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The QUEER LISBOA Film List 2017

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Feature Film

People who added this item 16 Average listal rating (3 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 6.5
As You Are (2016)

Set in the early 1990's, "As You Are" is the telling and retelling of a relationship between three teenagers as it traces the course of their friendship through a construction of disparate memories prompted by a police investigation.

The Beach House is a film about four people from an Arab generation roaming over the ruins of ideologies, causes and virtues of their predecessors. It portrays their intellectual and emotional nonchalance about what is happening around them in their daily lives and relationships. In a house whose architecture is a sixties' experiment in mixing modern and Islamic architecture, a stone and concrete cube suspended over a rocky shore bashed by the waves of the Mediterranean, by famed Iraqi architect Refaat Chaderji, we spend a night with four characters whose non-stop conversations and peculiar actions reflect the void and chaos they are living in.
People who added this item 54 Average listal rating (32 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 6.4
Beach Rats (2018)

An aimless teenager on the outer edges of Brooklyn struggles to escape his bleak home life and navigate questions of self-identity, as he balances his time between his delinquent friends, a potential new girlfriend, and older men he meets online.
People who added this item 15 Average listal rating (10 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7
Close-Knit (2017)

One spring Hiromi, who is the mother of an 11-year-old girl Tomo, left home for the umpteenth time. Tomo is accustomed to such a mother and as always went to Makio's place. He is a brother of Hiromi and has lived with Rinko, a pretty girlfriend. Actually, Rinko is a transwoman. She works as a caregiver in a nursing home where Makio's mother Sayuri who suffers from dementia is living. Rinko makes a delicious meal and sometimes cuddles Tomo. She is a little confused, but Tomo, Rinko and Makio start to live a life together. One day Rinko teaches Tomo to knit to control her temper. Rinko was also taught by her mother at the age of puberty when she struggled with her sexuality. A daughter neglected by her mother. A gentle uncle and his transgender lover. An angsty boy who recognizes a sense of himself as a gay - A warm "knitting" reorganizes unconventional family.
People who added this item 14 Average listal rating (7 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 6.4

The summer is coming and Elias has been dreaming of the sea a lot. In the factory where he works, his responsibilities increase as the holiday season approaches. After one more night working overtime, Elias and the workers decide to go out and have some beer. That is when new encounters and desires open up to his horizons.
People who added this item 6 Average listal rating (4 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 5.3

Three women end up in a psychiatric clinic in search of safety and security.

Luz emigrated to Italy in search of a better future. In Colombia she has left his two years son by his family. But her European dream begins to truncate and turn into a series of misfortunes. She assumes her new social status and start from scratch, working in the cleaning sector. Until unexpectedly she meet Fran, a person who breaks all schemes. Luz and Fran decided to own their own lives, with the world ahead, and Rome at their feet.
People who added this item 30 Average listal rating (21 ratings) 5.8 IMDB Rating 6.3
Skins (2017)

In a strange world where people share numerous deformities, the same problem we all face challenges each of them: to find someone who accepts you as you are. Sometimes, that means finding yourself first.
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Documentary Film

People who added this item 0 Average listal rating (0 ratings) 0 IMDB Rating 7.8

Using family archives and animation, Arshad Khan shares a deeply personal story of migration from Pakistan to Canada, self-discovery and familial reconciliation.
People who added this item 1 Average listal rating (1 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.6

Nada Mezni Hafaiedh's Upon the Shadow follows the life of former Femen member Amina Sboui and the community of LGBTQ friends she houses in her Tunisian home. Offering unparalleled insight into life following the Arab spring, social persecution, and political struggle, from a queer perspective. Dive into the stories of Amina's strong and enchanting group of LGBTQ loves and comrades: Sandra, Ramy, Ayoub and Atef, as they bond and build queer community against a backdrop of global trauma and struggle.

The film shows the prologue of the crisis of representation and the polarization of Brazilian politics as we accompany the steps of the Deputy, spokesman for the LBGT cause Jean Wyllys.

This documentary film explores the spread of nationalism according to the concept of "Homogeneous, Empty Time" by Walter Benjamin, a German Jewish philosopher and cultural critic. The theory as referenced in the book Imagined Communities by Benedict Anderson stated that nationalistic ideologies originated from emptiness within an area where people have homogenous consciousness. This film, therefore, explores people in a variety of communities in Thailand, such as high school students, religious people, nationalistic right-wingers, military cadets, and people in the Southern border, in an attempt to find what foundation the Thai nation is formed upon. The film was shot during a time when Thailand was at its most nationalistic, with the military regime and coup leaders in power. It was also a time of great risk as the junta held absolute power in controlling the citizens by means of withholding and manipulating information, controlling people's behavior and restricting rights, mental and psychological brainwashing, as well as widespread suppression and punishment of any anti-government voices. This left the country with a great number of political prisoners as well as those who have fled in exile.

The mother likes pink, the son has painted himself blue, and the pink camper van is ready for the road trip. A highly unusual family story of the really surprising kind.
People who added this item 4 Average listal rating (3 ratings) 9 IMDB Rating 7.7

A family story of a very special kind. The mother earns a living as a spirit guide for the deceased at their funerals: she was never at home, always out and about with her girlfriends instead. The daughter now goes to great lengths to attempt to understand her mother. A cosmos opens before us, one which manages to be of universal cultural significance and extremely intimate at the same time.

A Jewish man in Tokyo named Joni Waka, who uses to call himself "Johnnie Walker", is the model of a character in Haruki Murakami's novel Kafka on the Shore. Joni Waka also claims that he is the only Jew left in Japan descending from the old Jewish families in the country. Confronted with a social pressure, he seems to ignore dominating norms and moral, and at the same time using his outside position, as a henna gaijin (the "strangest stranger") as a space of freedom to stage his life and create an everyday comedy.

Whoever wants to live ends up troubled with life itself.
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Short Film

People who added this item 0 Average listal rating (0 ratings) 0 IMDB Rating 7.5
Calamity (2017)

France meets her son's girlfriend for the first time. She loses control.
People who added this item 1 Average listal rating (1 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 6.5
Coelho Mau (2017)

Wayward boy punishes his mother's lover. Beauty and horror fondle each other. Young gods callously abjure conventional morality. Death goes whoring in child's guise.
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Based on an unrealised film script written in 1964 for The Homosexual Law Reform Society, a British organisation that campaigned for the decriminalisation of homosexual relations between men, 'The Colour of His Hair' merges drama and documentary into an impressionistic meditation on queer life before and after the partial legalisation of homosexuality in 1967.
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Whose faces are those on the pictures? Each one here remembers the first day of his/hers life. A birth of memories and ghosts linking the lives of the living and the undead. How can I remember what my eyes and ears could seize? If all is an on going construction, why couldn't your memories be closer to mine than my own?
People who added this item 0 Average listal rating (0 ratings) 0 IMDB Rating 8.4

Angelica needs to change her lock.
People who added this item 0 Average listal rating (0 ratings) 0 IMDB Rating 6.5

Noam, a young gay man, discovers that his father, who just died, had a secret affair with a married man. He follows and meets that man. He now holds his father's secret.

Using a mix of Hollywood aesthetics with documentary strategies, the film follows a young indigenous girl from the Xingu National Park to São Paulo, where she falls in love with a robot that also happens to be a stand-up comedian. This strange story mixes the anthropology of humor, indigenous communities, and artificial intelligence.
People who added this item 5 Average listal rating (5 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.2
Islands (2018)

Characters wander through an erotic maze of love and desire.
People who added this item 1 Average listal rating (0 ratings) 0 IMDB Rating 6.7

10-year old Cleo joins her lesbian sister Gabbi and her girlfriend to her summerhouse. In the center of attention is the biggest question: Who is Cleo in love with, is it a girl or is it a boy?
People who added this item 0 Average listal rating (0 ratings) 0 IMDB Rating 6.4

Seeking refuge from the law, teen poet Stella tells of the mysterious disappearance of her highschool lover Sebastian and the strange deed she was compelled to perform.

Following the migration of the Monarch butterfly, fleeing the North American's cold to spend Winter in the pleasant mountains of Michoacán in Mexico.
People who added this item 0 Average listal rating (0 ratings) 0 IMDB Rating 4.5

An eternal dream of longing.

There are only a few days left till Cata's 15th birthday party. It's now her time to celebrate this great, traditional event. She divides her time between dancing, hanging out wither friends after school and one upsettingly tight dress. Only a few days before her party, out of the blue, arrives a different and liberal thinking cousin to stay at her house. In a world with no adults, with only a few days until her special day, Cata starts feeling like everything she believed in is losing meaning.
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Until the age of three, I could not talk due to a tongue-tie. After it got loose, some words kept stuck in my throat.
People who added this item 0 Average listal rating (0 ratings) 0 IMDB Rating 5.7

The native people of the surrealistic land of Superbia, where men and women form separate societies, face the changes sparked by the first equal couple in their history.
People who added this item 0 Average listal rating (0 ratings) 0 IMDB Rating 6.3

In this animated fairy-tale Filly, a lesbian fairy with nimble fingers, seduces women by day dressed as a boy. But at night something strange happens and soon half the population of Whatsit Village are eagerly queuing up.

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