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

1:45pm: XPOSED SHORTS 6 – Celebrating Wicked Beauty

SUNDAY 12/05/19, 13:45 Moviemento

Celebrating Wicked Beauty
Strong characters, standing the line, holding the front and breaking down barriers. As we firmly watch in horror as a secret is about to be exposed, we bare witness to the power that comes from owning and controlling the narrative. Freeing yourself to be who you are, to explain what you do, to tell your story resonates through all of these films, that bring the power back to the self and not apologize in any way or form for being ourselves.


LET ME DANCE (Laissez-Moi Danser)
Valérie Leroy 2017 France 17′

Mylène, 45 years old is a cleaning maid on a ferry boat. Tonight her colleagues are organizing a surprise party for her birthday. But on the gift voucher, Mylène reads her old name, a name that she doesn’t’ want to see anymore, her male name. Who wants to blackmail her? Whereas the party will increase the claims of those exploited women, Mylène will have to investigate…


Anna Brownfield 2018 Australia 7′

As a backlash to the politically correct 1980s lesbian movement, Jasper (Francine) Laybutt and Lisa started Wicked Women magazine in 1988, challenging the ideas of lesbian sex. Using playful images and text, Wicked Women wasn’t just pornography but explored sexual pleasure in all its forms including S&M. Due to its controversial nature, they relied heavily on fundraising events. The most infamous being the “Ms Wicked Competition” where women stripped and performed acts for an all-female audience. In 1994 Lisa and Jasper stepped back from the front line of editing and in 1996 Wicked Women ceased publication with 28 issues.”


Manuel Abramovich 2019 Argentina/Germany 19′

What are you up to tonight? Do you want me? We could have fun together…
Seven Romanian male-to-male sex workers in Berlin have their portraits taken as they listen and react to recordings of their own experiences. By turning the process of exploitation into a spectacle, the camera becomes a client highlighting the inevitable performativity of such power relations.

XPOSED is excited to announce that Manuel Abramovich will be personally attending to present his film and to answer questions at the end of the screening.


Tina Takemoto 2018 USA 6′

Inspired by pre-WWII cannery workers in California, On the Line offers a queer meditation on the Japanese American women who cleaned the tuna, worked the assembly line, and found same-sex intimacy amid sake and fish guts while the men were off to sea.

Miguel Nunes 2018 Portugal 25′

Lisbon, after another blistering summer, Miguel finds himself in a deep jadedness. When an improvised party erupts at his apartment awakening the memory of a passion.

XPOSED is excited to announce that Miguel Nunes will be personally attending to present his film and to answer questions at the end of the screening.


Adrian Garcia Gomez 2018 USA 10′ 

La Mesa explores the intersections of memory, identity and queer desire. Stories of a childhood in rural Mexico as told by the filmmaker’s father are interwoven with queered reenactments featuring the filmmaker as the romantic lead opposite the male actors of the old Mexican films and American Westerns from his childhood.


Christina Willings 2018 Canada 24′

In a world of fixed positions and prescribed roles, expanding the definition of gender requires the courage to dive deep into understanding and acceptance. Christina Willings’ documentary Beauty explores the lives of five gender-creative kids, each uniquely engaged in shaping their ideas of what it means to be fully human. Claiming your own sense of gender when everything around you insists that you comply and conform can be challenging, and sometimes scary. But luckily, family and friends are there to help.

Free-flowing animated elements, ranging from images of octopuses to astronauts, draw together the kids’ shared experiences in beautifully rendered fantasias that celebrate the power of imagination and the flourishing force of self-determination. Playful, goofy, loving and brave—each of these remarkable kids has found their own way to break free and show the world what it really means to be your true self.