Films A to Z

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Rabioso sol, rabioso cielo

Engl. Title: Raging Sun, Raging Sky

In his latest film, Julián Hernández portrays love as an epic act of martyrdom in which redemption and fulfilment can only be found in the afterlife. This new work tells the story of two men, Kieri and Ryo, and their unquestioning love for each other. The absoluteness of this love gives meaning to their lives. But their mutual devotion is not to last – Ryo is abducted and, as a result, Kieri must now embark upon a mysterious journey. Unbeknown to him, it is “Corazón [...]

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Rage

Seven days, fourteen characters, a schoolboy and his website. An accident, a murder and a crisis in New York’s fashion industry. Broken dreams, bitter conflict and secret confessions: Sally Potter’s film is a tragicomedy about the effects of globalization in the age of information. Over seven days, Michelangelo, a young blogger, shoots behind-the-scenes interviews on his cell-phone at a New York fashion house while Merlin, a designer of Middle-Eastern origin, prepares to show his [...]

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Rara

«So ... do your Mom and Lia kiss in public?» · «Sometimes. Not that much.» Since their parents split up, Sara and her younger sister live with their mother, whose new partner is a woman. Everyday life for the four of them is hardly any different than it is for other families. The situation is actually totally fine with Sara. But not everyone sees it that way – her father in particular has his doubts. As Sara’s 13th birthday approaches, she’s feeling [...]

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Razzle Dazzle

The atmosphere is tense and stage-fright has gripped all those taking part in Australia's most important dance competition, the "Sanosafe Troupe Spectacular", in which only the country's top dance schools can take part. Five-fold champion Miss Elizabeth is openly confident that she will lead her Talent Academy to victory and is employing a mixture of regimented weighins, public humiliation and fake praise to make sure they defend their place. Some have been known to call her [...]

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Reaching for the Moon

It is 1951. New York poet Elizabeth Bishop is looking for new inspiration for her work.  She travels to Rio de Janeiro to visit Mary, a college friend. The shy Elizabeth is overwhelmed by Brazilian sensuality. She is the antithesis to Mary’s dashing partner, architect Lota de Macedo Soares. Although frosty at first, the architect soon makes a play for Elizabeth and, when her scheduled departure is unexpectedly delayed, the poet finally succumbs to Lota’s advances. Mary is jealous, [...]

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Relax

The thoughts of a man who has undergone the HIV test.

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Reluctantly Queer

This epistolary film invites us into the unsettling life of a young Ghanaian man struggling to reconcile his love for his mother with his love for the same-sex desire amid the increased tensions incited by same-sex politics in Ghana. Focused on a letter that is ultimately filled with hesitation and uncertainity, Reluctantly Queer both disrobes and questions what it means to be queer for this time in this space.

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Remembrance Of Things Fast: True Stories Visual Lies

Engl. Title: Remembrance Of Things Fast

The gay lifestyle is examined from the point of view of both gays and straights in British gay lampoon which satirizes the effect the media has on modern society. (moviefone.com)

This film shifts us in the 90's by expanding the tradition of gay experimental cinema using the latest digital technology. Maybury has created astounding images of graet beauty of gender bending, male rape, fag bashing by media, Aids, erotica and gay love, that touch us all. (TEDDY jury statement)

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Reporter Zero

The film tells the story of Randy Shilts, who, at the beginning of the 1980s, was the first journalist to write about the discovery of the AIDS virus. At a time when nobody had yet died of the virus, Shilts’ articles unleashed hefty controversy in the USA, which soon turned into a debate about civil rights, public health and homosexuality.

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Resident Alien

A documentary film about Quentin Crisp, one of the first unabashed homosexuals, born in England in 1908. Crisp flitted around in women's dresses, with dyed hair and painted nails. He kept himself afloat by working as an assistant in theatres, fashion boutiques, hair salons, and by illustrating and writing books. He attained a late success at age 59 due to the acclaimed TV film adaptation of his autobiography THE NAKED CIVIL SERVANT (starring John Hurt). In 1981 Quentin Crisp left what he [...]

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Return Return

RETURN RETURN is a mashup of an audiotext work by Caroline Bergvall, ”VIA (48 Dante Translations)”, and a slowed-down version of the trailer to the feature-length fiction film SATURN RETURNS. 26 minutes long, it is comprised of only one digested minute of footage from the original film, accompanying the story’s three main performers: Tal Meiri, Chloe Griffin and Joshua Bogle. The secondary medium – the trailer – becomes the only source. Two texts appear on screen: [...]

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Ri Chang Dui Hua

Engl. Title: Small Talk

  Anu is a tomboy. Although she was married off at a young age – as was customary in Taiwan in the 1970s – and had two children, she quickly divorced her violent husband and brought up her daughters alone. Since then her only relationships have been with women who, like her, earn a living as professional mourners at funerals. One of her daughters is filmmaker Hui-chen Huang. It’s considered taboo in Chinese culture to question a mother’s unconditional love, and [...]

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Richard the Stork

‘What kind of a sparrow are you?’ · ‘I…I am a stork.’ When Richard awakes one fall morning to find himself alone in his stork nest, he's aghast. How could the others have left him behind? Undaunted, Richard sets out alone for Africa to prove to his stork family that he's one of them. Unfortunately, there's one inconvenient truth: Richard is in fact a sparrow and not at all equipped with what it takes to complete such a long-distance flight. [...]

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Ricky

When Katie, an ordinary woman, meets Paco, an ordinary man, something wonderful and magical happens: they fall in love. But then, their love for each other produces an unusual baby, Ricky. The starting point for this film was a short story by English novelist Rose Tremain. François Ozon’s screen adaptation is a ‘fantastical’ family film: “The story is very short and its mood reminded me of ROSETTA by the Dardenne brothers. The characters are poor, underprivileged [...]

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Rights And Reactions: Lesbian & Gay Rights On Trial

In March 1986, The New York City Council passed a law which made sexual discrimination an offence. It took fourteen years of debate before this decree was finally made law. The Film portrays the supporters and the opponents of Intro 2, popularly known as "The Gay Rights Bill", during the final days preceding the decision on the bill.

>>> Intro clip from the film on youtube.com

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Riparo

Engl. Title: Shelter

Anna and Mara are on their way back to Italy having spent a holiday abroad. As soon as they cross the border they realise that an unexpected passenger - a Moroccan teenager named Anis - has hidden himself in their car. At first they have no idea what they should do with him. But then, they decide to take him home with them. In the beginning, their life together is extremely amicable. Anis soon finds his niche in the couple's life and, for a while, it looks as though they may have found a way [...]

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Road Movie

“ROAD MOVIE examines contemporary life in Palestine, where residents of the West Bank are confronted with a segregated and impossible road system made all the more problematic and unpredictable by shifting political currents. The subjects of the films – from Palestinian ambulance and taxi drivers to Israeli settlers and human-rights activists (who were all filmed while Flanders and Sawatzky travelled the segregated roads) – offer a unique and unconventional glimpse into the human [...]

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Rock Hudson - Schöner fremder Mann

Engl. Title: Rock Hudson - Dark And Handsome Stranger

Rock Hudson was a dream of a man; the epitome of masculinity: tall, slim and muscular, with a deep, mellifluous voice. His glossy black hair, sparkling eyes, high cheek bones and sensuous lips made Rock Hudson one of the sexiest film stars that Hollywood has ever produced. Twenty-five years ago, shortly before his sixtieth birthday, Rock Hudson died of Aids-related illnesses. He was the first Hollywood celebrity to succumb to the acquired immune deficiency syndrome. But who was Rock Hudson really? [...]

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Romeos

Lukas has just turned twenty. He’s going through hormone replacement therapy induced male puberty, because he was born a girl. Ready for action, he launches into his new life in the big city, but things don’t exactly get off to a good start: on his arrival he finds he has been assigned to live not in a hostel for young men doing community service but in a nurses’ hostel where he is the only boy. While everyone else is merely somewhat disconcerted, Lukas’ daily life is nothing [...]

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Rosakinder

At first glance these five directors couldn’t be more different, and they certainly wouldn’t appear to have much in common. And yet, take a look at their biographies, and you will notice that one name connects them all: Rosa von Praunheim – probably Germany’s most uninhibited, confrontational and honest director. To commemorate his seventieth birthday, these ‘Rosakinder’ as they call themselves have created this cinematic tribute. As they talk about their own [...]

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Rossiya 88

Engl. Title: Russia 88

A docudrama about Russian Neo-Nazis based on real events that makes use of authentic interviews. At the centre of the fictional story is a group of Moscow skinheads called “Russia 88” which makes propaganda videos and posts them on the internet. Their leader calls himself “Blade”. One day he finds out that his sister is seeing a boy from the Caucasus. Something that begins as a family drama evolves into a tragedy that is justifiably reminiscent of “Romeo and Juliet”. [...]

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Rückenwind

Engl. Title: Light Gradient

Two young men, Johann and Robin, take a trip into the countryside. The more they penetrate the forests of Brandenburg, the stranger their adventure becomes. Bikes disappear, maps prove useless – and each gets to know a completely different side of the other. Johann and Robin regard the new situation as a kind of sporting challenge. They allow themselves to just go with the flow. After several days of hiking, the two lads arrive at an old farmhouse inhabited by a woman and her adolescent [...]

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Rundskop

Engl. Title: Bullhead

An animal feed thriller from the lowlands of Belgium. Jacky Vanmarsenille is a young farmer based in the Flemish province of Limburg. One day he is approached by an unscrupulous vet who offers him a stake in a dubious business venture with a notorious west-Flemish beef manufacturer. But then the murder of a police officer and an unexpected confrontation with a mysterious aspect of his past draws Jacky into a rapid maelstrom of unforeseen events with far-reaching consequences. Michaël [...]

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