Queer at DFF – Recommendations July 2024

At DFF Cinema

WEdnesday, 3 July | 6:30PM

Germany/France 2011. Dir: Angelina Maccarone. Documentary film. 98 mins. DCP. Original version with German subtitles

The documentary film by Angelina Maccarone approaches actress Charlotte Rampling as a taboo-breaker, style icon, world star, and daring avant-gardist. In nine chapters, Maccarone—whose award-winning coming-out film “Kommt Mausi raus?!” from the 1990s or her critically acclaimed “Fremde Haut” about a fleeing lesbian Muslim should not be missing from any lesbian film collection—shows various facets of Rampling through exchanges of ideas with companions like Paul Auster and Peter Lindbergh on topics such as aging, beauty, death, and love. Maccarone, who is in a relationship with film editor Bettina Boehler, explains the peculiarity of the titular “Look” of Rampling as follows: “Its secret lies in the ambiguity of this word: her appearance, which draws glances, and her gaze from those eyes, in which even Visconti thought he could see that they had seen everything.” Throughout her long career, Charlotte Rampling has repeatedly collaborated with gay directors such as Andrew Haigh and especially François Ozon, and for this reason alone has garnered a queer fan base. Watch the trailer

Sunday, 21 July | 10:30PM
TERZA VISIONE – 10th Festival of Italian Genre Film

YU 1979. Dir: Boštjan Hladnik. Cast: Duša Pockaj, Marina Urbanc, Lili Brajer. 99 mins. 35mm. Original evrsion with English subtitles

Lustful crime comedy: An elderly lady lives in a villa by the sea, where she translates erotic and crime novels while fueled by whiskey, takes trips in her Porsche, and hosts disco nights with young men in leather outfits. One day, she receives a visit from her niece Julija, Julija’s husband David, and their young lover, Adam. When Cita, the lady’s publisher, also joins them, the villa transforms into a commune of free love. But when the seaside paradise becomes the scene of a series of mysterious crimes and deaths, the erotic camp comedy turns into a bizarre crime thriller. The film is shown in cooperation with goEast – Festival of Central and Eastern European Film, where it was screened this April as part of the symposium “The Other Queers – Film Images from the Periphery of Europe” in Wiesbaden.

Tuesday, 23 July | 8:00PM
Film Series Queering Jewishness – Jewish Queerness

USA 2020. Dir: Emma Seligmann. Cast: Rachel Sennott, Danny Deferrari, Fred Melamed. 77 mins. DCP. Original with German subtiltes

Inspired by personal experiences, the Jewish-Canadian director Emma Seligmann tells in her debut film about a day in the life of 19-year-old bisexual New Yorker Danielle, who studies Gender Studies and attends a shiva, a Jewish mourning ceremony, with her Jewish family. There, she faces not only her former lover Maya but also her secret lover and “Sugar Daddy” Max, as well as his non-Jewish wife and newborn baby. In her queer-feminist intimate comedy, Seligmann exaggerates and simultaneously absurdifies Jewish stereotypes. Watch the trailer – For those who want to see more from Emma Seligmann, a little tip for home viewing: Seligmann’s delightfully over-the-top teen comedy “Bottoms“, about two lesbian students who start a fight club to get closer to girls, is available on Amazon Prime.


Online Exhibition (in English)
21 cultural objects under a a queer lens
Created as part of the DE-BIAS project

How can we use art to talk about history? Art and cultural objects from European archives can be used to reflect on historical events and break up traditional narratives. Hidden personalities and narratives that have been forgotten or neglected by history emerge from new perspectives. The online exhibition, curated by Dani Martiri of Queering Rome, was created as part of the DEBIAS project and can be viewed on Europeana. More…

Online Exhibition (in English)
About the French artist, writer, and activist
Created as part of the DE-BIAS project

Claude Cahun (b.1894 in Nantes, France) was a French photographer, sculptor, writer and activist now known for iconic works that explore gender identity and sexuality. Born Lucy Schwob, the artist adopted the gender-neutral name Claude Cahun in 1917 as a way of protesting gender and sexual norms. Cahun’s partner in art and in life, Suzanne Malherbe, similarly chose to go by the more gender-neutral Marcel Moore. More…

Queere Mutterschaft
In conjunction with WEIMAR WEIBLICH

In the podcast conversation with the Berlin artist Annette Hollywood, one of the topics is why lesbian mothers are rarely mentioned in history, and when they are, it’s often in criminal contexts. Additionally, Annette Hollywood introduces her video project, “anderkawer,” which explores the traces of queer motherhood. A video from this project is also on display in the foyer of the WEIMAR WEIBLICH exhibition. More…

Das Homosexuellen-Melodram ANDERS ALS DIE ANDERN
In conjunction with WEIMAR WEIBLICH

Richard Oswald’s “ANDERS ALS DIE ANDERN” (GER 1919) was the first film to address homosexuality and Paragraph 175, which criminalized homosexuality. Film scholar Wolfgang Theis talks about the educational film, starring Conrad Veidt, which was not only a box office hit but also faced homophobic attacks. More…

Conversation (in German)
Film scholars Karola Gramann and Heide Schlüpmann about MÄDCHEN IN UNIFORM
In conjunction with WEIMAR WEIBLICH

This classic of early German sound film, and revered as a lesbian cult film, features an all-female cast and two women in key roles behind the camera: Christa Winsloe wrote the screenplay and Leontine Sagan directed. After the screening, film scholars Karola Gramann and Heide Schlüpmann talked about the history of the film’s reception, its personal significance for them, and about a wonderful interview they conducted with lead actress Hertha Thiele in the early 1980s. More…

2001 kubrick

Lecture (in English)
International Kubrick Symposium 2018

Will the future be gender-fluid, characterized by an unspecified and changing gender? In this 2018 lecture, cultural historian Dominic Janes emphasized that Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” can also be interpreted as a queer odyssey. More…

RHIZOM Filmgeschichte

The platform RHIZOM FILMGESCHICHTE explores the beginnings of films. In the thematic path “QUEER CINEMA – Counter-Narratives and Cinematic Experiments,” Karin Michalski writes about an explicitly political phenomenon that does not adhere to well-defined identities but rather subverts, confuses, and expands normative societal concepts of identity. More…

Online-Talk (in German)
Influential Films and Cinema

On the occasion of the Queer Action Days 2022, Olaf Wehowski (LUCAS – International Festival for Young Film Lovers, DFF) spoke with Ioannis Karathanasis (Association of Binational Families and Partnerships) and Josefine Liebig (Alliance for Acceptance and Diversity Frankfurt) about films on the topic of coming out within the family. More…