The everlasting power of films can bring viewers of all backgrounds together, especially during their times of loneliness and longing for companionship. Witnessing people from other societies as they battle their isolation can also help international audiences more clearly understand the universal human condition of needing and wanting camaraderie with others. That’s certainly the case for the protagonists in the new drama, ‘Label Me.’ In honor of the companionship that forms between the characters played by Nikolaus Benda and Renato Schuch in the German movie, which is screening tomorrow at the Outfest Film Festival in Hollywood, ShockYa is premiering an exclusive clip from the feature, which is titled ‘First Encounter.’
‘Label Me,’ which was written and directed by Kai Kreuser, premiered at Outfest last Sunday, July 21, at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres to a packed theater and rave reviews. Due to popular demand, the festival added another screening tomorrow, Sunday, July 28 at 3pm PDT. Tickets for the screening can be purchased on the drama’s page on Outfest’s official website.
Outfest has released the following synopsis for ‘Label Me’:
Sex is power, and Waseem (Schuch), a Syrian gay-for-pay hustler who’s seeking asylum in Cologne, wields it like a shield. Keeping his johns at an emotional arm’s length while satisfying their most carnal desires in order to eke out a living, he meets his match in Lars (Benda): a kind, affluent professional with a growing personal interest in Waseem. This gripping tale of transactional identity explores the tactical exchange of trust and intimacy in a partnership, and the divisions between immigrants and their host countries in contemporary Europe.
For more information on ‘Label Me,’ visit the movie’s official website.