Weiterstadt’s annual celebration of queer cinema is ready for take-off! From 3 to 16 November, you can watch both short and feature films in the Kommunales Kino Weiterstadt. With their selection, Queer Filmfest aims to “encourage the dialogue about acceptance and equal rights, but also point out injustices and discriminations existing around the globe.” Need some help picking out what to watch? Check our tips below!
Still from A Room of My Own, 2022.
You can check out Queer Filmfest’s full programme here, but we want to put an extra spotlight on these three films:
dir. by Eva Vitija
With novels like Carol and The Talented Mr. Ripley under her belt, Patricia Highsmith belongs to the top of the literary world. The successful film adaptations have only enlarged her work’s audience. The thriller author’s private life, however, has remained hidden from any publicity until now. With personal writings and accounts of her family and lovers, Loving Highsmith thus casts new light on Highsmith’s life and oeuvre, permeated by themes of love and its defining influence on identity.
Nelly & Nadine
dir. by Magnus Gertten
Still from Nelly & Nadine, 2022.
The voice of opera singer Nelly resonates in the middle of Ravensbrück concentration camp. It is there that Nelly and Nadine met for the first time, at Christmas in 1944. They found each other again after liberation and were to stay together for the rest of their lives. Today, Nelly’s granddaughter Sylvie is about to be confronted with her grandmother’s legacy.
In Nelly & Nadine director Magnus Gertten accompanies Sylvie on her search, following the traces of the untold stories that are found in the various sources. It’s a moving film about a deep and loving lesbian relationship and the necessity of individual and collective remembrance.
A Room of My Own
dir. by Ioseb ‘Soso’ Bliadze
Tina, a young woman who has lost her way in life, rents a room from the vibrant Megi. Thanks to her, she gradually starts to discover what it’s like to be free. Furthermore, she understands what it means to be able to make her own decisions without being reliant on men…
Self-assured in its directorial style, A Room of My Own portrays millennials in contemporary Tbilisi and points to the influence of patriarchal thinking on Georgian society.
All (edited) synopses and images are from the festival website and IMDB.
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