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A Boy Needs a Friend

In this latest installment of his ongoing video essay, “Final Thoughts”, Steve Reinke ostensibly turns to the subject of friendship. A Boy Needs a Friend delves into its topic head on, in particular investigating the notion of queer Nietzschean friendship. Using his signature dry voice over monologue to tie together an eclectic array of disparate images, ranging from found footage collages to digital animation and cell phone video, Reinke sets forth theories about the identity of Stephen [...]

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A casa de Alice

Engl. Title: Alice's House

A working-class district in São Paulo is home to fortysomething manicurist Alice who has been married to her husband, Lindomar, for more than twenty years. Lindomar's mother, Dona Jacira, lives with the couple and virtually runs the household. She cooks, cleans and does the washing. While she works, she listens to her favourite show, 'grandma's programme' on the radio. Alice and Lindomar have three children who also live with them: Lucas is the 'reactionary' member [...]

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A Horse Is Not A Metaphor

Filmmaker Barbara Hammer fights ovarian cancer with visions of horseback riding and river swimming in her new experimental film, A Horse Is Not A Metaphor. As a “cancer thriver” rather than “survivor,” Barbara Hammer rides the red hills of Georgia O’Keefe’s Ghost Ranch in New Mexico, the grassy foothills of the Big Horn in Wyoming, and leafy paths in Woodstock, New York, changing illness into recovery. The haunting and wondrous music of Meredith Monk underscores [...]

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A Jihad For Love

The word “jihad” or ‘holy war’ often has negative connotations. In the wake of the attacks of September 11 and increasing fears of Islamic terrorist threats, the term has often been reduced simply to ‘war’. Yet the term ‘jihad’ has a far more complex significance. Jihad plays a central role in Islam, for it refers to the individual’s struggle to ‘strive in the path of God’, as well as the bid to serve Islamic society through one’s [...]

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A Lazy Summer Afternoon with Mario Montez

A boat, a lake, a lazy summer afternoon, how to look glamorous in nature. Legendary, irresistible, indestructible US underground legend Mario Montez dissects Hollywood icon Joan Crawford’s ridiculous fashion tips: ‘such crap!’

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A Midsummer Night's Dream

Shakespeare's most popular comedy is a merry-go-round of young lovers and supernatural wood sprites. An extravaganza of Hollywood stars and fantastic special effects by Max Reinhardt, the 'great magician' of the Deutsches Theater in Berlin.

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A Spectacle of Privacy

Two people in a hotel room, discussing. A private space, an intimate space. This is a story of the city mourning the disappearance and demolition of its people, whose struggles have gone astray.

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A Walk into the Sea: Danny Williams and the Warhol Factory

Nadia visits her granddaughter at work - at the Warhol Foundation - and tells her that her son, who had disappeared under mysterious circumstances, had been Andy's lover and had lived with him. From that moment on the two family histories become a projection surface: that of an "upright and traditional" American family and the most legendary of all art families: Warhol's Factory. With the support of Callie Angell, the curator of the Andy Warhol Film Project at the Whitney Museum, [...]

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A world of our own

“The conversation starts: I identify with many persons, like Valeska Gert and Édith Piaf and Patti Smith and Ariana Foster and Rosa Luxemburg… … I think she was a freedom fighter. She was singing love songs and, eh, true life reports.” (from the video transcript) The video montage A WORLD OF OUR OWN weaves together stories of various Cosmo-figures, female explorers of worlds known and unknown, actual and fictional freedom fighters across different times and [...]

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Aarekti Premer Golpo

Engl. Title: Just Another Love Story

In traditional Bengali theatre it’s not unusual to see men in female roles. One of the last surviving androgynous stars of Bengali theatre is Chapal Bhaduri. A young gay filmmaker decides to make a film about this stage legend and asks the 71-year-old thespian for an interview. A concentrated conversation begins that soon goes beyond the boundaries of a conventional interview. As the actor describes some of the painful moments in his life as a stage heroine, the young filmmaker and his bisexual [...]

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Absolute Wilson

For forty years, Robert Wilson’s aesthetics have left their mark on international theatre and opera. In addition, Wilson has made a name for himself as an installation artist. Influenced by such renowned choreographers as George Balanchine, Merce Cunningham and Martha Graham, as well as abstract realist paintings of the 1950s, Wilson has created his own, unmistakable visual language. Katharina Otto-Bernstein accompanied Wilson with her camera for five years in order to make this film. However, [...]

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Ai no Mukidashi (愛のむきだし)

Engl. Title: Love exposure

Yu is a high school boy who lives with his father. After Yu’s mother dies at a young age, his father decides to become a catholic priest. Yu’s father is a much-loved priest and the father and son live happily in tranquility. But one day, a woman named Kaori falls for Yu’s father. Yu is completely against this because he does not like Kaori’s eccentric presence intruding on the father and son’s peaceful life. Kaori wants to marry Yu’s father but cannot because [...]

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Al bahr min ouaraikoum

Engl. Title: The Sea is Behind

Tarik is unable to shed a tear about the loss of his children, or that his life is in ruins. Instead he shrouds his moustache under a veil and sways his hips to the music as the procession moves down the street. Tarik is a H’Dya, a traditional dancer who appears in women’s clothes. Tarik’s father, who leads the parade down the empty Moroccan streets, bawls his eyes out when his beloved cart horse Larbi refuses to go on, and combs his mane lovingly with his dentures. [...]

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Alfalfa

ALFALFA is a gay alphabet. It deploys a disarmingly simple structure to create an exhilaratingly complex play of meanings. Each letter of the alphabet is introduced against a blue marbled background in the time honoured formula, "A is for", "B is for". Next there is an image of what the letter stands for.

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Alkali, Iowa

Whilst weeding a bean field a young, closet gay farmer unearths a strange "family treasure" of hidden erotica. When Jack discovers to which one of his relatives this treasure once belonged he finally finds the courage to declare his true sexuality. And so for him the 4th of July becomes his own personal "declaration of independence".

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All Over Me

15-year old Claude lives with her mother in the New York district known as Hell's Kitchen. From her apartment it is only a short walk through the park to the house where here girlfriend, Ellen lives. It's summer-time and the school holidays are about to begin. Claude and her mother have nothing in common - on the contrary: Claude's mother is almost entirely preoccupied with her appearance and her new boyfriend and she shows next to no interest in her daughter on the verge to adulthood. [...]

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Alle meine Stehaufmädchen – Von Frauen, die sich was Trauen

Engl. Title: All My Tumbler Girls Or All About Women Who Dare To...

In his 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, [...]

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Alt om min Far

Engl. Title: All About My Father

Esben Benestad is a doctor in a small town in Norway. He has his own surgery, has written two books on sex education and writes a column in a men’s magazine; he is also a liberal politician. However, Esben Benestad also has a second identity in Norway as Esther Pirelli, sexual therapist and occasional actress. Esben Benestad is a transvestite. In this film, Esben Benestad’s son conveys his father’s story with warmth, humour and irony; he provides a personal portrait of this enigmatic [...]

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Amphetamine

In Chinese the word amphetamine has another meaning, namely: ‘is this not his fate?’ Fate is what catches up with a young personal trainer named Kafka in this passionate drama. Kafka also holds down jobs as a martial artist and courier. He needs several jobs in order to be able to support his sick mother. His father is dead – he took his own life long ago. Kafka was only a child at the time.  One night – it’s the night he splits up with his girlfriend May [...]

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An Englishman in New York

In 1975, at the age of 66, openly gay writer Quentin Crisp has given up on finding fame and so it comes rather as a surprise when the British TV film THE NAKED CIVIL SERVANT, which is about his life so far, makes him a celebrity overnight. However, while Quentin had successfully pushed a nation out of the closet, the nation “had a name to put to their demon.” Refusing to return to anonymity and following an invitation to New York, Quentin finds himself in the country where he is welcomed [...]

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Anak-Anak Srikandi

Engl. Title: Children of Srikandi

Srikandi is a female figure from the Indian Mahabharata epic that changes gender to live and fight as an equal among men. This character is a role model for eight highly personal perspectives on lesbian, bisexual and transidentity life in Islamic Indonesia. The film, which began as a collective project, moves from personal essay into a radical conceptual exploration of queer politics and maps out self-confidently the situation in which a generation of women are beginning to find a voice. Politics, [...]

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Ander

The valley of Arratia in August 1991. Ander, a farmer well into his forties, lives with his sister Arantxa and his old mother in a remote part of rural Basque country. His is a monotonous life filled with nothing but farm work and a job at the local bicycle factory. It won’t be long before Arantxa gets married and leaves home and then Ander will be left to look after their stubborn mother on his own. Then one day Ander has an accident and breaks his leg. His limb will be in a plaster cast [...]

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Anders als die Anderen

Engl. Title: Different from the Others

Violin virtuoso Paul Körner promotes the musical talent of young Kurt Sivers whose parents observe the infatuated relationship between Paul and Kurt with distrust. Then, the criminal Bollek extorts Körner because of his homosexuality. Finally, Körner reports the extortionist to the police while the criminal in revenge files charges against Körner because of article 175. In a flashback, Körner tells Else, Kurt’s sympathetic sister, about his development and they both [...]

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Andy Warhol: A Documentary Film

Art historian Neil Printz simply calls him "a touchstone of the culture", whose significance far exceeds the boundaries of art history: "Andy Warhol is a touchstone of the culture we live in - a touchstone for the entire culture of the post-war period. I think he is probably the most important artist of the second half of the 20th century, maybe the most important artist of the 20th century. If we needed to find a visual form just to distill what it's like to have been alive [...]

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Ang lalaki sa buhay ni selya

Engl. Title: The Man in her life

Selya, schoolteacher in a small Philippine town, has an affair with the reluctant Bobby, who leaves town one day. To follow him, Selya quits her job but fails to find him. Relocating at a village he visits, she moves into a boarding house of gay man, lover of a married man with two children.Through the machinations of Ramon's adoptive aunt Piling (Eva Darren), Selya and Ramon begin a friendship. Overwhelmed by the homophobic attacks of his neighbours, Ramon impulsively proposes to Selya, thinking [...]

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Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros

Engl. Title: The Blossoming Of Maximo Oliveros

This film pits the purity of first love against the poverty and corruption that dominate the slums of Manila. The Philippine capital is home to twelve-year-old Maxi, who comes from a poor family. Maxi cleans the house, cooks, washes clothes and repairs tattered jeans for his relatives, who are all petty thieves. He even supplies them with the odd alibi, when needed. Maxi’s homosexuality is accepted by his nearest and dearest. Loved and protected by his relatives, Maxi has a calming influence [...]

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Angel

"I've loved you ever since we first met, and I will love you till the day I die." England in the year 1905. Angel Deverell is an extremely talented young writer from a working-class background. Her escapist, romantic novels are hugely popular. Before long all the dreams of a young woman of her age are fulfilled. But is it possible to have success, fame and love all at the same time? Her radiant rise is followed, inexorably, by her decline ... François Ozon's film is [...]

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Anne of the Indies

Pirate captain Anne Providence finds a French prisoner on board a British ship she has captured. Pierre François La Rochelle says he has been shanghaied by Anne’s archenemies and the lady pirate eventually makes him her sailing master. Yet even as she unexpectedly lands in the arms of the Frenchman, she is unsure she can trust him. The plot thickens even further when her father figure, pirate captain Blackbeard, recognizes La Rochelle as a French naval officer and [...]

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Annie

Film star Annie, a well-known porn queen, is a performance artist. She transforms herself from a plain Jane into a big wild cat with high-heeled shoes and a widow's veil. In the film DEAD RINGERS, she demystifies David Cronenberg's gynaecological hysteria with a single gesture: when she inserts a speculum, she gives the spectator a view inside her vagina.

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Antes o tempo nao acabava

Engl. Title: Time Was Endliss

Having been born into an indigenous tribe in the Amazon, Anderson is familiar with painful initiation rites. He is now living with his sister and her sick little girl in the city of Manaus. He has a mobile phone and takes on casual work, but must face the challenges posed by the incompatibility between modern life and shamanism. For him, the two worlds collide on a daily basis: when his niece is to be sacrificed, when a mythical monster appears to him in human form, or when he experiences a one-night [...]

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Antônia

Engl. Title: Antonia

Preta, Barbarah, Mayah and Lena have all been friends since childhood. They live in Vila Brasilândia on the outskirts of São Paulo. At the moment they're still working as backing singers, but their dream is to have a group of their own. Calling themselves "Antônia", they decide one day to quit working as a backing group and make their dream reality. Getting themselves a manager, the talented singers start gigging the clubs and well-todo parties with a repertoire [...]

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Apflickorna

Engl. Title: She Monkeys

A case of bitchiness in the stables. Emma joins a group that is learning how to perform exercises on horseback. Here she meets Cassandra, an experienced circus rider who at once recognises the new girl’s talent from the way she keeps a tight rein on the horses with strong, controlled movements. Cassandra is good-looking and strong-willed with a vibrant personality – the two young women find themselves drawn to each other. Before long, their mutual attraction turns into a symbiotic [...]

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Arias With A Twist: The DocuFantasy

Joey Arias ennobled the performance art of being a drag queen. Arias is a personage who stood for the connection between the avant-garde and pop music as well as the revival of Billie Holiday’s divine voice. Joey was Andy Warhol’s muse. Klaus Nomi, David Bowie and Iggy Pop performed with Arias, who made a name for himself in Las Vegas as the »Mistress of Seduction«. »Arias with a Twist«, his show with puppeteer Basil Twist, is the focus of this film. Joey [...]

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As Rosas Brancas

Engl. Title: The White Roses

A group of people dance at a sports ground to the music of Supertramp. The siblings take flowers to a grave in the deep snow, wearing floral wreaths in their hair. The father directs them. They embrace one another. Memories are invoked by pictures enclosed inside Gabriel's, the brother's, amulet. The mother is dead - how will they fill the void she left behind? Each individual family member tries to find their way, is obliged to redefine their course. Calm are the images and gestures that [...]

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As they say

Father and son go on a fishing trip together into the mountains. When the son confesses to the father that he's gay, the situation escalates: tests of masculinity, rituals, violence, erupting feelings, speechlessness, and finally an unexpected end. Not only does the film attest to family and generational conflicts, but it positions these within an overwhelming landscape (the Rif mountains), which itself becomes one of the agents. Hicham Ayouch was one of six filmmakers invited to make a work [...]

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Atos dos Homens

Engl. Title: Acts of Men

ACTS OF MEN should have been a film about the daily lives of massacre survivors in Brazil. Everything was planned for us to start shooting in April 2005. But reality did not wait. On the last day of March, exactly one month before shooting was scheduled to begin, things changed: A terrible massacre took place in Baixada Fluminense, near the city of Rio de Janeiro. Twenty-nine people were killed by a death squad, the largest massacre in the history of Rio de Janeiro. The killers are extermination [...]

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Au-delà de la haine

Engl. Title: Beyond Hatred

Synopsis Because twenty-nine-year-old François Chenu was openly homosexual, he was murdered on the night of September 13, 2002 in a park in Reims, France by three skinheads. François’ parents try to deal with their grief so that they can remain dedicated to promoting tolerance and respect. Interview mit dem Regisseur  About the film On a September night in 2002, three skinheads roam through a park in Reims. They are after an Arab, but when they encounter a homosexual, [...]

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Audre Lorde. The Berlin Years. 1984-1992

It is exactly twenty years since the celebrated Afro-American poet and writer Audre Lorde died in 1992. According to her own description of herself she was: ‘a lesbian, a feminist, black, a poet, mother and activist’. In the 1980s Dagmar Schultz, who at the time was lecturing at the John F. Kennedy Institute at Berlin’s Freie Universität, invited Lorde to Berlin as a visiting professor. This move was to have an enduring influence, for Lorde soon became co-founder and mentor [...]

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Auf der Suche

Engl. Title: Looking for Simon

Simon, a young German doctor, who is living and working in Marseille, doesn't give any news. His apartment is empty. Valerie, his mother, is desperate to find him and travels to France. She asks Jens, the former boyfriend of Simon, to help her out on this research. But one trace after another dissolves into thin air. Is Simon just travelling or does he not want to be disturbed? In his college Camille and the young car salesman Jalil Valerie finally finds two people, who both in their specific [...]

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Ausência

Engl. Title: Absence

Ever since his father left his family in the lurch, 15-year-old Serginho has been trying hard to cope with the new challenges of his daily life. He works with his uncle at the market, supports his depressed mother as best he can, and takes care of his little brother. But how can he find his place in a world that compels him to grow up in such a hurry? Full of longing for affection, he drifts through São Paulo with his friends Mudinho and Sivinha, visits an aunt who works in a circus on [...]

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Ausente

Engl. Title: Absent

AUSENTE looks at the ambiguous relationship between a swimming teacher and one of his students. The film tells the story in a provocative elliptic style with cold, precisely composed pictures to transmit the often indefinable nature of desire. --- Martin finds a whole series of excuses to subtly invade his sport teacher Sebastian’s privacy, ending up spending a night in his apartment. But when Martin’s intentions dawn on him, the teacher has already been compromised. It takes [...]

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Avant le déluge

After studying the intricacies of justice in JUSTICE EST FAITE -  JUSTICE IS DONE (France 1950) and capital punishment in NOUS SOMMES TOUS DES ASSASSINS / SIAMO TUTTI ASSASSINI - WE ARE ALL MURDERERS (France/Italy 1952), André Cayatte, ex-lawyer, now turns his searching camera on adolescent delinquency and parental responsibility. Result is a jolting social yarn which covers too much territory and has a tendency to preach to the detriment of the drama. It forces its [...]

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