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End of Love
Simon Chung | China | 2008 | 35mm | 95 min | cantonese | s-t.a_en

After an argument with his mother ending in her suicide, aimless but amiable Ming (Lee Chi-Kin) finds himself alone. Influenced by his roommate Cyrus, he starts taking drugs and exploring ... [+]

After an argument with his mother ending in her suicide, aimless but amiable Ming (Lee Chi-Kin) finds himself alone. Influenced by his roommate Cyrus, he starts taking drugs and exploring prostitution. His boyfriend however, the bookish and boyish Yan (Alex Wong) disapproves, and their hitherto promising partnership deteriorates. After Ming’s misadventure with poppers and Viagra, Yan has Ming committed to the New Life Christian Rehabilitation Centre. There, Ming meets the charismatic, handsome ex-heroin addict, Keung (Guthrie Yip). After Ming completes rehabilitation, he goes to live with Keung and his fun-loving femme fatale Jackie (Joman Chiang) – with unpredictable results… A film graduate from York University, Simon Chung’s sophomore film tackles drugs and prostitution, sensitive issues in his native Hong Kong. Lee Chi-Kin’s pivotal portrayal of a young man struggling with intimacy and trust, are underscored by Chung’s non-judgemental, if stark, cinematography. Like fellow citizen Hung Wing Kit (Soundless Wind Chime), he prefers the messiness of life in the margins, in a terrific year for queer Hong Kong film. [-]

wednesday 28 oct_17:00 | PGM 27 | Imperial



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Soundless Wind Chime
Hung Wing Kit | China/Switzerland | 2009 | 35mm | 110 min | german, english, mandarin & cantonese | s-t.a_en

A pick-pocket becomes a thief of hearts in the claustrophobic alleys of Hong Kong. German-Swiss Pascal (Bernhard Bulling) is the unwilling accomplice of a violent con man. Cautious and cute ... [+]

A pick-pocket becomes a thief of hearts in the claustrophobic alleys of Hong Kong. German-Swiss Pascal (Bernhard Bulling) is the unwilling accomplice of a violent con man. Cautious and cute Ricky (Lu Yulai), a recent immigrant from Beijing, lives with his aunt, a prostitute who needles her nephew tirelessly between tricks. After pinching Ricky’s wallet, Pascal then accidentally stumbles into Ricky’s place of work – where an unlikely relationship develops between them. A tragedy forces Ricky to undertake a journey to Switzerland where he attempts to reconcile loss and love; a staunch believer in reincarnation, he encounters Ueli, a dead-ringer for Pascal… Although Hung Wing Kit’s stunning debut film veers precipitously towards self-conscious artiness, and the occasional narrative omission, it poetically reconstructs the story of a rootless and rugged love between two hapless immigrants. Evoking the cinematic audacity of auteurs like Tsai Ming-Liang and Wong Kar-Wai, Soundless Wind Chime captures the intensity of young love in a bustling city, finding its true magic in love’s wake: where memory is as palpable as a steady breeze. [-]

wednesday 28 oct_19:00 | PGM 28 | Imperial
Also in this program : Frequent Traveler



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Frequent Traveler
Patricia Bateira | Portugal | 2007 | vidéo | 8 min | portugese | s.-t.a._en

A frequent traveler wants nothing more than the security control guard’s probing hands. ... [+]

A frequent traveler wants nothing more than the security control guard’s probing hands. [-]

wednesday 28 oct_19:00 | PGM 28 | Imperial
Also in this program : Soundless Wind Chime




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To Faro (Mein Freund aus Faro)
Nana Neul | Germany | 2008 | 35mm | 87 min | german | s-t.a_en

In To Faro – touted as a German Boys Don’t Cry – Mel is a gender-variant factory worker ready to leave small-town Germany and finally see the world. When plans ... [+]

In To Faro – touted as a German Boys Don’t Cry – Mel is a gender-variant factory worker ready to leave small-town Germany and finally see the world. When plans goes awry, Mel’s path leads to two hitchhikers, Jenny and Bianca, who believe Mel to be a handsome Portuguese man Miguel – sensitive but studly. Embracing the mutual attraction with spirited Jenny, Mel seizes the opportunity for reinvention. When Mel’s family increases the pressure to be more stereotypically feminine and start dating, Mel pretends a co-worker from Faro is a boyfriend. This awkward self-misrepresentation seems to appease the family just as Mel’s new relationship reaches ecstatic heights. But perhaps the ruse has its purpose: Mel is finally able to ruminate about sexuality and gender identity through the complicated world that has been created. To Faro alternates from an endearing love story to a drama about the social pressures of convention. Anjorka Strechel as Mel and Lucie Hollmann as Jenny radiate naivety and earnestness, yearning for each other with genuine wonder. Alternately bewildered, exhilarated and uncertain, they remind us what it means – and what sacrifices we make – to be young and in love. [-]

wednesday 28 oct_19:15 | PGM 29 | Goethe-Institut



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That’s Right Diana Barry – You Needed Me
Dayna McLeod | Canada | 2009 | vidéo | 7 min | english

Our silver-tongued Canadian songstress, Anne Murray’s classic meets Anne of Green Gables in this mash-up of first loves, oedipal fantasies and seductions by local performance artist, Dayna McLeod. ... [+]

Our silver-tongued Canadian songstress, Anne Murray’s classic meets Anne of Green Gables in this mash-up of first loves, oedipal fantasies and seductions by local performance artist, Dayna McLeod. [-]

wednesday 28 oct_21:00 | PGM 32 | Laika
Also in this program : Rewind (Dans le champ), NKP, Le même combat, The Girl Bunnies. Hockey, 12:12, Ceci n’est pas une drag queen



 
Rewind (Dans le champ)
Anne de Léan & Sébastien Godron | Canada | 2008 | vidéo | 3 min | french | s-t.a_en

A woman, regretting an incident between her and her neighbour, sees their relationship transformed forever. ... [+]

A woman, regretting an incident between her and her neighbour, sees their relationship transformed forever. [-]

wednesday 28 oct_21:00 | PGM 32 | Laika
Also in this program : That’s Right Diana Barry – You Needed Me, NKP, Le même combat, The Girl Bunnies. Hockey, 12:12, Ceci n’est pas une drag queen



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NKP
Epher Heilland | Canada | 2009 | vidéo | 1 min | english

A one-minute documentary portrait about a woman’s transformation into her burlesque alter-ego, Nat King Pole. ... [+]

A one-minute documentary portrait about a woman’s transformation into her burlesque alter-ego, Nat King Pole. [-]

wednesday 28 oct_21:00 | PGM 32 | Laika
Also in this program : That’s Right Diana Barry – You Needed Me, Rewind (Dans le champ), Le même combat, The Girl Bunnies. Hockey, 12:12, Ceci n’est pas une drag queen



 
Le même combat
Marik Boudreau | Canada | 2009 | vidéo | 6 min | french & english

Le même combat associates images taken during several demonstrations in Montreal and Toronto with ones taken of undergrowth. ... [+]

Le même combat associates images taken during several demonstrations in Montreal and Toronto with ones taken of undergrowth. [-]

wednesday 28 oct_21:00 | PGM 32 | Laika
Also in this program : That’s Right Diana Barry – You Needed Me, Rewind (Dans le champ), NKP, The Girl Bunnies. Hockey, 12:12, Ceci n’est pas une drag queen



 
The Girl Bunnies. Hockey
Françoise Doherty | Canada | 2009 | vidéo | 6 min | english

The second stop-motion animated adventure in the homo-girl-rabbit-world series by local filmmaker, Doherty. Coco loves hockey, but she REALLY likes hockey girl. ... [+]

The second stop-motion animated adventure in the homo-girl-rabbit-world series by local filmmaker, Doherty. Coco loves hockey, but she REALLY likes hockey girl. [-]

wednesday 28 oct_21:00 | PGM 32 | Laika
Also in this program : That’s Right Diana Barry – You Needed Me, Rewind (Dans le champ), NKP, Le même combat, 12:12, Ceci n’est pas une drag queen



 
12:12
Karina Mariano | Canada | 2009 | vidéo | 5 min | english & french

“New York, New Year’s day 2005. Super 8 images rediscovered about a broken heart long forgotten. Madrid 2009, my best friend cries in public because of a guy. No matter ... [+]

“New York, New Year’s day 2005. Super 8 images rediscovered about a broken heart long forgotten. Madrid 2009, my best friend cries in public because of a guy. No matter where or when, we are always there for each other. Friends forever through thick and thin.” K. Mariano [-]

wednesday 28 oct_21:00 | PGM 32 | Laika
Also in this program : That’s Right Diana Barry – You Needed Me, Rewind (Dans le champ), NKP, Le même combat, The Girl Bunnies. Hockey, Ceci n’est pas une drag queen



 
Ceci n’est pas une drag queen
Olivier Lessard | Canada | 2009 | vidéo | 11 min | french

“It’s all about casting,” his agent tells him. Édouard is an actor having a hard time finding his place in the acting world. In the meantime, he finds fame as ... [+]

“It’s all about casting,” his agent tells him. Édouard is an actor having a hard time finding his place in the acting world. In the meantime, he finds fame as a drag queen. Is this the road to the Oscars? [-]

wednesday 28 oct_21:00 | PGM 32 | Laika
Also in this program : That’s Right Diana Barry – You Needed Me, Rewind (Dans le champ), NKP, Le même combat, The Girl Bunnies. Hockey, 12:12




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Shank
Simon Pearce | G.B. | 2009 | 35mm | 89 min | english

18-year-old gang member Cal has little in his life but drugs, drinking, violence and a certain secret that he keeps hidden from his mates. He spends his nights scouring the ... [+]

18-year-old gang member Cal has little in his life but drugs, drinking, violence and a certain secret that he keeps hidden from his mates. He spends his nights scouring the Internet for anonymous hook-ups, recording the encounters on his cell phone. While these provide temporary relief, they do little to dampen his unspoken desires for Jonno, his straight best friend, who can’t express his own affection for Cal either. Nessa – their twisted, foul-mouthed gang leader – suspects something must be going on. Manipulating situations with brute force, Nessa sets out to confirm her suspicions and divide loyalties. When the gang randomly bashes effeminate student Olivier, Cal steps in to halt the attack. Fearing retaliation, Cal speeds off in his car after Olivier, who lets him hang out in his flat. After a sweet seduction scene, Olivier exposes Cal to a tenderness he has never known. Meanwhile, Nessa plots revenge. A brutal and utterly shocking confrontation leaves no one unscathed. 21-year-old director Pearce crafts a raw and compelling debut that defies typical coming-out film conventions. The sex is explicit, the violence is harrowing, and the young cast is utterly impressive in this gritty drama for the YouTube Generation. [-]

wednesday 28 oct_21:15 | PGM 30 | Imperial
Also in this program : Dish



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Dish
Brian Harris Krinsky | U.S.A. | 2009 | vidéo | 15 min | english

Emo kids Israel and Louie walk around their East L.A. neighbourhood dishing about their classmates. After listening to Louie’s sexual escapades, Israel decides he has some catching up to do. ... [+]

Emo kids Israel and Louie walk around their East L.A. neighbourhood dishing about their classmates. After listening to Louie’s sexual escapades, Israel decides he has some catching up to do. [-]

wednesday 28 oct_21:15 | PGM 30 | Imperial
Also in this program : Shank




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The Other Side of Istanbul
Döndü Kiliç | Germany | 2009 | vidéo | 80 min | turkish | s-t.a_en

A prospective candidate for E.U. membership, Turkey represents a complex synthesis of Eastern and Western influences; fabled and fabulous Istanbul has an international reputation for being relatively liberal. However, woolly ... [+]

A prospective candidate for E.U. membership, Turkey represents a complex synthesis of Eastern and Western influences; fabled and fabulous Istanbul has an international reputation for being relatively liberal. However, woolly laws about public conduct and morals continue to provide flimsy pretexts for limiting LGBT freedom of expression. A triple minority, anti-militarist, Kurdish and out-and-proud Mehmet Tahran fiercely defends Lambda Istanbul and himself, from legal action and well-meaning interviewers. Öykü is a daring and dynamic leader of Gökkusagi Bursa, a transsexual and transvestite lobby and support group. Distraught Mert is leaving Istanbul for the relative peace afforded by small-town living. Beginning with a clandestine get-together and ending with a resolutely defiant Pride march, moving personal accounts from those most at risk eloquently frame feminist and LGBT struggles, against non-secular trends in Turkish government and society. A sequel (of sorts) to Halbes Leben (image+nation 18), Döndü Kiliç fascinating and fresh documentary deftly uncovers the other (queer) side of Istanbul. [-]

wednesday 28 oct_21:15 | PGM 31 | Goethe-Institut