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Acts of Love

  Isidore Bethel, Francis Leplay

  United States, France     71 minutes


After his heart is broken in Mexico, American filmmaker Bethel relocates to Chicago and sets up a new video project: He arranges meetings with strangers and then casts them as lovers in a film-within-the-film that explores the nature of gay male relationships. Mixing fiction and documentary along with frank conversations with his mother, Bethel creates a liminal space between staged performance and genuine intimacy. The result is a tender exploration of hookup culture, gay sexuality, and universal questions about what it means to love and be loved.

Please note: This film contains explicit content.


Screenings & Events

In-Theater Screening

Tue, Oct 19 @ 8:30pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 4

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Special Guests*: Isidore Bethel (co-director) and Ed Sanderson (actor)
*Subject to change

Virtual Screening

Available to stream Oct 14 @ 12:00pm CDT to Oct 24 @ 11:59pm CDT in the following states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin

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Film Credits

  •   Jamie Gonçalves, Lucie Rego, Pauline Tran Van Lieu, Francis Leplay, Isidore Bethel
  •   Francis Leplay
  •   Ryan Saunders
  •   Hutong Productions, Sin Sitio Cine
  •   https://www.outplayfilms.com/video/acts-of-love/


Documentary Sponsor

Logo: WTTW (2019)

Documentary Patron

Cynthia Stone Raskin