Review: The Third Solar Term

Written and directed by Zhanfei Song, shortly after The Third Solar Term of the Chinese Calendar (the Awakening of Insects), Qizhe returns home to spend his spring break with his mother. After meeting a man who he originally met online, he begins to lose control of his double life – one which is living true to himself, and the other, which is pretending to be the perfect son. Starring: Fengyi Xing, Zhu Zhu, Le Duo and Renzhuo Bai.

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Review: Coalesce

Written and directed by Jessé Miceli, in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, there are three young men. Songsa came to help sell clothes, Thy wants a motorcycle but doesn’t have the money and Phearum drives a taxi, but there is no way to pay off his debt. What is the fate that lies before those who have to pursue money and dreams in a difficult reality?. Starring: Eang Phearum, Sek Songsa, Rom Rithy, Nicól Bear and Vann Lek.

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Review: What She Likes

Written and directed by Shôgo Kusano, co-written by Naoto Asahara, Jun is a high school boy concealing his homosexuality. One day, he meets Sae, a female classmate and closet Boys Love comic fan, the two become close until one day, Sae confesses her love for Jun. Starring: Fûju Kamio, Anna Yamada, Oshiro Maeda, Ryota Miura, Tôko Miura, Daichi Watanabe and Tsubasa Imai.

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Review: The Swimmer

Written and directed by Adam Kalderon, having earned himself a coveted spot at an elite training camp, swimmer Erez finds himself thrust into an unforgiving world of sporting rivalry, battling against his peers for a place on the Olympic team. With his goal in sight, Erez is single-minded in his athletic ambition, that is until he meets handsome fellow swimmer Nevo. Starring: Omer Perelman Striks, Asaf Jonas, Nadia Kucher and Igal Reznik.

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Review: Queer Parivaar

Written and directed by lead actor Shiva Raichandani, co-written by Amani Saeed, when a mysterious gate crasher appears at their wedding, Madhav and Sufi are forced to face past secrets and reflect on what makes a family. Also starring: Taru Devani, Raimu Itfum, Asifa Lahore, Anick and Aroob Sajjad.

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Review: Cop Secret

Written and directed by Hannes Þór Halldórsson, co-written by Nína Petersen and Sverrir Þór Sverrisson, a cop in denial of his sexuality, falls in love with his new partner, while investigating a string of bank break-in. Starring: Auðunn Blöndal, Egill Einarsson, Steinunn Ólína Þorsteinsdóttir, Vivian Ólafsdóttir, Sverrir Þór Sverrisson, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson and Júlíana Sara Gunnarsdóttir.

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Review: Nico

Written and directed by Eline Gehring, co-written by Francy Fabritz and Sara Fazilat, Nico enjoys the summer in Berlin with her best friend Rosa until a racist attack pulls her out of her carefree everyday life. Traumatized by the crime, the geriatric nurse decides never to be a victim again and begins to train with a karate world champion. Starring: Sara Fazilat, Sara Klimoska, Javeh Asefdjah, Andreas Marquardt and Sabrina Tannen.

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Review: The Sound of Scars

Directed by Leigh Brooks, the story of three lifelong friends who overcame domestic violence, substance abuse and depression to form Life of Agony, one of the most influential bands in its genre, led by the very first openly transgender singer. Through the success of their ground-breaking 1993 debut “River Runs Red” they channelled their cumulative life stories into a soundtrack for a broken generation.

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Review: Do This For Me

Directed by Marnie Baxter and written by star April Kelley, maintaining friendships in your twenties is tricky, juggling careers, romance and the dread of turning 30. Lex, Gracie, Beca, Kat, and Joy reunite to pay tribute to a friend, tensions quickly rise as tipsy turns to drunk and grief takes hold of those left behind. Also starring: Taj Atwal, Sara Huxley, Tilly Keeper and Adelle Leonce.

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