Félix Maritaud pulls out the stops as a gay sex worker diving for a deeper connection in Camille Vidal-Naquet’s fulsomely passionate and explicit feature debut.
Leo (Maritaud) is a 22-year-old rent boy who yearns for affection. In poor health and with no fixed address, he finds fleeting solace in the arms of the men he meets through his work. The solitude of Leo’s life is eased when he falls for fellow hustler Ahd (Eric Bernard). But when his romantic feelings are violently rebuffed, Leo begins to spiral, questioning if he will ever find the love he so desperately craves.
Premiering at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Camille Vidal-Naquet’s arresting debut is also one of quiet introspection and disarming fragility. Félix Maritaud brings an unexpected compassion to the screen with a raw and vulnerable central performance that is nothing short of devastating. Contains strong sexual imagery and sexual violence.
After the screening join us for a panel discussion hosted by Joan Burnett from Film with Pride, with guest including Shelly Stoops from Liverpool’s Red Umbrella Project. There will be a representative from Brook (part of the Armistead Project), but the individual hasn’t been named yet.