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Cabaret

In early 1930s Berlin, aspiring writer Brian Roberts falls in love with honky-tonk singer Sally Bowles. The ex-pat American with her zest for life takes the uptight British academic on a merry tour of the nightlife of a capital city already abounding with the aggressive presence of the Nazis. The relationship is tested when they meet rich aristocrat Max and Sally begins an affair with him. But she’s not the only one ...This film version of the Broadway musical won eight Oscars. Based on [...]

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Café com Leite

Engl. Title: You, Me and Him

Whenever Lucas can’t sleep he hops into Danilo’s bed. The boy has been living with his brother since the death of his parents. But, in fact, Danilo already shares his bed with somebody else.

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Calamity qui?

Engl. Title: Calamity Who?

Christine Boisson is being interviewed at her Parisian apartment. The things she says and the images that appear seem to have something to do with the legendary character named Calamity Jane. But what exactly is the relationship between the two women?

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Call Me by Your Name

It’s the hot, sun-drenched summer of 1983 and Elio is at his parents’ country seat in northern Italy. The 17-year-old idles away the time listening to music, reading books and swimming until one day his father’s new American assistant arrives at their large villa. Oliver is charming and, like Elio, has Jewish roots; he is also young, self-confident and good-looking. At first Elio is somewhat cold and distant towards the young man but before long the two begin going out together [...]

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Call Me Kuchu

The anti-homosexuality bill that religious groups in Uganda are trying to have passed, calls for imprisonment of homosexuals and, in ‘severe cases’ even the death penalty. In a country where ninety-five percent of the population condone the criminalisation of homosexuality, a group of queer activists are fighting to prevent this legislative proposal from going ahead. This film describes the life of David Katos, Uganda’s first openly gay activist, and his comrades-in-arms. His [...]

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Cancelled Faces

A man, striving for autonomy, lives in fear of being absorbed by his lover. Korea, the now: When Unk hits Boaz on his scooter, an amour fou takes its course in a performative ballad of dependency, which is intertwined with the staging of an ancient story.

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Capote

November 1959. As a result of the success of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” Truman Capote is now a celebrated writer and – thanks to his ability to spin a good yarn – also a much sought-after party guest among New York’s intellectual circles. One day while reading the “New York Times”, he comes across a report of a brutal criminal case involving the slaughter – in cold blood – of a family of four in Holcomb, Kansas. Try as he might, Capote [...]

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Caravaggio

On his deathbed, the painter Michelangelo Caravaggio (1571–1610) looks back on his life. In flashbacks we see his childhood in Bergamo and Milan, the man who fostered his talent, Cardinal Del Monte in Rome, the controversy over his realistic painting style, and above all, his relationships with his models. Caravaggio finds the models for his mainly religious paintings among outsiders. On his forays into the world of the poor, criminals, and drunkards, he meets the gambler Ranuccio and his [...]

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Carmelita Tropicana: Your Kunst Is Your Waffen

"Hello people - I don't need no American Express Card! I am Carmelita Tropicana, Ms. Lower East Side Beauty Queen, famous nightclub entertainer an star of stage and screen. I love the Lower East Side. The men especially very friendly. All the time when I walk down the street they say: 'Oye, mami, mami ...'."

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Casa Roshell

You’d never know this is your home away from home. The surveillance camera outside shows a drab reception area and an unremarkable street in Mexico City; inside, the lights flash, but the tables are empty. Yet preparations are soon underway and fixed categories cease to apply: stubble is removed, make-up applied and strands of hair are teased into place; the camera is trained not on the men themselves, but what they see in the mirror. There’s time for a lesson before the festivities [...]

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Castanha

“What have I become? Me, a true 80’s creature?” is what the character played by João Carlos Castanha asks on stage, which could just as easily be directed at he himself: 52-year-old actor and transvestite João has his best years behind him. He’s ill, has lost both lovers and companions along the way and appears weary, even if none of this stops him from living the way he always has. João shares two rooms with his mother in a lower middle-class housing [...]

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Casting

For her first television film – a remake of Fassbinder’s Die bitteren Tränen der Petra von Kant – director Vera wants the perfect cast. But the first day of shooting is fast approaching and the numerous casting sessions have yet to find a suitable actress to play the leading role. Although the producer and crew are getting ever more exasperated with Vera, Gerwin is happy about the extra work, as he earns his money as an audition reader, delivering the lines of dialogue to [...]

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Caught Looking

It won't be long before interactive videos will be all the rage. Video players will exist which are addicted to gay sex fantasies in "virtual reality" and are at the mercy of the software producers.

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Célébration

Engl. Title: Celebration

Chanel, Dior, Armani, Kenzo, Balenciaga ... in spite of globalisation, Paris remains the most important fashion centre of all and the city is still a magnet for designers from all over the world. One of fashion's most long-standing and revered proponents is Yves Saint Laurent. In 2002, he decided to retire from the fashion business. At his farewell show, which was attended by tout Paris, his muse and one of his most loyal customers, Catherine Deneuve, sang a heart-rending song to wish him [...]

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Celebration

A six-year-old boy enters the limelight, timidly crosses the stage to greet the waiting crowd. Tension fills the air. All the boy’s friends and relatives are there.The boy climbs up onto a stool next to the microphone. He has invited everyone here today to celebrate his coming out – and everybody is expecting a speech.

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Ceux qui font les révolutions à moitié n'ont fait que se creuser un tombeau

Engl. Title: Those Who Make Revolution Halfway Dig Their Own Grave

‘After twelve weeks of striking, assemblies, solidarity, arrest, protest, what do we get? Nothing.’ As the 2012 'Maple Spring' student protest movement in Quebec slowly ebbs away, a dark storm of violence gathers. Driven by a growing sense of frustrated powerlessness and a longing for a new life, Klas Batalo, Ordine Nuovo, Tumulto and Giutizia form an avant-garde splinter group. Their deep-rooted hostility towards the prevailing social order finds an ambiguous political [...]

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Cha và con và

Engl. Title: Big Father, Small Father and Other Stories

Saigon in the late nineties. Photography student Vu rents a room in a shared flat. With his brand-new camera, a gift from his father, he explores the people, places and things around him. He is particularly fascinated by his flatmate Thang, a charismatic young man who is at home amongst drug dealers, gamblers and prostitutes in the nightlife of Saigon. Thang introduces Vu to the nightclub dancer Van and they have sex, even though Vu feels more attracted to his friend. One day, another flatmate, [...]

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Chan di chummi

Engl. Title: Kiss The Moon

“I wish I could find real love … I wish I had a husband, a child and a family of my own … But this cruel world will never let that happen.” These are the words that one commonly hears if one gets to know the “Khusras,” a closely-knit sub-culture of transsexuals in Pakistan. This is a country defined by a mixture of religious fanaticism, the military and an underdeveloped democratic elite. The sizeable transgender “Khusra” community is well-versed [...]

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Chang-Pi-Hae

Engl. Title: Ashamed

Three women talk about love. Jung is preparing an art exhibition. After teaching an art class her attention is drawn to some nude drawings by one of her female students, the somewhat recalcitrant Hee-jin. Yoon, the young woman depicted in the drawing, is not only extremely beautiful, there is also something mysterious about her, and one senses, in her presence, that she harbours a story. Jung asks Yoon to pose in the nude for her exhibition project; she agrees and shortly afterwards Jung, Yoon [...]

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Chavela

Singer Chavela Vargas gained a name for herself firstly in Mexico and later worldwide chiefly for her interpretation of traditional rancheras. These songs were mainly composed by men and mostly speak of unfulfilled love for women, world-weariness and loneliness. Chavela performed them with her own unique feeling for rhythm and her distinctively rough and yet vulnerable voice. Her masculine appearance and red poncho made her unmistakable. In Acapulco, which in the 1960s was the playground for the [...]

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Chemi sabnis naketsi

Engl. Title: A Fold in my Blanket

Dimitrij loves going off on solo climbing expeditions. He'll do anything to escape the gruellingly surreal conformity of the small Georgian town he lives in and the monotony of the courthouse where he works. His father, the judge, presides over the courthouse with the same despotic manner he rules the dinner table at home. A man hands out faded flags in the neighbourhood; an aunt suffering from Alzheimer'sis convinced her brother-in-law has robbed her; and people come together on dreary [...]

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Cheonhajangsa Madonna

Engl. Title: Like a Virgin

"If there's any message in my songs, it is to believe in your dreams." Oh Dong-gu has completely internalised pop singer Madonna's message. Possessed of a body like Hercules and a mind that is pure Madonna, sixthform student Oh Dong-gu doesn't just want to have a sex change - he wants to look like Madonna. Oh Dong-gu longs to be able to appear before his Japanese teacher - the love of his life - as a real woman. But the surgery for a sex change costs five million won - a [...]

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Cherry

Eighteen-year-old Angelina works at a launderette and is determined to make something of her life. After earning a bit of cash posing for nude photos she uses the money to escape her white trash background and dysfunctional family and run off to San Francisco with her best pal. After several jobs she gradually drifts into San Francisco’s porn industry where, using the moniker Cherry, her naïve yet sexy aura soon brings her success and the opportunity to explore her own sexuality. This [...]

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Chrissy

Chrissy was the filmmaker’s best friend and the oldest of four daughters in a family from Perth. Chrissy was raped at the age of seventeen and, as a result of later complications arising from the rape, she was obliged to undergo a hysterectomy.Her utter despair left behind deep emotional and psychological wounds, of which a shaved head and a virulent hatred of men were merely the external characteristics. Chrissy was caught up in a maelstrom of self-destruction. She was HIV positive at eighteen, [...]

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Ci-Qing

Engl. Title: Spider Lilies

On the wall of Takeko's studio is a picture of a mysterious tattoo of a golden spider lily (lycoris aurea) - the flower of death that lines the path leading to the realm of the dead. Jade is fascinated by this masterpiece, and decides that she too must have it. Friendly Takeko is reluctant. Unknown to Jade, the image portrays Takeko's late father's tattoo; Jade also has no idea that the two women met once before, many years ago. Ten years previously, Takeko survived an earthquake that [...]

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City of Borders

CITY OF BORDERS – that´s Jerusalem. In the heart of Jerusalem – defying generations of segregation, violence, and prejudice – stands an unlikely symbol of tolerance, a gay bar called “Shushan“. Inside this underground sanctuary, people of all nationalities, religious affiliations, and sexual orientations gather under one roof to find acceptance and community among those typically viewed as each other´s “enemy“. This film follows the daily [...]

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Combat

"COMBAT" is the third and last part of the filmed diary started by Patrick Carpentier in 2003 and entitled "The Irregularity of the Tearing". Two young men fight with each other. They hit each other very hard. But their fighting remains an act of love. There is no prize. There is no winner. There is no pride. A voice-over narrator tells a strange story in which he rediscovers the extent of his desire. Questions arise: does one inflict pain on the other or on oneself? How [...]

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Coming Out

The young teacher Philipp Klahrmann takes his first class of sixth formers. Inspired by his new position he makes a date with his colleague, Tanja. The pair gets quite carried away during the evening and they sleep together. This comes as a surprise for both of them for different reasons. Tanja is a shy and introverted girl and would never have thought that a man like Philipp would be interested in her. Whilst still a schoolboy, Philipp had always felt a strong attraction to his schoolmate, Jakob, [...]

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Coming Out Under Fire

COMING OUT UNDER FIRE features nine gay and lesbian veterans who recount how they joined the patriotic war against fascism in the 1940s only to find themselves fighting two battles: one for their country and another for their right to serve. They first remember warm and entertaining stories of finding each other in a compulsory heterosexual environment and reminisce over tales of first love and deep friendships. Their good times were short-lived, however, as they became targets of newly created [...]

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Como Nossos Pais

Engl. Title: Just Like Our Parents

Rosa is in her late thirties. Her parents are divorced. She lives with her own family in an apartment in central São Paulo. Her husband is often away on research trips that are not particularly lucrative, so it’s up to her to support and care for their two daughters. Instead of concentrating on her calling as a playwright she is obliged to earn a living writing advertising copy for a bathroom ceramics company. Coping with sexual conflicts in her relationship, dealing with problems [...]

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Complaints of a Dutiful Daughter

"The first time my mother asked me, 'How exactly is it that we're related?' I was shocked," says filmmaker Deborah Hoffmann. In COMPLAINTS OF A DUTIFUL DAUGHTER, a tender exploration of the tenacity of love and the meaning of memory, Hoffmann chronicles her growing understanding of her elderly mother's struggle with Alzheimer's disease. Shaped by Hoffmann's honest, witty confessional-style narration, the film examines a timely subject: as Americans live longer, [...]

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Con qué la lavaré?

Engl. Title: With What Shall I Wash It?

Day break in the red-light district of a Spanish town. Someone who earns their living in these parts makes their way home, sits down in front of the mirror and begins to remove their make-up. As they do so, they reflect on the events of the night to the strains of a song from the Middle Ages entitled “¿Con qué la lavaré?”, a lament about single women which was once sung in four-part harmony. A celluloid tribute to homosexual artistes of the late 1970s, just after Franco’s [...]

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Concussion

42-year-old Abby is married, well-heeled and a lesbian. She and her wife have two children – they are the perfect family. Then one day she sustains a head injury from a baseball whilst playing with her children and, all at once, her neatly arranged balance of gym, school, family and housework goes awry: ”I don't want this!” is her desperate mantra as she is taken to hospital. She embarks upon a renovation project in the near by city and, before long, puts both her tidy suburban [...]

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Container

“A woman in a man’s body. A man in a woman’s body. Jesus in Mary’s stomach. The water breaks. It floods into me. I can’t close the lid. My heart is full.” So runs Lukas Moodysson’s description of his film that features a female voice - the soft-spoken Suada. This film is about Brad Pitt and Paris Hilton, David Beckham and Saddam Hussein; it also about sex and the war in Iraq, about homosexuality and homophobia. Descriptions of a full life led more in the [...]

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contre-jour

CONTRE-JOUR: “The look with which we view and comprehend the world and how it is cast back at us in response, breaks up into ‘contre-jour’ (back light), into disquieting fragments. Blurs, flashes, and stroboscope montages disintegrate reality into shadowy images that inflict pain upon the retina. A spotlight precisely cuts the individual out of darkness. ”I wish you could see what I see“ remains a futile hope. Blind spots form a vast gap between self-perception and [...]

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Corazones de Mujer

Engl. Title: Women's Hearts

Zina is a young Italian woman of Moroccan descent. She is to marry a wealthy Arab in Turin. Shakira, a Moroccan transvestite and the best dressmaker in town, is making her wedding gown. While Shakira is taking her measurements, Zina suddenly bursts into tears. She admits to being terrified of the marriage – because she is no longer a virgin. Shakira decides to help her. Together they set off for Morocco, because, they say, this is where they will find the most beautiful wedding gowns, [...]

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Corroboree

A director has organized for a young man named Conor to visit him at a meditation retreat to perform scenes from a story of his life. The young man has been given a tape with instructions: he must visit different rooms over the weekend, encountering five actresses who portray the key women in the director’s life. Over the following days, the young man becomes familiar with the women and becomes familiar with the history of the director. This allows Conor to have the compassion to “play” [...]

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Covered

2008, the opening of the first QUEER SARAJEVO FESTIVAL was closed down by a violent mob, that accused the organizers of blasphemy. Eight people were hospitalized, and the festival was cancelled. COVERED profiles the courage of the four women who organized the festival, and explores the complex politics that inform contemporary Bosnian society, still struggling with the demons of the war.

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Crustacés et coquillages

Engl. Title: Mariscos Beach (Cote d'Azur)

It’s summer and, for the first time, Marc and his wife Beatrix are spending the holidays with their children in the same house on the Mediterranean where Marc used to spend his own summer break as a teenager. Although the mistral is up and the sea is still rather cool, the summer’s heat slowly begins to kindle the senses – as well as all kinds of desires. The couple’s daughter Laura can’t wait for her boyfriend to arrive and whisk her away on his motorbike from the [...]

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Cuatreros

Engl. Title: Rustlers

Albertina Carri wants to make a film about Isidro Velázquez, an almost mythical outlaw figure from northern Argentina who was shot dead by police in 1967. She’s not the only one interested in him: her sociologist father Roberto Carri wrote a book on him called “Pre-Revolutionary Forms of Violence” and a film was made about his story, although both father and film disappeared during the Dirty War. Legends, families, political alignments, cinema: none offer a stable foothold [...]

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Cuchillo de palo

Engl. Title: 108 (My 108 uncle)

»Rodolfo was the only one of my many uncles who wasn’t a blacksmith like my grandfather. Rodolfo wanted to be a dancer.« This film takes up the hunt for clues about the life of Rodolfo, the Paraguayandirector’s uncle. Along the way, she finds out that Rodolfo’s name is on a list of 108 homosexuals that were imprisoned and tortured by General Stroessner’s dictatorial government in the 1980’s. »Rodolfo’s story unveils a piece of the deathly silent [...]

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Cycles Of Porn - Sex/Life in L.A. - Part 2

Los Angeles in the year 2005: 19-year-old lads move through an apartment that has been equipped with webcams and looks like some sort of futuristic internet doll’s house. Not-quite-so-young men fulfil their sexual dreams as protagonists in bareback productions. And, at private sex parties, almost every second guy has either taken part in a porn film or wants to. In 1997, I followed on camera the fortunes of a group of men who had chosen to work – either artistically or commercially [...]

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Cyclops Observes the Celestial Bodies

“Cyclopean 3D is the most 3D a single eye can come up with. This means the celestial horde on display here can only seem to be galloping through space. Actual seeing into depth must be denied, it’s the law.” (Ken Jacobs)

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