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After a string of unsuccessful and awkward encounters with women, Ben, a young bisexual, goes “back on the dick” (as his sister enthusiastically exclaims). Cicada follows Ben (played by co-director/co-writer Matthew Fifer), who is white, as he comes out to the world and develops an intense relationship with Sam, a man of color struggling with deep wounds of his own.

“One of the most beautifully crafted pieces of queer cinema of recent times.” – Doug Jamieson, The Jam Report

As the summer progresses and their intimacy grows, Ben ultimately gains the strength to face a childhood trauma he has long suppressed. Sensitively made and beautifully crafted, this surprising feature untangles the myriad ways in which childhood traumas can manifest themselves in adult life, particularly for that of queer men. Matthew Fifer co-wrote the film, a tender new love story for the modern era, based on his own experiences, lending Cicada an intensely personal authenticity and realism. (Dir. by Matthew Fifer & Kieran Mulcare, 2020. USA, 96 mins., Not Rated) 

Other festivals: Tribeca, NewFest