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FUTUR/E/S QUEER UTOPIAS

Let’s imagine a queer utopia! These are poignant predictions of futur/e queer spaces and future-casting queer stories that envoke both hope and caution.

HEKADEMIA
GLORIA MERCER | CANADA | 2020 | 16 MIN | ENGLISH

In the near future, cities are crowded, nature is sparse, and children attend school in hyper-realistic virtual reality. Marion, a teenage girl escaping a stifling home life, falls in love with another student, but can’t be sure if her feelings are real or if this is part of the simulation.

OCTAVIA’S VISIONS
ZARA ZANDIEH | GERMAN | 2021 | 18 MIN | GERMAN & ENGLISH S.-T. EN.

Octavia’s Visions is inspired by the Parables of the African-American futurist, author Octavia E. Butler, who died in 2006. Using poetic visual language, Octavia’s Visions interweaves Butler’s worlds with contemporary issues of environmental degradation, far right extremism, and social liberation. A poetic piece expressing a queer utopian imaginary; a longing to create out of the old something new.

ARE YOU STILL WATCHING?
ALEX CARDY, TALI POLICHTUK & KITTY CHRYSTAL | AUSTRALIA | 2021 | 6 MIN | ENGLISH

Are You Still Watching? explores the emancipatory power of the queer imagination, combining erotic fan fiction tropes, magical realism and a firm camp sensibility.

RED STRING OF FATE (UNMEI NO AKAI ITO)
LOVINA YAVARI & LANCE FERNANDES | CANADA | 2021 | 10 MIN | ENGLISH

In the year 2090, a robotics engineer tries to bring her fallen lover back to life.

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ESCAPING THE FRAGILE PLANET (ΑΠΟΔΡΑΣΗ ΑΠΟ ΤΟΝ ΕΥΘΡΑΥΣΤΟ ΠΛΑΝΗΤΗ)
THANASIS TSIMPINIS | GREECE | 2020 | 17 MIN | GREEK S.-T.EN.

A few hours before the world ends, two men have an unexpected encounter, while a strange pink fog is spreading throughout the city. Their romantic affair will only last for a day. But in a broken world filled with fear, sharing a few intimate moments seems to be enough for them to feel safe, against the upcoming end.

VENUS RETROGRADE
VALENTIN NOUJAÏM & NICOLAS MEDY | FRANCE | 2021 | 5 MIN |  FRENCH S.-T.EN.

Midnight sharp. Two radio journalists host a dull cultural program. Lights are switched off. A female gang invades the studio to broadcast a message: “One, two… One, two… This is a coup!”

Q+A / RED STRING OF FATE

Meet the team of the short RED STRING OF FATE. A time travel to the future and to their universe. A fantastic and insightful talk about their work, the why, the how and more.