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Engl. Title: In the Name of

Adam is a Catholic priest who discovered his calling as a servant of God at there latively late age of 21. He now lives in a village in rural Poland where he works with teenagers with behavioural problems who fight and yell abuse. He declines the advances of a young blonde named Ewa, saying he is already spoken for. However, celibacy is not the only reason for his rejection. Adam knows that he desires men and that his embrace of the priesthood has been a flight from his own sexuality. When he [...]

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Walking On Water

Gavin has an incurable illness. Anna and Charlie are his closest friends. The trio have a pact: should Gavin find it impossible to go on living, the others promise to help him die with dignity. The time comes when Gavin decides he is ready to die, but when even a large dose of morphine fails to kill him, Charlie panics and places a plastic bag over Gavin’s head. Gavin’s death is far from gentle and not at all as they agreed it would be. Anna throws herself into the funeral preparations; [...]

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Warum Madame Warum

Engl. Title: Why Madame Why

A satirical look at one glamorous, chic, assumedly cultivated woman strolling down Berlin's Kurfürstendamm without a care in the world, unselfconsciously devouring a phallic looking sausage of some breed in gloved hand…

Shocking? Repugnant? Normal or just quintessentially Berlin?

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We Were Here

When the first cases of Aids were announced thirty years ago, San Francisco was particularly affected. Even then, the city was a centre of the American gay movement; all at once, Aids was considered in no uncertain terms to be the ‘gay plague’ and those infected by the virus were stigmatised as victims of an immoral lifestyle. At the time, San Francisco’s reaction to the disease was uniquely compassionate, diverse and creative – and was dubbed the ‘San Francisco [...]

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Weekends

Every weekend the gay male choir G-Voice rehearses in Seoul – as they have been doing since 2003. The choir, being a kind of antidote to homophobic Korean society, makes the everyday lives of gay men its theme in an intelligent and humorous way. For their tenth anniversary, the members are planning to give their first big concert with ambitious arrangements, creative choreographies and many new pieces. This really puts these amateur singers to the test because the enthusiasm of some members [...]

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Weirdos

  ‘I am a weirdo.’ · ‘Honey, she is a weirdo, too. We are all weirdos. That’s what makes us beautiful.’ In laconic black-and-white images, Bruce McDonald tells the humorous story of two adolescent runaways, Kit and Alice. On the eve of the 1976 United States Bicentennial, the film accompanies the two hitchhikers on a turbulent journey through the breathtaking landscape of the Canadian east coast, set to a quintessentially 1970s soundtrack. While [...]

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Welt am Draht [restaurierte Fassung]

Engl. Title: World On A Wire [restored version]

In a not too distant future, scientists at the Institute for Cybernetics develop a computer. It can simulate a world that perfectly resembles the real world. This virtual reality is populated by identity units, which have the same properties as people. Fred Stiller, who is promoted to head of the project, learns from a colleague, Günther Lause, that his predecessor made a terrible discovery shortly before his death. When Stiller begins to research, Lause disappears. No one in the institute [...]

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Westerland

The island of Sylt in winter is a freezing cold, beautiful but desolate place. On the beach is a young man, Jesús, who has somehow wound up here from who knows where. Cem has a temporary job working at the town clerk’s office and hopes to study landscape architecture later on. He comes across Jesús just as he is about to put an end to it all by putting a plastic bag over his head. This wonderfully off-kilter opening marks the beginning of a laconic love story. In his film, [...]

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Who's Going to Love Me Now?

Saar has never fulfilled his parents’ expectations. Ever since he defied the rules of his kibbutz and was barred from the settlement community seventeen years ago, as far as his family is concerned, he simply does not exist. He left Israel to live freely as a gay man in London. When a three-year relationship ended, he threw himself into an excess of sex and drugs until he was diagnosed with HIV and was forced to rethink his life. He has finally found a home singing in the London Gay Men’s [...]

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Who's The Top?

Gwen loves Alixe and has every reason to be happy with her except that Alixe, a young poet, often seems distracted. At times like these Alixe is either dreaming of Cymon Blank, a dark poet and adventurer, or her mind is drifting away to certain leather-clad girl gangs. When Alixe sets off for San Francisco to interview Cymon, Gwen starts to worry – with good reason... Making use of two dozen Broadway dancers - male and female - the film tries to provide musical answers to the question of [...]

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Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell

American cellist Arthur Russell (1952–1992) made a name for himself as a singer, composer and producer. His music was where dance floor met the avant-garde; the musicians he worked with included the likes of Philip Glass and David Byrne. He created disco hits, but also left behind meditative sounds. Russell was born and grew up in a small town in Iowa named Oskaloosa. As a teenager he was a fan of Timothy Leary, John Cage and the beat poets – which was why he didn’t last long [...]

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Wild Side

Sylvie is a 32-year-old transsexual prostitute.Sylvie feels that her life is somehow wasting away. Often suffering from depression, the desire to end it all sometimes becomes overpowering. In spite of this, she does manage to enjoy a brief moment or two of happiness here and there, such as when she goes out dancing or spends time with her friends, most of whom are also transsexual. One night she meets Mikhail, a Russian immigrant without a residence permit. Mikhail fought in Chechnya and [...]

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Wilde Maus

Engl. Title: Wild Mouse

Georg feels confident and at ease in his position as a member of a Viennese newspaper’s editorial staff. He is both loved and feared – as befits an established music critic who wields a sharp pen. But then he is suddenly made redundant. A cost-cutting measure, he is told – before being shown the door. But instead of telling his young wife Johanna, whose thoughts currently revolve around her desire for children and her next ovulation, Georg is out for revenge. He finds an ally [...]

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Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?

Engl. Title: Will You Still Me Tomorrow?

Introverted Wei-chung has been married to Feng for nine years. They have one son together, and Feng would like to have another child with him. One day Stephen, an old friend who now organises weddings, appears and encourages Wei-chung to return to the gay life he had previously. Anxious not to lose his wife, Wei-chung tentatively begins seeing a flight attendant behind Feng’s back.Wei-chung’s impulsive sister Mandy dumps her fiancée San San in the middle of a supermarket. She [...]

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With Gilbert & George

Filmmaker Julian Cole has known the artists Gilbert & George for over twenty years – since 1986, to be exact, when he posed for the pair as a model. Some time after they photographed him he decided to take up the camera himself and make a film about them. And so, eighteen years ago, he began filming the footage that now appears in this cinematic portrait describing the duo’s career over the past four decades – from its modest beginnings to their current status as high earners [...]

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Wittgenstein

"It is well known that after his lectures, Wittgenstein was in the habit of dashing off into the cinema to indulge in Westerns. We are not in a position to say wether this detail has been taken into account in Derek Jarman's film." (Jill Feming for JBG Networks, Three Owls, Monument Valley)

"Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent." (Ludwig Wittgenstein, Tractatus logico-philosophicus, London 1022)

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Wo men de gu shi

Engl. Title: Our Story - 10-year “guerrilla warfare” of Beijing Queer Film Festival

In 2001 three students of Peking University in Beijing held the first gay and lesbian film festival. The festival was brought to a halt by the university authorities during the opening event. This was a foretaste of what was to follow during the next ten years, in which the festival has battled against the oppressive vagaries of the authorities, homophobia and discrimination. Under the aegis of its founding director Cui Zi’en, the Beijing Queer Film Festival is still the only film event [...]

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Wonderful World End

In her Gothic Lolita guise 17-year-old Shiori attracts a lot of followers for her blogcast. Whenever she can she talks about herself, offers make-up tips and is delighted at the growing number of visitors to her site. After a music video shoot, confident Shiori meets a strange young girl named Ayumi. The girl is a big fan of Shiori’s and tries to copy her style. She also seems to be rather distracted and monosyllabic, as if she had nothing of her own to say, but she has run [...]

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Word is Out: Stories of Some of Our Lives

WORD IS OUT: STORIES OF SOME OF OUR LIVES (1978) presents a mosaic of interviews with 26 gay and lesbian individuals who describe their experiences of coming out, falling in and out of love, and struggling against prejudice and discriminatory laws. These interviewees – who range in age from 18 to 77, and in type from bee-hived housewife to sultry drag queen. Together they deliver their testimony with extraordinary intelligence, grace, honesty, and conviction, creating a work of oral history [...]

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Wu Sheng Feng Ling

Engl. Title: Soundless Wind Chime

The two young men Pascal and Ricky are both foreigners living in Hong Kong. While Pascal, a Swiss, ekes out a living from street theater and petty crime, Ricky, who comes from Beijing, is a dependable helper in a humble restaurant. One fateful day their paths cross and they fall head over heels in love with each other and boldly decide to move in together. But their love is soon put to the test – the fickle Pascal makes high demands on gentle Ricky. Years later, long after their relationship [...]

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