Nanami: The Inferno of First Love 1968
Hatsukoi: Jigoku-hen (original title)
X | 1h 27min | Drama, Romance | 10 June 1969 (USA)
In the seminal tragedy of a love story, which is shot in a documentary style, a young and inexperienced man falls for a nude and desirable model and the consequences are painful. The hot spots of downtown Tokyo are magical while it lasts however.
Aaron Davis (Steve Sandvoss) and Christian Markelli (Wes Ramsey) are perhaps the two most opposite people in the world. Aaron is a passionate young Elder (a Mormon missionary) who wants to do his family and church proud. Christian is a shallow West Hollywood waiter/party boy who only looks forward to what man the next night will bring to him. After Aaron and three other Elders move into the apartment across from his, Christian’s friends make a bet that he can’t get one of them into the sack, so he instantly latches onto Aaron, suspecting there is more than meets the eye to him. There are two problems, though: Christian finds himself questioning his own identity as he falls in love with Aaron and the Mormon Church treats homosexuality as a sinful lifestyle. When Aaron’s burgeoning sexuality is discovered, they will have to go through trials of regret, loss, perseverance, and forgiveness if they want to get to the thing that matters to them most: each other.
After years in hiding and struggling to control his demons, an eccentric drifter returns home and discovers that his childhood abuser, the center of his pain, is still alive. Armed with this knowledge, the drifter plots his revenge, all the while navigating the perilous land of masculine fragility in modern-day America.
1h 55min | Drama, Sport | 1 June 2018 (USA)
Based on Tim Winton’s award-winning and international bestselling novel set in mid-70s coastal Australia. Two teenage boys, hungry for discovery, form an unlikely friendship with a mysterious older adventurer who pushes them to take risks that will have a lasting and profound impact on their lives.
Thorvald’s a typical high school kid finding his way, and he’s pretty impressed with his classmate, Ida, who seems to have already found her’s. Taking a cue from Ida’s energetic campaign to ban a competing school’s football team, the Redskins, until they change their oppressive name – Thorvald initiates an effort to change their own school’s mascot, the Viking, to something less offensive to Scandinavians. And he enlists the assistance of an elusive community organizer, a mischievously alert neighborhood kid and, of course, Ida – against the resistance of his parents, his classmates, and pretty much everyone else in town, including Ida’s giant boyfriend; the Captain of the Vikings football team. It’s a bit of a bumpy path for all, but there’s a decent message or two along the way as Thorvald and Ida become close.