Cast: Nikolaus Benda, Renato Schuch
Sex is power, and Waseem, a Syrian gay-for-pay hustler 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: 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.
Born in 1993 in a small town close to Cologne, Kreuser started studying directing at International Film School Cologne in 2015. Since 2014 he has written and directed Europe’s most popular LGBT web series Kuntergrau. From 2016 till 2018, he was the recipient of a performance scholarship awarded by MMC Movies GmbH. In 2018 he graduated IFS with his feature length drama Label Me and won at Film Festival Max Ophüls Preis, Germany’s most important festival for young filmmakers.
Nizar, a young, gay, conflicted but devout Muslim refugee from Syria, spends a night out with a quixotic Irishman.