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The QUEER LISBOA Film List 2020
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Young Hunter (2020)
In El cazador, Argentinian director Marco Berger reveals the sexual awakening, uncertainty and lust of the beautiful, 15-year old Ezéquiel. When his parents go to Europe for a month, he has the house to himself and makes the most of it. He takes classmates home only to find out, again and again, that they aren't attracted to boys. But one day, he hits the jackpot when he meets tough-looking Mono at the skatepark. But the meeting with Mono delivers much more than the connection, intimacy and sex he sought. He lands in a chilling situation that possibly makes him lonlier than he already was. El cazador is a compact drama that deals with a tough subject in a conspicuously subdued manner.
Olivia, an undocumented Filipino transwoman, works as a caregiver to Olga, an elderly Russian woman, in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. When Olivia runs out of options to attain legal status in the US, she becomes romantically involved with Alex, Olga's adult grandson, in the pursuit of a marriage-based green card.
Make Up (2020)
On a remote holiday park in Cornwall, a young woman is drawn into a mysterious obsession when she suspects her boyfriend has cheated on her.
One in a Thousand (2020)
Clad in sportswear, 17-year-old Iris dribbles her basketball through the wide courtyards of her social housing estate somewhere in Argentina. She has been expelled from school and spends the warm days and nights with her two best friends – her cousins – in cramped rooms, fiddling with her mobile phone, or on the empty streets of the town. While playing hide-and-seek, the boys disappear with other boys, they strip off in front of the webcam and write passionate texts in which they rail against a heteronormative society. There is a deceptive lightness in the air and the promise that, when it comes to love and sex, anything is possible. When cool and selfconfident Renata enters the scene, Iris is fascinated, and it is not long before they begin flirting. But on the estate, the rumours about Renata’s past are getting louder and louder.
Summer in Brandenburg. Markus is torn between the love for his grandmothers in need of care and the longing for a different life in Berlin. A crowd of shimmering demons keeps appearing in his daydreams. An allusion to the queer chosen family that awaits him in the city and saves him from his loneliness? Markus' boxes to move to the big city are packed. So when he falls in love with Duc things get even more complicated.
No Hard Feelings (2020)
Parvis, the son of exiled Iranians, was caught shoplifting. He is sentenced to community service at a refugee shelter where he meets the siblings Banafshe and Amon, who have fled Iran. As a romantic attraction between Parvis and Amon grows, the fragile relationship between the three is put to the test.
The Prince (2020)
A '70s-set homoerotic prison drama based on a low-circulated pulp novel, tracking the sexual, often-violent and eventually murderous experiences of 20-something narcissist Jaime.
The area around Catalan in Brazil’s state of Goiás is dry, very dry. Sandro’s life here is somewhat monotonous. He works in a fertiliser factory, goes swimming and spends his evenings doing jigsaw puzzles of landscapes. Sandro has a purely sexual relationship with his colleague Ricardo. He always seems to be a bit of an outsider, not comfortable in his own skin, not really belonging. When Maicon, a man straight out of a Tom-of-Finland illustration, shows up in their small town and flirts with Ricardo, Sandro’s burgeoning feelings of jealousy set a change in motion. The sober images of Sandro’s working environment, trade union meetings and cigarette breaks are in stark contrast to his dreamlike sex fantasies. These tableaux vivant-like scenes feature people in leather and latex and fetishistic images of chrome-plated motorcycles.
All We've Got (2019)
All We've Got is a personal exploration of LGBTQ women's communities, cultures, and social justice work through the lens of the physical spaces they create, from bars to bookstores to arts and political hubs.
The Art of Fallism (2019)
The Fallists want to end repression for everybody in society. With township boys, feminists and trans people all joined together, they want to revolutionize South Africa. What happens when they cannot even tolerate each other? This is a story about big dreams, chaos, belonging and rejection. Meet the activists and artists that have inspired youth across the world.
The House of Love (2020)
Throughout its 77 minutes, the film never once leaves the small Milan apartment of Bianca Dolce Miele, a dark safe space illuminated by the warm light of the occasional candle, with objects arranged with ritualistic intention and a black cat always on the roam. A map of the heavens hangs above the bed, the outside world is accessed via telephone. “I’m always here, any time,” she promises her clients in a deep, throaty voice. “Give me half an hour to put on something sexy for you.” Bianca’s appearances in this film are self-determined and withstand any kind of normative gaze. The punters and friends who come calling each bring their own understanding of Bianca and the role of her profession: one quotes from the Bible, another sings a murder ballad, a third sets up a pristine white table upon her ambiguously gendered body, from which he eats tinned meat. “Tenderness always tells of new things,” is one way to translate the line from Sandro Penna that serves as the film’s motto. For Bianca’s invitation into her world is primarily directed at those who can only tell their stories in that space.
Miserere is about six young men who prostitute themselves for little money in Once Train Station and Plaza Miserere, a central area in the city of Buenos Aires. Structured as a chronicle of a summer day, the documentary presents the stories and inner reflections of the protagonists through voice-overs. The routines of these street sex workers show the complex and multicultural universe of Once. Miserere reveals an invisible problem: the prostitution of needy young men in Latin American cities.
Queer Genius (2019)
"Queer Genius" is a cinematic exploration of four visionary queer artists breaking down barriers in their creative fields as they confront fame, failure, censorship, family, gender, and sexuality. The film embraces the communal possibilities of "genius" from a particularly queer perspective crossing genre and generational perspective. The film features intertwined portraits of Eileen Myles, Barbara Hammer, Jibz Cameron, and Black Quantum Futurism.
The Many Lives of Kojin (2020)
Diako Yazdani, an Iranian Kurd and political refugee in France, travels to Iraq. Accompanied by Kojin, a 23-year-old gay friend, he confronts his devout family, friends and other members of the Kurdish community with their prejudices on homosexuality. He draws the portrait of a society where homosexuality seems not to exist.
A drawing room with salmon-coloured walls, tapestries, busts, house plants, a dressmaker’s dummy. In a velvet armchair with gold trim sits Wilma Azevedo, 74, Brazil’s “queen of sadomasochistic literature”. She is asked by the director to tell the story of her life, which quickly branches out into a series of detailed erotic anecdotes involving green bananas, dildos made of sandpaper and over-stimulated nerves. In her heyday, she received 300 love letters a month, an incredible success story. Sometime her memory fails her, at which point the young actress in the background, who is supposed to play her in an upcoming film, comes to her aid. Halfway through the film, which purports to be research, the armchair is reclined slightly and the protagonist then tells another life story, featuring a similarly pornographic narrative, but one that also gives an account of a journalist’s difficult emancipation, navigating the dangerous terrain of male fantasies. In static shots of a moving figure, a still life of passions retold comes into focus.
Welcome to Chechnya (2020)
In 2017, the LGBTQI* community, human rights defenders and allies all over the world were shocked by the devastating news of crimes being committed in the Russian republic of Chechnya. In a coordinated action, the authorities were rounding up gay and bisexual men and women, and taking them to illegal prison facilities where they were tortured and forced to out others, with the result that they were either executed or released to their families where they were often subjected to “honour killings”. In an interview, Kremlin-backed Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov denied all accusations, claiming that there are no queer people in Chechnya.
Sunset Cemetery (2020)
Joseph isn't particularly happy, although he hides it rather well. The day his brother dies, the certainty sets in that life will pass him by. To ensure this doesn't happen, one evening, he gives in to his desire.
Moonlight People (2019)
Two young men and two girls on a moonlit night confess to each other in their strange fantasies and loves that go beyond the usual standards.
A group of friends from São Paulo go on a trip to a remote beach. While they wait for the new year's eve, they build a safe and pleasant environment through music and friendship.
Red Ants Bite (2019)
In Georgia, two stranded Nigerians, Obinna and Afame, navigate the sleeping city of Tbilisi after a long night out. However, as day breaks the true colors of their ambiguous affection begin to show. In this way, they find solace despite their hostile environment.
Alban lives in a ski station with his mother. Every night, the teenager runs off to be with Julien – the boy who, strangely, shares a first name with the hero of the novel he’s avidly reading.
Five women, each in a different stage of their life, share experiences about their relationships to their bodies and how others perceive them.
Magnetic Harvest (2019)
Mickaël, a pig farmer in rural France, finds his search for an amorous connection interrupted by the sudden return of the charming and youthful Paul.
In His Bold Gaze (2020)
A closeted gay man, his mother, and his lover are caught in a cannibal docudrama, precarious in their relationship between what is on and off screen.
Progressive Touch (2020)
Can you fuck to an irregular beat? Progressive Touch depicts three atmospheric, absurdist love scenes in which the goal is to "improve" sex by complicating its rhythm and choreography. Sex as dance as comedy. Enacted by three real life couples, the dancers' every explicit move is synchronized to the propulsive, unpredictable score which borrows elements from progressive rock, trap, and math metal.
Frede goes with her big sister to a queer techno party to win back her ex. When this goes wrong she tries to follow her sister's less romantic advice on how to get over your ex and not be a babydyke.
Cause of Death (2020)
Women’s bodies are always at risk. An autopsy report describes the physical impact on the body that results in death but hides the structural and recurrent violence on women’s bodies that leads to femicide. Through archival film footage, animation and spoken word poetry an experience of structural violence against women is exposed.
Stray Dogs Come Out at Night (2020)
Karachi, Pakistan. Iqbal, a migrant sex worker, cannot come to terms with his illness. He convinces his uncle to take a day trip to the beach, desperate for respite. The Arabian sea beckons.
In the sports court of a school, dancers rehearse under the watchful eye of a choreographer. Tensions haunt personal desires as they are observed by a rival troupe.
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