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

Opening Night Shorts: Performative Riots

THURSDAY 24.05.18, 18:30

The shamed body learns not only to love itself but to resist. Our Opening Night Shorts present the body as an everyday performance, a riot that claims public spaces. We celebrate the emancipatory potential that lies in performative work, and the physicality of our rebellion against society – ice cream and sex as rituals of becoming.

Julia Fuhr Mann, Germany, 2018, 17min
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 With their expansive body dimensions they break the chains of outdated gender structures and claim space for themselves.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!

Brenda Jorde, Ghana/ Germany, 2018, 11min
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.

Les îles (Islands)
Yann Gonzalez, France, 2017, 23min
Characters wander through an erotic maze of love and desire.
The film “Les Îles” contains images of sexual violence.

My Own Wings
Katia Repina & Carla Moral, US/ Spain/ Ukraine, 2016, 8min
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.

O Último Dia Antes De Zanzibar (The Last Day Before Zanzibar)
Filipe Matzembacher & Marcio Reolon, Brazil, 2016, 21min
They heard the drums from the woods. And Arthur knew it was time to leave.

JUCK (Thrust)
Olivia Kastebring, Julia Gumpert, Ulrika Bandeira, Sweden, 2018, 18min
JUCK is a 17-minute film which is a hybrid between documentary, dance and fiction. The film depicts the all female dance group JUCK who made a name for themselves in 2013 with a video that became a viral hit all over the world. The word “JUCK” is Swedish for “HUMP” and their groundbreaking appearance pushed the boundaries for how we are used to seeing the female body. JUCK questions the positions of object and subject. They provoke, inspire and break norms. The film poses the question: what is femininity?
Photo: Josephine Owe