Royal Scandal Cinema : The Boys in the Band

William Friedkin, Drama, US 1970, 120’ (EN/d)

The scandal film specialists of “royalscandalcinema” are guests at the Luststreifen Film Festival in Basel for the second time to present a program block on William Friedkin’s “The Boys in the Band”. While the play on which the film is based was celebrated in the gay community in 1968, the feature film released two years later became a major scandal in the context of the “Stone Wall Riots”. In her introduction to the film, film scholar and cultural journalist Murièle Weber will talk about how this change came about – and why the film is now once again considered part of the gay film canon.

Fictional Shorts Competition

To all the boys I loved

Franco Ariel Malizia, Argentina 2020, 3’, (Spanish/EN)

Every person who passes through our lives leaves a mark on ourselves, but none is as permanent as those left by the people we once loved.

Spring in Autumn

Ghasideh Golmakani, Iran 2021, 8‘ (Persian/EN)

An Iranian woman leaves her husband and travels to Russia. Memories of her world cup trip come up, as well as an uncomfortable secret …

Boycam

Rodrigo Sena, Arlindo Bezerra, Ernani Silveira, Brazil 2021, 20‘ (Portugiese/EN)

The sexcams industry is one of the fastest growing sectors in the world. In contemporary life, personal relationships have decreased statistically and virtual meetings have increased. Unemployment increases as people search for alternatives suitable for the digital labor market. More and more, new or old professions are being reinvented

Scenes from Childhood

Kimberly Palermo, Brazil 2021, 6’ (without dialogue)

A young mouse in his late childhood lives the perfect life. He plays with his dolls, eats cookies and listens to fairy tales – until a sleepless night changes everything.

God’s Daughter Dances

Sungbin BYUN, Südkorea 2020, 25’ (Korean / EN)

A transgender female dancer, Shin-mi, gets a call from the Military Manpower Administration, to attend for the Military Service Examination. Shin-mi, with everything in readiness, takes her steps to the Military Manpower Administration.

Rimi

Nischhal Sharma, Indien 2021, 13’ (English, Hindi/EN)

Rimi, a housewife, stuck in the mundane life of domesticity finds herself on the threshold of leaving everything behind and embracing liberation when a desire awakens in her after she encounters young and attractive Riya.

Discussion with the filmmakers after the screening.

Doc Shorts Competition

The rope’s kiss

Karina Aceves, Mexiko 2020, 9’ (Spanish, French/ EN)

The journey of three women willing to explore their sexuality, giving themselves to the pleasure of the ropes, through the Shibari.

The Space Around You

Rainer Kelly, Australien 2021, 11’ (English)

Sarah and Bec are a queer creative couple that collaborate, perform and live together. A snapshot of their excessively busy pre-pandemic lifestyle contrasts the following scenes in which we witness a day in the life of their adaptation to a new found existence amid an arts industry in turmoil.

About queens and other colors

Juan Herrera Zuluaga, Guatemala 2020, 17’ (Spanish/EN)

Queens, drags and transgender people tell of their experiences performing and living out their dreams in a hostile and homophobic society – colourful, heart-breaking and disturbing in equal measures.

Bellydance Vogue

Hadi Moussally, Frankreich 2020, 5’ (Arabic/EN)

Hadi’s birthday landed on the 3rd of April, 2020 during lockdown and for the first time he celebrated it all by himself.

All Monsters Are Human

Helen Spooner, Hugh Davis, Vereinigtes Königreich 2019, 21’, (Azerbaijani/EN)

In September 2017 the police carried out brutal attacks against the LGBT community in Azerbaijan. Dozens of people were arrested and subsequently tortured and raped in prison. Like many others, Roma, Katrin and Lisa fell victim to these police raids and suffered cruel treatment. They escaped from Azerbaijan and found refuge in Istanbul. Through their narratives and the use of original animation, this documentary reveals their past as well as their fears about the future. LGBT individuals are one of the most vulnerable groups in Turkey. Even in Istanbul they live in daily fear that they may suffer the same fate as in their homeland.

Tiefe Kümmernis

Shyam L. Jones, Österreich 2019, 5‘ (English)

Ben (alter-ego: Tiefe Kümmernis) is a drag queen and art historian who sheds light on fashion and queer history on his tours through the prestigious Museum of Art History in Vienna.

Nullo

Jan Soldat, Österreich, Deutschland 2021, 16‘, (German/EN)

Norbert, affable gay Austrian fellow, sits or stands naked in various poses in his small apartment. It is clear, that Norbert has no penis, and in its stead has had a winged penis tattooed above the space where it used to be. Norbert recounts his story matter-of-factly, relating how he was alienated from his penis from a young age, and what his ex-boyfriend, family and friends think of his decision to take matters into his own hands and remove it. Nullo is a fascinating portrait of an individual with penis dysmorphia who appears to be much happier and content without the very appendage that provides many men – especially gay men – with their entire raison d’être.

Discussion with the filmmakers after the screening.

Porn Shorts Competition 1

Testing My Poise

Silvia Maggi, Germany, Italy 2021, 3’ (without dialogue)

Two femme dommes are meeting in a cruising area and the camera follows their encounter. Inspired by legendary works of John Waters and Ross Meyer and starring the majestic Madame X and Sadie Lune, this video is a combination of slapstick comedy and sexiness in a 60’s vibe 8mm short
movie.

Discovery

Nora Smith, Switzerland 2021, 14´(English)

Two creatures explores each others bodies in a passionate ritual where tongues dissolve into the skin. In a humid steamy metropolis, dimly lit by blue neons, a creature weaves in and out the streets. United again, the two beings merge into a viscuous texture created by their own pleasure. They liquify in their passion, between languid embraces and powerful movements. Hybrid, the body becomes a simple vessel allowing their soul to experience the intemporal carress that the sexual act offers.

Exhibitionists

Aló, hiperlinque, Tormenta Cósmica, Brasil 2021, 10’ (Portugues /EN)Two hotties go for a sex adventure in the streets, marking their territory with the delicious liquid of cum.

Fisherman 

Nicky Miller, Germany 2021, 10‘ (English)

A fisherman is at the lake when a beautiful young man gets into the water.
Fascinated by him, the fisherman begins an idyllic sexual trip into nature.

Another Beautiful Creature

Mahx Capacity, USA 2021, 15’ (English)

Part documentary, part queer porn, Another Beautiful Creature captures moments of discovery and growth that surround one trans/nonbinary couple’s experience of pregnancy during the coronavirus pandemic. Interviews and an intimate encounter bring us into the world of 8-month pregnant Jasper Lowe (he/they) and partner Poodle Mixx (they/them). The couple discusses their shifting relationships to gender and self, Jasper’s evolving body, and fucking while pregnant.

Antifa Faggots

Lasse Långström, Germany, Sweden 2020, 25’ (English, German/EN)

Gentrification is creeping closer to the home of the antifa faggots and the topic for todays WG-plenum is the threat of eviction, But it all has to wait when it it is revealed that somebody has put meat in the fridge. Prepare for discipline and punishment!

Discussion with the filmmakers after the screening.

Neubau

Drama, 81′
German
Johannes M. Schmit, Germany 2020

Trailer

Summer in the Brandenburg province. Markus is torn between his love for his grannies in need of care and his longing for a different life in Berlin. In daydreams, a gaggle of dazzling demons appears to him more and more frequently as harbingers of a queer urban family of choice that will free him from his loneliness. When he falls in love with Duc, everything becomes even more complicated. Because actually the packed boxes for the move to the big city are already in Markus’ new apartment.

Where do I want to live – and how? Writer/lead actor Tucké Royale and director Johannes M. Schmit deal with these existential questions in their debut film from the perspective of a young queer man in the Uckermark region. And answer them with a decidedly non-normative way of life, in which liberation from conservative notions of sexuality and gender plays just as much a role as commitment and mutual care. Their queer homeland film was created far away from the big metropolises as an independent production in an artists collective that is concerned with ambivalent (counter)narratives and a “new self-evidence”. In January 2020, “Neubau” celebrated its premiere in the feature film competition of the Max Ophüls Preis film festival. There, it was awarded Best Feature Film, receiving special praise from the jury for its “power to generate empathy.” Tucké Royale also received the Socially Relevant Film Award for its writing and acting.

Vento Seco (Dry Wind)

Drama, 110’
Portuguese/E
Daniel Nolasco, Brazil 2020

Trailer

In July, the dry wind and low air humidity dries up the skin of residents of a small city in Goias. Sandro spends his days going to the city club, to work, playing soccer with friends and attending his hometown parties. He has a relationship with Ricardo, his co-worker but his routine begins to change with the arrival of Maicon, a boy who pikes up his attention and of which everyone knows very little.

Porn Shorts Competition 2

Beauty and the Beast

Mathieu Morel, Frankreich 2021, 13’ (French/EN)

Our program for the evening has been composed by and for growns-up, who haven’t lost their child soul. Eternal history, the tale of Belle-Rose. As known as Beauty and the beast. Warning, some images are likely to offend homophobic sensitivity.

Pops’ Corn

Ethan Folk, Ty Wardwell, Deutschland 2020, 4‘ (English)

Bratty boyslut won’t stop fussin’ ’til his daddies serve a spitroast unlike any other.

2 or 3 things I like about him

Paul Stümke, Billy Vega, Jamal Phoenix, Deutschland 2021, 15′ (English)

An attempt to create a subjective gaze at a professional porn set. Contrasting the proximal POVs of performers Jamal Phoenix and Billy Vega with an at times tableau- vivant-like outside perspective, it oscillates between intimacy and distance.

Camera and I

Shine Louise Houston, USA 2020, 14’ (English)

Make love to the camera! The distinctions between the 4th wall and the gaze are blurred as a hot camera explores new facets of its own vision in this quirky, sexy short film starring Jasko Fide. A porn for cinephiles.

Merci Madame Manon

Manon Praline, Deutschland 2021, 21’ (English)

In this 20min switchy scene, Madame Manon is proud to show off her gorgeous and so perfectly obediant babydoll Puck Ellington. The Femmedomme uses the doll as her personal toy for pleasure, breaking through the limits of ethically acceptable sex practices. But Puck knows how to take what they want out of the situation and enjoys it quite a lot until they flip it into a T4T straight play, makes Manon Praline kneel down and turns her into a Domme I Like to Fuck.

Discussion with the filmmakers after the screening.

Hive

Hive

Drama, 84′
Ov/German
Blerta Basholli, Croatia / Switzerland 2021

Trailer

A woman whose husband has been missing since the Kosovo war takes her life into her own hands: she starts her own business to provide for her family and give work to other women in her village. The film, based on a true story, won several awards at Sundance.

Garderie nocturne

Dokumentary, 67’
Ov/E
Moumouni Sanou, Burkina Faso / France / Germany 2020

Trailer

Every evening in a popular area of the city of Bobo-Dioulasso in Burkina Faso, Mrs. Coda welcomes the children of prostitutes at her home. The young women then stroll through the “Black”, a lively alley in the city center, until daybreak when they come to pick up their babies.

Sedimentos

Documentary, 89’

Spanish/German

Adrián Silvestre, Spani 2021

Trailer

Six trans women travel to a small town in León where they will explore unusual landscapes, as well as the ins and outs of their own personalities. Looking for answers about what connects them as a group, they will learn to deal with their differences.

“Sedimentos” is an engaging and fun story about empathy, individuality and the need to belong. It is the present radiography of a collective, which looks into the past and projects itself into the future, celebrating the extraordinary possibility of being unique and unrepeatable.

Glück

Drama, 90′
German
Henrika Kull, Deutschland 2021

Trailer

Sascha has been working in the Berlin brothel Queens for years. Maria is the new girl, unadjusted, self-sufficient, queer. Sascha is immediately attracted by this otherness, Maria in turn is fascinated by Sascha’s sovereignty. The attraction turns into a love that works differently than anything either of them has known before. It is the promise of great happiness. But then their connection threatens to break – because of the fear of really showing themselves to each other and facing their own abysses.

In “Glück”, Henrika Kull tells of two women who meet in a world where female bodies are commodities. In authentic, powerful images, she follows her two main characters as they first sneak around each other, then dance around each other, soon unable to live without each other, but also unable to really live with each other. A sweeping love story that knows no boundaries.

Doc Shorts Competition

The rope’s kiss

Karina Aceves, Mexiko 2020, 9’ (Spanish, French/ EN)

The journey of three women willing to explore their sexuality, giving themselves to the pleasure of the ropes, through the Shibari.

The Space Around You

Rainer Kelly, Australien 2021, 11’ (English)

Sarah and Bec are a queer creative couple that collaborate, perform and live together. A snapshot of their excessively busy pre-pandemic lifestyle contrasts the following scenes in which we witness a day in the life of their adaptation to a new found existence amid an arts industry in turmoil.

About queens and other colors

Juan Herrera Zuluaga, Guatemala 2020, 17’ (Spanish/EN)

Queens, drags and transgender people tell of their experiences performing and living out their dreams in a hostile and homophobic society – colourful, heart-breaking and disturbing in equal measures.

Bellydance Vogue

Hadi Moussally, Frankreich 2020, 5’ (Arabic/EN)

Hadi’s birthday landed on the 3rd of April, 2020 during lockdown and for the first time he celebrated it all by himself.

All Monsters Are Human

Helen Spooner, Hugh Davis, Vereinigtes Königreich 2019, 21’, (Azerbaijani/EN)

In September 2017 the police carried out brutal attacks against the LGBT community in Azerbaijan. Dozens of people were arrested and subsequently tortured and raped in prison. Like many others, Roma, Katrin and Lisa fell victim to these police raids and suffered cruel treatment. They escaped from Azerbaijan and found refuge in Istanbul. Through their narratives and the use of original animation, this documentary reveals their past as well as their fears about the future. LGBT individuals are one of the most vulnerable groups in Turkey. Even in Istanbul they live in daily fear that they may suffer the same fate as in their homeland.

Tiefe Kümmernis

Shyam L. Jones, Österreich 2019, 5‘ (English)

Ben (alter-ego: Tiefe Kümmernis) is a drag queen and art historian who sheds light on fashion and queer history on his tours through the prestigious Museum of Art History in Vienna.

Nullo

Jan Soldat, Österreich, Deutschland 2021, 16‘, (German/EN)

Norbert, affable gay Austrian fellow, sits or stands naked in various poses in his small apartment. It is clear, that Norbert has no penis, and in its stead has had a winged penis tattooed above the space where it used to be. Norbert recounts his story matter-of-factly, relating how he was alienated from his penis from a young age, and what his ex-boyfriend, family and friends think of his decision to take matters into his own hands and remove it. Nullo is a fascinating portrait of an individual with penis dysmorphia who appears to be much happier and content without the very appendage that provides many men – especially gay men – with their entire raison d’être.

Discussion with the filmmakers after the screening.

Girls Can’t Surf

Documentary, 104’
English
Christopher Nelius, Australia 2020

Trailer

A wild ride of rebellion, smashing the patriarchy and cut-throat adventure, GIRLS CAN’T SURF dives into the world of professional surfing; a circus of fluoro colours, peroxide hair and radical male egos. In a time where women were side-lined to tiny bikinis and arm-candy, this disparate group of women from around the world dreamt of becoming world champions. Fiercely individual, competitive, ambitious and opinionated, these women came up against a male-dominated million-dollar industry and culture that wasn’t ready for them.

Fictional Shorts Competition

To all the boys I loved

Franco Ariel Malizia, Argentina 2020, 3’, (Spanish/EN)

Every person who passes through our lives leaves a mark on ourselves, but none is as permanent as those left by the people we once loved.

Spring in Autumn

Ghasideh Golmakani, Iran 2021, 8‘ (Persian/EN)

An Iranian woman leaves her husband and travels to Russia. Memories of her world cup trip come up, as well as an uncomfortable secret …

Boycam

Rodrigo Sena, Arlindo Bezerra, Ernani Silveira, Brazil 2021, 20‘ (Portugiese/EN)

The sexcams industry is one of the fastest growing sectors in the world. In contemporary life, personal relationships have decreased statistically and virtual meetings have increased. Unemployment increases as people search for alternatives suitable for the digital labor market. More and more, new or old professions are being reinvented

Scenes from Childhood

Kimberly Palermo, Brazil 2021, 6’ (without dialogue)

A young mouse in his late childhood lives the perfect life. He plays with his dolls, eats cookies and listens to fairy tales – until a sleepless night changes everything.

God’s Daughter Dances

Sungbin BYUN, Südkorea 2020, 25’ (Korean / EN)

A transgender female dancer, Shin-mi, gets a call from the Military Manpower Administration, to attend for the Military Service Examination. Shin-mi, with everything in readiness, takes her steps to the Military Manpower Administration.

Rimi

Nischhal Sharma, Indien 2021, 13’ (English, Hindi/EN)

Rimi, a housewife, stuck in the mundane life of domesticity finds herself on the threshold of leaving everything behind and embracing liberation when a desire awakens in her after she encounters young and attractive Riya.

Discussion with the filmmakers after the screening.