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

6:30pm: XPOSED SHORTS 2 – Painting Worlds With Cheek

FRIDAY 10/05/19, 18:30 Moviemento

Painting Worlds With Cheek
Let’s start with a drink, power up the commodore 64, open our 90s paint program and get lost in the desert of creation! Covering animation, experimental, narrative and documentary, our second short film program is full of comedy and heart. What’s important here is: stay true to your form! Creating a dialogue with limited text, the filmmakers in this program manage to capture and display their own worlds within their stories, from the creepy to the cheeky. The poke that makes you laugh and the visuals that make you question, these widely different films are here to play with you.

 

THE CHAMPAGNE FOUNTAIN
Gerald Zahn 2015 Austria 3′

The Champagne fountain is a nostalgia luxury symbol, a nowadays cliché of cruise ships and casinos. Using the arrangement of glasses as an anachronistic staple of glamour, the artist engages in the self- indulgent ritual, celebrating the unavoidable personal routines.

 

NO NO NOOKY T.V.
Barbara Hammer 1987 USA 12′


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

Using a 16mm Bolex and Amiga computer, Hammer creates a witty and stunning film about how women view their sexuality versus the way male images of women and sex are perceived. The impact of technology on sexuality and emotion and the sensual self is explored through computer language juxtaposed with everyday colloquial language of sex. No No Nooky T.V. confronts the feminist controversy around sexuality with electronic language, pixels and interface. Even the monitor is eroticized in this film/video hybrid that pokes fun at romance, sexuality, and love in our post-industrial age.

 

NIRVANA
Jess Kohl 2018 UK 15′

Ancient Hindu traditions are celebrated at an annual festival for Hijra and trans women in Tamil Nadu.

 

MANIVALD
Chintis Lundgren 2017 Estonia, Croatia, Canada 13′

A hot young plumber Toomas breaks into the harmonious life of Manivald and his retired mother.

 

BLASTOGENESE II
Conrad Veit & Charlotte Maria Kätzl 2017 Germany 3′

Blastogenesis II fantasize Evolution between science fiction images out from the 1950s and images of queer and bizarre experimental films. A film who shows creatures between human and animal, born out of a plant seed pouch in a setting of world end. It shows birthing, living and scoring like in nature documentaries , but with the aspect of drag, which brings up the question about fetishism and experimental porn.

 

DESERT MIRACLES
Miriam Gossing and Lina Sieckmann 2015 Germany 11′

Desert Miracles’ is a cinematic exploration of a commercialized architecture of desire. Across 22 different tableaus the film meditates upon the interiors of Nevada’s wedding chapels, considering how the excessive scenery opens up to constitute a cultural organisation of “Love”. A woman’s’ voice is heard reading out an ambiguous letter to an unknown lover in which she finds herself troubled by the challenges of modern relationships, unable to negotiate a balance between self-fulfilment and optimization. The text is based on anonymous posts by different women in various internet wedding forums. One fictional female character is composed out of many assembled perspectives on desire, relationships and social expectation.

 

FUCK THE BOXES
Abel Rubinstein 2018 UK 10′

Set in the present day, this coming of age story tackles unconventional queer love. Dan a gay man falls in love with Ray, a non-binary person assigned female at birth. Whilst Dan is forced to question his own label, Ray learns to accept love as a non-binary person.

 

REALITY FRAGMENT 160921
Qigemu (April Lin and Jasmine Lin) 2018 Sweden, USA, UK 14′

Reality Fragment 160921 follows two people in their process of reality-curation, as they create their own spaces against and via understandings of distance, as they go through the motions of growing themselves by growing their universes.


XPOSED is excited to announce that Abel Rubinstein will be personally attending to present his short film ‘FUCK THE BOXES’ and to answer questions at the end of the screening.