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Ulrike Ottinger - die Nomadin vom See

Engl. Title: Ulrike Ottinger - Nomad from the Lake

Ulrike Ottinger is an exceptional filmmaker and artist. Her cinematic universe has influenced entire generations. As a young woman, she brought the international art world to the sleepy town of Konstanz. It all began on the shores of Lake Constance where Ulrike Ottinger was born and where she still often spends time. Filmmaker Brigitte Kramer chose to begin her film at Lake Constance since she too shares Ottinger’s birthplace and a great love of these waters. This is also where the filmmaker’s [...]

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Ulrike's Brain

Referencing sixties B-movies like They Saved Hitler’s Brain and The Brain That Would Not Die, Ulrike’s Brain finds Doctor Julia Feifer (Susanne Sachsse) arriving at an academic conference with an organ box. Inside the box: the brain of Ulrike Meinhof, which was saved by the authorities along with the brains of the three other leaders of the RAF after their deaths in Stammheim prison. Doctor Feifer can communicate telepathically with Ulrike’s brain, which [...]

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Umsonst gelebt - Walter Schwarze

Engl. Title: A Life In Vain - Walter Schwarze

This film is part of a series of films on gay men who survived the Nazi era. I met Walter Schwarze when he was already in his eighties. My camera recorded his first public account of his five-year incarceration as a homosexual at Sachsenhausen concentration camp. He was in his fifties when he met Ali in his hometown of Leipzig; the two men became partners and re-mained close until his demise. And yet, Walter told me, he felt he had lived in vain because he had not had the good fortune of today's [...]

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Un año sin amor

Engl. Title: A Year Without Love

Pablo is a writer and is HIV positive. When he learns that he will probably die within a year he starts to write a diary. The object of the exercise is not so much to create a piece of literature as to try to define his personal status quo. Pablo wants his diary to describe, like a compass, all the different directions in which his disease and his struggle for control over his body has led him. Pablo’s task is also bound up with the desire to ease his suffering – not just the physical [...]

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Una Mujer Fantástica - A Fantastic Woman

Engl. Title: A Fantastic Woman

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Una Noche

A single night can feel very long sometimes, especially if you’re on a tiny raft, can’t swim and are surrounded by sharks. There are just ninety miles of water between Cuba and Florida. Desperate to leave, plenty of Cubans choose make this risky trip across the sea. So too Lila’s twin brother Elio. Lila always thought he could ever leave her – after all, they’ve been together ever since they were born. But of late he’s been distracted and has had less and less [...]

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Unbound

Some women love theirs, others hate them. And then there are those who take theirs to a plastic surgeon. Fifteen women comment on their relationship to their breasts.

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Uncle Howard

After Howard Brookner, director of two documentaries and a feature film, died from AIDS related illnesses at the age of 34 in 1989, his slender oeuvre was in danger of being forgotten – until his nephew Aaron decided to preserve his uncle’s legacy and to digitalise his first film, the cult classic Burroughs: The Movie (1983). This endeavour led to the discovery of a number of other gems stored in the godfather of Beat’s legendary ‘bunker’ in New York’s Bowery [...]

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Uncut

Freely drawing from a variety of film genres, including musicals, the sudsy melodramas and documentaries and combing them with a free-flowing narrative and bright pop-art sensibilities, this hard-hitting experimental romp from Canadian filmmaker John Greyson packs a political wallop while satirically comparing and contrasting the issues of censorship and circumcision. The tale centers on the exploits of three homosexuals named Peter. Peter Koosens is obsessed with the semi-scandalous behavior [...]

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Unfriend

A 15-year-old boy stands on the edge of the roof of a building site; his hand playfully reaches into the air. Beneath David lies the city and behind him his friend Jonathan who is two years older and looks on, captivated by the sight of his friend. David lives with his grandmother who divides her time between housework and TV shows. Warm and humorous, she supports her grandchild’s openly gay life, but he prefers to withdraw into his Facebook world at every opportunity. David would do anything [...]

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Unter Männern - Schwul in der DDR

Engl. Title: Among Men – Gay in East Germany

UNTER MÄNNERN – SCHWUL IN DER DDR addresses the question of how gay men lived and could live their lives under ‘real socialism’, where GDR ideology considered homosexuality to be a remnant of bourgeois decadent morality and harmful to a socialist society. In this documentary we meet six men who talk openly about their social and intimate experiences, some for the first time, and get to know several individuals who could hardly be more diverse, or more contradictory. At one [...]

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Untitled (Human Mask)

Engl. Title: Untiteld (Human Mask)

A macaque monkey, trained to work as a waitress at a restaurant in Japan, sits alone in a deserted dining hall. Waiting amid the dystopian setting for her moment to perform, the monkey seems trapped within her role, forced to enact the human condition.

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Urinal

Eisenstein, Mishima, Frida Kahlo and other dead artists are uncannily summoned on a mission to probe the policing of public toilets in Ontario. They discover that, since 1981, hundreds of men have been arrested, victims of video surveillance. The key to all this seems to be a portrait of Dorian Gray. Part news story, part surreal comic invention, John Greyson's URINAL is at the cutting edge of new gay cinema: passionate, playful, complex and sharp. (frameline) 

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Utopians

UTOPIANS recounts the origins of an unlikely family made up of three independent yet emotionally needy individuals: Roger, a struggling yoga teacher; Zoe, his headstrong Iraq veteran daughter; and Maya, Zoe’s reckless girlfriend. Roger teaches yoga. The relationship with his daughter Zoe, who has just finished her military service, is put under strain by her love for Maya, a young woman who is allegedly a certified schizophrenic. There is tension with the participants of his yoga class [...]

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