Being gay in Russia comes with a set of harsh realities. But for one man, all it took was a handsome Italian stranger to summon the fight for love and acceptance.
It’s been a crazy year to be an American. In many ways, it seems like we took a big cultural step backward and we’ve been clawing to hang onto the rights we’ve acquired.
“Do You Take This Man”, a selection from QReel we looked at last week, featured Anthony Rapp of “Rent” and “Star Trek: Discovery” where his biggest headache was last minute drama surrounding his upcoming wedding to Jonathon Bennet.
Today, “Dreams From Strangers” takes us a much different part of the world, Russia, where angst over a gay wedding would be a welcome respite from the struggle to survive every day.
In , director Roberto Cuzzillo tells the story of Massimo (Giuseppe Claudio Insalaco), a young Italian man who to compete in an international swim meet. There he meets Russian translator Vladimir (Daniel de Rossi). The two quickly for each other and .
Their as they are forced to face cultural differences and stereotypes as well as Russia’s .
When they get physically attacked by , they must ask themselves if their feelings for each other to overcome all these obstacles or if they are simply bound to lead separate lives.
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