Josh Kim (Director, How To Win at Checkers – Every Time)

Posted on January 21, 2016  | Filed Under VIP Q Movie Pick | Leave a Comment

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“One of my favorite LGBT films is Big Eden. It showed me how filmmakers could create a fictional world that might not exist at the time, but one that could be possible. The films of Thomas Bezucha have been really influential to me as a filmmaker.”

Josh’s acclaimed gay drama, How To Win at Checkers (Every Time) is the official Thai selection for this year’s Oscars. Check out the trailer below and pre-order the film on DVD or VOD now — it’s available February 2nd — from WolfeVideo.com. Of course you’ll also want to enjoy Josh’s movie pick, Big Eden, newly available on Blu-ray and HD from Wolfe as well!

How to Win at Checkers (Every Time) from Wolfe Video on Vimeo.

THAILAND’S SUBMISSION FOR BEST FOREIGN FILM TO THE 2016 ACADEMY AWARDS

Superstar Thai actor-model Toni Rakkaen headlines this striking debut feature from Korean-American writer-director Josh Kim. As the now grown Oat, he recalls his childhood experience of trying to rescue his gay older brother Ek (Thira Chutikul) from being drafted into military service. As Ek grapples with the gritty realities of life in Bangkok — working at a bar for male hustlers and sex-workers — he has also found love with his more privileged boyfriend Jai (Arthur Navarat). When the moment of truth arrives with the draft lottery these 21-year-olds must draw either a black or a red slip to possibly be conscripted into the armed forces. Who will be sent off to the service and who will get to stay home? In Thai with English Subtitles

WATCH! THE GIRL KING

Posted on January 21, 2016  | Filed Under WolfeOnDemand.com Spotlight | Comments Off on WATCH! THE GIRL KING

The Girl King from Wolfe Video on Vimeo.

“A standout performance from Malin Buska, who plays the tomboy Queen with such a high level of intensity that you half expect her to jump through the screen.” — Film Journal International

This lush English-language period drama recounts the life of Sweden’s Queen Kristina, an enigmatic, flamboyant, and unpredictable woman centuries ahead of her time who ascended the throne at age six, was raised as a prince, and strived to bring peace and education to her country—while pursuing an illicit romance with her female royal attendant. Growing up as a tomboy with a strong intellectual appetite, young Kristina (an electric Malin Buska) finds herself thrown into a political frenzy as a teenager. Saddled with the Thirty Years War between Protestants and Catholics, Kristina steers her country away from the conservatives while privately grappling with her own sexual awakening, in the form of Countess Ebba Sparre (the radiant Sarah Gadon), her lovely lady-in-waiting. Her quest to understand love runs parallel with her quest to understand humanity and the violent and restrictive forces conspiring against her. Torn between the conflict of political and personal aspirations, Kristina chooses to make one of the most controversial decisions in history.

The film's epic screenplay by Michel Marc Bouchard (Lilies, Tom at the Farm) is brought to the screen by esteemed director Mika Kaurismäki. The Girl King stars Malin Buska (Easy Money, Happy End) in the title role as well as Sarah Gadon (Belle, Enemy, Cosmopolis, The Amazing Spiderman 2, Dracula Untold), Michael Nyqvist (Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Lucas Bryant (Haven, The Vow), Laura Birn (Purge, Inner Trial), Hippolyte Giradot (Lady Chatterly), Peter Lohmeyer (The Miracle of Bern, Killer Condom), Francois Arnaud (The Borgias), Patrick Bauchau (Boy Culture) and Martina Gedeck (Night Train to Lisbon, The Nun, The Lives of Others).

Winner — Montreal World Film Festival: Best Actress, Malin Buska & Audience Award for Best Film

“There’s more than enough drama, complexity and speculative intrigue in the single decade of Christina’s adult reign to sustain an epic miniseries…The primary focus here is on the monarch’s passionate devotion to lady-in-waiting Countess Ebba Sparre (a wide-eyed Sarah Gadon), whose status becomes a matter of bawdy public rumor even before Christina appoints her official ‘bedfellow.’” — Variety

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The New GirlFriend

Posted on January 12, 2016  | Filed Under LGBT Movie News & Gossip | Comments Off on The New GirlFriend


DVD Wolfe Price: $17.96 Available: January 26, 2016
BLURAY Wolfe Price: $24.95 Available: January 26, 2016

Synopsis:

The New GirlFriend

From the visionary mind of François Ozon (8 WOMEN, SWIMMING POOL) comes this one-of-a-kind gender-bending melodrama, which both shocks and delights in equal measure. Steeped in suspense and indebted to the eye-popping visuals of Pedro Almodóvar, Alfred Hitchcock and Brian De Palma, THE NEW GIRLFRIEND blends the macabre with a heartfelt romance in the tale of soft-spoken Claire and her love affair with a mysterious stranger. After mourning the loss of Laura, Claire comes across Laura’s husband David (Romain Duris) dressed head-to-toe in his wife’s clothes. Unsure whether his new guise is the result of foul play, she threatens to reveal David to Laura’s family. But the more time she spends with him, the more Claire becomes seduced by his beautiful new incarnation. As the two become inseparable, Claire wonders whether she is falling for David’s alter ego, or perhaps a part of Laura’s resurrected soul. THE NEW GIRLFRIEND pays homage to classic cinema – from REBECCA to ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER – while injecting its own brand of sensual, sometimes sinister, eroticism.


Year Produced: 2014
Directed By: Francois Ozon
Starring: Alex Fondja, Anais Demoustier, Anita Gillier, Aurore Clement, Bruno Perard, Claudine Chatel, Isild Le Besco, Jean-Claude Bolle-Reddat, Jonathan Louis, Pierre Fabiani, Raphael Personnaz, Romain Duris, Zita Hanrot
Language: French with English subtitles
Run Time: 108 min.
Rating: R

Breathe

Posted on January 6, 2016  | Filed Under Uncategorized | Comments Off on Breathe


DVD Wolfe Price: $19.95 Available: February 02, 2016

Synopsis:

“Breathe is a great film. It’s gorgeously shot and acted, with a very realistic story of a friendship-gone-wrong at its center.” — AfterEllen.com

A taut, nuanced story about the depths of female friendships and the dark side of teenage infatuations, Breathe, the sophomore directorial effort from Mélanie Laurent (Inglourious Basterds, Beginners), is an assured adaptation of the sensational French young adult novel of the same name. Charlie (Joséphine Japy) is seventeen and bored. Her estranged parents are too caught up in their own drama to pay her much attention. School holds no surprises either, and Charlie grows tired of her staid friends. Enter Sarah (Lou de Laâge), a confident and charismatic new transfer student who brings with her an alluring air of boldness and danger. The two form an instant connection, and through shared secrets, love interests and holiday getaways their relationship deepens to levels of unspoken intimacy. But with this intimacy comes jealousy and unrealistic expectations, and soon the teens find themselves on a dangerous trajectory toward an inevitable and unforeseen collapse.

 

 


Year Produced: 2015
Directed By: Mélanie Laurent
Starring: Joséphine Japy, Lou de Laâge
Language: French with English subtitles
Run Time: 91 min.
Rating: Not Rated

How to Win at Checkers (Every Time)

Posted on January 5, 2016  | Filed Under Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to Win at Checkers (Every Time)


DVD Wolfe Price: $19.95 Available: February 02, 2016

Synopsis:

THAILAND’S SUBMISSION FOR
BEST FOREIGN FILM TO THE 2016 ACADEMY AWARDS

DVD_Amaray_Template.qxdSuperstar Thai actor-model Toni Rakkaen headlines this striking debut feature from Korean-American writer-director Josh Kim. As the now grown Oat, he recalls his childhood experience of trying to rescue his gay older brother Ek (Thira Chutikul) from being drafted into military service. As Ek grapples with the gritty realities of life in Bangkok — working at a bar for male hustlers and sex-workers — he has also found love with his more privileged boyfriend Jai (Arthur Navarat). When the moment of truth arrives with the draft lottery these 21-year-olds must draw either a black or a red slip to possibly be conscripted into the armed forces. Who will be sent off to the service and who will get to stay home?

How To Win at Checkers (Every Time) unfolds a riveting dramatic portrayal of poverty and privilege, corruption and compromises as it conveys a bittersweet coming-of-age story.

The film also features stellar performances from Ingkarat “Ryu” Damrongsakkul as the 11 year-old Oat and Natarat Lakha “Nut” as the irrepressible trans woman Kitty who is best friends with Jai and Ek and an older sister figure to Oat.

Told with an exquisite craftsmanship from the younger brother’s point of view, this beautiful drama takes a refreshingly unadorned and impartial look at an essentially loving environment where social conditions are governed by venality, corruption and false ideals. Based on the stories from the bestselling book Sightseeing by Rattawut Lapcharoensap, the film is set in the economic fringes of Bangkok and examines the joys and challenges of growing up in contemporary Thailand.


Year Produced: 2015
Directed By: Josh Kim
Starring: Toni Rakkaen, Ingkarat Damrongsakkul, Thira Chutikul
Language: Thai
Run Time: 80 min.
Rating: Not Rated

You’re Killing Me

Posted on January 5, 2016  | Filed Under Uncategorized | Comments Off on You’re Killing Me


DVD Wolfe Price: $19.95 Available: March 08, 2016

Synopsis:

An intriguing mix of horror and romantic comedy, You’re Killing Me shows what happens when George, a narcissistic wannabe internet star, meets Joe, a monotone serial killer.

George catches Joe’s attention and they immediately begin dating. While all of George’s friends agree that Joe seems a bit strange, George claims his new beau “isn’t scary, he’s gorgeous.”

As George’s friends start to disappear, the remaining group decides to take matters into their own hands.

Directed and co-written by Jim Hansen (creator of The Chloe Videos with Drew Droege), this gay “mumblegore” mixture of “Dexter” and “Gilmore Girls” blends witty banter, pop culture references and good old- fashioned murder. You’re Killing Me will have you laughing hysterically as you cover your eyes in fear.


Year Produced: 2015
Directed By: Jim Hansen
Starring: Jack Plotnick, Drew Droege, Matthew Wilkas, Matthew McKelligon, Jeffery Self, Edi Patterson, Bryan Safi, James Cerne, Shaughn Buchholz
Language: English/Closed Captions
Run Time: 88 min.

Breathe

Posted on January 5, 2016  | Filed Under LGBT Movie News & Gossip | Comments Off on Breathe


DVD Wolfe Price: $19.95 Available: February 02, 2016

Synopsis:

“Breathe is a great film. It’s gorgeously shot and acted, with a very realistic story of a friendship-gone-wrong at its center.” — AfterEllen.com

A taut, nuanced story about the depths of female friendships and the dark side of teenage infatuations, Breathe, the sophomore directorial effort from Mélanie Laurent (Inglourious Basterds, Beginners), is an assured adaptation of the sensational French young adult novel of the same name. Charlie (Joséphine Japy) is seventeen and bored. Her estranged parents are too caught up in their own drama to pay her much attention. School holds no surprises either, and Charlie grows tired of her staid friends. Enter Sarah (Lou de Laâge), a confident and charismatic new transfer student who brings with her an alluring air of boldness and danger. The two form an instant connection, and through shared secrets, love interests and holiday getaways their relationship deepens to levels of unspoken intimacy. But with this intimacy comes jealousy and unrealistic expectations, and soon the teens find themselves on a dangerous trajectory toward an inevitable and unforeseen collapse.

 

 


Year Produced: 2015
Directed By: Mélanie Laurent
Starring: Joséphine Japy, Lou de Laâge
Language: French with English subtitles
Run Time: 91 min.
Rating: Not Rated

How to Win at Checkers (Every Time)

Posted on January 4, 2016  | Filed Under Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to Win at Checkers (Every Time)


DVD Wolfe Price: $19.95 Available: February 02, 2016

Synopsis:

THAILAND’S SUBMISSION FOR
BEST FOREIGN FILM TO THE 2016 ACADEMY AWARDS

DVD_Amaray_Template.qxdSuperstar Thai actor-model Toni Rakkaen headlines this striking debut feature from Korean-American writer-director Josh Kim. As the now grown Oat, he recalls his childhood experience of trying to rescue his gay older brother Ek (Thira Chutikul) from being drafted into military service. As Ek grapples with the gritty realities of life in Bangkok — working at a bar for male hustlers and sex-workers — he has also found love with his more privileged boyfriend Jai (Arthur Navarat). When the moment of truth arrives with the draft lottery these 21-year-olds must draw either a black or a red slip to possibly be conscripted into the armed forces. Who will be sent off to the service and who will get to stay home?

How To Win at Checkers (Every Time) unfolds a riveting dramatic portrayal of poverty and privilege, corruption and compromises as it conveys a bittersweet coming-of-age story.

The film also features stellar performances from Ingkarat “Ryu” Damrongsakkul as the 11 year-old Oat and Natarat Lakha “Nut” as the irrepressible trans woman Kitty who is best friends with Jai and Ek and an older sister figure to Oat.

Told with an exquisite craftsmanship from the younger brother’s point of view, this beautiful drama takes a refreshingly unadorned and impartial look at an essentially loving environment where social conditions are governed by venality, corruption and false ideals. Based on the stories from the bestselling book Sightseeing by Rattawut Lapcharoensap, the film is set in the economic fringes of Bangkok and examines the joys and challenges of growing up in contemporary Thailand.


Year Produced: 2015
Directed By: Josh Kim
Starring: Toni Rakkaen, Ingkarat Damrongsakkul, Thira Chutikul
Language: Thai
Run Time: 80 min.
Rating: Not Rated

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