Queer Cinema(s)

Cheng-sheng Lin – Mei li zai chang ge AKA Murmur Of Youth (1997)

Recent Taiwanese cinema has almost had a monopoly on the kind of angst that permeated so many European art films of the 1960’s. The anomie that envelops Lin Cheng-sheng’s ”Murmur of Youth” in a mist of melancholy has everything to do with the collision of traditional and modern values in a boom economy. The film follows two college-age girls, both named Mei-li, from different backgrounds, who end up working side by side as ticket takers in a movie theater in a teeming shopping arcade. Read More »

Shirley Clarke – Portrait of Jason [& Extras] (1967)

And here begins one of the most incredible and influential films in cinema. For twelve hours over the course of the evening of December 3, 1966, director Shirley Clarke and her friends interviewed Jason Holiday about his life, his loves, his work and his beliefs. Jason, a 33-year-old hustler dreaming of a career as a nightclub entertainer, dazzles the audience with stories of confrontations with his family growing up in Trenton, the orgies he has attended, and the hustling that has formed the pattern of his life as a black, gay man. He recalls his college days before dropping out, working as a bar hustler and as a servile houseboy in San Francisco, becoming a heroin addict and spending time in jail, and his time in a hospital mental ward. He describes his existence while waiting for his dream to come true: “I have more than one ‘hustle,’ I’ll come on as a maid, a butler, a flunky, anything to keep from punching the nine to five… I am scared of responsibility and I am scared of myself because I’m a pretty frightening cat… Like I don’t mean any harm, but the harm is done.” Read More »

Chucho E. Quintero – Los días particulares AKA These Peculiar Days (2019)

Eight friends travel to a cabin in the woods to celebrate their high school graduation. Read More »

Allan Moyle – Times Square (1980)

Two ill-matched teenage girls form a punk band and soon have New York City by its ears. Read More »

Peter Greenaway – The Pillow Book (1996)


As a young girl in Japan, Nagiko’s father paints characters on her face, and her aunt reads to her from “The Pillow Book”, the diary of a 10th-century lady-in-waiting. Nagiko grows up, obsessed with books, papers, and writing on bodies, and her sexual odyssey (and the creation of her own Pillow Book) is a “parfait mélange” of classical Japanese, modern Chinese, and Western film images. Read More »

Per Blom – Is-slottet aka Ice Palace (1987)

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In a remote Norwegian mountain-area in the thirties, two 12 year old girls Siss and Unn meets. They are friends, but for Unn it is more serious, she admits to have secret and indecent fantasies about her girlfriend. Read More »

Anthony Harvey – Richard’s Things (1979)

While trying to come to terms with her late husband’s infidelity, a woman finds comfort in the
arms of his former lover, in this drama based on Frederic Raphael’s novel. After hearing of
her husband Peter (Tim Piggott-Smith)’s death on a business trip, Kate Morris (Liv Ullmann) is
shocked to discover that he was travelling with another woman. When the two women
finally confront their issues, the former rivals discover a common bond, leading to an
unexpected and physical relationship. Read More »