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Format: 02/26/2017

A Night In Tokoriki

A rousinng provincial birthday party endsin a horse carriage on its way into the night.

Roxana Stroe

Romania, 2016

18 min.

No dialogue

Short film

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Arianna

Arianna’s sense of being out of place boils over when she and her parents return to her childhood town. Arianna’s concerns about her gynaecologist, a family friend, and not yet having had her period at age twenty are met with vague dismissal by her parents. Searching for self-understanding leads to sexual experimentation and she meets a medical system full of rigid ideas about male and female. This poetic film protrays a young person navigating stigmas, medical pathologisation, and familial shame entwined with being intersex.

Carlo Lavagna

Italy, 2015

84 min.

Italian with English subtitles


#europe #family #gender #liliaward #youth

Feature film

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AWOL

Joey lives a quiet life in a small Pennsylvanian town where she works at an ice cream stand and just waits for life to happen. She pursues a military career but meets the somewhat older Rayna along the way and falls in love. To complicate matters, Rayna is married to a long haul trucker and has two kids, so she comes with baggage. As Joey gets more and more involved with Rayna, she struggles to judge her own decisions. 'AWOL' builds from the director’s award-winning short film and is an entertaining drama with an interesting depiction of rural life in America.

Deb Shoval

USA, 2016

85 min.

English without subtitles


#classclash #internalisedphobias #lesbian #love #noncismaledirector #northamerica

Feature film

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Barash

The first love is always the strongest - emotions will confuse, intensify, and pacify, and that is exactly what happens for 17-year-old Naama Barash, who falls deeply for the new girl at school, turning her life upside down. The film’s style and soundtrack is refreshing, and although the story is familar, the characters keep us engaged. The conflicted society, family drama, the girls' experimentation with alcohol and drugs all contribute to the narrative, but it’s the intense attraction between the two main characters that carries the film and captures the audience.

Michal Vinik

Israel, 2015

81 min.

Hebrew/Arabic with English subtitles


#generationgap #lesbian #love #middleeast #noncismaledirector #youth

Feature film

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Bare

Fans of the TV series 'Glee' will be delighted to see Dianna Agron from the series develop in this soft-erotic film where, in the role of Sarah Barton, she goes from naive country girl to stripper. Sarah lives in a small town in Nevada without any prospects, but when the mysterious and strange woman Pepper (played by the always amazing Paz de la Huerta) comes to town, Sarah is drawn to her and leaves her boyfriend to go with Pepper, pursuing a new and better life. She gets drawn into the world of sex and drugs in this visually engaging coming-of-age story.

Natalia Leite

USA, 2015

90 min.

English without subtitles


#celebrity #identitycrisis #lesbian #northamerica #sexwork

Feature film

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Check It

Fed up with being pushed around, a group of queer teens of colour form a gang and fight back on the brutal streets of Washington, D.C. Their gang, ‘Check It’, is a group of one-time victims of bullying, rape, and abuse turning the tables on anyone trying to hurt them. The group formed to provide safety for its members and let people know that if they jump a queer kid, they may get beaten into a coma. This raw and intimate portrait is a moving story of empowerment and a provocative exploration of class, marginalisation, and gang violence where fashion and community are the way out.

Dana Flor & Toby Oppenheimer

USA, 2016

90 min.

English without subtitles


#fighter #homophobia #liliaward #noncismaledirector #northamerica #POC #queer

Documentary

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Closet Monster

In his fickle teenage world, artistic and sexually frustrated outsider Oscar Madly dreams himself away from his terminally ill hometown and life with emotionally unstable father. His hamster, voiced by Isabella Rossellini, talks to him when his anxiety takes a physical form. The point of no return in more madness occurs for Oscar when he falls in love with a mysterious and exciting guy at work, and he decides to finally figure out the real world around him. Warped, grotesque humour and horror, mixed with strong realism in an emotional thriller of the wildest kind!

Stephen Dunn

Canada, 2016

90 min.

English without subtitles


#comingout #gay #homophobia #identitycrisis #northamerica #youth

Feature film

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Danish Delights

We are proud to present another unique Danish short film programme. This year's five films tackle issues such as cultural differences, understanding gender, asexuality, identity, age, and sibling relationships. The stories are compelling and the filmmaking level is high, so join us in the dark and see what’s happening in the Danish short film scene when we (de)light up the screen with five solid, sincere, and cinematic narratives.

Short film

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Departure

An English family prepares to sell off their holiday home in the South of France. Over the course of a week, the teenage son, Elliot, wrestles with his burgeoning sexuality while his mother, Beatrice, confronts the end of her marriage to Eliot's father, who harbours a secret of his own. When an enigmatic local boy quietly enters their lives, mother and son are forced to confront each other and their awakening desires. Touched by myth and landscape, 'Departure' narrates the end of a marriage, the end of childhood, and the end of an otherwise well-functioning middle class, nuclear family.

Andrew Steggall

UK/France, 2015

109 min.

English without subtitles


#celebrity #comingout #europe #gay #internalisedphobias #love

Feature film

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Don't Call Me Son (Mae Só Há Uma)

“Do you think I chose to be stolen twice?!” 17-year old Pierre is frustrated when it dawns on him that his mother in fact stole him as a child. His biological parents now want to integrate him into their family, calling him Felipe and generally disapproving of his queer rock star style. The consequences of his ‘illegitimate’ mother’s action are seeming more and more confusing for Pierre/Felipe. We open this year’s festival with a huge identity crisis, and questions about belonging and the right to be who you are.

Anna Muylaert

Brazil, 2016

82 min.

Portuguese with English subtitles


#bisexual #family #identitycrisis #latinamerica #queer

Feature film

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Don't Look at Me That Way (Schau mich nicht so an)

Iva is a single mother of a five-year-old girl and Heidi is her new neighbour. Iva falls desperately in love with Heidi and the two women begin a tumultuous relationship. But what is Heidi's ultimate goal? Love? Or the freedom to take everything and everyone she wants? As the drama heats up, things become much more complicated. Classic gender roles get a total makeover in this debut from German-Mongolian director Uisenma Borchu.

Uisenma Borchu

Germany/Mongolia, 2016

88 min.

German with English subtitles


#bisexual #europe #family #noncismaledirector #wtf

Feature film

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Dragged

Drag Queens have experienced a wonderful revival in the United States and Denmark, partly thanks to the TV show ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’. The programme represents only certain types of drags, however. What does it mean to do drag today, how was it in the past, and who are they/we? The documentary follows a glorious motley bunch that together create an obstreperous and colourful mosaic of queens from now and then. Enjoy archive material from figures such as Divine, Doris Fish, and RuPaul, and follow Bob The Drag Queen and many more heroines as they navigate their way through fun shows and persisting, tiresome stereotypes.

Christopher Birk

USA, 2016

101 min.

English without subtitles


#celebrity #gender #historical #portrait #queer

Documentary

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Ella Maillart - Double Journey

As World War II hangs like threatening clouds on the horizon of Europe, photographer Ella Maillart and writer Annemarie Schwarzenbach embark on a road trip from Geneva to Kabul. Through Maillart’s photographs, 16 mm footage, travel diary, and letters, we get an insight into the women’s journey away from the violence in Europe, from Schwarzenbach’s drug addiction and into Maillart’s search for herself.

Mariann Lewinsky & Antonio Bigini

Switzerland/Italy, 2015

40 min.

French with English subtitles


#europe #historical #lesbian #noncismaledirector #northamerica #senior

Documentary

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Finding Phong

This documentary spans more than a year in the life of Phong, a transwoman from a small village in Vietnam. After she returns home from a trip to Thailand and begins taking hormones, Phong slowly comes out of her shell. Refreshingly frank, the film highlights the depth and supreme relief of this process. Along the way, Phong must make peace with her family. Her 72-year-old mother and 87-year-old father want what’s best for their child, even when it’s hard for them to understand. The emotional change in Phong throughout her journey and the complexity of family love are astounding.

Swann Dubus & Phuong Thao Tran

Vietnam, 2015

92 min.

Vietnamese with English subtitles


#asia #comingout #fighter #hardships #POC #T

Documentary

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Fursonas

Plush animal costumes are at the centre of the drama as ‘Furries’ meet at conferences to live out their inner ‘fursona’. In Pittsburgh, one such conference is led by the bombastic, wine-toting Uncle Kage, who has an enormous following amongst the wide-eyed animals. The animal kingdom is split. Some live out their sexualities and gender identities in tandem with their ‘fursonalities’, but great Uncle Cockroach does not approve. In this frenzied documentary we follow director Dominic Rodriguez’s encounter with a subculture that in many ways resembles an LGBTQ allegory of Orwell’s ‘Animal Farm’.

Dominic Rodriguez

USA, 2016

81 min.

English without subtitles


#homophobia #internalisedphobias #northamerica #portrait #queer #sex

Documentary

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Gendernauts: A Journey Through Shifting Identities (Gendernauts: Eine Reise durch die Geschlechter)

A revolutionary tale of fluid gender in the late 90s comes from one of this year’s MIX jury members, Monika Treut. Filmed in San Francisco, the lives of a group of transgender individuals, and one intersex individual, are celebrated in this groundbreaking exploration of trans subculture. Through interviews that develop the ideas and themes presented throughout the film, we look at the changes and decisions necessary for the individuals to live their lives as they wish, not allowing gender to be a characteristic that is used to define a person. Monika will be present at the screening and participate in a Q&A session afterwards.

Monika Treut

Germany/USA, 1999

87 min.

English without subtitles


#noncismaledirector #northamerica #queer #T

Documentary

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Girls Lost (Pojkarna)

After drinking the nectar from a mystical flower, three girls are thrown into an identity discovering adventure. The nectar offers the girls, who are at the peek of puberty, the possibility to, for a few hours at the time, live like boys – an experience that changes their friendship for good. 'Girls Lost' is a film about discovering your identity, sexuality, and gender. The film’s moving portrayal of teenage confusion and despair is only surpassed by its depiction of the unique love between friends.

Alexandra-Therese Keining

Sweden/Finland, 2015

106 min.

Swedish with English subtitles


#europe #gender #identitycrisis #liliaward #noncismaledirector #youth

Feature film

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Heartland

When Lauren's partner passes away, she's left heartbroken, jobless, and without a home. She moves back in with her mother in a small conservative and religious town in Oklahoma. This is no place for discussing feelings, so Lauren is forced to put grief aside. Lauren's brother shows up with his girlfriend Carrie to explore a new business venture. Suddenly things get a bit complicated as intense urges arise between Lauren and Carrie. Heartland is a well-acted indie-drama about forgiveness and finding yourself.

Maura Anderson

USA, 2016

98 min.

English without subtitles


#audienceaward #bisexual #lesbian #noncismaledirector #northamerica #sex

Feature film

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Henry Gamble's Birthday Party

What first appears to be a film about a young man coming to terms with his sexuality within the context of a heavily Christian family soon turns out to be much more layered and mysterious. Filled with intertwining stories all explored at the protagonist's 17th birthday party, this film perfectly recreates teenage awkwardness, while also looking at the damage religion can do to young gay men. With dreamy underwater sequences and some scenes that can be hard to watch, this film manages to be both slow moving and fast paced at the same time, and will leave you thoughtful and wanting more.

Stephen Cone

USA, 2015

87 min.

English without subtitles


#audienceaward #gay #homophobia #northamerica #religion #youth

Feature film

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I Promise You Anarchy (Te Prometo Anarquía)

Miguel and Johnny are young lovers and skateboarders who ride alongside their friends through Mexico City’s labyrinth of streets. Miguel earns money selling human blood on the black market, and one day he gets a hot tip about drug traffickers willing to pay big money for urgently needed blood. This movie is exploding with beats, sweat, and pain— an ecstatic and anguished portrait of youth trying to get more out of their lives. 'I Promise You Anarchy' will stay with you long after it reaches its touching conclusion.

Julio Hernández Cordón

Mexico/Germany, 2015

88 min.

Spanish with English subtitles


#bisexual #hardships #identitycrisis #latinamerica #POC #youth

Feature film

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I Want to Break Free

There is a visible world, a world dictated by norms, prejudice, and false beliefs - and then there is an invisible one, a sacred place within ourselves that is often challenged and viewed as wrong. These seven powerful and enlightening shorts will take you on a contemplative and moving journey with the protagonists.

Short film

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I, Olga Hepnarová (Já, Olga Hepnarová)

Based on actual events, this film tells the story of a complex young woman, desperately trying to break free from her cold family and social conventions. From teen into adult life, we follow her chain-smoking, moving from one job to another until she finds her niche as a driver for a local company. She has several female lovers but a hard time forming relationships. The film is beautifully composed, shot in poetic black and white, and builds up to 10th July 1973, when at the age of 22, Olga becomes a mass murderer by deliberately driving her truck into a group of people, killing eight.

Petr Kazda & Tomás Weinreb

Czech Republic/Poland/Slovakia/France, 2016

105 min.

Czech with English subtitles


#europe #historical #lesbian #sex #wtf

Feature film

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Inside the Chinese Closet

Andy is searching for a lesbian wife on underground marriage markets. Cherry has already married a gay guy and is now considering having a baby. Both set aside their own life dreams to satisfy their parents' desires for a grandchild. They try to not bring shame on the family by living a non-heterosexual lifestyle. Andy and Cherry's story is by no means unique. Millions of China's LGBT people still live in the closet, afraid to come out in fear of total rejection by family and society. Through intimate insights and absurd realities, we get a closer look into some of the challenges faced by the world's largest national LGBT population.

Sophia Luvara

The Netherlands/China, 2015

72 min.

Mandarin Chinese with English subtitles


#asia #comingout #family #hardships #homophobia #noncismaledirector

Documentary

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Irrawaddy mon amour

While Soe Ko sells watermelon in the streets by the Irrawaddy river, he dreams of marrying Saing Ko, a young man from another village. But marriage between two men is illegal in the military regime of Myanmar, so a small but strong community consisting of shamans and beauticians helps Soe Ko make his wish come true. The film follows the secret preparations for a wedding that, in its spectacular execution, will declare a beautiful and determined love that knows no boundaries. As expressed in the film, “Our love is like the Irrawaddy River. It never stops flowing.”

Nicola Grignani, Valeria Testagrossa & Andrea Zambelli

Italy, 2015

58 min.

Burmese with English subtitles


#asia #gay #hardships #noncismaledirector #POC #religion

Documentary

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Je ne suis pas féministe, mais...

This documentary is a portrait of Christine Delphy, a feminist writer, sociologist, and theorist, as well as a major figure of second wave feminism in France. She was a co-founder of the Mouvement de libération des femmes (MLF) in 1970, and the co-founder, with Simone de Beauvoir, of the journal Nouvelles Questions Féministes. In the French headscarf debate of the past fifteen years, Delphy has been a vocal supporter of the rights of Muslim women to dress as they wish. This is a must see for all feminists and all those who claim to oppose feminism.

Florence Tissot & Sylvie Tissot

France, 2015

52 min.

French with English subtitles


#celebrity #europe #feminism #lesbian #noncismaledirector #political

Documentary

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Jonathan

Gentle 24-year-old Jonathan lives in the countryside with his dispirited aunt and father sick with cancer. His mother passed away years ago, and his connection with his father is somewhat stilted. Jonathan’s new relationship with nurse Anka offers respite from the conflictive country air. When the aunt chases an unknown armed man away from the cottage, drama from long ago stirs. Suddenly the terminally ill father’s health turns around, and all while Jonathan is increasingly frustrated over missing answers. Gorgeous scenes accompany Jonathan’s quest for reconciliation right up until the final, crackling farewell.

Piotr Lewandowski

Germany, 2016

99 min.

German with English subtitles


#europe #family #gay #liliaward #love #visuallystunning

Feature film

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Last Call

A lonely woman (played by porn legend Sadie Lune) drinks at the bar. She is welcomed unexpectedly into the underworld of her own fantasies.

Katy Bit

Germany, 2015

10 min.

English without subtitles

Short film

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LOEV

When Jai arrives on his 48 hour business trip to India from his Wall Street job, longtime friend Sahil has planned an adventure filled getaway. The occasionally tender and often playful friendship between the two is explored as they travel through the glorious scenery of Maharashtra. Despite a seemingly mutual interest, the two friends can’t help but have something in the way. Tensions rise and the connection between the two men takes a sudden and unexpected turn. As the weekend draws to a close, we see a friendship irreversibly changed.

Sudhanshu Saria

India, 2016

96 min.

English and Hindi with English subtitles


#asia #classclash #gay #love #POC

Feature film

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MAJOR!

”I’m still fucking here.” Throughout a 1960s New York, the Stonewall Riots, the 80s AIDS epidemic, and right up until today, Miss Major Griffen-Gracy has been one of the most important figures and civil rights activists among black transgender people in the USA. Motivated by personal experiences, she offers legal advice for the disproportionate amount of black transgender people who are incarcerated. ‘MAJOR!’ is an incredibly moving documentary that, through an intimate portrayal of a woman’s life and her community, offers a new, black, and transgender perspective in an otherwise well-known LGBT history.

Annalise Ophelian

USA, 2015

95 min.

English without subtitles


#noncismaledirector #northamerica #POC #political #portrait #T

Documentary

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Our Lives

This short film program is about our lives! This sounds a little ambitious, sure, but still. Six common life events are encapsulated here in a most poetic way. Do you know how it feels to not be like other children, how hard it is to preserve the big love of your life, and even harder to find a new beginning? So do we.

Short film

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Packed in a Trunk: The Lost Art of Edith Lake Wilkinson

Emmy Award winning writer and director Jane Anderson grew up surrounded by paintings by her great aunt Edith Lake Wilkinson. Back in 1924, Edith was committed to an asylum and never heard from again. All her possessions were packed in a trunk and long forgotten by close family. With help from her wife Tess, Jane sets out to find answers to the mystery and bring Edith’s art back to life. The film is captivating and Jane’s decades-long journey provides an insight into not only Edith, her art, and love life, but a whole era, and it turns out that they have much more in common than she might have thought.

Michelle Boyaner

USA, 2015

77 min.

English without subtitles


#feminism #lesbian #noncismaledirector #northamerica #portrait

Documentary

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Paris 05:59 (Théo et Hugo dans le même bateau)

In a sex club, Théo and Hugo’s bodies meet, click, and merge in a passionate embrace. After a long and intense opening scene, we follow the two young men as they drift through nocturnal Paris and discover their blossoming love. But can their newborn relationship survive the harsh circumstances of reality? If you have fallen in love with a one-night stand, you know exactly what Théo and Hugo are going through during this beautiful Parisian night. Regardless, you are still carried away by the remarkably intuitive performances and incredible charm of our two main actors. For good reason, the film won this year’s Teddy Audience Award at the Berlinale.

Olivier Ducastel & Jacques Martineau

France, 2016

97 min.

French with English subtitles


#europe #gay #love #sex

Feature film

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Pride Denied

The first Pride was a riot, led by transgender women of colour against the police. 45 years on, Toronto hosted ‘World Pride’ – an event dripping with corporate sponsorship and marketed as a global equality celebration. Pride is at the heart of disagreements between those who fight for gays and lesbians to enjoy heterosexuals’ rights and privileges, and queers dismantling the inequalities intrinsic to our societies. ‘Pride Denied’ explores issues as diverse as Israeli homonationalism (promoting an image of gay friendliness in order to obscure human rights violations), white supremacy, and what constitutes a family.

Kami Chisholm

USA, 2016

62 min.

English without subtitles


#intellectual #liliaward #noncismaledirector #northamerica #political #queer

Documentary

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Real Boy

This is the coming-of-age story of Bennett Wallace, a transgender teenager on a journey to find his voice as a musician, a friend, a son, and a man. As he navigates the ups and downs of young adulthood, he works to gain the love and support of his mother, who has deep misgivings about her child’s transition. Along the way, Bennett forges a powerful friendship with his idol, Joe Stevens, a celebrated transgender musician with his own demons to fight. Beautifully told, this film shows how transition is about much more than physical changes, and how every little step is a joy.

Shaleece Haas

USA, 2016

74 min.

English without subtitles


#comingout #family #friendship #noncismaledirector #northamerica

Documentary

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Reel In The Closet

This documentary brings to light a trove of historical footage from an era when gay life was mostly left undocumented. Fascinating and often poignant moving images from the 1930s through the AIDS epidemic, much of which is at risk of being lost to history were it not for the efforts of the archivists who work to find, preserve, and catalogue them. Inspiring and unique, this film collects home videos of gay house parties and holiday reels from the 1940s, and reveals the joyful exuberance and comfortable ease of social gatherings that would only have been possible to witness behind closed doors.

Stu Maddux

USA, 2015

70 min.

English without subtitles


#historical #liliaward #northamerica #political #portrait

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Scrum

Covered in mud with blood dripping from the eyebrow and with a dedicated gaze, the players of the rugby team Sydney Convicts are preparing to fight for the Bingham Cup, 2014. It’s a fight to prove the strength of team spirit, and to dismiss prejudices around sports and homosexuality. Through an intimate and moving portrait of four of the players, this visually stimulating documentary shows the importance of an accepting community, where a friendly and loving touch – demonstrated here by the tactile sport’s bone breaking force – can move mountains.

Poppy Stockell

Australia, 2015

55 min.

English without subtitles


#australia #friendship #gay #homophobia #noncismaledirector #portrait

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Sisters Of The Plague

Jo is into the occult. During the day she is a haunted house tour guide, and at night she attends witchy performances in abandoned houses. At the same time, Jo struggles to nurture the relationship with the two most important people in her life – her girlfriend Kate and her alcoholic dad. However, the mysterious and recent drowning of her mother has strengthened Jo’s sensibility for the supernatural, and when her dad moves in with her and Kate, the mystic events intensify. Jo seeks out a medium for help, but this only leads to a meeting with uncontrolled forces.

Jorge Torres-Torres

USA, 2015

80 min.

English without subtitles


#celebrity #family #lesbian #northamerica #wtf

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Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four

Following the popularity of real life crime stories like 'Making a Murderer' and 'Paradise Lost', comes the story of four Latin American lesbians, whose lives have been devastated by an atrocious miscarriage of justice. In 1994, they were falsely accused of having sexually abused two young girls in San Antonio, Texas. As victims of the connecting of homosexuality and satanic rituals in a ‘sex panic’ that ravaged the United States in the 1980s and 1990s, the four women stood strong throughout their ordeal, never turning on each other - and their solidarity is one of the key elements this powerful documentary focuses on.

Deborah Esquenazi

USA, 2016

91 min.

English without subtitles


#audienceaward #homophobia #lesbian #northamerica #POC #portrait

Documentary

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Spa Night

Like many first generation immigrants, David serves as the intermediary between his parents’ isolated Koreatown life in Los Angeles and surrounding society. When the family restaurant is forced to close, tension mounts at home, and David secretly takes a job at a Korean spa. There, David finds himself suddenly exposed to the clash between traditional Korean culture and the underground world of gay hook-ups. This critically acclaimed debut film from Andrew Ahn gives us a unique insight into the often closed Asian societies in the West, while at the same time exploring personal identity in relation to family, culture, and tradition.

Andrew Ahn

USA, 2016

93 min.

Korean/English with English subtitles.


#family #gay #identitycrisis #northamerica #POC #sex

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Strike A Pose

It is 1990 and Madonna overturns all sorts of scenes with her Blonde Ambition Tour. The legendary time was immortalized for better or worse with the documentary "In Bed With Madonna", which offered a dramatic and unprecedented insight into life behind the scenes. In "Strike A Pose" we are back to hear more about the lawsuits, the dancers, and memories of what really happened on the tour. The touching film follows Stea, Camacho, and the rest as they reunite and discuss their ride with Madonna after many years. Now is the time to vogue all the way back, wiping his eyes, and striking a pose one last time.

Ester Gould & Reijer Zwaan

The Netherlands/Belgium, 2016

83 min.

English without subtitles


#audienceaward #celebrity #gay #historical #noncismaledirector #northamerica

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Suited

“No one contacts us and says they want a fitting - they just say, ‘This is my story.’” From Lena Dunham and others from the ‘Girls’ team, we have a unique documentary about the Brooklyn-based tailoring company ‘Bindle & Keep’, which caters specifically to people within the trans and gender non-conforming community. Through interviews and personal narratives, the lives of a selection of different clients looking for custom-made wears are explored. This film has its share of tear-inducing moments, demonstrating the power of the perfect suit.

Jason Benjamin

USA, 2016

85 min.

English without subtitles


#audienceaward #gender #northamerica #portrait #queer

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Summer

Anne is 16 years old and lives with her family in provincial Netherlands. On a daily basis she cycles below the local powerlines with other adolescents from the area in a restless pingpong between a disco and a beach. Anne’s oldest brother, his friends and countless Bacardi Breezers represent the community’s sole life and future. Anne is measured and thoughtful among her peers and is generally fighting to keep up appearances. When Lena enters the provincial coma on her motorcycle, everything changes for Anne. Soon she must decide whether or not to rise from the cornfields to pursue her desires.

Colette Bothof

The Netherlands, 2014

90 min.

Dutch with English subtitles

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Summer

MIX COPENHAGEN School Film presents this year the feature film 'Summer,' a lesbian coming of age film about Anne, who feel different and alienated in the Dutch country side , among friends, family and the nuclear power plant. When another girl moves to the city, something in Anne changes.

Colette Bothof

The Netherlands, 2014

90 min.

Dutch with English subtitles

Feature film

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Summertime (La belle saison)

The Lili nominated 'Summertime' is both lesbian and feminist, and one of the strongest love stories in the program this year. In 1971, Delphine comes to Paris to study. It is a time for change and the women’s liberation movement is flourishing. Through a feminist network she meets the militant Carole and they fall head over heels in love. But their love doesn’t come easy, especially when Delphine's father suffers a stroke, forcing her to go back and take care of the family farm. Carole follows her lover, but it's not easy being a woman in the countryside, let alone a lesbian...

Catherine Corsini

France/Belgium, 2015

105 min.

French with English subtitles


#europe #feminism #lesbian #liliaward #love #noncismaledirector

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Taekwondo

Germán is invited on holiday by his training friend Fernando, along with seven other apparently straight men, to a huge cottage outside Buenos Aires. Cut off from reality, the men spend their time half naked and lying around, enjoying each others’ company, soaking up the sun, playing in the pool, smoking pot, and drinking. Though Fernando ignores Germán's orientation, their closeness redefines the term ‘bromance’. The film's suspenseful pace makes us want to scream and the camera’s camp view doesn’t make it any easier. MIX darling Marco Berger has created a tantalising gem!

Marco Berger/Martin Farina

Argentina, 2016

105 min.

Spanish with English subtitles


#friendship #gay #latinamerica #visuallystunning

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Thanatos, Drunk ( 醉.生夢死)

Rat and his gay older brother, Shanghe, live in an old house in the outskirts of Taipei City. Rat works at the market where he meets a woman who is up to all sorts of mischief. Shanghe works for an entertainment company and dances in a gay nightclub, all the while being attracted to his cousin's boyfriend, Shuo, who is a gigolo. Drama and violence emerge out of jealousy and despair while we dive into Rat’s flashbacks to memories of a drunken and absent mother. An award-winning film about two brothers who live in a modern Taiwanese society that does not appear to welcome it’s next generation.

Chang Tso-chi

Taiwan, 2015

107 min.

Mandarin with English subtitles


#asia #bisexual #classclash #gay #hardships #POC

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The Alternative MIX

Violent colours, acid-washed film rolls, and yearning poetry set the scene for this alternative short film programme. Here you'll find new faces, unknown faces, and no faces at all. You'll see beautiful and funny animations as well as award winning stories about horny mums; this is cinematic poetry for soul and body. Take a trip through some of this year's best experimental and alternative film art. | Director of Famous Diamonds, Daniel McIntyre, will be there for an Q&A after the screening.

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The Pearl

Four middle-aged transgender women are confronted with societal expectations and the challenges of leading a double-life. They stand tall, however, and do not lose courage, pursuing their true selves. The movie follows three intersecting narrative strands, building upon common situations and rhyming themes to explore their daily lives. This has been possible after a four-year project that garnered a feeling of intimacy and trust between the directors and these strong women. They welcome us into their lives and open up about their struggles, as well as their joyful, fulfilling days.

Jessica Dimmock & Christopher LaMarca

USA, 2016

97 min.

English without subtitles


#friendship #noncismaledirector #northamerica #portrait #senior #T

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The Same Difference

A fascinating glimpse into the world of the strictly defined gender roles of New York’s black lesbian scene. With non-negotiable labels like ‘ag’, ‘femme’, and ‘stud’, we see the struggles of those who push the boundaries of identity slightly too much for acceptance, as well as those who aggressively uphold the unwritten but rigorous rules, and make sure each is followed to the letter. With interviews from well-known figures like Snoop Pearson and AzMarie Livingston, we see a community struggling to get past internalised homophobia and sexism to be able to accept itself.

Nneka Onuorah

USA, 2015

78 min.

English without subtitles


#internalisedphobias #lesbian #noncismaledirector #northamerica #POC #portrait

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Third Person (גוף שלישי)

Suzan discovers she's intersex at the age of 35 when she starts digging into her medical history, and it becomes clear to her that her family has kept it all a secret. In her quest for information, Suzan creates the first Facebook group for intersex persons in Israel, through which she meets Ofer, who has been raised as intersex. Suzan becomes part of a political community, fighting together for its rights and legal recognition.

Sharon Luzon

Israel, 2015

57 min.

Hebrew/Arabic/Spanish with English subtitles


#comingout #friendship #gender #identitycrisis #middleeast #noncismaledirector

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This Is How We Do It

"This is how we do it – get it?” is what we wrote about our porn short film programme last year, which showcased a selection of the diversity within sex positive, queer, feminist, and LGBTQ porn. This year, we team up with Berlin Porn Film Festival to continue the success which has helped us select some great films that inform, entertain, and above all, excite. After the screening there is a porn debate in the MIX Lounge in Asta Bar. There will be 20 goodie bags sponsored by Sinful.

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Three Generations (About Ray)

Feeling comfortable in your own skin is a challenge for most adolescents. For Ray, it's becoming pure anguish. He feels transition is the only way to become himself and his family is a big obstacle. His mother is supportive but struggling, his lesbian grandmother is against his decision, and his absent dad doesn’t want to sign the medical papers. Ray's quest to develop his body causes long-held secrets to become exposed and uneasy reunions to take place. With everyone misgendering him and giving him a hard time, Ray stays true to himself and doesn’t give up.

Gaby Dellal

USA, 2015

87 min.

English without subtitles


#comingout #family #noncismaledirector #northamerica #T #youth

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Three to Infinity: Beyond Two Genders

Are there only two genders? How can someone be gender fluid? What do these terms mean? One of the most thoughtful documentaries on gender non-conformity we’ve seen, this movie offers us an inspirational and loving essay on the multiplicity of genders outside the binary. A landmark contribution to cinema on genderqueer, gender variant, and gender non-conforming identities, 'Three to Infinity' bears touching testimony from parents and partners, and exceptional individuals living beyond the gender binary who are forging new paths towards authentic and accepted lives.

Lonny Shavelson

USA, 2015

84 min.

English without subtitles


#family #gender #intellectual #northamerica #queer

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Tomcat (Kater)

Andreas and Stefan live with their cat Moses in a fine suburban villa in Vienna. Both men work for the orchestral symphony in town and their loving relationship is filled with cosy dinner parties with colleagues, relaxation in the garden, and music. Out of this harmony springs sudden and deadly violence, forever changing their reality. Fidelity and love become infused with suspicion and disgust as the relationship falters behind the villa’s now oppressive walls. Klaus Händl’s beautiful and fragile narrative takes us on a dramatic journey into one modern couple’s touching crisis.

Klaus Händl

Austria, 2016

114 min.

German with English subtitles


#europe #gay #identitycrisis #love

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Transit Havana

Once a year, two European surgeons fly to Havana to perform genital reconstructive surgery on five chosen Cuban trans people. The documentary follows three people waiting for the hyped treatment. It's a story that locates trans rights in a wake of the socialist revolution of 1959, and at the same time captures how trans people continue to fight against religious intolerance, discrimination, poverty, and hardship.

Daniel Abma

Germany/Netherlands/Cuba, 2016

86 min.

Spanish/Dutch with English subtitles


#fighter #friendship #latinamerica #liliaward #portrait #T

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We Are One

Globally, LGBTQI people struggle for their rights. We are united in this fight. This short film programme offers a window into how LGBTQI people and movements around the world stand up to discrimination and prejudice. It is with strength and dignity that the LGBTQI community lives and keeps its head held high.

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West North West (Seihokusei)

Naima, an Iranian muslim studying in Japan who prays five times a day, meets Japanese Kei one evening in a coffee shop while both women are alone and dealing with their own struggles. Their friendship develops slowly through the cultural differences, and Kei balances her undefined interest in Naima with her relationship with girlfriend Ai. With achingly long shots and restrained dialogue, nothing is handed to the viewer and there is plenty of space for reflection. A delicate and uncertain dance of cultural, sexual and relational boundaries, this is a slow moving and beautifully filmed love triangle.

Takuro Nakamura

Japan, 2015

125 min.

Japanese with English subtitles


#asia #lesbian #love #noncismaledirector #POC #youth

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Where There is Shade (De l'Ombre il y a)

Mirinda lives a fast paced and independent life of parties, drugs, and sex work. Originally from France, she has found space in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, to reject the west's strict gender boundaries. Tragedy strikes Mirinda’s close friend and the next day a child, Panna, appears in her basement. Incomplete accounts of Khymer Rouge crimes a generation past swarm in the background as Mirinda sets off to get away from the city along with Panna. Panna’s boldness and the hardship she faces as a child sex worker force Mirinda to confront herself. This film speaks to you askance, demanding curiosity and investment.

Nathan Nicholovitch

France/Cambodia, 2015

105 min.

French/English with English subtitles


#asia #friendship #generationgap #POC #sexwork #T

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While You Weren't Looking

A portrait of the lives of four people, each navigating different landscapes of love, class, race, fidelity, sexuality, and belonging. Set around a wealthy family in Cape Town consisting of two mothers, Dez and Terri, both experiencing unfaithfulness from different sides of the coin, and their adopted daughter, Asanda, we see the world through eyes of privilege. Until we meet Shado, a tomboy from the township who catches Asanda’s attention and pulls her out of a life of bespoke dresses and expensive cameras, and into the dangerous world of dressing as a boy for your own safety.

Catherine Stewart

South Africa, 2015

76 min.

English/Xhosa/Afrikaans with English subtitles


#africa #classclash #family #generationgap #POC #queer

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Women He's Undressed

He is one of the all-time greatest costume designers and has worked on over 300 films with all the great divas, including Marilyn Monroe, Bette Davis, and Katherine Hepburn, but who was he? Orry-Kelly originally sailed from his home in Australia to New York to become an actor. His true talent was the most beautiful, flamboyant, and original costume and textile design Hollywood had ever seen, earning him three Oscars, no less. However, like many those days, he remained in the closet. Experience the wild gowns as figures like Jane Fonda and Angela Lansbury tell all about this unique designer!

Gillian Armstrong

Australia, 2015

95 min.

English without subtitles


#celebrity #gay #homophobia #northamerica #portrait

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Women Who Kill

Brooklyn ex-couple Morgan and Jean host the titular podcast ‘Women Who Kill’. A podcast where they discuss topics such as ”Who is the hottest female serial killer?” However, their fascination with murderous women gains an entirely new meaning when Morgan falls head over heels for the mysterious Simone, who may or may not carry a morbid past herself. The level of suspense rises as the mystery around Simone unfolds. 'Women Who Kill' is an indie comedy that offers both captivating thrills and a sharp satirical portrait of a group of New York lesbians' search for meaning in modern day relationships.

Ingrid Jungermann

USA, 2016

93 min.

English without subtitles


#celebrity #lesbian #noncismaledirector #northamerica #wtf

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Xenia - Confessions of a Truck Driver (Xenia - en vognmands bekendelser)

At the end of a dirt track deep in the Danish countryside, Xenia lives with her German Sheppard. Xenia is 70 years old, a former truck driver and has spent half a lifetime living as a man, before deciding to spend the rest of it living as a woman. For the last 20 years, Xenia has worked as a sex worker, receiving customers both in her home and around different places in Copenhagen. The film gives a loving account of Xenia’s life, reflecting bigger universal themes such as anger, desire, happiness, gender, and sexuality.

Iben Haahr Andersen

Denmark, 2016

56 min.

Danish without subtitles


#europe #noncismaledirector #portrait #senior #sexwork #T

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Yes, We Fuck!

This insightful documentary tells six stories of lust, desire, and the right to have a sexuality for people with a range of different bodies. A diverse and prejudice free story of sex workers, relationship, and sex as a weapon of activism. Instead of addressing sexuality as a question of attraction eclusively, this documentary is an honest and uncensored portrait - and a strong voice for how sexuality can be a political act.

Antonio Centeno & Raúl de la Morena

Spain, 2015

60 min.

Spanish with English subtitles


#europe #feminism #queer #sex #sexwork

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You'll Never Be Alone (Nunca vas a estar solo)

The film opens with two teenage boys darting through the streets of Santiago, Chile, and kissing passionately in an alley. When a homophobic attack leaves one of the boys, Pablo, in critical condition, upbeat scenes of teenage friendship give way to sweeping, contemplative panoramas. We follow Pablo’s working class dad, Juan, as he tries to help his son in the face of unsympathetic legal and medical systems. The film’s pace allows us to appreciate Juan’s unwavering love, and the gravity of the steps he takes not only to help his son, but also reclaim his dignity.

Alex Anwandter

Chile, 2016

81 min.

Spanish with English subtitles


#family #friendship #gay #generationgap #hardships #latinamerica

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