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The 12th XPOSED International Queer Film Festival Berlin
11th - 14th May
2017

Shorts 2 – Transformations

SCREENING:
FRIDAY, 12.05.17, 18:00

Transforming always comes at a cost. Sometimes you must break away from those you love, other times you must confront the pain of those you left. In this program the idea of transformation covers everything from a homemade youtube star, the notion of how a man should look like, how families are imagined and how even a short elevator ride can start a transformation, or at the very least, a sexual awakening.


MeTube 1: August sings Carmen Habanera
Daniel Moshel, Austria, 2013, 4min
In a combination of dance club and SM dungeon the director, Daniel Moshel, stages a minutely choreographed trip into the subconscious: While “Habanera” booms in Schram’s magnificent techno remix, genders and realities collide and overlap, and suppressed emotions noisily forge ahead. MeTube is more than a music video: It´s an homage, critique and pointed love letter to the Web and its users in a whirl of exhibition(ism). I create a world the way I like it. Ephemeral but still for eternity. (Sebastian Höglinger)


Transition
Milica Tomović, Serbia, 2016, 21min
Jana says goodbye to her band members, friends, ex-girlfriend and her family. They all share a feeling of regret saying goodbye to her, but also joy for her bright future in Michigan, where she’s going on post graduate studies. Only her sister knows a secret, that Jana is not going away to study, Jana is going away to have her sex change. These are her two days to say goodbye to her life.


Spermahoran (Spermwhore)
Anna Linder, Sweden, 2016, 12min
A queer experimental film about unwanted childlessness in a world where normative heterosexual relationships dictate who can become parents and in what way. When it comes to reproduction our merciless bodies reduce us to merely a set sex or given gender. But the longing for children is not limited to our bodies, and the possibility of pregnancy can be gifted, shared and undertaken together.


Helium
Daniel McIntyre, Canada, 2017, 4min
Commissioned by the 8 Fest for its 10 year anniversary, Helium is a dual-projector work that explores the worlds of competitive bodybuilding and balloon fetish. Originating from a deep fascination of the ability to derive such intense pleasure from otherwise innocuous objects or activities, Helium observes inflation, lust, and explosion.


El Cisne (The Swan)
Daniel Enrique Chávez Ontiveros, Mexico/ USA, 2016, 22min
Sthefany Galante is a Mexican trans woman who migrated to the United States after experiencing gender discrimination in her hometown Mixquiahuala, Hidalgo. After being away from home for six years, Sthefany decides to prepare for an imminent trip to Mexico and confront her family about her gender identity.


Etage X
Francy Fabritz, Germany, 2016, 14min
An accidental meeting in an elevator at a department store leads two older women to their limits and forces them to improvise by the time the elevator gets stuck.


Summers Puke is Winters Delight
Sawako Kabuki, Japan, 2016, 4min
Painful events become memories over time. Still, we vomit and eat again. Life is Eco.
*trigger warning – excessive vomiting sounds