Kiss Me Softly

Our first shorts program of Frameline37 is a collection of dramatic gay men’s films from Europe. We start and end with two short films from Austria and, in between, feature stories from Belgium, Portugal, and the United Kingdom. An adolescent boy, who serves in the Austrian Military Forces, experiences feelings towards one of his comrades in Homophobia. The suppressed conflict bubbles up during their last night at the Austrian-Hungarian border. In our title film, 17-year-old Jasper lives in a small town with his family, where his father is a local singer. The gorgeous Julian is a cross between a road-trip in Portugal and a summer love story, shot on Super-8 film. It contains a poetic narrative that embodies various myths created by mankind. In A Thousand Empty Glasses, Charlie goes on a whirlwind trip to France to visit his best friend Arthur; here he is introduced to Oscar and Martha, a seemingly happy couple living in paradise. But then cracks begin to form in this perfect picture of British society, provoking Charlie to question his ambitions, friendships, and sexuality. The final film Hatch follows two couples and the wrenching decisions they each must make on a wintry Vienna night.


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