Worldly Affairs

Dig in to our delectable buffet of international men’s short films—a sexy smorgasbord of flirtation and fantasy, longing and love.

In Scaffolding, two neighbors in a Spanish apartment building barely exchange words, until construction work forces them to share a balcony. Across the English Channel, Best finds two chaps having a quickie and revealing a world of fraught relationships. Underwater we go in Mum, as a deaf swimmer tries to attract a guy he has his eyes on. In Das Phallometer, an absurd immigration screening in a sinister country turns both comic and poignant in a few deft strokes. To Greenpoint, Brooklyn: Barrio Boy features a young Latino barber whose taboo romantic fantasies about a handsome customer must remain a private voiceover only we can hear. Good Morning is the touching and funny breakfast-table encounter between a Canadian man hung over from his 30th birthday party, and the adorable 17-year-old stranger crashing in his apartment. In Wandering Clouds, Mexico’s poetic writer-director Julian Hernández choreographs the lyrical catapults and plunges of two divers, as a teenager watches longingly from afar. And at a fast food joint in Wales, Burger eavesdrops on the banter of its working-class customers, who by turns flirt, threaten, strut, compete, and somehow coexist.

— Peter L. Stein

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