Pier Kids

Dok/ 84′

Englisch

Elegance Bratton, USA 2019

 

Caught up in the precariousness of survival and self-preservation, homeless queer and trans* youth of color hang out at Christopher Street Pier, forging their own chosen family. Genuine and charming, these eloquent youth must contend with overwhelming amounts of homophobia and abuse. As real as it gets, and with intimate, immersive access to the hazardous life of its vulnerable but fearless protagonists, director Elegance Bratton’s still-hopeful portrait exposes a raw side of New York City many often choose to ignore.

 

Doc Shorts Competition – sold out!

Duration 75′

In this short film block we approach the social constraints in different cultures as well as other political issues in very different ways.

Hair, Queer, and Rain
Ji Kim, South Korea 2020, 3′ (Korean/EN)

After I met my first white girlfriend, I decided to cut off my pubic hair for the first time. Am I liberated from the traditional rules that prevent any damage of the body? Or is my body now under the control of the new rules?

Mat et les Gravitantes
Pauline Penichout, France 2019, 26′ (French/EN)

In a squat in Nantes, Mat and her friends organise a self-gynaecology workshop to “look at oneself and know oneself.” A lively and intimate portrait of a young woman, filmed through her personal and collective questioning of the relationship with oneself, love, sex and the links that they all maintain between each other.

Beautiful Bondage
Izzy Argent, United Kingdom 2020, 2′ (English)

An interview with two people on their experience of Shibari, and what it means to them.

Desire?
Garima Kaul, India 2019, 29′ (Indian, English/EN)

Experiences with being asexual in India- ‘Desire?’ lays bare the lived realities of the minority community that identifies as asexual in a sexually conservative Indian society. The camera traces the journeys of individuals from different parts of India, how their loves, lives, and relationships swirl in the endless conundrum of identity, subverting the narrative of normative sexuality.

Is It Really Sex
Julia Patey, Jule Grienitz, Tobi Jall, German 2020, 3′ (German/EN)

Sexual practices long regarded as perversions seem to have become mainstream. Things like bondage, spanking and sensory deprivation appear more and more in popular media and draw millions to the cinemas. In the metropoles, sex parties and fetish events are booming. But as public interest grows, so does the number of misconceptions about these delicate matters.

Lost ID
Axel González, Mexico 2020, 13′ (Spanish/EN)

Castiel, a 25 years old transgender man reflects about his identity through gender, the ways he transgresses this concept and how it influences his own perception and the world around him.

DIYSex
Juno Álvarez, María Lorente, mariona Vázquez, Yaiza de Lamo, Spain 2019, 24′ (Spanish/EN)

DIYSEX is a film that reflects on the use of the image and the language of mainstream pornography, and wonders how far this use can transcend when making your own porn film.

 

Fictional Short Competition – sold out!

Duration 75 ‘

In this short film block we present animation, feature and performance films. A diverse programme with no limits. This chronology mixes artistic statements and human strokes of fate from a queer perspective.

Bodies of Desire
Varsha Panikar, Saad Nawab, India 2020, 4′ (English/EN)

Using Varsha Panikar’s poetry series by the same name, as the point of departure, Bodies of Desire, is a visual poetry film co-directed by her and Saad Nawab. The film captures four sets of lovers amid passion; to create a portrait of tender intimacy, of longing, of discovery, of desire, of embrace and care, of profound companionship. It is a sensual celebration of genderless love and desire, inspired by the poet’s lived reality.

 

Absolution
Federico Canal Santiangeli, Spain 2020, 3′ (Spanish/EN)

We are witnessing a battle, a fight between Gender Equality and the Patriarchal Paradigm. Women clamor for their rights and flag brave feminist movements towards equality. Now, what role do men have here? Are they going to be active or passive in this revolution? ABSOLUTION is a visual poem, a reflection on masculinity, its topics and customs. It’s a metaphorically woven speech that uses coloquial language and an experimental artistic iconography.

Must be Painful
David Semler, Czech Republic 2020, 15′ (Czech, Spanish/EN)

Danny, a Czech student, and his Spanish boyfriend go on a trip to the Czech countryside. At the railway station they meet a couple of locals who do not know Danny understands them, so they start to make sarcastic comments. It does not take long until this situation generates a conflict, the outcome of which is devastating for both couples.

The Old Man and the Bucket
Tomasz E. Rudzik, Poland 2019, 13′ (Polish/EN)

After his wife’s death and his son’s emigration to England loneliness has made the former shoemaker Mr. Wojcik (75) become a misanthrope. When the first international queer café opens in front of his window, Mr. Wojcik considers himself to be the «defender» of Poland. The story of an encounter between a homophobe and a transvestite overcoming fears and prejudices towards the unknown.

Cosset
Volchok Daria, Russia 2019, 2′ (ohne Dialog)

There is no thought. There is only a feeling of human’s hands sliding tenderly along the soft curwes of the body.

Thrive
Jamie Di Spirito, United Kingdom 2019, 17′ (English)

A hook-up between two young men – they make a connection, but it quickly becomes apparent they’re looking for different things.

Something About Me
Belen Mentasti, Argentina 2019, 13′ (Spanish/EN)

Memories are made of fragments. The night and the bed become the auspicious space where a couple of lesbians let their thoughts, their doubts and certain pieces of childhood flow. Is it possible that an apparent seduction conceals a crisis?

Keyboard Fantasies: The Beverly Glenn-Copeland Story

Doku/ 62′

Englisch

Posy Dixon/ United Kingdom 2019

 

As a sci-fi obsessed woman living in near isolation, Beverly Glenn-Copeland wrote and self-released «KeyboardFantasies» in Huntsville, Ontario backin1986. Recorded in an Atari-powered home studio, the cassette featured seven tracks of a curious folk-electronica hybrid, a sound realised far before its time.

Three decades on the musician – now Glenn Copeland – began to receive emails from people across the world, thanking him for the music they’d recently discovered. Courtesy of a rare-record collector in Japan, a reissue of «Keyboard Fantasies» and subsequent plays by Four Tet, Caribou and more, the music had finally found its audience two generations down the line.

«Keyboard Fantasies: The Beverly Glenn-Copeland Story» sees the protagonist commit his life and music to screen for the first time – an intimate coming of age story spinning pain and the suffering of prejudice into rhythm, hope and joy.

Half aural-visual history, half DIY tour-video, the film provides a vehicle for our newly appointed queer elder to connect with youth across the globe. A timely lullaby to soothe those souls struggling to make sense of the world.

 

Porn Shorts Competition – sold out!

Duration 82′

This short film block takes us into the world of liberating lust: we celebrate the body, desire and a self-determined and diverse sexuality according to our own desires and needs.

My Garage my Rules
Manon Praline, Deutschland 2020, 11’
(French/EN)

One more day at work at the girls’ garage.
In a play on classic French porn of yesteryear, Lola Tormento goes to get her car fixed but is it really her car engine that is leaking? She wouldn’t have sex on the bonnet of the car with the mechanic would she? Or misuse the tools to fuck Manon Praline until they are both exhausted? No I don’t think she would do that, she needs her car to be fixed today! What do you think?

Mes Chéris
Ethan Folk, Ty Wardwell, Deutschland 2020, 12’
(English)

Part documentary, part pornography, Mes Chéris is a transboi’s farewell to his boobs. One month before his mastectomy, Bat Boi takes on the role of Chéri, a character modeled after his experiences as a Fierce Fem sex worker. This raunchy tribute subverts straight porn tropes and mainstream trans* representation in a radical act of self-love.

Progressive Touch
Michael Portnoy, Österreich 2019, 13’
(no dialog)

Sex as dance and comedy: in Progressive Touch Portnoy studies and expands the relationship between sex, choreography and composing music. He introduces complex compositions from progressive rock and math metal during sex, thereby combating the ostensible simplification of rhythm in human movements and gestures. A group of actors perform the new moves in three slapstick-like, explicit scenes. Worth trying at home.

Moan Together
Matt Lambert, USA 2020, 4’
(English)

Moan Together is an xxx music video, created during lock-down, featuring 50+ submissions from around the world, made in support of Sex Workers in need of relief during Covid-19.

Fucking Loser
Mahx Capacity, USA 2019, 12’
(English)

The name of the game is “loser gets fucked,” and it’s winner take-all. Clad in their finest singlets, babely bros Jamie Joy and Bud Lite face off in a series of smackdowns. Bud is no match for Jamie and is pinned in no time. When the loser gets fucked, they both learn that there’s nothing wrong with a little friendly competition!

Domestic Servitude to a cruel Mistress
Poppy Sanchez, Deutschland, Spanien 2020, 30’
(English)

Have you ever thought about the logistics of domestic servitude? For some people they’re a bore, for others they’re an opportunity for more erotic excitement… In this explicit short film a scheduling mishap leaves two guys cleaning their mistress’ apartment together until they are distracted by some unexpected early morning visitors.

Futur Drei – sold out!

Drama / 92′

Deutsch, Farsi/D

Faraz Shariat, Deutschland 2020

 

Parvis grows up as a child of the millenial generation in the comfortable prosperity of his Iranian immigrant parents. He tries to escape the provincial life in Hildesheim through pop culture, grindr-dates and raves. After shoplifting he does community service as a translator in a shelter for refugees. There he meets the Iranian siblings Banafshe and Amon. A fragile three-way relationship develops between them, increasingly marked by the awareness that their future in Germany is unequal.
In his autobiographical directorial debut, Faraz Shariat, born in 1994, tells an authentic and at the same time miraculously exaggerated story of the queer adolescence of an immigrant son in Germany – and thus provides a resolute counter-draft to conventional German cinema, in which post-migrant experiences and stories of immigrants and their families are all too often excluded or misrepresented. At the Berlinale, where the film celebrated its world premiere in the Panorama, “Futur Drei” was honored with two teddy bears («Best Feature Film» & «Readers’ Prize»).

 

Doc Shorts Competition

Duration 75′

In this short film block we approach the social constraints in different cultures as well as other political issues in very different ways.

Hair, Queer, and Rain
Ji Kim, South Korea 2020, 3′ (Korean/EN)

After I met my first white girlfriend, I decided to cut off my pubic hair for the first time. Am I liberated from the traditional rules that prevent any damage of the body? Or is my body now under the control of the new rules?

Mat et les Gravitantes
Pauline Penichout, France 2019, 26′ (French/EN)

In a squat in Nantes, Mat and her friends organise a self-gynaecology workshop to “look at oneself and know oneself.” A lively and intimate portrait of a young woman, filmed through her personal and collective questioning of the relationship with oneself, love, sex and the links that they all maintain between each other.

Beautiful Bondage
Izzy Argent, United Kingdom 2020, 2′ (English)

An interview with two people on their experience of Shibari, and what it means to them.

Desire?
Garima Kaul, India 2019, 29′ (Indian, English/EN)

Experiences with being asexual in India- ‘Desire?’ lays bare the lived realities of the minority community that identifies as asexual in a sexually conservative Indian society. The camera traces the journeys of individuals from different parts of India, how their loves, lives, and relationships swirl in the endless conundrum of identity, subverting the narrative of normative sexuality.

Is It Really Sex
Julia Patey, Jule Grienitz, Tobi Jall, German 2020, 3′ (German/EN)

Sexual practices long regarded as perversions seem to have become mainstream. Things like bondage, spanking and sensory deprivation appear more and more in popular media and draw millions to the cinemas. In the metropoles, sex parties and fetish events are booming. But as public interest grows, so does the number of misconceptions about these delicate matters.

Lost ID
Axel González, Mexico 2020, 13′ (Spanish/EN)

Castiel, a 25 years old transgender man reflects about his identity through gender, the ways he transgresses this concept and how it influences his own perception and the world around him.

DIYSex
Juno Álvarez, María Lorente, mariona Vázquez, Yaiza de Lamo, Spain 2019, 24′ (Spanish/EN)

DIYSEX is a film that reflects on the use of the image and the language of mainstream pornography, and wonders how far this use can transcend when making your own porn film.

Fictional Shorts Competition – only few tickets left!

Duration 75 ‘

In this short film block we present animation, feature and performance films. A diverse programme with no limits. This chronology mixes artistic statements and human strokes of fate from a queer perspective.

Bodies of Desire
Varsha Panikar, Saad Nawab, India 2020, 4′ (English/EN)

Using Varsha Panikar’s poetry series by the same name, as the point of departure, Bodies of Desire, is a visual poetry film co-directed by her and Saad Nawab. The film captures four sets of lovers amid passion; to create a portrait of tender intimacy, of longing, of discovery, of desire, of embrace and care, of profound companionship. It is a sensual celebration of genderless love and desire, inspired by the poet’s lived reality.

 

Absolution
Federico Canal Santiangeli, Spain 2020, 3′ (Spanish/EN)

We are witnessing a battle, a fight between Gender Equality and the Patriarchal Paradigm. Women clamor for their rights and flag brave feminist movements towards equality. Now, what role do men have here? Are they going to be active or passive in this revolution? ABSOLUTION is a visual poem, a reflection on masculinity, its topics and customs. It’s a metaphorically woven speech that uses coloquial language and an experimental artistic iconography.

Must be Painful
David Semler, Czech Republic 2020, 15′ (Czech, Spanish/EN)

Danny, a Czech student, and his Spanish boyfriend go on a trip to the Czech countryside. At the railway station they meet a couple of locals who do not know Danny understands them, so they start to make sarcastic comments. It does not take long until this situation generates a conflict, the outcome of which is devastating for both couples.

The Old Man and the Bucket
Tomasz E. Rudzik, Poland 2019, 13′ (Polish/EN)

After his wife’s death and his son’s emigration to England loneliness has made the former shoemaker Mr. Wojcik (75) become a misanthrope. When the first international queer café opens in front of his window, Mr. Wojcik considers himself to be the «defender» of Poland. The story of an encounter between a homophobe and a transvestite overcoming fears and prejudices towards the unknown.

Cosset
Volchok Daria, Russia 2019, 2′ (ohne Dialog)

There is no thought. There is only a feeling of human’s hands sliding tenderly along the soft curwes of the body.

Thrive
Jamie Di Spirito, United Kingdom 2019, 17′ (English)

A hook-up between two young men – they make a connection, but it quickly becomes apparent they’re looking for different things.

Something About Me
Belen Mentasti, Argentina 2019, 13′ (Spanish/EN)

Memories are made of fragments. The night and the bed become the auspicious space where a couple of lesbians let their thoughts, their doubts and certain pieces of childhood flow. Is it possible that an apparent seduction conceals a crisis?

Petite fille

Dok/ 85′

Französisch/EN

Sébastien Lifshitz/ Frankreich 2020

 

7-year-old Sasha has always known she was a little girl, even though she was born a boy. As society fails to treat her like the other children her age – in her daily life at school, dance lessons or birthday parties – her supportive family leads a constant battle to make her difference understood and accepted.

Multi-award winner Sébastien Lifshitz (4 selections in Cannes and 4 selections in Berlin) follows Sasha and her family for a year, capturing with his insightful, delicate and subtle camera their truly moving moments of joy and the many challenges they face together.

 

Always Amber

Dok/ 76′

Schwedisch/EN

Hannah Reinikainen Bergeman, Lia Hietala / Schweden 2020

 

Amber is a 17-year-old teen. Together with best friend Sebastian, the two queer youngsters share a world far away from the judging eyes of society. When they are together, anything feels possible. We get to hang out with Amber and Sebastian during this identity building period, when they share everything from dreams and parties to new friendships. But when Amber falls in love with Charlie, something starts to challenge their utopian world. Trust issues begin to emerge, and in the midst of it all Amber has to face going through their transition alone. In «Always Amber», we get a unique insight into a new generation.

 

Deux

Drama /95′

Französisch/EN

Filippo Meneghetti / Frankreich, Luxemburg, Belgien 2019

 

Nina and Madeleine, two retired women, live in adjoining apartments – and have had a secret love affair for decades. In the eyes of everyone, including Madeleine’s family, they are merely neighbors. In fact, widowed, caring Madeleine and free-spirited, independent Nina share a tender life between their apartments and make plans for their future together. But a tragic incident threatens to reveal their secret. The poignant drama “Deux” tells of a lesbian relationship in old age and the irresistible desire for intimacy.

 

Porn Short Competition – sold out!

Duration 82′

This short film block takes us into the world of liberating lust: we celebrate the body, desire and a self-determined and diverse sexuality according to our own desires and needs.

My Garage my Rules
Manon Praline, Deutschland 2020, 11’
(French/EN)

One more day at work at the girls’ garage.
In a play on classic French porn of yesteryear, Lola Tormento goes to get her car fixed but is it really her car engine that is leaking? She wouldn’t have sex on the bonnet of the car with the mechanic would she? Or misuse the tools to fuck Manon Praline until they are both exhausted? No I don’t think she would do that, she needs her car to be fixed today! What do you think?

Mes Chéris
Ethan Folk, Ty Wardwell, Deutschland 2020, 12’
(English)

Part documentary, part pornography, Mes Chéris is a transboi’s farewell to his boobs. One month before his mastectomy, Bat Boi takes on the role of Chéri, a character modeled after his experiences as a Fierce Fem sex worker. This raunchy tribute subverts straight porn tropes and mainstream trans* representation in a radical act of self-love.

Progressive Touch
Michael Portnoy, Österreich 2019, 13’
(no dialog)

Sex as dance and comedy: in Progressive Touch Portnoy studies and expands the relationship between sex, choreography and composing music. He introduces complex compositions from progressive rock and math metal during sex, thereby combating the ostensible simplification of rhythm in human movements and gestures. A group of actors perform the new moves in three slapstick-like, explicit scenes. Worth trying at home.

Moan Together
Matt Lambert, USA 2020, 4’
(English)

Moan Together is an xxx music video, created during lock-down, featuring 50+ submissions from around the world, made in support of Sex Workers in need of relief during Covid-19.

Fucking Loser
Mahx Capacity, USA 2019, 12’
(English)

The name of the game is “loser gets fucked,” and it’s winner take-all. Clad in their finest singlets, babely bros Jamie Joy and Bud Lite face off in a series of smackdowns. Bud is no match for Jamie and is pinned in no time. When the loser gets fucked, they both learn that there’s nothing wrong with a little friendly competition!

Domestic Servitude to a cruel Mistress
Poppy Sanchez, Deutschland, Spanien 2020, 30’
(English)

Have you ever thought about the logistics of domestic servitude? For some people they’re a bore, for others they’re an opportunity for more erotic excitement… In this explicit short film a scheduling mishap leaves two guys cleaning their mistress’ apartment together until they are distracted by some unexpected early morning visitors.