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

6pm: OPENING NIGHT SHORTS – Speaking Visuals, Showing Patterns

THURSDAY 09/05/19, 18:00 Moviemento

Speaking Visuals, Showing Patterns
The sun sets, flowers take over. Patterns emerge, continuations not just from our mothers’ clothes but in the stories told in this program, in this festival. Stories that reinstate the importance of experimental storytelling and filmmaking. Opening with the first part of our love letter to Barbara Hammer, we travel from lesbians frollicking in flowers to a dystopian scenario where flowers force a nation from its land. These films explore the current state by questioning events of the past, opening us up to the possible.


Barbara Hammer 1974 USA 4′

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York.

“A popular lesbian ‘commercial,’ 110 images of sensual touching montages in A, B, C, D rolls of ‘kinaesthetic’ editing.” — Barbara Hammer
“Hammer’s films of the ’70’s are the first made by an openly lesbian American filmmaker to explore lesbian identity, desire and sexuality though avant-garde strategies. Merging the physicality of the female body with that of the film medium, Hammer’s films remain memorable for their pioneering articulation of a lesbian aesthetic.” – Jenni Sorkin, WACK! Art and The Feminist Revolution, 2007.


Jorge Jácome 2017 Portugal 26′

In a natural crisis scenario, the entire population of Azores is forced to evict due to an uncontrolled plague of hydrangeas, a common flower in these islands.
Two young soldiers, bound to the beauty of the landscape, guide us to the stories of sadness of those forced to leave and the inherent desire to resist by inhabiting the islands. The filmic wandering becomes a nostalgic and political reflection on territorial belonging and identity, and the roles we assume in the places we came from.


Jay Bernard 
2017 UK 8′

The New Cross Fire was a major tragedy in 1981 that claimed the lives of 13 young black people and was initially met with state, media and police indifference.
Haunted by that history, and in the context of the recent rise of the far-right and the tragedy of Grenfell, Something Said is an imaginative, gestural letter to Yvonne Ruddock, the 16 year-old whose birthday was being celebrated the night of the fire.
Writer, performer and director Jay Bernard undertakes a queer exploration of black British history, starting with this particular moment in time and examining its ramifications at two scales: the larger social and political rupture that followed the fire, and the smaller, individual attempt to reconcile one’s queer present and the black radical past.


Jordan Wong 2018 USA 5′

A nonfiction reflection on being out of the closet. As a queer person of color, it’s taken me a long time to be as comfortable as I am through navigating forms of intimacy, gender, and self worth. It doesn’t always get better, but you’re beautiful however you decide to present, including the choice of garments you decide to wear.


Julia Maura, Mariangela Pluchino, Ambra Reijnen, María Chatzi, Fátima Flores
 Spain 17′

Pygmalion, disappointed of the women of his time, decides to create an immaculate woman with his own hands. He models his creation at the height of his expectations and level: she should be able to satisfy his pleasures and provide his kingdom with workforce.
A visual essay about the body as a socially constructed discourse throughout gynecology, a science serving itself of an ideological scalpel to mould gender, sexuality and desire.


Fan Popo 2018 China 18′

An introverted senior school student and a transgender vintage shop-owner: two lonely souls swimming in the ever-changing pool of the city. Can they break through wall of communication? Where are they heading to? This is the first film in China with all transgender leading cast.


Andrés Baron 2017 Colombia & France 6′

Two ambiguous characters seated against one another, sharing an easy intimacy while enjoying the sunset. Steadily holding our gaze, the couple try to divert our attention from what turns out to be a cardboard backdrop. A syrupy soundtrack underscores the deconstruction and transformation of a classic cinema trope into a novel beauty.