Queer in your face with NO apologies. These are declarations: bold gestures, attestations and political actions in very powerful forms.
MEHRDAD HASANI | IRAN | 2022 | 17 MIN | FARSI S.-T.EN.
Nine year-old effeminate Shahrokh, humiliated and pushed away by his family and friends, makes up his mind to embrace his new identity and comes out to the people of his village. After a variety of hardships, Shahrokh, dressed in girl’s clothes, shows up in the class before his classmates.
ARTUR WYRZYKOWSKI | POLAND | 2022 | 22 MIN | POLISH S.-T.EN.
31-year- old Berka is the most pathetic person ever. Hiding under layers of clothing, she dreams of staying under a table forever. Unable to cope with a breakup, she lives in a fantasy that her beloved Olga will return to her. When Berka’s dad urges her to come home for an unburial, she must confront him, a City Hall expert with his activation programme for Millennials AND her ex. Through all of this, Berka has to try to not kill herself.
HARUN GÜLER | GERMANY | 2022 | 7 MIN | GERMAN S.-T.EN.
Treading the line between narrative and reality In Limbo plays with subversion through a series of intimate vignettes of taboo-breaking personalities from Istanbul free from clichés and expectations.
MIKKO MÄKELÄ | FINLAND | 2022 | 15 MIN | FINNISH S.-T.EN.
On furlough from his military service, Niko pays his estranged father a visit. Can old wounds heal?
NAKED MEN IN THE WOODS (NACKTE MÄNNER IM WALD)
PAUL PLOBERGER | GERMANY | 2022 | 30 MIN | GERMAN S.-T.EN.
A complicated marriage: she has a tumor, he is gay, both of them are keeping it a secret. When their only daughter moves out, he is ready to come out. But that is not going to happen. He arranges a date for a bizarre role-play and she is spying on him, firmly believing that he is having an affair with a younger woman. The chase is on.