TEDDY AWARD WINNER 2013

         

That was the Teddy Award 2013


Here you find all information, gala clips and interviews with this year's TEDDY AWARD winners as well as clips from the grand Gala which took place on February 15th in The Station Berlin.

 


Best Feature Film: W imiĘ... (In the name of...)


Statement:

Malgoska Szumowska's visually powerful film W IMIĘ... (IN THE NAME OF...) from the Berlinale section Competition dares to challenge the stereotypes of homosexuality versus religion with a personal story told in a deeply humane way.

 

Adam is a Catholic priest who discovered his calling as a servant of God at the relatively late age of 21. He now lives in a village in rural Poland where he works with teenagers with behavioural problems who fight and yell abuse. He declines the advances of a young blonde named Ewa, saying he is already spoken for. However, celibacy is not the only reason for his rejection. Adam knows that he desires men and that his embrace of the priesthood has been a flight from his own sexuality. When he eventually meets Lukasz, the strange and taciturn son of a simple rural family, Adam's self-imposed abstinence becomes a heavy burden.

Malgoska Szumowska’s visually powerful film W IMIĘ... (IN THE NAME OF...), charged with striking imagery from Christ’s Passion, dares to broach the still taboo topic of homosexuality in the priesthood. Confronted with his ‘forbidden’ desires, her protagonist experiences both moments of bliss and utter despair. A film about confused emotions, repression and loneliness – and the possibility of perhaps finding oneself after all.


Best Documentary/Essay: Bambi


Statement:

A beautiful portrait of a woman's journey of constant transformation, director Sébastien Lifshitz captures our hearts with precious footage depicting the Pre-LGBT movement era, demonstrating that BAMBI is an inspiration for all generations.

 

Bambi was born Jean-Pierre Pruvot in a tiny Algerian village in 1935. Even as a child, she refused to meet the expectations of her extended family, choosing instead to find a way to become the woman she always knew herself to be. A Cabaret Carrousel de Paris performance in Algiers in the 1950s proved to be all the encouragement she needed to emigrate to the French capital, assume the stage name of BAMBI and lead the life she longed for on the music-hall stages.

Jean-Pierre, known since then as Marie-Pierre, is now 77 years old. Hers is a story of deep-seated confusion, painful rejection and impassioned courage. An impressive collage of photographs and chansons, archive footage, excerpts from feature films, Super-8 clips and visits to the places of her childhood provides a sensitive chronicle of her liberating transformation into a radiant transsexual woman. Stops along the way include her first love, her friendship with fellow artiste Coccinelle, her experiments with hormones, her rivals and scandals, the story of how she became a writer – and her surprising encounter with the love of her life.


Best Short Film: TA AV MIG (UNDRESS ME)


Statement:

For its depiction of a strong woman facing traditional ways of sexism with dignity and grace, and the honest and accurate performance of the lead actress, the TEDDY Award for the Best Short goes to TA AV MIG (UNDRESS ME).

 

TA AV MIG (UNDRESS ME): Night. Two people. Above all else, their attraction forone another is palpable. Their attraction and their desire to kiss, and more.
"You're the first who is taller than me and who has a deeper voice." I had an operation, three years ago. After his initial shock, curiosity gets the better of him. He wants to touch her but she withdraws. Desire will always find a way. But who is creating who, and what will remain?


Special Jury Award: Concussion


Statement:

Surpassing moral judgment, CONCUSSION endorses the value of a modern gay family, as well as releases the individual from conventional expectations.

 

CONCUSSION: 42-year-old Abby is married, well-heeled and a lesbian. She and her wife have two children – they are the perfect family. Then one day she sustains a head injury from a baseball whilst playing with her children and, all at once, her neatly arranged balance of gym, school, family and housework goes awry: "I don't want this!" is her desperate mantra as she is taken to hospital. She embarks upon a renovation project in the nearby city and, before long, puts both her tidy suburban home and her preordained existence behind her. After twice having sex with prostitutes she too begins working – servicing women only, of course – for probably the most unlikely madam in cinema history.

Welcome to new New Queer Cinema where the women are getting older and the topics more grown-up and less cluttered – or perhaps not? Stacie Passon’s first full-length feature is produced by Rose Troche, director of GO FISH, a lesbian classic which won the 1994 TEDDY Award.


Siegessäule Reader's Award/Else: W ImiĘ... (In The Name of...)


Statement:

A film, which tells authentically about a taboo, and at the same time a demand to the Catholic Church to finally acknowledge their gay priests.

 

Adam is a Catholic priest who discovered his calling as a servant of God at the relatively late age of 21. He now lives in a village in rural Poland where he works with teenagers with behavioural problems who fight and yell abuse. He declines the advances of a young blonde named Ewa, saying he is already spoken for. However, celibacy is not the only reason for his rejection. Adam knows that he desires men and that his embrace of the priesthood has been a flight from his own sexuality. When he eventually meets Lukasz, the strange and taciturn son of a simple rural family, Adam's self-imposed abstinence becomes a heavy burden.

Malgoska Szumowska’s visually powerful film W IMIĘ... (IN THE NAME OF...), charged with striking imagery from Christ’s Passion, dares to broach the still taboo topic of homosexuality in the priesthood. Confronted with his ‘forbidden’ desires, her protagonist experiences both moments of bliss and utter despair. A film about confused emotions, repression and loneliness – and the possibility of perhaps finding oneself after all.

 

 

 

 


Spezial Teddy Award 2013 - STEPS for the future


This year’s Special TEDDY AWARD will be awarded to the South-African project “STEPS for the Future”. With this special prize, which is given away by the TEDDY AWARD in cooperation with Berliner Aidshilfe e.V., we assign a film project, which in an outstanding way stands up for HIV awareness and therefore for education about and awareness of this infectious disease in public.

„STEPS for the Future“ fights for the inclusion of people with HIV in society and against discrimination and stigmatization.


         

 

TEDDY AWARD 2013 - JURY


Benoit Arnulf

 

Benoît Arnulf is the founder of the Nice LGBTI Film Festival „D’un genre à l’autre“ and of the Film Festival „In&Out“, for which he also serves as the artistic director. He studied History and Comparative Cultural Studies and he fights for LGBTI-rights in several associations.

 

Interview Benoit Arnulf

 

Dilcia Barrera

Dilcia Barrera is a film programmer for AFI FEST, The American Film Institute's annual celebration of international cinema from modern masters and emerging filmmakers. Additionally, she works as an associate programmer for The Philadelphia Film Festival and a screener for the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program and Fund. Prior to being a programmer, she gained experience working in various film festivals including Sundance Film Festival, Outfest Film Festival and The Los Angeles Film Festival.

Interview Dilcia Barrera

 
 

Gerjo Pérez Meliá

                             

Gerjo Pérez Meliá is the director of the International Lesbian, Gay and Transsexual Film Festival of Madrid “LesGaiCinemad”. He was one of the creators of the CineLGBTI Network, a large network of cooperation and culture which comes through its member festivals to over 40 Latin American cities in 17 countries and has 55,000 viewers annually. He has been part of several International Film Festivals juries and has also lectured at numerous conferences, courses and seminars in Spain and Latin America.

 

Interview Gerjo Pérez Meliá

   

Johanna Hakanen

Interview Johanna Hakanen

 

Johanna Hakanen works at the Finnish LGBTI Film Festival Vinokino, Finland's only festival that screens only gender and sexual minority films. She has been working there as a programmer since 2006. 2013 will be Vinokino's 22nd year. She also arranges the program for Helsinki Pride's film events. Hakanen studied business and cultural management and works as a freelance-producer.

 

Katja Briesemeister

 

Katja Briesemeister is a program coordinator at the International Queer Film Festival “Lesbisch Schwule Filmtage Hamburg | International Queer Film Festival” since 2009. After she studied Social Sience she graduated in Visual Communications (focused on film) at the University of Visual Arts Hamburg. Briesemeister lives und works in Hamburg.

Interview Katja Briesemeister

 
   

Ljosha Chashchyn

Interview Ljosha Chashchyn

 

Ljosha Chashchyn joined „Molodist” the Kyiv International Film Festival as an assistant of the festival director Andriy Khalpakhchi and the foreign press coordinator in 2006. In 2007 he became the coordinator of “Sunny Bunny” – the festival’s queer film program and Ukraine’s main LGBT cultural event. He is currently involved in TV producing and organizing “Sunny Bunny 2013” that will take place in Kyiv on October 19-27.

 

Martha Arredondo

 

Martha Arredondo is a member of the organizing committee of the LGBT Film Festival in the Dominican Republic: “The Santo Domingo OutFest”. Furthermore she works for radio programs dedicated to movies and critics and she writes for the FILMMAKER magazine, which is the only magazine for cinema in the Dominican Republic. Besides she is consistently part of several juries amongst others of the LGBT Film Festival in Madrid 2011 and short film festivals in the Dominican Republic.

 

Interview Martha Arrendondo

   

Pavel Cortes

Interview Pavel Cortes

 

Pavel Cortes is the director and program manager of “Premio Maguey”, the first Queer Award of the Guadalajara International Film Festival in México. Graduated in Audiovisual Arts, he is currently working on his Master’s degree in Cinematographic Studies with a specialization in Screenwriting. For the past seven years, he has been working as a producer and director for independent documentaries, which have been screened internationally.

 

Sophie Shu-Yi Lin

 

 

Sophie Shu-Yi Lin is a long time participant in the women’s rights movement and women’s cinema in Taiwan. She is also a board member of Taiwan’s Women Make Waves Film Festival since 1997, for which she accounted as the festival director/ programmer in the years 1998-99 and 2007-12. Lin also worked as guest programmer for different festivals including the Beijing Queer Film Festival and the Kaohsiung International Film Festival. She is now a PhD candidate at King’s College London.

Interview Sophie Shu-Yi Lin                                      
                                             


 
 
 



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