The Nature of Nicholas is a surreal fable that follows twelve-year-old Nicholas as he struggles with an intense attraction to his best friend, Bobby. Nicholas is obsessed with his friend Bobby. Bobby’s feelings are less clear. At times he seems to share Nicholas’s fascination, but then appears more interested in making inroads with the girls at school. All this leaves young Nicholas very confused. When images of Nicholas’s absent father start to appear to him, the boy is understandably frightened. This curious figure gives Nicholas the impression he is pressing his young son closer to the girls in his life and away from Bobby. This only leads to increased anxiety and fear in Nicholas. Fearing that Bobby is drifting away from him, Nicholas takes a chance and kisses him. Bobby is taken aback and storms out. Because of his shame, Bobby undergoes a type of ‘splitting’ where a decrepit, ghoulish version of him is separated from his healthy self. Nicholas is immediately drawn to this gruesome Bobby, and begins to secretly take care of the creature. However, Nicholas cannot keep the creature hidden forever and must eventually face his own feelings.
Harmony Lessons 2013
Uroki garmonii (original title)
2h | Drama | 5 December 2013 (Kazakhstan)
Aslan is a 13-year-old loner who lives with his grandmother on a farm somewhere on the steppes of Kazakhstan. When he goes to school, he becomes the victim of bullying by the local thug Bolat. Shy and taciturn Aslan, supported by the relentless new student Mirsayin, starts to seek cruel revenge on the bully.
R | 1h 32min | Comedy, Romance | 17 January 2014 (USA)
Social warfare erupts when three high school clique queens battle for supremacy: drama diva Caprice, Mormon princess ‘Shley and blonde fashionista Fawcett. When unassuming Tanner is outted, he finds himself cast as the hottest new teen-girl accessory: The Gay Best Friend. The clique queens immediately pounce and makeover Tanner into their ideal arm candy, forcing him to choose between popularity and the true friends – including his own B.F.F. Brent – that he’s leaving behind.
1h 3min | Drama | TV Movie 21 February 1982
12 year old Thomas ( Abel Claassen) and his quest for friendship and love. He takes rowing lessons and grows rather fond of his teacher…who, according to his mother, is unlike the bully trainers in the other clubs…he really knows how to work with children. Thomas idolizes his trainer – and when the boy discovers that the person he felt such a love for lied to him in order to sleep with his mother – his heart is broken. It’s hard for him to understand why his trainer would prefer to be intimate with his mother than to be with him…
This tenderly romantic film tells the story of Steve, a young man in a British prep school, as he struggles with coming out and falling in love with the class jock, John… who, amazingly, falls in love with him as well.
MATIAS and JERONIMO 2015
Matías y Jerónimo (original title)
9min | Short | April 2015 (Argentina)
Matías and Jerónimo know each other since they were just kids. Their friendship is a mix of fun and desire, but everything changes the night they go to the carnival and they see how a group of hooligans beat a gay guy behind the scene.
Was soll bloß aus dir werden 1984
1h 34min | Family | TV Movie 27 March 1984
In this 1984 West German film, a 12 year-old street kid in a slum of Berlin struggles to stay afloat through a commitment to his compassionate teacher and ambivalent classmates, aged 11-14, who also bear the harsh marks of impoverishment, which manifest themselves in peer ruthlessness and disrespect of adults. Movie does not, however, end in a tragic manner. Film contains frequent profanity, alcoholism, mild crime and peer violence, brief male nudity. This describes the film in German, without dubbing or subtitles.