Five films that celebrate queer friendship
In times of strife it’s important to have someone by your side. Whether it is a shoulder to cry on or a source of confidence, a best friend or a distant lover.
Right Beside You is a collection of five short films, showcasing queer stories from Mexico, Brazil, France the UK and the Netherlands, proving that the search for companionship is a journey worth taking.
What films are included in Right Beside You?
Director: Samuel Montes de Oca León
Luisa has a habit of bringing her dates home, irritating her son, Cesar. When Cesar invites his best friend Pablo over for a sleepover, Luisa’s flirtations become too much to bear, especially as Cesar has his own feelings towards Pablo.
Cast: César Acosta, Alonso Esponda, Sandra Burgos
Director: François Barbier
The drinks are being poured, the music is turned up – Estelle is expecting a typical Saturday evening of dancing and wild behaviour. But then she never expected to meet Sacha. A force of nature that doesn’t take threats lightly, Sacha turns the night on its head in this energetic and surprisingly profound tale of seeming opposites in a moment of tandem.
Cast: Karim Camara, Flore Bonaventura, Léa Lounda, Arthur Gillet
Director: Maria Augusta V. Nunes
Teenagers Laura and Fabio meet at a skate park and their friendship blossoms into something deeper. But when Laura disappears without a word, Fabio tracks her down to uncover the reason why.
Cast: Alice Doro, Rafael Gregório, Aleff Resler
Director: Joe Morris
Caught between a dysfunctional family and living on the streets, Tat desperately attempts to hold on to Jack, the only companion he has left. ‘Junk’ is a rough and realistic take on a relationship between two boys caught on the fringes of society.
Cast: Luke Dunsmore, Connor Ryan, Tara Moran, Martin Hancock, Ian Peck, David Barras
Director: Claire Zhou
Tarik, a 32 year old Moroccan man, spends his time alone in a holiday cottage in the forest to gather his thoughts after divorcing from his wife. Shortly after his arrival, Jonas, the owner of the cottage, comes over to make some repairs. From that moment on, Tarik is confronted with feelings he has been suppressing his entire life.
Cast: Mouad Ben-Chaib, Joshua Albano, Floor van Vloten