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And Then We Danced : before falling in love

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  Swedish/Georgian filmmaker Levan Akin’s third film a heartbreaking coming-out-story is probably the first ever LGBT drama ever made in ultra-conservative Georgia. It quite rightly won over international audiences at the Cannes Film Festival early this year  (where it was nominated for a Queer Palm) but has been met with a stony silence in Tbilisi … Continue reading



DUST : Nowhere to run from awkward memories

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  Dust’s coming of age story is not the polished instagram version of puberty. It is as naïve, bare and unedited as a teens sexted video.  Dust compellingly captures the exact moments between adult hood and childhood when the familiar people, places and bodies of earlier years no longer fit together. Painful as a pimple … Continue reading



Love Blooms aka L’amour debout : a movie grown without purpose or plot

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In one symbolic scene in this French sub titled movie the characters, fueled by curiosity, determinedly follow a sleep walker to find out where he is going. It turns out he is not sleepwalking he is just out for the pleasure of a stroll in the garden. If that is all that is wanted from … Continue reading



MARILYN: an Argentinean coming-of-age story that doesnt end well

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  Teenage Marcos (Walter Rodríguez) lives in a remote part of Argentina on his family’s dairy farm with his parents and his elder sibling.  They barely eake out a living to support them all and whilst his mother Olga (Catalina Saavedra) toughened by their daily existence is insistence that Marcos becomes a farm laborer, his … Continue reading



CANARY : a coming-of-age musical dramedy set in South Africa in the 1980’s

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  FIlmmaker Christiaan Olwagen’s enchanting coming-of-age musical dramedy set in his homeland of South Africa takes a trope of extreme obstacles facing gay men in the 1980’s with such an inspired touch that makes this such a sheer joy of a movie. It’s the tale of teenage Johan Niemand (Schalk Bezuidenhout) who although he lives … Continue reading



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