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The th XPOSED International Queer Film Festival Berlin

Beat Goes On! Queer Short films at Freiluftkino


The XPOSED International Queer Film Festival Berlin
August 13th, Queer Short Films from our Upcoming 15th Edition at Freiluftkino Kreuzberg

Life has changed, but the BEAT GOES ON.  And so does the struggle for embodied liberation. XPOSED presents seven queer short films circulating around queer antiracist resistance and the search for physical contact, like flowers in the wind.

Das Leben hat sich verändert, aber wir machen weiter. Wie Blumen im Wind: XPOSED präsentiert sieben queere Kurzfilme, die sich um queeren antirassistischen Widerstand drehen, der Suche nach körperlicher Befreiung und der Sehnsucht nach physischem Kontakt. BEAT GOES ON.

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The Programme!

Pilvi Takala, Finland 2019, 15min

Nina strolls through Second Home, a trendy London co-working space. She is friendly to everyone, greets and touches people slightly as she passes them. Who is she, and why does this person — soon to be called “the stroker” — always touch people without asking? Based on a two-week intervention in the co-working space, Pilvi Takala poses as founder of the ultra-modern company “Personnel Touch”, which supposedly has been commissioned to offer touch as a workplace service, based on studies of the stimulating effect of interpersonal contact.


Shanti Avirgan, USA, 2019, 9min

Beat Goes On is an all-archival, impressionistic portrait of the harm reduction and housing activist Keith Cylar (1958–2004), co-founder of Housing Works and a central figure in the AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power (ACT UP) NY. A fellow activist recalls that “Keith moved from mixing with the government, to threatening the government, to beating the government—all in the space of five minutes.” By resurfacing and weaving together archival media of Cylar’s own words and actions, this short video distills some of the personal charisma, political savvy and fearlessness that characterized Cylar’s advocacy. Commissioned by Visual AIDS for STILL BEGINNING: The 30th Annual Day With(out) Art

Su Hui-Yu, Taiwan, 2018, 15min

In artist Su Hui-yu’s signature style, a moody slow-motion pan captures a wild, glitter-scattered, blood-splattered orgy during the Tang dynasty. The film is an invocation of scenes from 1985 Taiwanese cult film Tang Chao Chi Li that only existed in the screenplay, unfilmed until now due to what can only be imagined as budgetary restrictions and censorship pressures during the Martial Law era. Presented without narrative context, the orgiastic murder scene plays out like an unsettling nightmare.

Camila Kater, Brazil, Spain, 2019, 12min

Rare, medium rare, medium, medium well, and well done. Painted on a ceramic plate, Rachel is a fat child and a disgust for her mother. During adoles­cence, represented by watercolor brushstrokes, Larissa rediscovers her body and her menstruation capacities. In the prime of life, betwee glitch­es and digital noises, the singer Raquel exposes the risks that she faces every day for being who she is.The clay in constant metamorphosis is the body of Valquiria transforming through the climacteric.The actress Helena lgnez, icon of Brazilian cinema in the 60’s, painted over the 35mm film, tells how her body was important  for her career, and also how she was abused. Five women and their relationship with the body from childhood to old age take form in FLESH.

Nicolaas Schmidt, Germany, 2020, 8min

Autumn again on planet earth. A couple of rosy rose petals in eternal solidarity enduring great trouble of a heavy thunderstorm. A Romantic Conceptualism Bedtime fable of resistance&redundance, or the awkward ambivalence of truth, dream, life and love. Let‘s unite to inflorescence.

Roger Beebe, USA, 2018, 8min

Provoked by the Twitter response to the Eric Garner “I Can’t Breathe” t-shirt design, “The Comic Sans Video” is a “desktop cinema” essay on the ways in which taste is determined by race, class, gender, drawing in equal parts on the theoretical writings of Pierre Bourdieu and conversations with two colleagues and my mother.

Diego Paulino, Brazil, 2018, 22min

Between melanin and far away planets, BLACKN3SS proposes a dive into the journey of the black youth of São Paulo city. A documentary on blackness, queerness and spacial aspirations of the diasporas children.

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