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Openly gay banker Daniel debates whether to return to Australia or stay in Hong Kong when he meets Kafka, a straight swimming instructor. The young men fall in love, believing that their love can bridge anything
16-year old Axel and his clique are rioting in a residential home. There he meets the 80-year old Gustav who gains interest in the young boy, as he reminds him of his lost love.
The Drifters (2010)
Berlin in the summer: Greta. 40, architect, mother of the 12-year-old son, recently unemployed. She does everything in her power to keep hanging on in there, torn between the pressure to conform and the spirit of contradiction.
Gentlemen Broncos (2009)
Benjamin (Michael Angarano), home-schooled by his eccentric mother (Jennifer Coolidge), is a loveable loner whose passion for writing leads him on an offbeat and hilarious journey as his story first gets ripped off by the legendary fantasy novelist, Ronald Chevalier (Jemaine Clement) and then is adapted into a disastrous movie by the small town’s most prolific homespun filmmaker.
A wide-ranging, energetic period piece tracing the rise of the Protestant Henry of Navarre as he goes from battlefield warrior to France's beloved King Henri IV. Director Jo Baier's epic is a classically entertaining adventure, albeit one with more than a little bloodshed and frequent bawdy sexual interludes. In late 16th-century France, Catholics and Protestant Huguenots were at war. Seemingly seeking peace, the French dowager queen, Catherine de Medici summons Henry to her court to have him marry her daughter, uniting the two warring factions. However, the Catholics slaughter the Protestant wedding guests in what became known as the St. Bartholomew's Day massacre and Henry-now married-must use all his guile to both stay alive and maneuver for the throne.
As Allen Ginsberg talks about his life and art, his most famous poem is illustrated in animation while the obscenity trial of the work is dramatized.
Emma left Russia to live with her husband in Italy. Now a member of a powerful industrial family, she is the respected mother of three, but feels unfulfilled. One day, Antonio, a talented chef and her son's friend, makes her senses kindle.
The movie is about a Delhi base trans gender documentary filmmaker Abhiroop Sen and his bisexual lover cinematographer. They wanted to make a documentary on the life of famous "Jatra" actor "Chapal Bhaduri" But doing so Sen recognized that his life resemble Chapal's life. The movie revolves around the trauma, the pressure,the setbacks, heartache and several situations faced by trans gender.
Family Tree (2010)
When Frédérick, the patriarch of the Alsatian Muller family, is conspicuously absent from his son Charles' funeral, Frédérick's surviving son and his granddaughter, raw from their loss, await an explanation. Once revealed, Frédérick's reasons and the painful secret Charles harbored for years threaten the foundations of the entire family.
Tommaso is the youngest son of the Cantones, a large, traditional southern Italian family operating a pasta-making business since the 1960s. On a trip home from Rome, where he studies literature and lives with his boyfriend, Tommaso decides to tell his parents the truth about himself. But when he is finally ready to come out in front of the entire family, his older brother Antonio ruins his plans.
Born to Suffer (2009)
'Nacidas para sufrir' is the tale of a group of women (a sweet old lady, her religious niece, her servant and the latter's disabled mother), all so generous and selfless that they almost compete with one another as ferocious rivals to see who can help most and make the greatest sacrifice for the others' wellbeing. And we all know the well-known saying: 'The road to hell is paved with good intentions'.
Interweaving love stories centering on real individuals who are utilizing medicine to explore new frontiers of love, sex, and the human form.
Amidst the impersonal hubbub of Paris' Orly Airport, strangers meet, secrets are revealed, and sudden intimacies develop in this beautifully observed mosaic of lives in transit.
A Bob Dylan fan who goes by the name Mr. Tambourine passes his time in the Brazilian countryside by looking at photographs and movies on the Internet that seem to feature the same mysterious woman.
Four youths share a two bedroom apartment in a corner of Tokyo. A series of assault cases occur in the same district. Eighteen year old Satoru, a male prostitute, joins them as a new house mate. Their daily life slowly starts to change.
Going South (2009)
In the summer, 27 year-old Sam drives towards the south of France in his Ford. He meets Matthieu and his sister Léa and takes them along in his apparently aimless journey. Matthieu has a crush on Sam and tries to seduce him. Lea is a beautiful, young, provocative girl who likes men so much that she got pregnant. She soon brings along Jérémie with them. Throughout the trip, they learn to know, fight and love each other. In spite of a blooming relationship with Matthieu, Sam isolates himself because of his secret : he is headed for Spain to find his long-lost mother.
The fates of three German-born Muslims in Berlin collide as they struggle to find their place between faith and modern life in contemporary western society, caught at a crossroads where alluring liberated lifestyles conflict with deeply-rooted traditions.
Best Feature Film
A young boy called Laser wants to find his father, but is to young to do so so he asks his sister to help him, their father was a sperm donor. They eventualy find thier real father, which upsets their mothers and causes drama.
The Man Who Sold the World (2009)
Jolly Fellows (2009)
Veselchaki is a movie centered on a Moscow nightclub owned by Rosa; he performs as part of the drag revue in the club. The movie starts with five cross-dressing men sharing their stories with a reporter. The movie is a comedy-drama from a Russian writer. It is thought provoking, has complex and funny characters, and is worth watching!
Southern District (2009)
For a rich upper-class family locked into their own little world, Bolivia's social changes threaten to burst their bubble.
In his new film, Lothar Lambert has chosen to portray eleven women over forty in Berlin, interweaving accounts of their experiences, their current lives and their expectations for the future. The line-up includes a number of well-known Berliners such as Irene Schweitzer, who runs the shop “Kaufhaus Schrill” in Bleibtreustrasse, photographer Erika Rabau and painter Evelyn Sommerhoff. The women talk about their chaotic family backgrounds, dramatic twists and turns, courageous decisions, failed relationships, breakdowns and new beginnings, as well as the art of gritting your teeth in spite of all of life’s blows. In no uncertain terms the women tell the filmmaker how they came to be the people they are; they also chat unabashedly about their sexual antics and reflect en passant on the social climate in Germany. Although only one or two of the protagonists are known to each other, they all share their acquaintance with Lothar Lambert, whom they know either socially or from having worked with him. They also have something else in common: they’ve all been through a hell of a lot – and they’re all ballsy.
Arias with a Twist (2010)
Focuses on the collaboration between cabaret and drag artist Joey Arias and master puppeteer Basil Twist, whose 2008 show brought them some of the biggest success of their careers.
Black Bus (2010)
Over the last decade the number of prohibitions for the women followers of Ultra-Orthodox Judaism (known as Haredi) have increased dramatically. Some accept this as religious law and others see it as a violation of their human rights. For those who speak out against it, excommunication from their family and society awaits.
Of all my uncles, Rodolfo was the only one who didn't want to be a blacksmith like my grandfather: He wanted to be a dancer. The search for the traces of his life leads to the discovery that in the eighties in Paraguay, under Stroessner's dictatorship, Rodolfo was included in one of the "108 lists of homosexuals", arrested and tortured. Rodolfo's story reveals a part of the hidden and silenced history of my country. In "Cuchillo de palo" two generations come face to face in a confrontation that ultimately allows each of us to understand our place in the world.
Film director Daniel Schmid was born in 1941. His father was a hotelier in Flims. A talented child, he was inspired by his grandmother’s stories and soon discovered the art of being expressive. Before long, the hall of his parents’ hotel became the stage for his own storytelling – a passion which was to remain with him for the rest of his life. After studying at the Free University in Berlin and at the German Film and Television Academy, Schmid went on to work with Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Rosa von Praunheim and Werner Schroeter. He also began directing films of his own: he adapted Fassbinder’s controversial stage play “Der Müll, die Stadt und der Tod” (SHADOW OF ANGELS, 1976) and before long began his emancipation from the German new wave. He created charming documentaries, such as the 1984 work set in a home for elderly opera singers, IL BACIO DI TOSCA; autobiographical feature films such as ZWISCHENSAISON (1992) about his childhood memories of living in a grand hotel; and an iridescent comedy, BERESINA ODER DIE LETZTEN TAGE DER SCHWEIZ (1999) which poked fun at Swiss prejudices and clichés. At about the same time, Schmid began directing stage and opera productions. Pascal Hofmann and Benny Jaberg’s film is a mysterious kaleidoscope of people and places; in it, the filmmakers take their audience on a sprawling cinematic journey through the life and work of one of Swiss cinema’s most extraordinary artists. As a child, Daniel Schmid knew only too well that there was a big, wide world behind the Flimserstein – a world poised between reality and fiction.
Fritz Bauer - Tod auf Raten (2010)
Fritz Bauer was probably the most renowned state prosecutor the Federal Republic has ever had. He saw himself as a ‘lawyer out of a sense of freedom’ and was convinced that the nation’s citizens had the right to resist against state acts of an arbitrary nature. He was prepared to stand up for this right in 1952/53 as Attorney General for Lower Saxony in a spectacular trial regarding the legitimacy of the coup of 20 July, 1944. Bauer succeeded in rehabilitating the executed conspirators. This verdict made him a pioneer of modern ‘civil society’ thought. He applied the same focus to the illumination and avengement of Nazi crimes. As Attorney General for Hesse from 1956 – 68, he was the key initiator in the Frankfurt Auschwitz trials. Bauer also played an important role in the seizure of Adolf Eichmann: he informed Israel’s intelligence agency Mossad of the whereabouts of the ‘architect of the Holocaust’ so that Eichmann could be brought to trial in Jerusalem. Under his watch, Fritz Bauer also pushed for reforms to the penal system, the humanisation of which was he believed integral to a humane society. During the restorative climate of the Adenauer era, Bauer became the ‘agent provocateur of the age’. Essays and talks with titles such as ‘Murderers Among Us’ and ‘At the End Came the Gas Chambers’ provoked criticism not only from right-wing radicals but also middle-class audiences. The life of this Swabian Jew was subject to anti-Semitism and political hostility. Bauer perceived the passing of the German Emergency Acts in May 1968 as a particularly heavy blow and felt that this was an irreparable turning point towards an authoritarian state. He was found dead in his Frankfurt apartment on 30 June 1968. The circumstances of his death have remained unsolved to this day.
Gay Days (2009)
In 1985, there were three gays who were out of the closet in Israel. By 1998, there were 3,000. In this short, intensive and dramatic period, Israel came out of the closet in one of the quickest and most colorful revolutions of the end of the 20th century. There was no bloodshed in this revolution, but a rare cooperation between academics, prostitutes, transsexuals, singers, hairdressers and military officers. The director, Yair Qedar, documented this revolution in he's newspaper, The Pink Times. Using rare archival materials, personal stories and touching scenes, and via his own personal diary, the film tells the untold story of the GLBT revolution in Israel in an energetic, bittersweet musical collage.
I Shot My Love (2009)
Seventy years after his grandfather escapes from Nazi Germany to Palestine, Israeli documentary director Tomer Heymann returns to the country of his ancestors to present his film "Paper Dolls" at the Berlin International Film Festival, and there meets a man who will change his life. This 48-hour love affair, originating in Berghain Panorama Bar, develops into a significant relationship between Tomer and Andreas Merk, a German dancer. When Andreas decides to move to Tel-Aviv, he not only has to cope with a new partner, but to manage the complex realities of life in Israel and his personal connection to it as a German citizen. Tomer's mother, descendant of German immigrants was born and lived all her life in a small Israeli village, where she raised five sons. One by one, she watches her children leave the country she and her family helped to build, and now cannot help but try to influence the life of Tomer, the one son who remains. I SHOT MY LOVE tells a personal but universal love story and follows the triangular relationship between Tomer, his German boyfriend, and his intensely Israeli mother.
The Mouth Of The Wolf (2009)
The story of a criminal Vincenzo and his transsexual lover Mary, who waited for him for many years while he served his prison sentence.
Making the Boys (2011)
On the eve of the 40th anniversary of the Gay Rights Movement, the film explores the drama, struggle and enduring legacy of the first-ever gay play and subsequent Hollywood movie to successfully reach a mainstream audience. Beloved by some for breaking new ground, and condemned by others for reinforcing gay stereotypes, The Boys in the Band sparked heated controversy that still exists four decades later.
New York Memories (2010)
The film revolved around Claudia, Anna and Uli, who came to New York at the beginning of the eighties; they were all trying gain a foothold in a city that, at the time, was a much tougher place to live in than it is today. Now, twenty years on, Rosa von Praunheim returns to his protagonists in his new film.
Postcard to Daddy (2010)
As a child, Michael Stock was sexually abused - by his own father. 25 years later he is still looking for inner peace. In conversations with his family and friends and his own reflections, he paints an ever clearer, if contradictory picture of what happened and of the consequences for each of the family members. Old family films seem to show a happy family - excerpts from Michael's first feature film hint at his extreme adult life, overshadowed by his lifelong trauma. Yet in spite of the intense drama, the film doesn't have an atmosphere of anger and hatred but rather a surprising air of hope and love of life. Michael's aim is not to accuse the "perpetrator" but to understand. In the end, he takes his video "Postcard" to his father. With the camera running, he confronts him with his past.
Twenty five years after the death of Rock Hudson, friends, acquaintances, colleagues, biographers and movie historians discuss his career, his personal life and his death, all especially in relation to his closeted homosexuality. Born Roy Fitzgerald, Hudson treated who was known as "Rock Hudson" as being a studio creation that was somewhat outside himself. However, he sometimes was still "Rock Hudson: movie star" to those who knew him. Publicly, he had to maintain the façade of that creation, the public who saw in him a handsome, rugged, masculine yet likable and safe leading man and movie star. That façade included a short two-year marriage of convenience to Phyllis Gates. His movie career on the most part also supported that façade, especially when there was a foil of a more effeminate or nebbish male character playing against him. His life changed when he was diagnosed with AIDS - the disease which would eventually take his life - at a time when little was known about it beyond it afflicting most specifically homosexual males and it being a probable death sentence. Although it ravaged him physically and emotionally - the latter in some respects due to his homosexual orientation becoming common public knowledge - it also opened up the discussion about the disease within the public consciousness since he became the first true public face of the disease.
Sunny Land (2011)
There are countless Sun Cities in the world. Perhaps the most famous and certainly the most bizarre of these is Sun City in South Africa, a huge resort with a disco, casino and swimming pools two hours north of Johannesburg by car. It was built in the 80s, when the Apartheid system was attempting to prevent any sort of encounter between black and white. Except in Sun City, that is. Under the banner of supposed-ly apolitical entertainment, a tourism laboratory to carry out radical political experiments was set up here, a zone simultaneously real and unreal. It is to the film's credit that it is able to make this recognizable. The film unearths the strangest archive footage in a clever and entertaining manner; one visitor to the resort recalls a Frank Sinatra show, while another, fictitious visitor named Hans comes across far more seriously than the utterly absurd German TV report on a Miss World competition held in a country gripped by civil war. The end of the war and the ANC's historical election victory passed Sun City by, astonishingly leaving no trace. Sunny Land is the exact opposite of a respectful documentary about a dark place from South Africa's past, working instead like a psychedelic drug in filmic form, expanding consciousness in the here and now.
The Owls (2010)
Two middle-aged, lesbian couples accidentally kill a younger lesbian and hide the body, without reporting it to the authorities. Their guilt and long-kept, dark secret comes back to haunt them, as an unexpected stranger shows up in their lives, bringing tension and discord. Little do they know that this mysterious stranger has a plan which includes all four of them.
Franswa Sharl (2009)
Keeping the position of number one son requires a certain amount of ingenuity. Twelve year old Greg has inherited his father's competitive streak. On a family holiday to Fiji they have different ideas about where Greg should focus his talents. When his creative pursuits fail to amuse his father Greg goes to bizarre lengths to win him back. Based on a true story.
Fucking Different São Paulo (2010)
A collection of short movies by Brazilian film makers, made to break stereotypical opinions, and celebrate differences as well as create a little stir.
In the Air (2009)
In Southeastern Ohio, April works in a scrap yard. Daphany waits for customers in a fast food window. Lee spends the day waiting for school to be over. But the local circus school offers a departure from daily tedium and checked-out adults. Combining elements of fiction and documentary, In the Air is a portrait of a place that has endured an economic crisis for decades. The film features real people acting out scenes from everyday life and examines the force they are capable of in a deindustrialized world. In the Air is shot in the filmmaker's hometown-Portsmouth, Ohio-with the collaboration of the Cirque D'Art circus school.
Last Address (2010)
Keith Haring, Robert Mapplethorpe, Norman René, Peter Hujar, Ethyl Eichelberger, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Cookie Mueller, Klaus Nomi....the list of New York artists who died of AIDS over the last 30 years is countless, and the loss immeasurable. In Last Address, filmmaker Ira Sachs, who first moved to the city himself in 1984, uses images of the exteriors of the houses, apartment buildings, and lofts where these and others were living at the time of their deaths to mark the disappearance of a generation. The elegiac film is both a remembrance of that loss, as well as an evocation of the continued presence of their work in our lives and culture.
Masala mama (2010)
The young son of a poor "rag-and-bone" man aspires to draw superheroes but goes about it the wrong way by stealing a comic book from the gentle owner of a small Indian provision ("mama") shop. When fate brings them together again, they each discover something much more important...
Return Return (2010)
Return Return is a mashup of an audiotext work by Caroline Bergvall, ”VIA (48 Dante Translations)”, and a slowed-down version of the trailer to the feature-length fiction film Saturn Returns. 26 minutes long, it is comprised of only one digested minute of footage from the original film, accompanying the story’s three main performers: Tal Meiri, Chloe Griffin and Joshua Bogle. The secondary medium – the trailer – becomes the only source. Two texts appear on screen: One is a dialogue quote from the original film, and the other a quote from T.S Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”.
Andrzej and Michal are two young teenagers who come together every summer in the small tourist village Siemiany on the countryside. Their friendship has grown into years of great memories. And the boredom of the countryside and the feeling of unity amongst the boys, takes their friendship to a new level of sexually loaded intimacy.
Soy Mi Madre (2008)
Soy Mi Madre is inspired by Genet’s first play, The Maids. It is made in the manner of a telenovella (a Latin-American soap opera), using leading Mexican actors and Hollywood screen writers. The film refers to Mexican maids in the wealthy households of Aspen, Colorado where Collins did a residency.
The Dream of Norma (2010)
Movement and stillness, depth and surface, black and white, physicality and abstraction – Telémacos Alexiou's installation “The Dream of Norma“ transposes these cinematographic parameters in a duality both distills and delights. On three screens, a dancing duel unfolds between Norma (Vaginal Davis) and a masked phantom (Telémacos Alexiou), a ceremony of seduction, an erotic courtship...
The Feast of Stephen (2009)
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