The Films of NewFest 2014
BY Advocate.com Editors
July 24 2014 6:21 PM ET
Tuesday, July 29
4:30 p.m. - The Way He Looks
Set to the bouncy beats of Belle and Sebastian, this euphoric, sun-kissed coming-of-age fable — a sensation at the 2014 Berlin Film Festival, where it won a Teddy Award and International Federation of Film Critics prize — dances entirely to its own tune. Stuck fending off bullies and overprotective parents, Leonardo spends his days allowing his best friend Giovana to drag him around town. Being blind has always been an inconvenience for Leonardo, but his angsty adolescence gets a lift when the handsome and smooth-talking Gabriel turns down numerous offers from ogling girls to hang with Leonardo after school. The longer they spend together, the more apparent their shared attraction becomes — not just to them but to a spurned Giovana as well. As social pressure mounts on both to fit within their confined social boxes, the two must decide whether to ignore their feelings or to throw caution to the wind and admit that they might actually be falling in love.
7:00 p.m. - Gerontophilia (Closing Night Film)
Lake refuses to feel shame about his unquenchable appetite for older men. The handsome teen defiantly signs up as an orderly at a local nursing home and quickly falls for Mr. Peabody, a charming, flirtatious soul with one last wish. Forget everything you know about filmmaker Bruce LaBruce: in what is easily his most romantic work to date, he dares us to look beyond fetish to embrace the beauty of all stages of life.
9:30 p.m. - The Third One
An attractive older couple stumbles upon a flirtatious young man in a chat room and, after teasing some skin, convinces him to come over to their apartment for dinner. With fumbling honesty and no shortage of sexiness, The Third One celebrates the awkwardness and euphoria of a one-night stand gone right, culminating in an explicit, 10-minute threesome that’s as erotic as it is playful.
All images and descriptions courtesy of Newfest.org.
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