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

Eccomi … Eccoti (Here I am … Here you are)

SCREENING:
SATURDAY 26.05.18, 16:00

Eccomi … Eccoti (Here I am … Here you are)

Raed Rafei, Lebanon, 2017, 68min
Eccomi … Eccoti unfolds as a virtual road trip navigating between Italy and Lebanon. Conditioned to live in a long-distance relationship with his partner because of strict European visa regulations, the director patches together the moments shared together in an attempt to create a possible day-to-day reality for their couple. With a lyrical, ambient soundscape set atop a dreamy, atmospheric visual style that oscillates between still photography and moving images, the film explores what it means to be gay in contemporary Beirut and the aches of psychic pain that blocks one from reaching a sense of “complete-ness” with one’s self. Does such in-completeness have to do, in particular, with being gay? Or is it related to a grander malaise endemic to the human condition?

Supporting Film:

5cm

Jordan Schiele, USA/ China, 2013, 19min
A dancer from the National Ballet of China is wasting the best years of his life. Repeatedly overlooked in favor of his rival/friend, he struggles to dominate the stage in one last chance to impress a foreign director who has the power to change his life.