan takes a long time and a lot of labor and customers are impatient. In order to meet demand they decide to hire an assistant, and that’s how Youssef comes to the shop. Youssef is very dedicated and very eager to learn the trade of caftan making from Halim, and Mina begins to notice how enchanted her husband is with the youth.
Winner of FIPRESCI Prize in Cannes Festival, “The Blue Caftan” is an elegant and splendid film, just as the caftans shown in it. Director Maryam Touzani accentuates the gentle script with some very fine acting, and delivers a kind movie about love and the freedom to be true to yourself.

The film is presented courtesy of Nahshon Films.

Easy Tiger

Easy Tiger” is an intimate portrait of vulnerable masculinity, during an unstoppable romance.
An unexpected moment during a session with a new client confronts a psychologist with his inner world. For a long time he’s been feeling alienated and lonely in his relationship and perfect city life. For the first time his basic human nature bubbles up and he can’t control his desires, and that forces him to see what he doesn’t want to become in order to find out who he really is.
In his debut feature film, director Karel Tuytschaever deconstructs cinematic language and the media of picture and sound in order to create a unique and first of it kind cinematic experience.

Viewing is 18+ due to explicit nudity.

Jezabel

Venzuelian director Hernan Jabes’ third film is a bold and surprising erotic psychological thriller.
In a country where political chaos reigns, a group of upper class privileged youth – Lolo, Caca, Eli and Alan, live carelessly amongst drugs, sex and petty crimes, until one day Eli is brutally murdered. 16 years later Alan is experiencing a beautiful romance with an author who specialises in unsolved murders. The memories start to resurface and the haze of drugs alcohol dissipates and reveals an unexpected truth.
Jezabel” is a film that keeps the audience on the edge of their seats, with many surprising turns and twists and gives us a dazzling performance by Gabriel Agüero as Alan.

Viewing is 18+ due to explicit sex scenes.