Silent Youth is a German film directed by Diemon Kemmesies, which describes itself as a film for misfits, dreamers and lovers. It's a classic, arthouse piece of queer cinema which steers clear of the tropes of more mainstream films. Although critical reception was mixed, with some reviewers finding the film slow-paced and dull, I found the film to be moving, powerful and atmospheric. As the title implies, much of this film is understated and the dialogue is sparse. As a result, this is a slow, quietly paced film which demands to be watched only when you have time to focus and lose yourself in it fully. Much of the impact of the film comes with the unspoken gestures – the words left unsaid – and as a result it’s a film which requires the viewer’s full attention.
Directed by Adam Csaczi, the 2014 film Land of Storms tells the story of Hungarian Szabolcs (Szabi) who first appears in a hyper masculine environment, playing professional football in Germany and drinking, partying and watching straight porn with his friends. Disenchanted with his life as a footballer, after suffering a defeat at the hands of another team, Szabi decides to return home to his native Hungary where he takes up residence in a remote home left to him by his grandparents. The house is ramshackle and almost uninhabitable and he begins the long task of repairing the property, with the help of builder Aron who he happens across shortly into his initial return home.