Saturday 09.02.2013


Jean Marais

Two men united in emotional tenderness - on first sight. But what we see is one man and his face in a mirror. What we see is Jean Marais in Jean Cocteau's ORPHÉE while caressing his own image. A man in honest love with his own image in the mirror, with himself. A scene of mirrir narcism and homo-autoerotic. A key scene of cinema, memorized in picture canon, quoted numerous times in various movies. This picture is this year's TEDDY poster, which was designed by the Berliner artist Rinaldo Hopf. It is representing the Queer Family, our album of forebears of homo-, bi- and intersexual as well as trans* people. This album will never be ended, but will also be continued today with stories and imagines of poetical love in Brazil, self finding in Taiwan, longing in Africa and loneliness in Israel.

Furthermore we have this year's first TEDDY interviews with the makers of the films DESHORA and NAKED OPERA.


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.

Haus der Berliner Festspiele, 9.15 am

Friedrichstadt Palast, 9.30 am

Kino International, 10:30 pm




Dance, dance otherwise we are lost


In early 1930s Berlin, aspiring writer Brian Roberts falls in love with honky-tonk singer Sally Bowles. The ex-pat American with her zest for life takes the uptight British academic on a merry tour of the nightlife of a capital city already abounding with the aggressive presence of the Nazis.

This film version of the Broadway musical won eight Oscars. Based on Christopher Isherwood’s "Berlin Stories", CABARET's portrayal of a disreputable, promiscuous and decadent milieu was to set the international style for depictions of pre-war Berlin.

Kino International, 11.00 am

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.

Colosseum 1, 1.00 pm

CinemaxX 1, 8.30 pm


Don Giovanni di Lëtzebuerg



Marc is a wealthy but critically ill man who is living life to the full one final time. Alongside his ordered existence as a human resources manager in Luxembourg he enjoys a bacchanalic life with young male 'companions' in the luxury hotels of major cities whose opera houses happen to be playing Mozart’s 'Don Giovanni'.

Filmmaker Angela Christlieb displays in NAKED OPERA a sense of the bizarre in the intimate portrait of a man who in spite of, or perhaps because of his contradictions, comes across as endearing and vulnerable. The filmmaker’s palpable presence behind the camera develops along the way into one of the documentary filmmaking's central themes: the relationship between director and protagonist.

Colosseum 1, 3.30 Uhr

One small step for a woman, but a giant leap for wo-man-kind

It is 1951. New York poet Elizabeth Bishop is looking for new inspiration for her work. She travels to Rio de Janeiro to visit Mary, a college friend. She is the antithesis to Mary’s dashing partner, architect Lota de Macedo Soares. Although frosty at first, the architect soon makes a play for Elizabeth. Mary is jealous, but unconventional Lota is determined to have both women at all costs.

The ménage à trois in REACHING FOR THE MOON is thrown off balance when Lota starts work on her biggest project to date, designing Parque do Flamengo in Rio. Elizabeth accepts an academic teaching post in the USA and the women drift apart. Lota, at all other times brimming with self-confidence, is inconsolable.

Bishop’s moving poems are at the core of a film which lushly illustrates a crucial phase in the life of this influential Pulitzer prize-winning poet.

Cubix 9, 5.00 pm



Peter, Paul and Eva

Eva and her grandfather can’t pay their rent and end up homeless. A thief fleeing capture forces Eva to switch clothes with him. Now posing as a boy and calling herself Peter, Eva ends up in court after a traffic accident. The accident’s victim is the doctor Robert Bandler, who feels sorry for Peter/Eva and arranges a job for her. But she is attracted to Robert. Since he thinks she’s a boy, numerous complications ensue …

PETER is a case of a recognized mode of social criticism in exile – the depression-era comedy. And with the comedic element of two gentlemen in tails kissing each other pushing the sexual ambiguity to new heights, it is a direct precursor to the cross-dressing comedies.

CinemaxX 8, 7.00 pm

Amélie from Taiwan


Introverted Weichung has been married to Feng for nine years. They have one son together, and Feng would like to have another child with him. One day Stephen, an old friend who now organises weddings, appears and encourages Weichung to return to the gay life he had previously. Anxious not to lose his wife, Weichung tentatively begins seeing a flight attendant behind Feng’s back.

Chen Arvin's charming film WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME TOMORROW? brings classical approaches to partnerships into playful disarray. He comically opens up the borders of the nuclear family, integrating it into a diverse community which manages to strike a balance between independence and the forming of bonds, friendship and sexual fulfilment.

CineStar Even, 19.30 Uhr


I do it my way


Like everywhere else in the world, gays and lesbians in Cameroon seek refuge in the city. The two young gay men in this film are crazy about Rihanna and Lady Gaga, who has been a gay icon since her hit song ‘Born this way’. But the tolerance Lady Gaga sings about is just a dream for them. In their country, homosexual relations are subject to punishment of up to five years in prison, and it is almost impossible to come out to your own family.

The filmmakers’ unobtrusive proximity to their protagonists has yielded conversations in which their interlocutors discuss their longing for a love life they are forbidden to have. After CALL ME KUCHU, which documented the situation for homosexuals in Uganda and won a TEDDY AWARD in 2012, BORN THIS WAY makes it clear that the worldwide struggle for tolerance and equality still has a long way to go.

CineStar 7, 14.30 Uhr

Views in the Mirror

In DESHORA heavy clouds hang over the tobacco fields in the mountainous jungle of north western Argentina. Here, far from the big city, live Ernesto and Helena. One day, Helena’s cousin Joaquin arrives. Although they all keep to themselves, the young man’s presence bringslife to their marriage. Although Helena rebuffs Joaquin’s advances, she develops a desire for the youngman's physicality which she secretly nurtures. Meanwhile, Joaquin and Ernesto explore the wilderness around them, all the time growing closer to each other than they would care to admit. They all deny their emotions and the physical attraction they feel for each other. But unfulfilled passions find unpredictable ways of getting what they want.

CinemaxX 7, 9.30 pm

Interview DESHORA


Just a quick call




BESHIVHEY HAYOM (IN THE PRAISE OF THE DAY): Friday afternoon in a park in Jerusalem. Shabbat is about to begin and people are making their final preparations. The park is almost empty – apart from the gay cruising scene. A young man, Oren, needs to make a phone call, but he hasn’t got a mobile with him. Then his lover appears; this is the man he really wants. The two go to his apartment where Oren again tries to make his phone call, this time with success. Their passion is delayed by his phone call, but not prevented.

CinemaxX 3, 10.00 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.

CineStar 3, 10.45 pm






Propaganda Party

Tonight from 11 pm until the early hours of the morning the TEDDY SPECIAL Propaganda Party will take place in Goya. Dance beats and world hits will make the masses move on the floor. And for invited guests there will be the Special Teddy Lounge. Don't miss it!

Goya, Nollendorfplatz 5, 10777 Berlin

Doors 23.00 pm

U1, U2, U3, U4 Haltestelle Nollendorfplatz


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