Queer Cinema(s)

  • Alfredo Sternheim – Violencia na Carne AKA Violence and Flesh (1981)

    1981-1990Alfredo SternheimBrazilCampEroticaQueer Cinema(s)

    Three criminals escape from prison and break in a seaside house to wait for the getaway boat. They subdue four aspirant actresses and three men and rape and torture them. One of the escapees is an idealistic political prisoner that falls in love with Letícia. When the violent Jorge kills a woman camped on the beach, the police investigate the area.Read More »

  • Nabil Ben Yadir – Animals (2021)

    2021-2030BelgiumCrimeDramaNabil Ben YadirQueer Cinema(s)

    Brahim is a young man, his mother’s joy. One day he will find the love of his life. He will become a family man, he will make everyone proud. One day he will be mature and fulfilled. One day.Read More »

  • Thunska Pansittivorakul – Boriven nee yu pai tai karn kuk kun AKA This Area Is Under Quarantine (2009)

    2001-2010DocumentaryExperimentalQueer Cinema(s)ThailandThunska Pansittivorakul

    It doesn’t look spectacular at first. Two boys each talk separately about their experiences. In the end also on the sexual level. In the end they are also in the room together. In the end they don’t leave it at talking. Remember that homosexuality on film is banned in Thailand and so this film maker has been very daring.

    Europeans on sex holidays to Thailand and transvestites who work in tourist areas may give a different impression, but this country is far from liberal in regard to homosexuality. A candid film maker like Thunska Pansittivorakul is therefore sure to come into contact with censorship sooner or later. So anyone who wonders why the two kids in this film keep their pants on right up to the end now knows the answer.Read More »

  • Luigi Comencini – La donna della domenica AKA The Sunday Woman (1975)

    Luigi Comencini1971-1980ComedyItalyMysteryQueer Cinema(s)

    Police commissioner Santamaria is investigating the murdering of the ambiguous architect Mr. Garrone. The investigations soon drive him into the Torino’s high society. Santamaria suspect Anna Carla and at the same time falls in love for her. Lello is the lover of Massimo, a homosexual platonic friend of Anna Carla. He is following another direction in order to find out the truth, and his results are confusing the Policeman. But another murdering happens…Read More »

  • Sidney Lumet – Deathtrap (1982)

    1981-1990CrimeMysteryQueer Cinema(s)Sidney LumetUSA

    To make Sidney’s slump all the more painful, Clifford Anderson, a student of one of Sidney’s writing seminars, has recently sent his mentor a copy of his first attempt at playwrighting for Sidney’s review and advice. The play, “Deathtrap,” is a five character, two act thriller so perfect in its construction that, as Sidney says, “A gifted director couldn’t even hurt it.” Using his penchant for plot, and out of his desperate desire to once again be the toast of Broadway, Sidney, along with Myra, cook up an almost unthinkable scheme: They’ll lure the would-be playwright to the Bruhl home, kill him, and market the sure-fire script as Sidney’s own. But shortly after Clifford arrives, it’s clear that things are not what they seem! Indeed, even Helga Ten Dorp, a nosey psychic from next door, and Porter Milgram, Sidney’s observant attorney, can only speculate where the line between truth and deception lies.Read More »

  • Adolfo Arrieta – Tam Tam (1976)

    Arthouse1971-1980Adolfo ArrietaCampFranceQueer Cinema(s)

    Adolpho Arrietta was a major figure in the new cinemas that appeared in the sixties and seventies in various countries. Thus he became one of the fundamental film directors in the history of Spanish cinema. As with Buñuel, a long exile seems to have been the condition that allowed his work to keep up with the most important trends in the cinema of his era. Throughout the seventies he produced a series of “punk à la française” films, as Severo Sarduy called them, which for their originality and influence are among the most important in French cinema of that decade. In 1989 he returned to Madrid, and despite noteable intervals, which other Spanish film directors of his generation also experienced, his work proceeded. Alone, like in the era of El crimen de la pirindola but with a digital camera, he produced what for the moment is his latest film: Vacanza permanente (2006).Read More »

  • Juliet Bashore – Kamikaze Hearts (1986)

    1981-1990DocumentaryJuliet BashoreQueer Cinema(s)USA

    Alternately distressing, instructive, contestable, and fascinating, Juliet Bashore’s 1986 documentary about a lesbian couple working in the porn industry—a cynical older woman (Sharon “Mitch” Mitchell), who is a seasoned porn star, and her lover (known as Tigr), who is an uneasy newcomer to this world, where drugs play a significant role—offers a disturbing glimpse of the modification of bodies, feelings, and lives.Read More »

  • Philippe Faucon – Muriel fait le désespoir de ses parents AKA Muriel’s Parents Have Had it Up to Here (1995)

    1991-2000ArthouseFrancePhilippe FauconQueer Cinema(s)Romance

    Muriel is in love with Nora and has recently realized that yes, she prefers girls. Nora has other things in mind. Nothing too heavy here, it has a good feeling of youthful adventure, and some cool 90s parties.Read More »

  • Jeffrey Schwarz – I Am Divine (2013)

    2011-2020CampDocumentaryJeffrey SchwarzQueer Cinema(s)USA

    The Movie

    “Divine was my close friend and fearless muse. Who else could convincingly turn from teenage delinquent to mugger, prostitute, unwed mother, child abuser, fashion model, nightclub entertainer, murderess, and jailbird? All in the same movie? That’s why I am giving my full blessing to a new documentary feature film, I AM DIVINE, to be directed by award-winning filmmaker Jeffrey Schwarz.” — John WatersRead More »

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