Valeria Velasco

Twilight's Kiss

Twilight’s Kiss

Later-in-life love often gets the short shrift in LGBTQ cinema, so it’s refreshing to see such a nicely observed romance between two older men. In the case of the tender yet bittersweet “Twilight’s Kiss,” that romance involves the 70-year-old Pak and the 65-year-old Hoi, two Hong Kong men who have spent their entire lives in …

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Blackbirds

Blackbird

The Story: In this Southern melodrama, Randy is a Christian choirboy in Mississippi with a secret: He has an eye for other boys. Further complicating Randy’s life is his emotionally fragile mother, a devout woman who is virulently homophobic. When Randy sets his eyes on both a handsome jock and an aspiring filmmaker, the boy’s …

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Just Friends

Just Friends

The Story: This enchanting cross-cultural love story from the Netherlands concerns a dashing Dutchman who falls for an outgoing Syrian immigrant. In a refreshing change of pace, the story’s conflict revolves not around the young men’s sexuality but their families’ fears about a cultural mismatch. Why It’s a Gem: “Just Friends” has the right mix …

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The Greatest Blessing

The Greatest Blessing

The Story: Two gay men, Giacomo and Pietro, each raised in supportive families in the Catholic Church in Italy, have something to teach both the church and the world in this moving documentary. Giacomo and Pietro have gently yet boldly established the middle road between a loving gay relationship and a supportive Catholic community.  While many …

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Breaking Fast

Breaking Fast

The Story: This romantic comedy, which takes place in West Hollywood, introduces us to Mo, a practicing Muslim who has just had his heart broken by a failed relationship. But Mo’s fortunes change when he meets Kal, an All-American actor who offers to join him for the traditional meals of Ramadan. Through these meals, both …

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Snapshot Movie

Snapshots

The Story: One simple roll of the film unspools a tale of secrets from three generations of women who gather for a weekend at a lake. A grandmother is hiding a secret past from her embittered daughter, while a granddaughter is furtive about her future. Can the love of these women overcome decades of deceit? …

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