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- sonntag pictures
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- Documentary Film
Tulsa, Oklahoma is a city in the midst of the USA’s Bible Belt with almost 400,000 inhabitants, over 4,000 churches and just one gay and lesbian youth centre. This is the meeting place for Larissa, Ben, ‘D’ and other youths who because of their decision to live gay, lesbian and transgender lives, are either not accepted or, on the contrary, have received strong support from their families and unconditional love.
Jannik Splidsboel, whose film How Are You screened in Panorama in 2011, takes an almost entirely observational approach to his depiction of the lives of these three teenagers, their first love or their longing for love, their coming out, and their dreams for the future.
In an unhurried, almost casual fashion, the film shows how ‘D’ manages step by step to improve his precarious existence and how Ben learns from his brother how to defend himself. Courtesy of Larissa and her girlfriend we are also treated to one of the most dazzling and colourful lesbian kiss scenes in film history. Misfits portrays three basically ‘average’ young people as they try to live queer lives, find their gender identities, love and be loved in an environment pervaded by religious fundamentalism.
BIOGRAFIE Jannik Splidsboel
Born in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1964, he studied art and film in Rome where he now lives. He worked on numerous international projects as assistant director and production manager before he began focussing on documentaries in 1999. Alongside his film work he also teaches at international film schools. HOW ARE YOU, his portrait of the Danish-Norwegian artist couple Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset, screened in the Berlinale Panorama in 2011.
FILMOGRAFIE Jannik Splidsboel (selection)
2015 Misfits 2013 Days in Maremma; 2011 How Are You 2008 Together 2005 The Monster 2005 Homies 2004 Louise & Papaya 2002 Codes – Makers and Breakers 2000 The Specialists