|Highlights on screen in 2015|
Opening Night Gala and Film - Centrepiece 1 - Centrepiece 2 - Closing Night Film - Closing Night Gala - Post-Porn Special - Focus: The Art of Fighting - Focus: Queering TV
Kampnagel, Tuesday, 14th October at 7.30 pm
Elle, a grumpy, aging poet, is in deep mourning for Vi, the love of her life, when her granddaughter, Sage, shows up in desperate need of money for an abortion. As every grandma would do, Elle puts Sage into her car and takes to the road to raise the money. Which also involves a confrontation with her daughter/Sage’s mother. GRANDMA is not only a touching movie about three generations of women, but also the hilarious Lily Tomlin’s big screen comeback.
Jim Chuchu, Kenya 2014, 60’, English and Swahili original with German subtitles
Metropolis, Thursday 22nd October, 6 pm
The Kenyan artists collective NEST, formed to explore identities, pasts and futures, have been gathering stories that characterise the queer experience within Kenya’s homophobic culture. Five compelling episodes form the basis of this visually stunning movie that provides an insight into the daily lives of marginalized youths whose feelings range between hope and despondency, as they try to achieve self-determination in a climate of refused acceptance. A graceful film that blurs the lines between fiction and reality.
Followed by a video conference with representatives of the NEST Collective.
In cooperation with umdenken Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Hamburg e.V.
Mikel Rueda, Spain 2014, 96’, Spanish original with German subtitles
Passage 1, Thursday 22nd October, 8 pm
Ibra from Morocco faces a lot of problems in Spain, as his legal status is still pending. One is blatant racism, which is part of his daily life. No wonder he is suspicious when native Rafa shows an interest in him. However, Rafa doesn’t give up and eventually the two become closer. Unfortunately, they’ve reckoned without the immigration office: Ibra decides to take off, leaving Rafa behind, devastated. Not only a coming-of-age romance, but also a relevant political tragedy about human rights in Europe.
In presence of the director Mikel Rueda.
Metropolis, Sunday, 25th October at 9 pm
Les Nuits d'été | Summer Nights
“Summer Nights” is a song-cycle by Berlioz for tenor or mezzo-soprano. Michel, too, feels like he has two voices inside, but his other identity as Mylène can only to be lived out clandestinely in 1959 provincial France. In public, he’s an earnest lawyer, at home, a patriarch, who loves his wife Hélène. Can Hélène embrace the two voices inside of Michel/Mylène and accept his need to sometimes dress as a woman? A touching drama that gently portrays the atmosphere of a bygone era.
Winner of the Queer Lion 2014.
In the presence of director Mario Fanfani and actress Zazie de Paris.
B-Movie, Friday, 23rd October, 10.30 pm
To get in the mood, we’re beginning with
been too long at the FAIR, Charles Lum/Todd Verow, USA 2015, 6’, English original
A luxury real estate development, “New Dubai”, is threatening the living space of a group of friends. Their reaction? Wild sex on the construction sites, taking gay sex out of virtual and private spaces and placing it directly in the public domain. An outstanding new voice in young Brazilian cinema, Gustavo Vinagre has created, with his own circle of friends, a poetic, sexually-explicit and political essay about public and private places – and how much space we need or want to live in.
In the presence of director Gustavo Vinagre.
This year we address the US “Second Wave Feminism” of the 60s/70s, looking especially at lesbian artists. How do US filmmakers position themselves within artistic interventions and how are queer-feminist issues currently debated?
She’s Beautful when She’s Angry
“The bitter lesson is that no victories are permanent” states one of the protagonists in Mary Dore’s documentary. The heroines of that time, among them Rita Mae Brown and the “Our Bodies, Ourselves” collective, tell of their influential fight. Turf battles between straight and lesbian women are highlighted, as well as the
exclusion of the black community and the hierarchies between intellectuals and women who felt expelled from this group. A long overdue film that reminds us not to forget.
Feelings Are Facts: The Life of Yvonne Rainer
The Royal Road
So many TV stations are now developing scripts with complex and interesting queer characters that it’s hard to catch up. But if everybody’s at home streaming, how’s that going to affect queer film festivals? Although queer lives are becoming accessible to a broader audience, it’s the experience that counts. As B. Ruby Rich mentioned during her lecture at last year’s LSF, watching queer stories together and talking about them in real time, is what builds community spirit. That’s the “magic of queer film festivals”. So let’s watch TV TOGETHER – we’ve selected two outstanding productions and – entry is FREE!
The maker of “Queer as Folk”, Russell T Davies, aired his newest series-threesome “Cucumber/Banana/Tofu” (named after a scale for describing erectile hardness… Aha…? Duh!) on the UK’s Channel 4 in January. We’re showing three choice episodes from “Banana”, each one a completed story focussing on the varied spectrum of contemporary queer experience. Dean, Amy and Helen all have their problems in life, but it refreshingly, sexuality is not one of them!
TORKA ALDRIG TÅRAR UTAN HANDSKAR | Don’t ever wipe Tears without Gloves
Simon Kaijser/Jonas Gardell (Screenplay), Sweden 2012, 174’, Swedish original with English subtitles