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Brian (Hunter Lee Hughes) and Ernesto (Adrian Quinonez) prepare to fight. Photo by Ken Gonzales-Day

Winner Takes All is a brand new film that’s getting a big premiere at the 35th Annual Atlanta Film Festival on April 30. It was directed by Camille Carida and written/produced by Hunter Lee Hughes (who also stars in the film).

Here’s a synopsis from the film’s Web site:

Poor Ryker. Both of his boyfriends, successful songwriter Brian and former UFC champion Ernesto, show up to see his one-man show on the same night. So Ryker (Gavyn Michaels) uses the opportunity to come clean. Own his truth. Purge the guilt. He’s in love with two men. He just can’t decide which lover he wants. But a delicious proposal might just settle the question. Ryker wants Brian (Hunter Lee Hughes) and Ernesto (Adrian Quinonez) to fight each other…for him. Winner Takes All.

Seduced by Ryker’s charms despite their devastation, Brian and Ernesto agree to fight. Ryker’s self-appointed slave Simon (Alec Mapa) transforms the stage into a fighting arena worthy of lovestruck gladiators and the battle begins. Ryker’s boxing match releases the primal male capacity to do violence in the name of desire and things quickly get out of control in this dark comedy.

Winner Takes All explores the ideal of gay beauty – its seductive power and its potential for abuse by narcissistic personalities. It delves into gay-on-gay bullying, where violence doesn’t always start with a fist. Instead, youth and seduction are the prime weapons of choice. Set against the backdrop of a self-indulgent one-man show, the film examines the all-too-human fascination with unattainable love.

The trailer looks a bit melodramatic, but I’m eagerly awaiting the film’s DVD release because it also features one of my favorite comedians, Alec Mapa, who starred in one of my favorite sitcoms, Ugly Betty.

Check out the trailer below:

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