A queer disposition can make young desire even more all-encompassing, and heartbreak all the more devastating. To be young and in love means being brave, taking risks, and leaning on your new chosen family for fun, love, friendship, and hope. These films transport you to a time when lovers represented freedom, and held all the cards. To the moments in life that teach us the most about how to love, and who we can be. Sexy, moving, heartwarming, this programme resonates like the first time.
Dir Anthony Doncque / France 2015 / 25’00min
A classroom assistant catches the eye of shy cinephile Martin, and they embark on a clamorous affair that changes the 17 year old’s life forever when Martin’s sexuality is revealed to his father.
All Cats Are Pink in the Dark
Dir Guillaume Renusson / France 2015 / 19’45min
17 year old Alice is introduced to tenderness and freedom through a magical encounter with the impulsive and enigmatic Lola; a moment of instant recognition, connection and romance.
Soft But Strong
Dir Daria Marie / Germany/Japan 2016 / 3’33min
A dreamlike rumination on lesbian desire and romance between two Japanese lovers with a sensuality and honesty for life that many will remember from their own first fires.
Dir Wei-Che, Hung / Taiwan 2015 / 11’32min
Sensual and poetic Taiwanese drama about a young man who is in love with his friend. In their museum, surrounded by light and movement, he leaps into the unknown, finding solace in the certainty of change.
Sunday Morning Coming Down
Dir Harry Lighton / United Kingdom 2016 / 20’00min
Feelings erupt by the British seaside in this original and naturalistic Brit drama exploring public sex and male intimacy in an age before online dating.
The Cricket and the Ant
Dir Julia Ritschel / Germany 2016 / 15’08min
This sexy short sees the first flame of young desire fire up wildly, followed by the first heartbreak. A memorable part of most people’s queer experience and, just like us, our protagonist survives.