Forbidden Love

Love, desire and passion can have various forms. Watch our selection of films reflecting LGBT and queer themes in various styles and genres...

Eccentric young man Alexei in Butterflies has no problem being openly gay and the people around him have no problem accepting him; with a single but all the more important exception; his mother… In Call Me Marianna, a woman trapped in a male body longs to start a new, authentic life, but she will have to sacrifice the most precious thing she has: her family. Gus Van Sant meets James Bidgood and Pier Paolo Pasolini in Brothers of the Night, a hybrid between fiction and documentary, and a dark ballad from night-time Vienna. In Touch, a gay painting collector and imitator returns to Chinatown after fifty years to care for his dying mother. The mind of mentally disabled Sergei, a Putin admirer and Orthodox Christian, is a meeting point for all the extremes of the Russian world, which has No Place for Fools. What right for life and happiness does a pedophile have if he harms nobody? This issue is discussed in Veronika Lišková’s Daniel’s World, while Scandal is mapping the first open confessions of gays in present day Albania. In I Just Wanted to Be Somebody, acclaimed American director Jay Rosenblatt revisits the 1970s to capture the story of Anita Bryant, a woman who left her paradoxical mark on gay liberation rights. The portrait of photographer, filmmaker, video artist and remarkable figure of New York underground Tom Chomont by documentary legend Mike Hoolboom is beyond all rules, expectations and even description.

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