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P(l)ain Truth

P(L)AIN TRUTH tells the story of a transsexual's transformation from a biological woman into a biological man. Using poignant imagery, text and music, the film describes the range of emotions that she goes through during the different stages of the painful transformation. A symbolic documentary, which comments on the relationships between gender, sexuality and biology, traversing between the realms of memory, fiction and reality. (Under Construction, distribution) >>> watch [...]

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Papilio Buddha

We could be in paradise: Shankaran discovers a rare butterfly, the Papilio Buddha, which is only found in the Western Ghats in India. It is a near perfect moment for him and his gay friend, Jack. The American lepidopterist accompanies Shankaran home where he witnesses an argument between Shankaran and his father which he fails to understand – and not just because they are speaking Malayalam. His father is the leader of a group of Dalits, or low caste ‘untouchables’ who are engaged [...]

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Parada

Engl. Title: The Parade

Turning transgression into a comedic principle, this turbulent farce that toys with clichés and stereotypes turned out to be an unexpected hit in Serbia and other ex-Yugoslavian countries. In PARADA a life-saving operation on a gangster’s pitbull terrier brings together two very different worlds: old school machismo meets gay obsession for interior design, homophobia meets overblown gender display as a number of former foes – Serbs, Bosnian Muslims, Kosovo-Albanians and Croatian [...]

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Parade

Naoki, Mirai, Kotomi and Ryosuke all live together in a two-roomed apartment in Tokyo. Their ages vary and they work in a variety of professions. They wouldn’t really know each other very well at all if it weren’t for this apartment, with its women’s room and its men’s room where they all meet of an evening. Watching TV one day, Ryosuke and Kotomi learn of a series of mysterious attacks that is terrifying everyone in their immediate neighbourhood. The roommates however [...]

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Paragraph 175

The ‘pink triangle’ is a familiar symbol throughout the gay movement, and yet its history and significance is largely unknown both to many homosexuals outside Germany as well a wide section of the public at large.

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Parajanov - Ein Requiem

Engl. Title: Paradjanov - A Requiem

The film shows the unique world of artist Sergei Parajanov, whose brilliant images in films and collages aroused the suspicion of Soviet authorities. Unexpectedly, this last all-embracing interview, given at the 1988 München Film Festival, has become a film legacy...

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Paris Was A Woman

“PARIS WAS A WOMAN” is a film portrait of the creative community of women writers, artists, photographers and editors who flocked to the Left Bank of Paris in the early decades of the 20th century, when Paris was the undisputed cultural capital of the world. Using groundbreaking research and newly discovered home movies, “Paris” uses intimate storytellng as it intertwines interview with anecdote. “Paris Was a Woman” recreates the mood and flavor of this female [...]

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Parting Glances

Robert is about to move from New York to Kenya. He leaves behind Michael, who still harbours feelings for his ex, Nick, who is battling AIDS. Bill Sherwood’s only film remains one of the key works of independent New York cinema of the 1980s.

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Patti Smith: Dream Of Life

The photographer Steven Sebring went to his first Patti Smith concert eleven years ago. He was so impressed by her performance that he asked Patti Smith if he might photograph and film her. The footage he filmed was somewhat experimental in tone – for Steven Sebring had no professional film experience whatsoever – but it has resulted in a long-term observational work that is a very personal bio-pic, one that includes Patti Smith’s own comments on the filmed material. Steven [...]

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Paul Bowles: The Cage Door is Always Open

The fact that Paul Bowles is less well known than fellow writers like William S.Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg or Jack Kerouac may be because, after pursuing a nomadic lifestyle at the beginning of the 1950s, publicity-shy Bowles decided to settlein Tangiers. There, far away from the hurly-burly of the literary world, the town became a permanent home for this homosexual writer and composer and Jane, his lesbian wife. Bowles' austere, almost Calvinistic view of humankind and the psyche, as well [...]

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Pedro

PEDRO is based on the true-life story of Pedro Zamora, a Cuban-American who shared his experience living life to the fullest, despite being diagnosed as HIV positive at a young age. When he discovered he was HIV positive, he dedicated the rest of his life to speaking out about his condition to raise awareness in his community; even testifying before the U.S. Congress to argue for more HIV/AIDS educational programs aimed at youth of colour. He gained nationwide attention in 1994 as a cast member [...]

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Peppermills

 A young woman sits at the police station making a statement about the burglary of her apartment. She is particularly upset about the theft of her collection of 257 peppermills and describes the many different circumstances in which she acquired them on her travels around the world . . . until she catches sight of one of her prized pbjects on the desc in front of her . . . 

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Pertaruhan

Engl. Title: At Stake

AT STAKE presents four short documentaries about the lives of women in Indonesia. EFFORT FOR LOVE (dir.: A. E. Susanti) focuses on two migrant workers in Hong Kong who are both supporting large families in Java. One of these women is worried about losing her virginity as a result of an urgent gynaecological operation. The other has fallen in love with a fellow migrant worker. Torn as they are by feelings of guilt and joy, these two women must nonetheless try to make their way in life. [...]

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Peter

Starring Francisca Gaál in a breeches role. Dressed as a boy, a street musician gets a job pumping gas. When s/he starts to have feelings for her patron, watch out for complications in this comedy shot in German in Budapest.

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Piao Lang Qing Chun

Engl. Title: Drifting Flowers

The eponymous drifting flowers in Zero Chou’s film are three Taiwanese women living in different parts of the island state: a child, a young girl and an old woman. All of them are seeking their true identity in the river of life and their stories are artistically interwoven in a poetic narrative. As time ebbs and flows, as love comes and goes, their journey towards finding themselves never ends. First, eight-year-old Meigo discovers the bitter taste of first love when she accidentally [...]

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Pieles

Engl. Title: Skins

  Samantha, Guille, Ana and Cristian all have something in common – and yet they couldn’t be more diverse. Their bodies are different to those of other people; be it the mouth, the left side of the face, the texture of the skin or the feeling that your legs don’t belong to your body. They all live and love hidden away in strangely artificial interiors. As ‘freaks’, they rarely go out onto the street. A confrontation with the rest of the world could have fatal [...]

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Pierrot Lunaire

In 1912 the actress Albertine Zehme asked the composer Arnold Schönberg to set to music part of the Pierrot Lunaire-poems by the Belgian Albert Giraud: For five musicians and a female singer Schönberg arranged 21 of the 50 poems to become one of his ground-breaking works for music theatre. In 2011 the conductor Premil Petrovic asked the filmmaker Bruce LaBruce to direct a stage version of Pierrot Lunaire with actress Susanne Sachsse singing and performing in the title role. The concept [...]

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Plein sud

Engl. Title: Going South

Sam is driving south. Three difficult passengers travel with him: Léa, her constantly filming brother Matthieu and the good looking Jérémie. The three youths – in the hight of their adolescence – begin to rouse the normally introverted man. In parallel the film tells the story of two children who subjected to the madness of their mother’s alcoholism and their father’s suicide. Little by little we get an idea of Sam’s despair, which seems to be [...]

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Poison

Inspired by the writings of Jean Genet, POISON deftly interweaves trio of transgressive tales - HERO, HORROR and HOMO - that build toward a devastating climax. HERO shot in mock TV-documentary style, tells a bizarre story of suburban patricide and a miraculous flight from justice; HORROR filmed like a delirious ’50s B-movie melodrama, is a gothic tale of a mad sex experiment which unleashes a disfiguring plague; while HOMO explores the obsessive sexual relationship between two prison inmates. [...]

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Poo Kor Karn Rai (ผู้ก่อการร้าย)

Engl. Title: The Terrorists

The movie is divided into seventeen unrelated segments and is a mixture of both documentary and experimental film genres. By inhabiting the lives of laymen from different parts of Thailand, the movie brings us through blurry trails, distorted memories and recently constructed histories. We unearth missing pieces of the puzzle in our attempt to understand why Thai democracy is still considered backwards and frozen. Are we deceiving ourselves that we are in a democratic society when we are not? The [...]

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Poor Boy's Game

Donnie Rose went to prison after having beating up a young man so brutally that the victim will suffer for the rest of his life. Nine years later, Donnie is released from jail. He has changed a great deal in these past nine years. However, the place he came from - to which he now returns - is no different. It's the same violent, racist district that made him what he is. At the other end of the city, the black community are still bent on revenge. Ossie Paris has been chosen to see that [...]

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Porno Melodrama

Akvilé and Jonas were a couple until Jonas fell in love with a man. But Akvilé cannot forget her lover and continues to appear in porn films, even without him. She begs her childhood sweetheart to make one more film with her. Jonas agrees – but only so that he can leave the country with his lover.

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Portrait of Jason

”What I really want to do is what I am doing now: perform,” says Jason Holliday in”his” portrait. Jason – black, gay and a self-declared hustler – directs himself, follows directions, narrates, invents, confesses, makes claims and ultimately challenges the camera, the film team composed of Shirley Clarke and Carl Lee (with whom she also collaborated on The Connection and The Cool World) and us, the viewers, as far asour notions of identity and truth are concerned. [...]

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Positiv

Engl. Title: Positive

This film powerfully documents New York City's gay community's response to the AIDS crisis as they are forced to organize themselves after the government's failure to stem the epidemic. Activists who are interviewed include playwrite Larry Kramer, People With AIDS Coalition co-founder Michael Callen (who died of AIDS in 1994), New York filmmaker and journalist Phil Zwickler, as well as representatives from ACT-UP, Queer Nation and the Gay Men's Health Crisis. (queertheory.com) [...]

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Postcard To Daddy

POSTCARD TO DADDY tells the autobiographical story of sexual abuse experienced between the ages of eight and sixteen by the filmmaker Michael Stock at the hands of his own father. Twenty-five years later he confronts his father and his family with this past – before a rolling camera. In doing so, the director digs deep into the history of his left-wing-liberal family in which sexual abuse would seem unimaginable. And yet a transgression did occur, which subsequently turned into years [...]

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Practicing Live

An art world reality soap opera. A family celebrates the father’s birthday. Each family member is employed within the art scene, and played by a real-life art professional. Long-hidden realities of the art world are revealed.

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Praia do Futuro

Water is lifeguard Donato’s element and the sea is his home. The ‘Beach of the Future’ mentioned in the film’s title unexpectedly gives his life new direction. When two men are caught by a dangerous current, Donato dives in and manages to save Konrad, a German tourist, but his best friend’s life is claimed by the sea. While along the coast the search is on for the body, Konrad and his rescuer get to know each other. Their initial physical attraction soon turns into [...]

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Priest

Father Greg Pilkington, newly assigned to St. Mary's parish in inner-city Liverpool, is startled to discover Father Matthew Thomas is engaged in a sexual relationship with rectory housekeeper Maria Kerrigan. Moreover, Father Thomas is a left-wing radical and an outspoken proponent of Liberation Theology, leading his to constant clashes and bickering with the Bishop - who nevertheless appreciates his abilities. While the young protagonist's personal traditional conservatism and religious [...]

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