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NQV Media returns today with a brand new selection of short films in The Boy is Mine. Each short explores the boundaries of love, belonging and partnership. With five tales that take us from Mexico to the UK and Sweden. While at the same time delving into universal themes of jealousy, beauty and attachment.
Our journey starts with Uneven, as an old sock swoons over its owner. Its tatty threadbare body longing for touch as its owner treats it with sheer contempt. Here, director Rafael Ruiz Espejo plays with the beauty of the male form. While at the same time surrounding it with delicious humour. In a tale of ownership and belonging as our intrepid sock is tossed to one side, only to find new horizons with another.
Meanwhile, in Wolves, sixteen-year-old Josh (Roly Botha) finds solace in the woods surrounding his house. But, when an afternoon spent catching bugs and drawing leads to the discovery of a naked young man who doesn’t speak, Josh finds himself captivated and enthralled in equal measure, both boys building their own world of non-verbal security, love and experimentation in the undergrowth.
Next up is Johnny, a tale of two unlikely companions, one timid and unsure, while the other is full of energy and artistic desire. But, can they both find more than just a fleeting romance in the arms of each other? Or will the unspoken doubts in their minds stop the birth of a new romance?
These questions also find a powerful voice in Debut as two young models meet in the studio of a female magazine photographer. Here the spark of desire is instantly lit as an impromptu photoshoot becomes a heated and dangerous experiment in sexual art – one that will ultimately raise questions about the thin divide between art and porn. Finally, Guardian explores the mental turmoil of a life lived in compartments. One, with a loving boyfriend and one in a world of suppressed individuality. The choice between freedom and love or denial and safety haunting Manuel.
Of course, it’s no secret that we are huge fans of NQV’s short film collections. And while The Boy is Mine never quite reaches the heights of The Italian Boys, it is undoubtedly another great curated collection. Each short, offering us a window on themes of obsession, desire and love.