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

Opening Night Shorts

THURSDAY, 11.05.2017, 18:45

As the lights dim on Opening Night, sensuous images will start to swirl over the silver screen in high speed, startling our perception. From an explosive notion of lust to the anguish of repressed teenage sexuality, culminating in a lush and shape shifting fever dream. The desire to express, to connect and to experience is the driving force behind these six unconventional works.

Into All That Is Here
Laure Prouvost, UK, 2015, 10min
Into All That Is Here explores the notion of lust after times of darkness. The video depicts a warm and slimy atmosphere and a sensation of relief after long search of darkness, giving the impression to the visitor that they have just penetrated a slimy, sweaty flower, till the images burns and disappear…

Mischa Badasyan, Germany, 2016, 5min
In order to understand something, you have to touch it. People have always had a great need for tactile contact and connection with others around them. Touch is the most important tool to get to know people. Body contact is also the best evidence proving that we exist. Our way to approach people is through a social touch that has a lot of political meaning.

The Fox Exploits the Tiger’s Might
Lucky Kuswandi, Indonesia, 2015, 25min
Two preteen boys discover their sexuality and the relation between power and sex, in the awkward social setting of a sleepy small town with a military base. David is the big-shot boastful son of a high-ranking officer, while Aseng’s family is an ethnic minority tobacco merchant who sells bootleg liquor.

Min Homosyster (My Gay Sister)
Lia Hietala, Sweden / Norway, 2017, 15min
Ten year old Cleo has a head full of questions: How can I tell if I’M in love with somebody? How do I know if I prefer Girls or Boys? Since her older sister began dating another girl, there are new, strange feelings stirring inside Cleo.

Our Skin
João Queiroga, USA/ Portugal, 2016, 17min
A late night call takes an unexpected turn when two unlikely strangers, a transgender woman of color and a veteran, gain the courage to be intimate with one another. Between gender, sexuality and post-traumatic stress disorder, their fleeting encounter unveils deeper truths about alienation and the human need to connect. “Our Skin” is a hybrid documentary structured with a real audio recording.

L’Oiseau de la Nuit
Marie Losier, Portugal/France, 2015, 20min
In the latest of her series of portraits of legendary underground performers, Marie Losier takes us into the world of Fernando, aka Deborah Krystal, the glittering and poetic performer of the Lisbon club Finalmente. Over the last thirty years, Fernando has been performing every night at Finalmente, dressed in golden gowns. O Pássaro da Noite reveals the many skins of Fernando that lay underneath the layers of his colorful fabrics, and – with the help of a large cast of friends and filmmaking colleagues – lets Lisbon’s legends come to life. Alternating and shape shifting between manifestations as mermaid, bird, and lion, Fernando takes us on a journey into the desires and dreams of metamorphosis and myth: From the bright sunlight of a colorful beach to the haunted shadows of a museum at night.