Friday 08.02.2013


We are family

Family can be hell, on christmas, eastern and the birthday of the parents (in law). You know them far too long, in the worst case from the cradle to the grave, everyone has their particular role on most of the time you don't get out of it alive. But family can also be the safety net, which cases you when you fall, gives you love, hope and self esteem - the feeling of being home. But what is family actually? Only the blood relatives? But what about people who married into the family? Adopted children? The best friens? - And what about your family in mind, the queer family? Aren't we also family?

Todays filmmakers, actors and actresses and ficticious characters belong defnitely to our queer family, showing family problems in the country side, policemen between marriage and desire as well as Berlin partypeople.

Furthermore you should not miss out on the oficial welcoming of the TEDDY Jury in Schwuz tonight!

The father, the son and the holy ghost

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.

Berlinale Palast, 4.00 pm



Be who you are




Goca is a transvestite in Belgrade, the capital city of a country where organising or partcipating in a gay pride parade is forbidden. She is raising a daughter who is really her niece. Although her eighteen-year-old boyfriend steals the money she risks life and limb to earn as a sex worker, Goca still loves him and manages to retain her sunny, open-minded nature.

On her thirty-ninth birthday she decides to celebrate her coming out on stage in front of a live audience. And so she tells them the story of her life: “JA KADA SAM BILA KLINAC, BILA SAM KLINKA. (WHEN I WAS A BOY, I WAS A GIRL.)

CinemaxX 5, 16.00 Uhr

Love in the country side

In BOVEN IS HET STILL (IT'S ALL SO QUIET) Helmer is 55 and a bachelor. He tends a remote farm and looks after his ailing father. Theirs is a brittle, tight-lipped relationship. When his father moves ever clother towards the grave, Helmer shifts him upstairs. He paints his late brother’s room and moves in Henk, an eighteen-year-old farmhand. These steps are all undertaken to make a stand against his father. But his father’s unfulfilled expectations continue to hinder Helmer’s emotional well-being. Henk, however, responds to Helmer’s clouded feelings with fond openness. And the milk truck driver can’t seem to forget Helmer either.

In her latest film, Nanouk Leopold weaves soberly observational but impressive images into a persistently quiet atmosphere that illuminates her protagonist’s emotional world and his breakthrough into a new self-confidence.

Friedrichstadt-Palast, 6.00 pm



Immigration to Austria



An Austrian woman has been forced to live alone with her children ever since her husband Karamo was deported to Africa. Others talk of the long wait for residence permits, of struggles with forms and offices, of German courses, income statements and domestic spot checks by the police which infer that their marriage is a sham.

The complicated, state regulated reality experienced by various bi-national couples forms the basis for the formally unusual political documentary DIE 727 TAGE OHNE KARAMO (THE 727 DAYS WITHOUT KARAMO).  With the colour yellow serving as a linking mechanism, the various personal contributions form themselves into a fluid documentary account of the confrontation between love and restrictive immigration law. It is a story of madness with method.

CinemaxX, 19.30 Uhr

Stop! In the name of love


Marc is shaken to the core when he meets a fellow police officer, Kay (Max Riemelt), on a training course and begins to develop feelings for him. When Kay asks to be transferred to Marc’s unit, his well-arranged life begins to sink into chaos. Torn between his love for his pregnant girlfriend Bettina and the rush of a completely new experience, his life begins to spin increasingly out of control. He soon finds himself increasingly estranged from his family, but running away with Kay is not an option.

When Kay one day disappears without warning or leaving an address, it dawns on Marc that his absence has ripped a gaping hole in his life. With his life in FREE FALL, Marc can no longer satisfy everyone's expectations - least of all his own.

CinemaxX 3, 7.30 pm


Unmade beds




In CHEMI SABNIS NAKETSI (A FOLD IN MY BLANKET) Dimitrij loves going off on solo climbing expeditions. He'll do anything to escape the gruellingly surreal conformity of the small Georgian town he lives in and the monotony of the courthouse where he works. One day, a stranger named Andrej turns up and Dimitrij convinces him to accompany him on his climbing expeditions. He pulls Andrei ever closer into his world, determined to befriend him. But then Andrej disappears. Dimitrij believes all is lost before his imagination persuades him to pursue a series of mysterious leads.

Zaza Rusadze’s film is an oppressively atmospheric portrait of a small town community caught up in the treadmill of habit. With magical images illustrating the central character's vivid imagination, this assured work casually reveals the protagonist’s emotional world.

CineStar 3, 8.15 pm


In LOSE YOUR HEAD Luis leaves his partner and flies to Berlin from Spain for a weekend of lighthearted partying. He meets Viktor, a mysterious man who holds a fascinating, disconcerting attraction. Shortly afterwards, Luis is confused with a missing Greek named Dimitri. Although Dimitri is Viktor’s ex-partner, Viktor has no explanation for his disappearance. Plagued by nagging suspicions, Luis nonetheless becomes further entangled in Viktor’s capricious and powerful aura of control and submission. This draws him into a quagmire of mysterious signs and dangers.

Stefan Westerwelle, whose movie DETLEF competed for a TEDDY AWARD last year, creates heavy, trance-like images of a multinational, sleepless Berlin, an electrifying, feverish daydream-cum-trip which evokes insatiable desires.

CinemaxX 7, 9.30 pm









In her previous work, underground artist Beth B has often addressed such topics as sexual repression and boundary transgression. In EXPOSED, she leads us through New York’s 21st century underground where classic burlesque is being radically redefined and deeper meanings are teased out in a humorous and sometimes shocking way. From its founder James Habacker, we learn about the birthplace of neo-burlesque at the Slipper Room, one of the few remaining subversive venues on the Lower East Side

The film’s mixture of exclusive footage of live performances and intimate backstage interviews reveals a hidden world, in which the pleasures of exhibiting and of transgressing sexual and gender boundaries are celebrated, and war is declared on society's norms.

CineStar Event, 10.00 pm



Tonight the official welcoming of this year's TEDDY Jury will take place. The members of the Jury from four differents continents will be presented at Schwuz tonight. Afterwards Gloria Viagra will host her famous Partysane Party and start the party groove for this year's TEDDY AWARD: Disko Disko Partizani!

SchwuZ, Mehringdamm 61, 10961 Berlin

Doors 11.00 pm

U6, U7, Mehringdamm

Another brick in the wall


Today the exhibition by Steve McQueen by opens in the Galery xavierlaboulbenne.

A must see!



Schönleinstr. 5, Hof 1, Etage 1, 10967 Berlin


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