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Unraveling the captivating cyclical tale of queer erotic sci-fi thriller “Spark” – Tonight at Dances with Films

By Valerie Milano

Vico Ortiz and Theo Germaine

Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 6/24/2024 – Brace yourselves for a cinematic experience that defies conventional storytelling norms and pushes the boundaries of queer representation on the silver screen. “Spark,” the highly anticipated feature film debut from writer/director Nicholas Giuricich, sets the 2024 Inside Out Toronto LGBTQ+ Film Festival ablaze with its sizzling and seductive narrative, anchored by the electrifying performances of acclaimed non-binary actors Theo Germaine and Vico Ortiz. This noir-inspired LGBTQ+ drama weaves a tantalizing tale of a hopeless romantic entrapped in a time loop with a handsome and mysterious stranger, inviting audiences to embark on a captivating journey where passion, intrigue, and self-discovery collide in an endless cycle of cosmic fuckery.

Danell Leyva and Theo Germaine

At the heart of “Spark” lies Aaron (Theo Germaine), a hopeless romantic whose quest for love has often led him down paths of toxicity and self-destruction. In a twist of fate, Aaron finds himself caught in a time loop, reliving the same day over and over again following an intense and passionate encounter with Trevor (Danell Leyva), a seductive and enigmatic stranger. Initially thrilled by the opportunity to revisit the fiery connection with Trevor, Aaron soon realizes that something far more sinister is at play, and his handsome hookup may hold the key to unraveling the mysteries of the time loop’s creation.

As Aaron navigates the labyrinth of time and desire, he is forced to confront the harsh realities of his pursuit of love, which has not always been a constructive or healthy endeavor. The film poses a haunting question: can Aaron break free from this literal cycle, or will he, like so many others, succumb to the allure of repeating the same toxic patterns forever? This existential dilemma serves as the driving force behind the film’s exploration of the cyclical nature of love, toxicity, and the human condition.

“Spark” is a masterful fusion of genres, blending the captivating time-loop narrative of “Groundhog Day” with the psychological thrills of “Vertigo” and the poignant exploration of memory and love found in “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.” This potent combination promises to deliver a cinematic experience that is both intellectually stimulating and emotionally resonant, challenging audiences to question their perceptions of love, desire, and the boundaries of reality itself.

At the heart of “Spark” lies a trio of exceptional performances that elevate the film to new heights. Theo Germaine, known for their acclaimed roles in Netflix’s “The Politician” and Showtime’s “Work in Progress,” delivers a raw and vulnerable portrayal of Aaron, a character grappling with the complexities of love, desire, and self-acceptance. Joining Germaine is the talented Vico Ortiz, whose work in “Our Flag Means Death” on HBO Max has garnered widespread acclaim. Ortiz breathes life into the character of Dani, Aaron’s best friend and confidante, adding depth and nuance to the intricate web of relationships that drive the film’s narrative.

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Rounding out the stellar cast is Danell Leyva, an LGBTQ+ Olympic athlete turned actor, whose magnetic presence as Trevor captivates audiences from the very first frame. Leyva’s portrayal of the enigmatic and alluring stranger at the center of the time loop is a tour de force, infusing the character with an intriguing blend of mystery and sensuality.

“Spark” is not merely a film; it is a bold statement on the importance of diverse representation in cinema. By centering non-binary actors and narratives, the film challenges traditional gender norms and celebrates the fluidity of identity and expression. Germaine’s powerful performance as Aaron shatters stereotypes and offers a refreshingly nuanced portrayal of a character navigating the complexities of love, desire, and self-discovery.

Moreover, the film’s unapologetic depiction of queer intimacy and desire is a testament to the importance of authentic storytelling. “Spark” fearlessly explores the intricacies of human connection and sexuality, inviting audiences to embrace the multifaceted nature of love and desire without judgment or censorship.

One of the most striking aspects of “Spark” is its uncompromising portrayal of vulnerability and intimacy combined with erotic thrills. Germaine’s performance as Aaron is a masterclass in emotional rawness, as the character navigates the complexities of physical and emotional intimacy. The film’s explicit depictions of queer desire and sexuality are handled with sensitivity and authenticity.

“Spark” is not just a film; it is a celebration of queer artistry and the power of storytelling to challenge societal norms and push boundaries. From the visionary direction of Nicholas Giuricich to the stellar performances of Germaine, Ortiz, and Leyva, every aspect of the film is imbued with a sense of authenticity and passion that resonates deeply with audiences.

Beyond its entertainment value, “Spark” has the potential to serve as a catalyst for important conversations about love, desire, and the complexities of human relationships. By exploring the cyclical nature of toxicity and the pursuit of authentic connection, the film invites audiences to engage in introspective dialogue and examine their own patterns and behaviors.

Whether you are a lover of science fiction, noir thrillers, or simply a connoisseur of exceptional storytelling, “Spark” promises to be a cinematic experience like no other. Brace yourselves for a journey that will challenge your perceptions, ignite your senses, and leave you questioning the boundaries of reality and the depths of human connection.

Spark will premiere at the “Dances with Films” tonight June 24, 2024 7:15pm.