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The 13th XPOSED International Queer Film Festival Berlin
24th - 27th May
2018

PREVIOUSLY ON XPOSED
Special Screening at Freiluftkino Kreuzberg, Thursday, July 26th at 9.30pm

A special program from some of the most exciting, disturbing and inspiring queer experimental short films screened at the 13th XPOSED International Queer Film Festival in May. The festival, which started in 2006 has been a passion project from Queer and Experimental film lovers since it’s inception. Now, it has put together a recap of the most discussed, desired and daring titles from this years program, including the four Lolly Award winners.

Previously on XPOSED:

The Sublime of Rectum from Truong Minh Quý
A visual exploration of an intimate homosexual body contact


My Own Wings from Katia Repina & Carla Moral
My Own Wings is a transmedia project that aims to explore the intersex identity thought stories of intersex people in USA, Spain and Ukraine. Originally the term “hermaphrodite” was used to describe the phenomena, but it has since been substituted with intersex because it was seen as offensive. Intersex people are not born with “both” sexes but born with a variation from the standard of what is socially accepted as a male or female body.


Les îles from Yann Gonzalez
Characters wander through an erotic maze of love and desire.
The film ‘Les Îles’ contains images of sexual violence.


Everything that I am Not from Roman Manfredi
Everything That I’m Not is an experimental documentary that centres the relationships of 3 Butch/Stud and Femme lesbian couples living in the UK. The viewer is invited to share an intimate portrayal that aims to capture the essence of the Butch/Stud and Femme dynamic through fragments of the couples’ domestic environment.


RIOT NOT DIET from Julia Fuhr Mann
A golden summer dress in XXL, the ice lolly drips slowly onto the hot ground. RIOT NOT DIET creates a queer feminist utopia far away from BMI norms and male* gaze. Five thousand years of patriarchy have left their mark – for in spite of ongoing emancipation, female* bodies are still geared to conform and to float through the world with a quiet, graceful and space-saving appearance. However, in this film we encounter fat women* and queers who resist. With their expansive body dimensions they break the chains of outdated gender structures and claim space for themselves.
The pleasure of their own, overflowing corporeality is an alternative draft to the neoliberal logic of exploitation. In times of self-optimization, your belly is a statement! Queer fat feminism!


Va-Bene from Brenda Jorde
Va-Bene is a performance artist who criticizes and draws atention to the restrictive and religious approach to gender that is present in Ghanaian society. This portraitis focused on his performance of femininity, which seeks to chalenge and subvert Ghanaian perceptions of what it is to be a woman. Va-Bene shows that you can be an aly throughart, and fight for what you think is right.


Latifúndio from Érica Sarmet
The body is not merely matter but a continual and incessant materializing of possibilities.

 

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and the Lolly Awards go to

at 9.30pm, The Lolly Award Jury made up of Lasse Långström, Zara Zandieh & Antonio Harfuch presented this years LOLLY AWARDS!

The Lolly Award for BEST GERMAN SHORT FILM went to
RIOT NOT DIET  from Julia Fuhr Mann

The 8th XPOSED Lolly Award for Best German Short Film goes to RIOT NOT DIET by Julia Fuhr Mann and her team for making a queer feminist film in which fat queer and femme bodies are celebrated and shown with grace in a poetic, utopian and visually strong and unapologetic way. We gratulate Julia Fuhr Mann and the whole team and cast for their passion in creating this essential vision and their outstanding work in regards to the content and form of their film.

An Honorable Mention went to
VA-BENE from Brenda Jorde

The Jury of 8th Lolly Award wants to make a special mention for the film VA-BENE by Brenda Jorge for creating a film which fills the gap of indispensable Black queer non-binary representations from the African continent by following the performance and work of the Ghanaian artist Va-Bene.

The Lolly Award for BEST XPOSED SHORT FILM went to two films this year!
MY OWN WINGS from Katia Repina & Carla Moral

For focusing on diverse experiences of intersex people from different countries respectfully represented with an empowered narrative ​ and captured in a beautiful visual language.

and

LATIFÚNDIO from Érica Sarmet

For creating and inviting us to a playfull room that opens up queer space for both laughter and some seriouse thinking, and all this to a  lovely soundtrack.

The Audience Choice Lolly Award went to:
Everything That I’m Not by Roman Manfredi

The 4th Queer Short Film Fund was also awarded by our Jury and after a long deliberation the fund in 2018 went to:

BEER! BEER!
from Popo Fan

There aren’t enough good comedies that reflect the irony and true nature of LGBTQ human relationships often defined by roles of active and passive. This year the Queer Film Fund goes to an Asian storyteller daring to transform this preconceptions of different sterotypes and mock them. We trust Popo Fan’s “Beer, beer” as a project that will explore new ways about roles and identities in Berlin performing a quite energetic character.