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‚Äôs Generation 14+ line-up, sees Joe (Khalil Ben Gharbia,¬†PETER VON KANT) and William (Julien De Saint Jean,¬†LIE 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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