Queer Wave 2021
QueerWave Festival Programme 2021. The Cyprus LGBTQ+ Film Festival.
BAD LUCK BANGING OR LOONY PORN
106’ | 2021 | Romania Emi finds her teaching career under threat after a personal sex tape is leaked on the Internet. Forced to meet the parents demanding her dismissal, Emi refuses to surrender to their pressure.
CARMEN & LOLA
103’ | 2018 | Spain Two young women come into conflict with the conservatism and patriarchalism of Madrid’s Roma community when they fall in love.
COLORS OF TOBI
81’ | 2021 | Hungary A documentary providing an intimate glimpse into the family life of a young person exploring their gender identity in rural Hungary.
92’ | 2020 | Ireland, UK, US, Belgium In 1990s Ireland, two school friends decide to start a pretend straight relationship in an effort to fit in.
IT IS NOT THE HOMOSEXUAL WHO IS PERVERSE, BUT THE SOCIETY IN WHICH HE LIVES
Rosa von Praunheim
67’ | 1971 | West Germany A sociological essay film about gay life in Berlin in a time of secrecy and oppression, following Daniel’s unsatisfying immersion into gay society.
90’ | 2020 | France, Denmark A trans girl grows into herself in a lovely, light-filled documentary that pitches familial strength against community resistance.
LOVE, SPELLS AND ALL THAT
96’ | 2019 | Turkey After not having seen each other for 20 years, two women are reunited on the small Turkish island where, as teenagers, they first fell in love.
104’ | 2019 | South Africa, UK A young man in 1981 South Africa must complete his brutal and racist two years of compulsory military service while desperately maintaining the secrecy of his homosexuality.
MÄDCHEN IN UNIFORM
88’ | 1931 | Germany At an all-girls boarding school, Manuela develops a romantic attachment to one of her teachers. One of the earliest narrative films in the history of cinema to explicitly portray homosexuality.
59’ | 2018 | France, Greece An essayistic film exploring the pulsating world and poetic words of transgender narrator Luana Muniz, an icon of Brazil’s queer subculture.
77’ | 2020 | USA, Canada A young woman struggles to keep up different versions of herself when she runs into her sugar daddy and her ex-girlfriend at a shiva with her parents.
THE COMING BACK OUT BALL MOVIE
86’ | 2018 | Australia In the middle of Australia’s divisive marriage equality vote, Melbourne hosted a gala event to honour and celebrate its LGBTIQ elders. These are their stories.
THE STRONG ONES
Omar Zúñiga Hidalgo
98’ | 2019 | Chile Lucas travels to visit his sister in a remote city in southern Chile. There he falls in love with Antonio, a foreman on a local fishing boat.
THE WILD BOYS
110’ | 2017 | France Five teenagers enamoured by the arts commit a savage crime. As punishment, a Dutch captain takes them to a supernatural island with luxuriant vegetation and bewitching powers.
103’ | 2020 | Finland, Sweden A biopic on the formative years of Tove Jansson, showing both her personal relationships, and the creation of the popular Moomin books.
QueerWave Festival Programme 2021. The Cyprus LGBTQ+ Film Festival.
A Normal Girl
14′ | 2019 | USA Bringing the widely unknown struggles of intersex people to light through the story of intersex activist Pidgeon Pagonis.
A or B
5’ | 2021 | Cyprus If your whole life depended on one answer, you would probably think twice: do you pick up the intercom and define your life?
18′ | 2018 | UK A second-generation teen searches for a way to express their non-binary identity.
Dans La Natura (In Nature)
5’ | 2021 | Switzerland In nature, a couple is a male and a female. Well, not always! A couple is also a female and a female. Or a male and a male. You may not know it, but homosexuality isn’t just a human story.
14′ | 2015 | Cyprus The story of a mother trying to come to terms with the admission of her son’s sexuality in an island community that is taking the first step toward the recognition of same-sex relationships.
20′ | 2020 | France Dustin follows the events of DJ Dustin over the course of one wild night at a warehouse party and the morning that follows.
Escaping the Fragile Planet
17′ | 2020 | Greece A few hours before the world ends, two men have an unexpected encounter, while a strange pink fog is spreading throughout the city.
7’ | 2021 | Cyprus Globus sensation is the sensation of having a lump in the throat without anything actually being present. It’s a real biological activity that an actor could not fake when crying. But as the commitment to fantasy intensifies, reality is overshadowed by the pleasures of indulgence.
Half a Life
13′ | 2017 | Egypt, Indonesia, USA, Netherlands After a traumatic encounter, a young, gay Egyptian joins the LGBT rights movement. When his safety is jeopardized, he must choose whether to stay in the country he loves or seek asylum elsewhere as a refugee.
3′ | 2017 | Netherlands A cup of tea never tasted so good.
IT IS NOT THE BRAZILIANS HOMOSEXUALS WHO ARE PERVERSE BUT THE SITUATION IN WHICH THEY LIVE
Leandro Goddinho, Paulo Menezes, Eduardo Mamede
12’ | 2021 | Brazil Two queer Brazilians go skinny dipping in a lake, where they talk about love, sex, colonialism and migration, on a pandemic summer afternoon in Berlin.
International Dawn Chorus Day
15′ | 2021 | Canada On International Dawn Chorus Day (May 3, 2020), birds from six continents join an online video call.
23’ | 2017 | France In Islands, characters wander through an erotic maze of love and desire.
It’s just in my head
Marius Gabriel Stancu
17′ | 2020 | Italy Andreas and Alessandro have been friends since their childhood. Every year, they spend their summer together at their hometown by the seaside.
16′ | 2020 | Italy If Claudio truly wants to fit in, he must lose his boy scent and learn how to smell like a man.
9′ | 2018 | UK A young, black lesbian spends the day in an Afro-Caribbean hair salon. It’s full of fun, sheen spray, gossip and laughter, but how will she deal with the casual homophobia?
12′ | 2018 | UK Through a series of recorded telephone conversations and reconstructive visuals, Landline uses the UK’s only helpline for gay farmers as a lens through which to view the experiences of LGBTQ people in the British farming community.
Let My Body Speak
10′ | 2020 | UK Our bodies store memories. The body does not forget. A childhood in Damascus, OCD, the revolution, falling in love with a woman. My body remembers, it keeps the trauma. And after all the losses, I had to start listening to my body.
16′ | 2020 | Iran A 12-year-old boy is coming to terms with his burgeoning puberty and sexuality, while navigating a series of male-dominated environments in contemporary Tehran.
22′ | 2019 | UK When a banker invites a sex worker to his London apartment, he finds himself coming face to face with both his own past, and one of the world’s largest humanitarian crises.
28’ | 2020 | Portugal A restless young man with his head in the clouds finishes another shift behind the counter of a cruising bar. He takes the longest path on his way back home.
20’ | 2020 | Portugal A sweet couple invite a third person over for the night, who brings a lustful energy to spice things up.
Ten Times Love
Manuel Billi, Benjamin Bodi
15’ | 2020 | France Ten fragments of ephemeral love in the life of Numa, an anti-romantic hero of our liquid time.
Thank You For Dancing
Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken
19′ | 2016 | Norway A lifelong relationship is coming to an end, as we follow two elderly men and former athletes the last winter they spend together.
10′ | 2020 | Cyprus A transgender woman receives a call from her brother letting her know that their mother had passed.
26′ | 2020 | Russia In Moscow, two skinheads kill homosexual men while being in a sexual relationship with one another. Based on a true story, the film inquires about masculinity, identity, and a sense of belonging in contemporary Russia.
Sholeh Zahraei, Kamil Saldun
21′ | 2020 | Cyprus The sudden discovery of his son’s secret turns Ibrahim’s traditional world upside down. Fraught with emotional conflict he takes Ismail on a fateful trip. Inspired by the biblical story of Prophet Abraham, father of all patriarchs, and his son Ismail set in present-day Cyprus, unraveling the conservative facade of the society.
Trans Happiness Is Real
8′ | 2020 | UK A trans activist chronicles their street art activism, which combats anti-trans stickering campaign on the streets of Oxford with unwavering but not untested hope.
Daniel Toledo Saura
8’ | 2020 | Spain This is the story of a first meeting and, at the same time, of a reunion. It’s the story of the moment when Ana sees Clara for the first time.