Films A to Z
Interior. Leather Bar
- 60 min.
- Year of Production:
- Val Lauren
- Production Company:
- Rabbit Bandini
- Berlinale Section:
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 actor James Franco and Travis Mathews have made it their mission to restage this missing and bynow legendary forty minutes. The film constitutes the making-of one scene shot in a New York leather and bar before the on slaught of Aids and focuses on Val, who plays Al Pacino’s role. Heterosexual Hollywood actor Val has strong reservations about appearing in agay film. Skirting the border between reality and fiction, Interior. Leather Bar. explores Hollywood’s homophobic mechanisms and examines prevalent clichés.
BIOGRAFIE James Franco
FILMOGRAFIE James Franco (selection)
2015 I Am Michael 2013 Interior. Leather Bar 2012 Black Dog, Red Dog 2012 Dream 2012 My Own Private River 2011 Sal 2011 The Broken Tower 2011 Cherry 2010 Herbert White 2010 Howl 2010 The Clerk’s Tale 2010 Masculinity & Me 2010 Saturday Night 2009 The Feast Of Stephen 2009 42 One Dream Rush 2008 Milk 2007 Good Time Max 2005 The Ape 2005 Fool’s Gold
BIOGRAFIE Travis Mathews
Born in Ohio, USA in 1975, this director, screenwriter, editor and producer with a background in psychology has primarily concentrated on topics such as masculinity and intimacy between homosexual men. He collaborated with James Franco on the docu-fiction Interior.Leather Bar which screened at over 75 international festivals, including the Berlinale and in Rotterdam. His 2012 debut feature film I Want Your Love about a group of gay friends in San Francisco premiered at the Frameline Film Festival and has been shown at numerous other international festivals.
FILMOGRAFIE Travis Mathews (selection)
2017 Discreet 2013 In Their Room London 2013 Interior. Leather Bar 2013 Interior. Leather Bar. 2012 I Want Your Love 2011 In Their Room Berlin 2010 I Want Your Love 2009 In Their Room San Francisco 2005 Do I Look Fat