New Queer Visions: The Last Days of Innocence

New Queer Visions: The Last Days of Innocence

LGBTQ Film and TV

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We all have times in our childhood and teens when the reality of the adult world suddenly invades our sense of security or wonder. These moments are seared into memory; some are exciting, and others are painful or confusing. These memories often carry even more significance for those who grew up knowing they were different. New Queer Visions: The End of Innocence brings us a selection of shorts that explore the moments that help define our view of the world and ourselves. Some occur in childhood, and others in the hormonal haze of teenage life. But all leave an indelible mark on the memory.

Our collection opens with Ruins, directed by Benoît Duvette. Deep in the woods, two boys come to terms with their secret relationship in a mysterious short story of escape, love and sex. While one boy runs through the trees, desperately attempting to escape those following him with torches, the other stands semi-naked, drinking an unknown concoction. Meanwhile, flashbacks take us to the ivy-covered car, where they cemented their love. Here Duvette explores themes of forbidden love, sex and escape in a short story that remains a beautiful enigma from start to finish.

Aline – New Queer Visions: The End of Innocence

Themes of first love also surround our second film Aline, directed by Simon Guélat. In a remote alpine ski town, we meet Alban, a young person desperate to find love. But Alban doesn’t quite fit in in their small town, their sexuality, clothes and long blonde hair defying the excepted gender roles of their peers. However, when Alban meets a young groundsman called Julian, it appears love may have finally come knocking, their secretive affair mirroring the romantic fiction Alban is reading. But sometimes, things are kept secret for a reason, and as Alban soon discovers, first love and sex can be painful and disappointing.

Where does homophobia begin? We are not born with hate in our hearts; it’s a learnt behaviour that often comes from our family, community or friends. In our third film, Snake (Змија), directed by Andrey Volkashin, the power of friendship, community and family in defining social norms sits centre stage. In a small Macedonian village, nine-year-old Mario joyously plays in the countryside with his friends. But when Mario meets a twenty-something gay neighbour, who dresses up as a woman in the comfort of his apartment, his curiosity is sparked. However, when Mario and his friends decide to dress up, his parent’s disapproval changes everything, as Mario realises that some behaviours are strangely unacceptable in his village.

Finally, the most powerful and stunning film in the collection explores themes of abuse, sexual awakening and brotherly love in The Touching (Dotýkání), directed by Dominik György. György’s film tackles themes many films fear to touch as we meet young David and his older brother Marek. Behind the closed doors of their bedroom, David and Marek’s relationship has gone far beyond brotherly love as they sexually experiment with each other. The result has seen David become possessive and demanding of his brother’s attention, and knowing he has crossed the line, Marek decides to slowly distance himself from his brother by wooing a girl he likes. However, this separation is confusing and painful for David, leading to devastating results. György’s film is visually stunning and incredibly brave in exploring the cycle of abuse and the emotional turmoil of silence.

New Queer Visions: The End of Innocence reminds us of those moments when the reality of the adult world around us invaded childhood wonder or adolescent desires. The result is a potent mix of outstanding short films embedded in themes of first love, fear, confusion and rebellion as a series of young lives are changed forever without warning.

The Touching (Dotýkání) – New Queer Visions: The End of Innocence


New Queer Visions: The Last Days of Innocence
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New Queer Visions: The End of Innocence reminds us of all of those moments when childhood wonder or adolescent invulnerability were invaded by the reality of the adult world around us.

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