Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau’s film opens with an audacious opening sequence exploring the interior of legendary Parisian sex club L’Impacte, creating an atmosphere of intense sexual excitement as our attention is drawn towards two young men who only have eyes for each other.
After having sex they leave the club and wander the streets of Paris together, in what could be the beginnings of a romantic relationship. However, something happens that forces both men to question their ideas about love, personal responsibility and desire. François Nambot and Geoffrey Couet are excellent as the two men; their physical performances matched by the emotional intensity of their post-sexual journey. Unfolding in real-time, this naturalistic journey mixes explicit sex with gentle intimacy to present a powerful drama about sex in the modern world.
Anchor and Hope
Comedy 2018 113 mins Director: Carlos Marques-Marcet
Sweetly swaying houseboat comedy about a couple whose river-bound existence is upended by the arrival of an old friend.
A Moment in the Reeds
Romance 2017 107 mins Director: Mikko Makela
The world’s troubles recede, at least for a moment, in this intimate drama about an affair between a Finnish man and a Syrian immigrant.
Boys on Film 17: Love Is the Drug
Romance 2017 142 mins Director: Nicholas Colia
An intoxicating and entrancing selection of gay short films from around the globe.
Mountains May Depart
Drama 2015 126 mins Director: Jia Zhangke
Jia Zhangke delivers another ambitious, astute and humane drama, spanning the early days of Chinese capitalism to a vision of 2025.
Comedy 2016 85 mins Director: Mercedes Grower
Breakups have never been funnier, as Mercedes Grower's all-star, ensemble comedy charts the end of various affairs. With Julian Barratt, Steve Oram, Julia Davis and Noel Fielding.
The Big Sick
Comedy 2017 120 mins Director: Michael Showalter
The hilarious, breakout indie comedy about a Pakistan-born comedian and his culture-clash relationship with an American grad student.
Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story)
Drama 2015 94 mins Director: Eva Husson
High-school students start a private orgy society in Eva Husson’s dazzlingly shot, no-holds-barred drama.
Strip! Strip! Hooray!!! Or (Fun with the Sunbathers)
Comedy 1932 35 mins Director: Norman Lee
Stuffed-shirt party pooper Sir Hector infiltrates a sunbathing camp full of scantily clad jazz-swingers in this 1930s comedy
Drama 2002 102 mins Director: François Ozon
A crime novelist seeks peace but gets a dangerous muse in this twisted bilingual thriller from François Ozon.
Keep the Lights on
Drama 2012 102 mins Director: Ira Sachs
A filmmaker escapes the pain of a break-up through casual sex and meets a closeted lawyer in this deeply personal work from Ira Sachs.
Historical drama 1976 85 mins Director: Paul Humfress
A distinctly bold and sensual reclaiming of gay history, Jarman here tells the sexually intense story of the 4th-century martyr.
2010 115 mins Director: Pascal Ascandes Arnold
A sexually ambiguous Frenchman tours his native countryside with his naive American lover in pursuit of the ultimate thrill.
Documentary 2018 96 mins Director: Steve Loveridge
Fascinating delve into the career, personality and politics of award-winning musician M.I.A.
Postcards from London
Drama 2017 89 mins Director: Steve McLean
A stylish, sexy film about a young man’s journey into an unusual form of escort work.
Drama 2017 100 mins Director: Tupaq Felber
Four thirtysomethings find some much-needed time to reconnect in this beautifully observed and subtly insightful debut.
The Special World of Nigel Hunt
1967 27 mins Director: Ian Mcfarlane
An edition of This Week reporting on the restricted lives of young people with Down’s syndrome living in homes away from their families.
The Wild Pear Tree
Drama 2018 189 mins Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s follow-up to his Palme d’Or-winning Winter Sleep is a persuasive portrait of a young writer at odds with his hometown and family.
Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda
Documentary 2017 101 mins Director: Stephen Schible
A graceful, intimate study of a the legendary Japanese musician, composer, actor, writer and activist.