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Desire – or slightly self-indulgent?

OUT NOW: Yony Leyser's docufiction DESIRE WILL SET YOU FREE is is a trip through Berlin’s underground LGBTQ scene.

Written, directed by and starring Berlin expat Yony Leyser, this docu-fiction follows Ezra, an American writer of Israeli/Palestinian descent who starts seeing Russian rent boy Sasha (Hoffman). While the film is a well-shot navigation of Berlin’s underground LGBTQ scene, featuring some amusing celebrity cameos, the on-the-nose dialogue and scattershot approach to themes of identity, monogamy and the city’s multifaceted nature never let Desire amount to anything more than a slightly self-indulgent curio. 

Desire Will Set You Free | Directed by Yony Leyser (Germany, 2015) with Yony Leyser, Chloe Griffin, Tim Fabian Hoffman. Starts May 5.