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Teddy Award-The queer films of the Berlinale 2019

In Spain was introduced in the marriage for all of 2005. Much too late for Elisa Sanchez Loriga and Marcela Gracia Ibeas, which were at the beginning of the last century, a Couple of. Hostility from their homophobic surroundings, to start, the two teachers of a Coup: Elisa disguised herself as a man and married Marcela in June, 1901, in the Galician A Coruña under the name of Mario Sánchez.

The thing flew up, the women fled to Portugal to Argentina. This story serves the Spanish Director Isabel Coixet as a template for their black-and-white Netflix-production of "Elisa y Marcela" , which runs in the competition and is sure to be a hot candidate in the race for the Teddy Award for best queer-Berlinale-Film.

last year, dominated Brazilian works, the Teddy award ceremony. And also in this time, a strong contribution from the country is "Greta" (Panorama), which is now ruled by an openly homophobic President. In the debut feature film by Armando Praça, the 70-year-old nurse Pedro is in the center, like the Spanish woman couple on inventive self-help. Because it is in a crowded hospital is no place for his kidneys to a sick neighbor, Daniela, he is secretly a wounded young man to his home and snuck in the trans woman on the Station.

Marco Nanini and Denise Weinberg in "Greta".Photo: Aline Belfort

Also in the Panorama: the hard Guatemalan Drama "Temblores" by Jayro Bustamante. The Director, who was in 2015, with his debut "Ixcanul" a guest in the Berlinale, tells the story of a two-fold father from a wealthy home, falls in love with a man. His devout family reacts to it with revulsion and rejection. She urges him to a re-education course of their Evangelical congregation. Bustamante staged in dark colors and with little prospect of a hopeful future.

A family drama about a gay man, too, is "A Dog barking at the Moon" (Panorama), the Chinese Director Zi Xiang's told her on multiple levels of time game end of story, especially from the point of view of his daughter, and his in the clutches of a sect, the sinking woman. Long static settings, which are characterised by dialogue, unfolds a touching plot, which reflects also the survival tactics of gay and lesbian people in China.

Casually queer

Strikingly often, the Queerness of the movie characters in this Berlinale is Born more of a side aspect, it is a matter of course and is not the center of the action moved. For example, the protagonist of Marie Kreutzers "The ground under the feet" (competition) is going out with a woman, and the Austrian Drama revolves primarily around her relationship to her older sister, who has severe mental problems.

Casually queer, two more Argentine Panorama-films: "Breve historia del planeta verde" Santiago Loza, a trans woman, the last will want to meet your deceased grandmother. The Alien, the old lady has her last years spent, should be returned to the place in the Argentine province of it on earth has landed. And in "Los Miembros de la Familia" by Mateo Bendesky, the gays Lucas and his sister, Gilda, her mother pay their respects, by dragging for some time in their house in a small town near the Atlantic coast.

Mavie Hörbiger and Valerie Pachner in "The ground under the feet".Photo: Juhani Zebra / Novotny film


The perspective of the German cinema, through its opening film "Easy Love" by Tamer Jandali, in the seven men and women between the ages of 25 and 45 explore your desires, as well as by Thomas Moritz helm's Berlin's love triangle "Today or tomorrow" also homo - and bisexual constellations in the rainbow-Mix of the Berlinale programme. A completely gender-queer polyamourösen roundabout, the Forum presents with "pretty" of Jessie Jeffrey Dunn Rovinelli. Inspired to read by Roland M. Schernikaus West - Berlin-novel "beautiful" from the several passages, throws the experimentally-personal factory dash lights on a hip New York-based Queer-WG. The young beautiful people are observed to make the food, Sex, and Party.

Restored Aids Drama

A glance in the past, the anniversary program Panorama 40, has selected the former head of section, and the Teddy-inventor Wieland Speck with his longtime collaborator Andreas Struck throws. Because the Panorama has placed from the beginning a focus on Queer, reflected also in the small Retro, which consists of nine feature films, three Essay-documents, as well as eleven short films.

So, for example, the just-restored Aids Drama Buddies (1985) by Arthur J. Bressan Jr. shown, as well as Ilppo Pohjola's 55-minute documentary, "Daddy and the Muscle Academy" (1991), an approach to the legendary artist Tom of Finland, and the short film "Max" (1992) about a trans man by Monika Treut. The Hamburg-based Director has received for "Gendernauts" in 1999, a Teddy, and has been awarded two years ago, with the Special Teddy. This year, the Berlin-based theatre maker Falk Richter gets to him. So it's good that the Teddy Gala takes place followed by a Party at the volksbühne.

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