Peccadillo Pictures acquires a basket of new LGBTQ+ titles for UK and Irish audiences

Graham Robson March 31, 2023

Five films have been acquired for distribution by arthouse and LGBTQ+ film distributor Peccadillo Pictures.

Zeno Graton’s French coming-of-age drama THE LOST BOYS (LE PARADIS), which received its world premiered in the 73rd Berlinale’s Generation 14+ line-up, sees Joe (Khalil Ben Gharbia, PETER VON KANT) and William (Julien De Saint JeanLIE WITH ME, also with Peccadillo) attempt to keep their burgeoning relationship under wraps at a tough juvenile detention centre.

Set in a similarly hyper-masculine setting is David Wagner‘s Austrian military drama EISMAYER, which was also picked up at Berlin’s film market. Winner of the Grand Prize of last year’s Venice International Critics’ Week, the film follows a hardened Sergeant Major whose heteronormative existence is shaken when he falls in love with an out and proud new recruit.

Peccadillo also closed deals on two Canadian titles: Jason Karman‘s empowering teen drama GOLDEN DELICIOUS, about a young boy’s coming out in Vancouver’s Asian-Canadian community; and Sarah Watts and Mark Slutsky‘s YOU CAN LIVE FOREVER, which follows an intense affair between two young women in a Jehovah’s Witnesses’ community. The film received its world premiere at Tribeca Festival.

Rounding out Peccadillo’s pick-ups is Brazil’s official entry for the 2022 Oscars, Aly Muritiba‘s PRIVATE DESERT, which sees a newly suspended policeman embark on a journey cross-country to find an elusive love-interest.

Tom Abell, MD at Peccadillo Pictures, said: “It was great to be back at the Berlinale after a brief hiatus, so we were pleased to bring back such a wonderfully diverse selection of new films for UK and Irish audiences. 2023 is going to be a bumper year for us.”

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