DREAM BOAT

Once a year the DREAM BOAT sets sail for a cruise only for gay men. Far from their families and political restrictions, we follow five men from five countries on the quest for their dreams. The cruise promises seven days of sunshine, love, and freedom – but on board are also their personal stories, their doubts and uncertainties…

„It’s raining men! Hallelujah, it’s raining men!“ The Weather Girls

World premiere at Berlinale 2017 in the Panorama section!
German Cinema Release: July 13
French Cinema Release: June 28
Cinema Release in USA: November 3

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  • 08/2017 - DREAM BOAT - US cinema release

    Finally, the date for the US cinema release of Tristan Ferland Milewski’s documentary DREAM BOAT is set. The film will [...]

    Finally, the date for the US cinema release of Tristan Ferland Milewski's documentary DREAM BOAT is set. The film will have its theatrical release on November 3rd at the renowned Quad Cinema in Manhattan, more cities to follow. Until then, DREAM BOAT will be screened at the Vancouver Queer Film Festival, the Reeling in Chicago, Southwest Gay & Lesbian Film Fest and Newfest LGBT Film Festival in New York. Once a year the DREAM BOAT sets sail for a cruise only for gay men. Far from their families and political restrictions, we follow five men from five countries on the quest for their dreams. The cruise promises seven days of sunshine, love, and freedom – but on board are also their personal stories, their doubts and uncertainties…

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  • 06/2017 - Dream Boat goes USA

    Dream Boat celebrates its US premiere in Kansas City on June 23 and will be shown at these film festivals [...]

    Dream Boat celebrates its US premiere in Kansas City on June 23 and will be shown at these film festivals in the USA and Canada: ► June 23 Kansas City GayLesbianFilmFestival ► July 12 Outfest Los Angeles ► August 10 Vancouver Queer Film Festival ► September 8 Maryland Filmfestival ► October 19 NewFest New York Once a year the DREAM BOAT sets sail for a cruise only for gay men. Far from their families and political restrictions, we follow five men from five countries on the quest for their dreams. The cruise promises seven days of sunshine, love, and freedom – but on board are also their personal stories, their doubts and uncertainties…


  • 05/2017 - DREAM BOAT in the Official Selection of Sheffield Doc/Fest

    Our documentary DREAM BOAT by Tristan Ferland Milewski is in the Official Selection of the Sheffield Doc/Fest 2017. The film [...]

    Our documentary DREAM BOAT by Tristan Ferland Milewski is in the Official Selection of the Sheffield Doc/Fest 2017. The film will be screened on Saturday, 11th June 2017 at 9pm. Once a year the DREAM BOAT sets sail for a cruise only for gay men. Far from their families and political restrictions, we follow five men from five countries on the quest for their dreams. The cruise promises seven days of sunshine, love, and freedom – but on board are also their personal stories, their doubts and uncertainties… Sheffield Doc/Fest is a world leading and the UK’s premier documentary festival, celebrating the art and business of documentary and all non-fiction storytelling. It welcomes over 32,700 Festival goers each year, including over 3,500 industry delegates from over 60 countries.




DREAM BOAT

A cruise ship and 3,000 men – it is a universe without heteros and women that usually remains a mystery to the outside world. Once a year the DREAM BOAT sets sail for a cruise exclusively for gay men where most passengers are united by the wish to live life authentically as themselves in a protected place:

Dipankar from India escaped an arranged marriage and now throws himself into the action to find his dream man. But the gay community‘s ideal of masculinity increasingly becomes a tight corset for him. Ramzi from Palestine was persecuted by the police in his home country, Palestine, for being gay and had to start a new life in Europe with nothing. The Frenchman Philippe was let down by his family when he was bound to a wheelchair. The more important is his long-term relationship with his partner, and his gay substitute family. Martin from Austria enjoys the hedonism and abundant choice of men to the full and gives perspectives on how to deal with HIV today. Marek from Poland, has everything he needs to stand out on the men’s market, thanks to his trained body. However, he feels lonely in the crowd. Now the countdown is on for seven days of hunting for freedom, love, and happiness – but on board are also their personal stories, their doubts and uncertainties…

US cinema release: Nov 3rd

Script & Director: Tristan Ferland Milewski
Cinematography: Jörg Junge, Jakob Stark
Editing: Markus CM Schmidt
Music Composition & Production: My Name is Claude
Sound: Johannes Hampel, Antje Volkmann
Additional location director: Veronika Kaserer
Camera Assistant: Thomas Funk, Falco Seliger
Drone Operation and Shooting: Skypic Media
Additional Editing: Andreas Zitzmann
Sound Editor and Designer: Karl Gerhardt
Re-Recording Mixer: Jörg Höhne
Color Correction: Claudia Gittel
Set Manager: Tanja Steinbrücker
Line Producer: Kathrin Isberner
Production Manager: Anique Roelfsema
Production Assistant: Meike Wenthe, Judith Fächner
Technical Director Postproduction: Xavier Agudo
Production Accountants: Daniela Schöne, Sandra Zentgraf
Creative Producer: Kerstin Meyer-Beetz, Tuan Lam
Junior Creative Producer: Lea-Marie Körner
Executive Producer: Christian Beetz
Commissioning Editor ZDF/ARTE: Olaf Grunert

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  • DREAM BOAT – Weltpremiere Berlinale

    Colosseum - Berlin
    11 February 2017 at 2:45 pm

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    Berlinale - International - Berlin
    12 February 2017 at 2:00 pm

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    Berlinale - CinemaxX 7 - Berlin
    17 February 2017 at 12:30 pm

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    Berlinale - CineStar 7 - Berlin
    18 February 2017 at 8:00 pm

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    33. Schwule Filmwoche Freiburg, in presence of the director Tristan Ferland Milewski - Fribourg, Germany
    28 April 2017 at 9:00 pm

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    Atelier, DOK.fest München - Munich, Germany
    08 May 2017 at 10:00 pm

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    HFF Audimaxx, DOK.fest München - Munich, Germany
    10 May 2017 at 10:00 pm

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    City 3, DOK.fest München - Munich, Germany
    12 May 2017 at 10:00 pm

  • Dream Boat - Preview

    Union-Studio für Filmkunst - Kaiserslautern
    02 June 2017 at 5:00 pm

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    Doc/Fest Sheffield 2017, Showroom Screen 1 - Sheffield, UK
    11 June 2017 at 9:00 pm

  • Dream Boat - cinema release in France

    mk2 Beaubourg - Paris, France
    28 June 2017 at 12:00 am

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    City Kino - MonGay - München
    03 July 2017 at 9:15 pm

  • Dream Boat - Preview

    Kino International - Berlin
    03 July 2017 at 10:00 pm

  • Dream Boat - MittDocs

    Monopol - Munich, Germany
    05 July 2017 at 7:00 pm

  • Dream Boat - Preview with guests

    Filmforum NRW - Cologne
    05 July 2017 at 8:50 pm

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    International - Berlin
    05 July 2017 at 10:00 pm

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    Capitol - Queerfilmnacht - Marburg
    06 July 2017 at 12:00 am

  • Dream Boat – Preview

    Schauburg - Dortmund
    09 July 2017 at 6:30 pm

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    Studio Kino - Hamburg Premiere - Hamburg
    10 July 2017 at 8:00 pm

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    Studio Kino - Queerfilmnacht - Magdeburg, Germany
    10 July 2017 at 8:00 pm

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    Apollo - Queerfilmnacht - Hannover
    10 July 2017 at 8:15 pm

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    Casablanca - Queerfilmnacht - Nürnberg
    10 July 2017 at 8:30 pm

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    Cinema - Queerfilmnacht - Münster
    10 July 2017 at 9:00 pm

  • Dream Boat – Preview

    Bambi - Düsseldorf
    10 July 2017 at 9:00 pm

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    Cinemaxx Planken - Queerfilmnacht - Mannheim
    11 July 2017 at 8:00 pm

  • Dream Boat - Berlin premiere with guests

    CinemaxX Potsdamer Platz - Berlin
    11 July 2017 at 8:00 pm

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    Cinemaxx Liederhalle - Queerfilmnacht - Stuttgart
    11 July 2017 at 8:30 pm

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    CinemaxX am Isartor - München
    11 July 2017 at 9:00 pm

  • Dream Boat - Open Air Preview

    Lesbisch Schwule Filmtage - Hamburg
    12 July 2017 at 12:00 am

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    Galerie Cinema - Essen
    12 July 2017 at 7:00 pm

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    Mal Seh'n Kino - Queerfilmnacht - Frankfurt a.M.
    12 July 2017 at 8:00 pm

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    Outfest - Los Angeles LGBT Filmfestival Theater 1 - Los Angeles
    12 July 2017 at 9:30 pm

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    Open Air Griessmühle - Berlin
    13 July 2017 at 9:45 pm

  • Dream Boat - Preview

    Cinémathèque - Leipzig
    14 July 2017 at 12:00 am

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    Moviemento - Berlin
    16 July 2017 at 7:00 pm

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    Lichtburg - Oberhausen
    16 July 2017 at 8:30 pm

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    Kino im Dach - Dresden
    17 July 2017 at 8:15 pm

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    Metropolis - Queerfilmnacht - Hamburg, Germany
    17 July 2017 at 9:15 pm

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    Freiluftkino Insel Cassiopeia - Berlin
    18 July 2017 at 9:00 pm

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    Zazie - Halle, Germany
    18 July 2017 at 9:00 pm

  • Dream Boat – Preview

    Filmpalette - Cologne
    18 July 2017 at 9:00 pm

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    Kandelhof Queerfilmnacht - Freiburg
    19 July 2017 at 12:00 am

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    Casablanca - Bochum
    19 July 2017 at 9:00 pm

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    Kino am Markt - Queerfilmnacht - Jena, Germany
    20 July 2017 at 12:00 am

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    Cineplex - Goslar, Germany
    20 July 2017 at 7:30 pm

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    Schauburg - Queerfilmnacht - Karlsruhe, Germany
    26 July 2017 at 12:00 am

  • Dream Boat - Preview with guests

    Passage Kino - Leipzig
    26 July 2017 at 12:00 am

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    De Bali - Amsterdam
    01 August 2017 at 8:00 pm

  • Dream Boat - Irish premiere

    GAZE LGBT Film Festival - Irland
    04 August 2017 at 8:30 pm

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    Vancouver Queer Filmfestival - Vancouver, Canada
    13 August 2017 at 9:00 pm

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    Maryland Filmfestival - Baltimore, Maryland, USA
    08 September 2017 at 12:00 am

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    Reeling: Chicago LGBT Film Festival - Chicago, USA
    21 September 2017 at 12:00 am

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    Event Cinema George Street - Queer Screen - Sydney, Australia
    23 September 2017 at 6:30 pm

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    DOQUMENTA - Museo de la Ciudad - Querétaro, Mexico
    03 October 2017 at 9:00 pm

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    Pride Pictures 24. Queer Film Festival - Karlsruhe, Germany
    07 October 2017 at 8:15 pm

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    Uncut Warme Filme, Queer - Cinema im Kino Rex - Berne , Swiss
    10 October 2017 at 8:30 pm

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    Genres d'à Côté / Pink Screens Film Festival, Cinéma Aventure - Brussels
    12 October 2017 at 7:30 pm

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    DocsMX Mexico City International Documentary Film Festival, Goethe - Institut - Mexiko City
    13 October 2017 at 6:30 pm

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    DocsMX Mexico City International Documentary Film Festival, Parque México - Mexiko City
    14 October 2017 at 9:15 pm

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    Southwest Gay & Lesbian Film Festival - Albuquerque, USA
    16 October 2017 at 9:00 pm

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    NewFest - New York, USA
    19 October 2017 at 12:00 am

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    DocsMX Mexico City International Documentary Film Festiva, Parque España - Mexico City
    19 October 2017 at 9:15 pm

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    Porn Filmfestival Berlin 12 - Berlin, Germany
    25 October 2017 at 6:30 pm

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    Pink Panorama - lesbian gay Filmfestival Luzern - Lucerne, Swiss
    12 November 2017 at 8:00 pm

  • Village Voice

    "Gay Cruise Doc “Dream Boat” Goes Beyond the Assless Trunks and offers an alluring, global vision of gay life in the flesh. For all the outrageous cosplay on display, the film is more interested in exploring the interior lives of gay men."

  • New York Times

    "Mr. Milewski does not directly address race and ethnic background, but clearly has some serious issues in mind. He asks different passengers their thoughts on love, H.I.V. status and the looks-obsessed mainstream gay culture. Although the repeated questions are narratively obtrusive, the men’s voices broaden this experience beyond its escapist trappings."

  • Hollywood Reporter

    "That the film concentrates on this multi-ethnic group and their emotional and physical issues makes it clear that the filmmaker is not interested in simply exploiting the setting for its cliched camp value. But that doesn't mean that Dream Boat isn't above celebrating the setting's hedonistic aspects."

  • Berlinale 2017

    "Speaking of life plans: they can be found in abundance in Tristan Milewski’s Dream Boat – even if they seem to resemble one another, here under the premise of a temporary manipulation of society on a cruise exclusively for gay men. A society completely devoid of heteros, who normally rule the world, and completely devoid of women too: by purging the majority the minority becomes one. Many of the guests come from countries where simply being the way they are exposes them to serious danger: a concentrated form of existence is the result here, which represents a challenge beyond the purely physical for the participants."

  • Huffington Post, 12.02.2017

    "The true genius of Milewski’s film lies in the way he singlehandedly destroys the differences that we think divide the heterosexual experience from those of the members of the LGBT community." In Dream Boat he shows us once and for all that each of us needs, craves and wants the same thing: Someone to love us, for exactly who we are."

  • Variety, July 5th 2017

    "The film centers on a cruise ship full of gay men, and follows five men from five countries on a quest for connection and freedom. The five men on the ship are natives of Austria, France, India, Palestine, and Poland. International waters provide the opportunity for them to share their hopes and dreams while celebrating their lives without judgement."

  • Movie Pilot, 11.02.2017

    "In his new feature length documentary, Dream Boat, director Tristan Ferland Milewski breaks down this stereotype through a frank yet surprisingly moving exploration of cruise life, telling unique stories that fly in the face of what one may expect. Of course, sex and alcohol play a role, but that's not the only reason why hordes of men fork out hard-earned money to take gay cruises. Ultimately, love is love. Anyone who wishes to be reminded of this beautiful fact in all its glory need look no further than Milewski's stunning documentary. Climb aboard for a film that openly explores issues of LGBT identity and love through a wonderfully colorful and exultant microcosm of the gay community."

  • Nonfictionfilm, 15.02.2017

    "The true test of quality for any documentary film is whether it avoids the obvious. Take the subject of Dream Boat, for instance: a film about a Mediterranean cruise packed with three thousand gay men. [...] what surprises about Dream Boat is the emotional depths it reaches with the film's handful of central characters. [...] In his feature film debut director Ferland Milewski succeeds in providing a look behind the scenes of an ostensibly superficial world."

  • Travels Of Adam, 12.02.2017

    "A world full of homosexual men—as appealing as that initially seems—also sounds terrifyingly challenging. A few of the subjects in the film discuss the constant judgement within the gay community and the longtime popular opinion that being gay makes you part of a larger, global LGBT family. While several of the men seem to undergo stressful or depressing moments on board, the atmosphere is largely jovial, upbeat and happy. There’s always a dance party to go to. The film’s original score adds this extra emotional layer on top of the sultry scenes where no one seems to wear more than a speedo. In the end, Dream Boat shows us more than what a gay cruise might be like, but also what it feels like to be gay today—a conflicting mix of emotions and desires, where we’re all just looking to be loved."

  • Teddy Awards 2017

    "The other film is DREAM BOAT, a research on a gay cruise ship that holds about 3.000 guests. So to speak by manipulation of society, a minority turns majority for a certain period of time, and we as the spectators embark that temporary world. Many guests are coming from countries where they cannot even live for a few minutes openly as a gay person, but on the cruise ship all of a sudden they are majority and can try to explore what their wildest fantasies or dreams could be. DREAM BOAT is made by Tristan Ferland Milewski and is an intelligent observation of systematics concerning majority versus minority, of different cultural and political backgrounds, and of course of sun and fun and holidays."

  • SPIEGEL ONLINE, Berlinale-Highlights 2017

    "The men in Tristan Ferland Milewski's documentary „Dream Boat“ (Panorama) don’t want to leave anything to chance: For one week, they will be on a cruise together with only other gay men. For some people from the global community these days on board of a cruise, with a party program every evening, are an amusing distraction – for others, who come from homophobic countries like India or Palestine, they are the only time they can carelessly enjoy their sexuality. It’s the celebration of an utopia, seven days on the sea.“

  • screenanarchy, 18.02.2017

    "Dream Boat is a really uplifting and thought-provoking film that restores your faith in cinema."

  • Zickma, 03.06.2017

    "It’s a very particular and original approach that offers a vision quite far away from usual documentaries. This cruise allows us to escape, to forget the pain of this world and to really be ourselves without worries. The director succeeds to transmit and translate that feeling. On top of that we are offered outstanding images of the boat itself, a real pleasure for the eyes. (…) We would add a positive point for the music signed by My Name is Claude, that plays a crucial role and that sublimes the project. “Dream Boat” makes you think, fights against all discrimination and puts in light a minority in an incredible way, a film that we strongly support at Zickma, as we are also in the fight against all repression and discrimination."

  • GayViking, 18.06.2017

    "A documentary full of softness and charme ... behind the muscles there are eccentric love stories and the simple desire to be all together with a lot of tenderness. A documentary that will put you back in a good mood."

  • Pop and films 26.06.2017

    "Between hell and paradise, this hypnotic and sensitive journey stays in mind because of its touching protagonists, sometimes sublimed and transformed like cinema characters, sometimes scanned with their funny sides, their bad sides, their paradoxes. The look is honest, tender, and we remember most of all, above all frustrations and ruthless mechanics the beauty of friendship, the sparkling eyes, while in the impetus of the party all is forgotten."

  • Têtu, 27.06.2017

    ""Dream boat": a brilliant documentary on board of a gay cruise. If we have a thousand clichés about holidays between men in mind, the documentarist Tristan Ferland Milewski went beyond them."

  • Pink TV, 27.06.2017

    "But behind this shoal of sexy boys and its sleek images “Dream boat” spreads mostly a melancholy where solitude, handicap, discrimination and homophobia find their escapism in a bubble boat where all dreams are possible."

  • Unification France, 27.06.2017

    "An intimate and sublimely humane reflection on that community still marginalized and violated in our so called tolerant society. (...) Thanks to touching and sensitive portraits, an imagery as fanciful as exotic, and a wonderful soundtrack, Dream Boat is a documentary that takes at last a human and intelligent look on the gay community and its problems, and mostly its rights to exist fully in its differences."

  • Sueddeutsche Zeitung Feuilleton, 13.07.2017

    "You understand, this film will take a look at the small and the big things, at the condoms and the cruise ship. It will show the personalities of indovidual protagonists and put into scene their collective dream as a mass. (...) Milewski gives longing and sex a whole new aestethic. And, at the end, tells us of the potential consequences involved in the participation on such a cruise. Because, for some, it may actually change their lifes ... when they realize they are not alone."

  • dpa, 06.07.2017

    "The work offers an honest and non-voyeuristic view behind the scenes. It looks beyond the surface and depicts humans on a quest. Director Tristan Ferland Milewski presents five different protagonists from five different countries. He leaves to do their own thing and tell their stories. The documentary succeeds in offering a journey into a universe, that for every single protagonist is also a journey to himself."

  • I-D Vice, 28.06.17

    "The Love Boat: A documentary film criticizes the standardisation in the gay community. In an ultra sleek style, the documentary Dream Boat tells the story of a gay cruise in which the performance of identity goes hand in hand with the desire to be loved. Far from being a simple depiction of the gay community, Dream Boat offers the metonymy of a world devoured by capitalism, pushed to the limit of its most intimate consequences."

  • Les Inrocks, 25.07.17

    „Dream Boat“, a flamboyant and sulphurous film that transcends the clichés about homosexuality.

  • Garcon Magazine, July/August 2017

    But behind its smile, under the leather and joy are hidden contradictory feelings. Eden for some, the boat can be hell for others in this world of clubbing based on appearances. Eyes are searching, eyes are begging, tears are falling. “From the moment I started to work out and saw the first results, suddenly everybody wanted to talk with me” literally says one of the protagonist. All the value of the film is there. Truths spoken and modesties revealed like pearls that the director beads to make a necklace.(…) Dream Boat is to be seen and to be shown. More than a documentary, it’s a document that we will dig out in ten or a hundred years.