Films A to Z

I Am Michael

San Francisco in 1998. Queer activist Michael is passionately committed to supporting gay and lesbian youths. His own deep longing to belong means that he is tirelessly engaged in redefining his own existence, absorbing with apparent ease young Tyler into his long-term relationship with his friend Bennett. The trio decides to travel America to record on film the lives of gay teenagers. They subsequently manage to raise the cash to launch Michael’s own LGBT magazine. But Michael [...]

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I Am Not Your Negro

In June 1979 renowned US writer James Baldwin began work on his last, unfinished text ‘Remember this House’. His personal memories of his three murdered civil rights friends Malcolm X, Medgar Evers and Martin Luther King and his reflections on his own painful experiences as a black American serve to re-write American history. Raoul Peck has turned these thirty hitherto unpublished pages into a powerful collage of archive photographs, excerpts from films and newsreel footage: the [...]

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I Shot My Love

Over 15 years, Tomer Heymann has made a film portrait about the men in his life, his family and the development of his country. From a personal perspective and with humour and sensitivity, he shows the maturation of a 40 year old man, his family and his country, the actions of which he does not always agree with. Heymann uses old 8mm material, revealing intimacy and occasions from his private life. The film was shot with a small video camera that transmits a great deal of intimacy to the audience. [...]

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I'll Be Your Mirror

 "I used to think that I could never lose any one if I photographed them enough. In fact, my pictures show me how much I've lost." (Nan Goldin) Synopsis Nan Goldin is an artist - and a survivor. Her photographies chronicle a life from a middle-class American up bringing, to the wild and liberating experiences of the 1970s New York underground, to the recent devastating impact of AIDS on her community. A collaboration with Goldin, the film is an intimate portrait of one [...]

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iBhokhwe

Engl. Title: The Goat

Ukwaluka is an ancient circumcision ritual for young men still widely practiced by the Xhosa in South Africa. It marks the transition from youth to manhood. A boy who has just undergone circumcision sits in semi-darkness in a simple hut on a hill, far away from the village, as prescribed by the initiation ritual. He is covered from head to toe with a paint made from clay which makes him look as white as a goat. This should be a period of healing, but he is cold and in pain. His grandfather, who [...]

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Ich kenn keinen – Allein unter Heteros

Engl. Title: Talk Straight - The World Of Rural Queers

In big cities, discrimination against homosexuality and a gay way of life is not a big issue anymore. Gay mayors and football club association presidents are no longer colourful exceptions to the rule, rather they have become an expression of normality. In rural areas,however, the definition of what is normal is quite different. Out here, normal means a husband, wife and children – the nuclear family. In the country, expressions such as “bloody poofter” are still common parlance [...]

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IEC Long

Who inhabits the ancient Iec Long Firecracker Factory? A search for the traces of the history of china crackers, child labour and the ghosts of a majestic ruin.

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Il giardino dei Finzi Contini

Engl. Title: The Garden of the Finzi-Continis

Ferrara, Italy at the end of the thirties: The Finzi Continis are a respected intellectual, jewish family with a stately property. When restrictions against the jews under Mussolini’s fascist government tighten, their large garden becomes a meeting point for the jewish friends of their grown-up children Micòl and Alberto. They try to avoid the ever growing threats with parties and tennis matches. The pretty Micòl falls in love with Giorgio, son of a jewish doctor, who is trying [...]

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Improvvisamente l'inverno scorso

Engl. Title: Suddenly Last Winter

Luca and his friend Gustav are thirtysomething; they have been a couple for eight years. Nothing out of the ordinary for a western country, one might think. Yet this is not so. For Luca and Gustav live in Italy and, believe it or not, there are a few places out there in Euroland where the acknowledgement of civil rights for a pair such as Luca and Gustav are still an issue – and a major one at that. Then, “suddenly, last winter”, Luca and Gustav’s private life was turned [...]

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Inside Deep Throat

“Deep Throat” was not just the pseudonym of the Washington Post journalist who unleashed the Watergate scandal in 1972. The name was inspired by a film by director Gerard Damiano entitled DEEP THROAT which had been released several months previously and which was the unexpected hit of the year. In the wake of its run in the porn cinemas of mid-town Manhattan, this modest 25,000-dollar production unwittingly became the trigger for a political debate that went far beyond the purely economic [...]

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Inside the Chinese Closet

Andy’s father knows that his son is gay but, determined to conform to social conventions, he urges him to find a lesbian who is willing to marry him. Cherry has already entered into a bogus marriage, but now her parents expect their only daughter to provide them with a grandchild so that they can finally put an end to their neighbours’ gossiping. In China, gay men and lesbians are under enormous pressure to spare their parents the perceived shame of having an unmarried child without [...]

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Interior. Leather Bar

When William Friedkin’s film Cruising was screened in competition at the Berlinale in 1980 it unleashed a wave of controversy – and not just at the festival. Gay activists accused the film, in which Al Pacino plays an undercover cop investigating a case inNew York’s gay and leather scene, of stirring up homophobic stereotypes. Moreover, forty minutes of allegedly overly explicit scenes were deleted in order tosecure a less restricted rating for the film’s release. Oscar-nominated [...]

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Io Sono L'Amore

Engl. Title: I Am Love

Emma is the trophy wife of an Italian textile maker. She shines in her roll, instructing servants and organizing high society meetings and parties. The fact that she lives in a cage only becomes clear to her by watching the development of her two children. Her daughter, who studies in England, falls in love with a woman and is ready to break free of her predestined path. On top of that, her son brings a cook home whom he loves platonically. Emma is sent into ecstasy by the magical feast the cook [...]

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Itty Bitty Titty Committee

Anna is an average American teenager who is perhaps a little more insecure and a little less political than average. Dumped by her girlfriend and rejected by the college to which she has recently applied, Anna bemoans her fate: she really is a poor soul in an A-cup in a world where C-cups reign. On her way home from work she runs into Sadie. Not only is Sadie sexy, she is also the leader of a radical group of feminist punks, the "Clits in Action" - or CIA for short. Sadie introduces [...]

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