THE MALE GAZE: NOCTURNAL INSTINCTS
VIDEO FILE: 1hr 38mins HD mp4 with burnt-in English subtitles where non-English language spoken
THE MALE GAZE: NOCTURNAL INSTINCTS features the following short films:
POOF dir. Dean Anderson
Aaron, an apprehensive 18-year-old, is stuck. Stuck in a small town, helping his father in a job he hates. His life is soon turned upside-down when he meets Mike at a party. At first, Aaron denies his feelings but an unexpected kiss changes everything. As he enters into a hidden relationship with Mike, Aaron finds that some secrets are harder to keep than others. The more he explores his sexuality, the more he begins to consider the impact this may have on the rest of his life.
NIGHT OF LOVE dir. Gabriel Omri Loukas
Yonatan abandons the army in an attempt to reunite with his ex-boyfriend. But after being rejected, he finds himself alone in Tel Aviv, without a place to sleep. Broken and confused, he heads into the night looking for consolation. On a hook-up app he meets a 40-year-old man named Sam who invites him to come over. Upon arrival, Yonatan finds himself in the midst of a party - an uninhibited wonderland filled with strange men. The night unfolds through urges of self destruction and desperation. But all Yonatan wants is a warm human embrace. And so begins the journey of an 18 year old boy who's looking for home.
AFTER DAWN dir. Nicolas Graux
Ensconced in a solitary existence, separation and distance have hardened Pawel's heart - he is absolutely positive that his feelings for the young man he was in love with have long since ebbed. That is until one rainy day when he receives a visit from Clément.
FLOATING MELON (浮果) dir. Roberto F. Canuto, Xu Xiaoxi
Between the glittering skyscrapers and grimy back alleys of a bustling Chengdu, an anxious Xiao Cheng roams the night. A moment of drug-infused passion has gotten him into trouble - but in a place where hardline authorities are omnipresent, who can he turn to for help? Roberto F. Canuto and Xiaoxi Xu's fascinating 'Floating Melon' takes the viewer into the little-seen underbelly of one of China's provincial new powerhouse cities, where on the surface much has changed, but the hustle and danger of the night remains the same.
SPIRAL dir. Gustav Olsson
Two hours before Karim and Dan are going on a trip to Argentina, Dan leaves their apartment and disappears without any trace. Suspecting that his partner may have fallen back into bad habits, Karim sets out to find him. Knowingly putting himself into harm's way in Malmö's seedy, crime-ridden underworld, Karim needs to have a thick skin to come out the other side, especially as Dan draws him deeper into the darkness. A gripping, frenetic and electric descent into madness, from the get-go Gustav Olsson's 'Spiral' grabs you and won't let go.