International Queer Film Festival “Merlinka" 2010 - Belgrade

by BelgradeQueerFestival | created - 23 Feb 2013 | updated - 08 Nov 2014 | Public

Forty seven films dealing with gay, lesbian and transgender themes from across the world were shown during the five-day festival. We would like to thank the Ministry of Internal Affairs office in Belgrade for excellent cooperation, as well as all of Festival’s friends, media, translators and volunteers who contributed to its successful realization.

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1. The Big Gay Musical (2009)

Unrated | 87 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

Paul and Eddie have just begun previews for the new Off-Broadway musical "Adam and Steve Just the Way God Made 'Em." Their lives strangely mirror the characters they are playing. Paul is ... See full summary »

Directors: Casper Andreas, Fred M. Caruso | Stars: Lena Hall, Daniel Robinson, Joey Dudding, Jeff Metzler

Votes: 1,608 | Gross: $0.02M

Paul and Eddie have just begun previews for the new Off-Broadway musical “Adam and Steve Just the Way God Made ‘Em.” Their lives strangely mirror the characters they are playing. Paul is looking for the perfect man and Eddie is dealing with how his sexuality and faith can mix. After yet another disastrous dating experience, Paul has an epiphany. He is done dating and just wants to be a slut like the sexy chorus boys that share his dressing room.

2. My Name Is Love (V) (2008)

20 min | Short, Drama, Romance

Love and Sebastian meet by coincidence in the street in the Swedish summer night. They happen to share the same secret, but their encounter will have severe consequences for the both of ... See full summary »

Director: David Färdmar | Stars: Adam Lundgren, Jonas Rimeika, Alicia Vikander, Johan Carlberg

Votes: 504

Love has made his decision. Tonight he’s gonna let all those hidden feelings he’s been having for all these years come out, and create a possibility to meet someone special. It was quite a while since the last time now and Sebastian’s secret desire is getting harder to deny. His girlfriend is out of town so the timing is perfect.

3. Heiko (2008)

14 min | Short, Sci-Fi

A 70-year old aesthete is in a relationship with a young man named Heiko. It is a fetishist relationship taken to extreme exoticism.

Director: David Bonneville | Stars: José Manuel Mendes, Jaime Freitas

Votes: 181

A seventy year old aesthete is in a relationship with a young man named Heiko. It is a fetishist relationship taken to extreme exoticism.

4. Inflatable Swamp (2010)

14 min | Short, Drama

INFLATABLE SWAMP is a short film that explores gay male psychical intimacy, with some explicit nudity scenes. Matt, a gay man in his late twenties, navigates the lonely intersection of ... See full summary »

Director: William Feroldi | Stars: Francis Beraud, Edwin Ray, Paul Huntley-Thomas

Votes: 117

Inflatable swamp is short film that explores gay male physical intimacy, with some explicit nudity scenes. Matt, a gay man in his late twenties, navigates the lonely intersection of carnal sex and human closeness.

5. Toto Forever (2010)

Not Rated | 14 min | Short, Drama, Romance

Tells the impossible love story between a young postman, that dreams with a new life, and a gangster, that is in deep trouble with a mafia group. Toto will never lose the "hope", despite of the traumatic end of the affair.

Director: Roberto F. Canuto | Stars: Kylan James, Kjord Davis, Diana Grivas, Alexander Aguila

Votes: 41

“Toto Forever” tells the impossible love story between a young postmen, that dreams with a new life, and a gangster, that is in deep trouble with a mafia group. Toto will never lose the “hope”, despite of the traumatic end of the affair.

6. Lorimer (2010)

8 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

Cynical Brooklyn boys vs. earnest affection.

Director: Michael Lannan | Stars: Raúl Castillo, Charlie Dibe, Jeremy Funston, Sebastián Silva

Pillow talk is anything but light as Lorimer starts off, but the serious conversation doesn’t sit well with half of the pair.

7. Three Minutes (2009)

Short, Sci-Fi

Jesse and Max race through their war torn city to share three minutes together.

Director: Jett Garrison | Stars: Linda Borini, Brigitte Hagerman, Jessica Graves, Mark Komlos

Votes: 13

Jesse and Max race through their war torn city to share three minutes together. “Three minutes” is the story of a city in ruin and the urban dwellers that used to thrive in it. Emerging from the rubble of their war-ravaged city, they join together to celebrate the human spirit and the hope of a better tomorrow.

8. Hens and Chicks (2010)

15 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

Raised by her two Moms, Young Hanna has always known there are all types of families. But she's never thought about the logistics of it all until her friend Marco explains the process of ... See full summary »

Director: Becky Lane | Stars: Bea Miller, Sarah Hankins, Diego Torrado, Amy Driesler

Votes: 15

Raised by her two moms, Hanna has always known that there are all types of families. But she’s never really thought about the logistics of it all until her friend Marco explains the process of creating chicks from eggs. Soon after, an educational trip through cyberspace has Hanna asking, “Who’s MY rooster?”

A miserable Hollywood assistant finds romance and a reason for being when her sexy New York counterpart arrives in town. Public Relations is a funny, fresh take on growing up – and getting laid.

10. Tools 4 Fools (2009)

8 min | Short, Comedy

Julie Goldman hawks used dildos in the world's most outrageous infomercial.

Director: Kate A. Brandt | Stars: Willam Belli, Alana DiMaria, Mistress Francine, Julie Goldman

Votes: 15

Who can afford new sex toys in today’s economy? And who hasn’t wondered what to do with all those vibes and double dongs left behind after every tawdry breakup? It’s Tools 4 Fools to the rescue, as Julie Goldman struts, simpers, and mugs her way through the world’s most outrageous informercial.

11. Back to Life (I) (2009)

Not Rated | 12 min | Short, Drama

A woman grieves the loss of her girlfriend only after experiencing the vulnerability of sleeping with her best friend.

Directors: Desi del Valle, Hollie Lemarr | Stars: Lydia Bell, Desi del Valle, Chris Leidecker, Susan Papa

A woman grieves the death of her girlfriend only after experiencing the vulnerability of sleeping with her best friend.

12. The Best Is Yet to Come (2009)

16 min | Short, Drama, Romance

Set during the much debated and highly public USA Obama presidential election and controversial California State Proposition 8 vote for same sex marriage a young couple privately confront their family, fears and dreams.

Director: Eunice Wu | Stars: Shane Adler, Paige Barnett, Yan Cui, Kate Jurkiewicz

Votes: 10

Set during the much debated and highly public USA Obama presidential election and controversial California State Proposition 8 vote for same sex marriage a young couple, Sam and Alice privately confront their family, fears and dreams.

13. Lily's Image (2009)

Short

Making art, a little girl finds magic in the muddle of her parents' unusual separation.

Director: Susanne Stich | Stars: Annie Gorman, Matt Faris, Stuart Graham, Laine Megaw

Eight-year old Lilly’s parents have separated. While her father has started a new relationship and her mother is processing the split through her painting, Lilly discovers her personal reading of the situation creating her own piece of art.

14. Tetrapak (2010)

15 min | Short

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Director: Filip Peruzovic

Votes: 13

Two girls in a flat. The film follows the love relationship of two girls which in its whole seems a heterosexual one. This is a short movie about two young women which share a harmonious life, just sometimes disturbed by disparities about ideas on having a good time.

15. You Can't Curry Love (2009)

23 min | Short, Drama, Romance

A handsome South Asian from London visits India, falls for a local guy, encounters a transgender 'hijra', and discovers a country he only thought he knew.

Director: Reid Waterer | Stars: Ashwin Gore, Rakshak Sahni, Russell Reynolds, Upasana Beharee

Votes: 264

A handsome East Indian from London visits India, falls for a local guy, meets a transgendered “hijra”, and discovers a country he only thought he knew. The film won the best short film prize on San Diego “FilmOut” LGBT Film Festival an Special Jury Prize on Fargo-Moorhead LGBT Film Festival.

16. Masala mama (2010)

9 min | Short

The young son of a poor "rag-and-bone" man aspires to draw superheroes but goes about it the wrong way by stealing a comic book from the gentle owner of a small Indian provision ("mama") shop.

Director: Michael Kam | Stars: Mohan Vellayan, Vernon Ng, Narainda Subramaniam

Votes: 21

Masala Mama is a film about finding allies and heroes in the most unlikely people. The young son of a struggling ‘rag-and-bone’ man must help his father support their family, though much to his father’s chagrin, the boy is constantly distracted by daydreams of drawing comic book superheroes.

17. Being Lisa (2007 Video)

10 min | Short, Romance

A business dinner turns romantic when Lisa and Jason meet. Jason seizes the opportunity and asks her out on a date. When she reveals she is trans-gender, Jason has to figure out if he's ... See full summary »

Directors: Amara Stefani, Steven Bourasa, Gene Hoisington, Becca Louisell | Stars: Matt Mitchell, Joaquin Murrieta, Amara Stefani

A business dinner turns romantic, as sparks ignite, between Lisa and Jason. Lisa reveals that she is…unique. Jason decides to take a chance.

18. Make a Mate (2009)

4 min | Animation, Short

A lonely woman finds a magical shop where she can craft an ideal mate.

Director: Jennifer Jordan Day

A lonely woman finds a magical shop where she can craft an ideal mate.

19. Stay (2010)

8 min | Short, Drama, Romance

The relationship between a young, gay, Chinese couple comes into question when one of them refuses to stay the night.

Director: Aaron Chan | Stars: Minh Ly, Nelson Wong

Votes: 36

Sam and Eric are a young gay, Chinese couple, seemingly happy but have never shared a night together in the same bed. One night, after Eric asks his boyfriend to stay and Sam refuses, their relationship suddenly comes into question.

20. Last Call (I) (2009)

17 min | Short, Drama, Fantasy

A drama about Gavin, a recovering alcoholic, who dies and ends up in a strangely familiar bar where the mysterious Bartender lets him live out favorite moments form his life before entering heaven.

Director: Nick Corporon | Stars: Travis Joe Dixon, David Devora, Jody Jaress, Gary Casey

Votes: 193

On the way to reconcile with the love of his life, a an dies and is given the chance to relive three moments of his life.

21. Dish (2009)

Not Rated | 15 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

Emo kids Israel and Louie walk around their east Los Angeles neighborhood dishing about their high school classmates. After listening to Louie boast about his sexual escapades, Israel decides he has some catching up to do.

Director: Brian Krinsky | Stars: Matthew Monge, Lainnie Felan, Gabriel Romero, Jeff Martin

Votes: 210

Emo kids Israel and Louie walk around their East Los Angeles neighborhood dishing and “sexting” about their high school classmates. After listening to Louie boast about his sexual escapades, Israel decides he has some catching up to do.

22. Tierra madre (2010)

Not Rated | 62 min | Drama

The true story of a woman on the Mexican border determined to raise her children with her female partner.

Director: Dylan Verrechia | Stars: Aidée González, Rosalba Valenzuela, Yesenia Espinoza, Raúl Rodriguez Rodriguez

Votes: 94

Tierra Madre is based on Aidee Gonzalez’s true life, a woman living on the Mexican border towns of Tecate and Tijuana, determined to raise her children with her female partner. This narrative feature makes the strong case of the strength, the independence and the solidarity that exits among women of all ages. In the tradition of the films of Satyajit Ray, De Sica and Luis Buñuel, Tierra Madre was developed and shot with a cast of all non-actors, during a three week period with a budget of $2,000 and a crew of one.

23. Put This on the {Map} (2010)

32 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

Fed up with a lack of queer visibility, twenty two young people challenge the hetero-normative values of their polished Seattle suburbs with new definitions, insights, and expertise for reteaching gender and sexuality.

Directors: Megan Kennedy, Sid Jordan Peterson

Fed up with lack of queer visibility, twenty-six queer youth challenge the hetero-normative values of Seattle’s eastside suburbs with new definitions, insights, and personal expertise for re-teaching gender and sexuality.

24. Familiensache (2010)

27 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

A tragicomic portrait of a family living beyond the usual conventions. Excessive partying has left its mark on the parents and shaped the son. With raw honesty, the family takes stock of living and growing up together.

Director: Sarah Horst

Sarah Horst has created a tragicomic portrait of a family that tried to give itself an identity beyond the usual conventions. The father is a gay bon vivant who was once notorious for his opulent fashion shows and debauched lifestyle. Excessive partying has left its mark on the parents and shaped the son. The son has now taken over the „Schluggstube“ from his parents – a bar that serves as a meeting point for the strange and obscene. With raw honesty, the family takes stock of living and growing up together.

25. Broken (III) (2010)

18 min | Short, Drama

A young hustler tells the story of his dark journey from an upper middle-class home to living and working on the streets...and why he can't stop.

Director: Kent Thomas | Stars: Gabriel Notarangelo, Andy Luther, Heather L. Tyler, Jakob Notarangelo

Votes: 7

A young hustler relives his dark journey from an upper-middle class home to living and working on the streets…finally revealing why he can never stop.

26. Tú eliges (2009)

87 min | Comedy, Drama

Several characters from different social backgrounds cross paths in the course of one day: a 50 year old woman who refuses to grow up, a millionaire who provides in-home counseling on Feng ... See full summary »

Director: Antonia San Juan | Stars: Paula Andrés Cogollos, Diana Arrastia, Neus Asensi, Pedro Azofra

Votes: 22

You Choose is a comedy with realistic and current dramatic brushstrokes. Throughout a day cross the lives of several characters from different social classes, from the woman of fifty who still lives in adolescence, the millionaire lady who boredom gives lectures on Feng-Shui, via a pop star or an actor who tries to thrive. The actions of some affect others who do not even know, and in the end, everyone will face their dreams and ambitions with mixed fortunes.

27. Holding Hands (2010)

65 min | Documentary, Biography

Sydney couple Craig and Shane, are forced on a difficult journey to recovery after suffering a brutal hate crime; but they soon discover that even in the worst circumstances, they can inspire positive change.

Directors: Tonnette Stanford, Katherine Wilkinson

Votes: 6

Craig and Shane were holding hands when they fell victim to a brutal hate crime off Sydney’s Oxford Street in 2007. The image of Craig’s shattered face on the cover of the local newspaper called Sydney’s queer community to action, and the couple were nominated leaders of the 2008 Sydney Mardi Gras Parade. The hardest year of this young couple’s lives is documented through endless surgeries, physical and psychological recovery and their struggle to plan for their future. But at its heart, Holding Hands reveals that even in the worst circumstances, we can all create positive change.

28. A Single Man (2009)

R | 99 min | Drama, Romance

77 Metascore

An English professor, one year after the sudden death of his boyfriend, is unable to cope with his typical days in 1960s Los Angeles.

Director: Tom Ford | Stars: Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Matthew Goode, Nicholas Hoult

Votes: 100,142 | Gross: $9.17M

Set in Los Angeles in 1962, at the height of the Cuban missile crisis, A Single Man, is the story of George Falconer, a 52 year old British college professor who is struggling to find meaning to his life after the death of his long time partner, Jim. Geeorge dwells on the past and cannot see his future as we follow him through a single day, where a series of events and encounters ultimately leads him to decide if there is a meaning to life after Jim.

29. Bloomington (2010)

Not Rated | 83 min | Drama

"Bloomington" is a coming-of-age drama about a former child actress attending college in search of independence and who ends up becoming romantically involved with a female professor.

Director: Fernanda Cardoso | Stars: Allison McAtee, Sarah Stouffer, Katherine Ann McGregor, Ray Zupp

Votes: 4,517

“Bloomington” is a coming-of-age drama about a former child actress attending college in search of independence and who ends up becoming romantically involved with a female professor. Their relationship thrives until an opportunity to return to acting forces her to make life-altering decisions.

30. The Heretics (2009)

95 min | Documentary, Biography, History

The Heretics uncovers the inside story of a pivotal force in the "second wave" of the Women's Movement. Director Joan Braderman, who followed her dream of becoming a filmmaker to New York ... See full summary »

Director: Joan Braderman | Stars: Emma Amos, Ida Applebroog, Patsy Beckert, Joan Braderman

Votes: 14

The Film uncovers for the first time in a feature film, the inner workings of the Second Wave of the Women’s Movement. Following her dream of becoming a filmmaker, Joan Braderman moved to New York City in 1971. By lucky chance, she joined Heresies when it was founded in 1975 – A feminist art collective at the epicenter of the 1970s art world in lower Manhattan, members of the Heresies Collective, now accomplished artists, writers, architects, filmmakers, curators, and teachers – scattered around the world – speak intimately about the extraordinary times they shared.

31. Assume Nothing (2009)

82 min | Documentary

Many of us assume that there are only two genders and that being female or male follows from the sex of our biological bodies. Focusing on the art, photography and performances of four "... See full summary »

Director: Kirsty MacDonald

Votes: 8

Inspired by the photographs of acclaimed New Zealand photographer Rebecca Swan, the candid, provocative, and genre-blurring documentary Assume Nothing focuses on the art and performances of five “alternative” gender artists of Maori, Samoan-Japanese, and Pakeha/European descent, posing the question: “What if “male” and “female” are not the only options?”

32. Open (2010)

Unrated | 88 min | Drama, Romance

Interweaving love stories centering on real individuals who are utilizing medicine to explore new frontiers of love, sex, and the human form.

Director: Jake Yuzna | Stars: Tempest Crane, Jendeen Forberg, Gaea Gaddy, Morty Diamond

Votes: 106

A queer road-movie-transsexual romance. In his feature film debut, director Jake Yuzna spectacularly combines all kinds of gender crossing permutations. One of the film’s protagonists is the young hermaphrodite Cynthia. It’s not until Cynthia meets Gen and Jay, that she first hears the term pandrogony. She promptly leaves her husband and sets off with Jay and Gen on a road trip that takes her through what’s left of the American dream of the twentieth century. Film received Teddy Bear Award at Berlinale 2010.

33. William S. Burroughs: A Man Within (2010)

Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary

63 Metascore

William S. Burroughs: featuring never before seen footage as well as exclusive interviews with his closest friends and colleagues. Born the heir of the Burroughs' adding machine estate, he ... See full summary »

Director: Yony Leyser | Stars: Fred Aldrich, Laurie Anderson, Amiri Baraka, Jello Biafra

Votes: 994 | Gross: $0.05M

The film investigates the life of legendary beat author and American icon, William S. Burroughs. Born the heir of the Burroughs’ adding machine estate, he struggled throughout his life with addiction, control systems and self. He was forced to deal with the tragedy of killing his wife and the repercussions of neglecting his soon. His novel, Naked Lunch, was one of the books to be banned by the U.S. government. Allen Ginsberg and Norman Mailer testified on behalf of the book. The courts eventually overturned their decision in 1966, ruling that the book had important social value. It remains one of the most recognized literary work of the 20th century.

34. Les Nanas (2010)

4 min | Short, Comedy, Fantasy

A 'Stepford' tea party gone awry.

Director: Danielle Morgan-Scharhon | Stars: Coral Aiken, Claire Marshall

Shot on one reel of Super8mm and edited in camera, Les Nanas is a visual interpretation of a piece of music by avant-garde musicians, the Artie Smudges Trio, which follows a day in the lives of three doll-like women.

Carmen’s Place is an intimate portrayal of life at a transgender friendly shelter for teenagers run by an Episcopal priest in Queens, NY. For many of the residents, life at Carmen’s Place is the first real home they’ve ever experienced.

36. Thy Will Be Done (2010)

57 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

THY WILL BE DONE follows Male-to-Female Transsexual Sara Herwig in her path to ordination in the Presbyterian Church. Efforts have been made to block her ordination by the evangelical ... See full summary »

Director: Alice Bouvrie

Thy will be done follow Male-to-Female Transsexual Sara Herwig in her path to ordination in the Presbyterian Church. Efforts have been made to block her ordination by the evangelical conservative groups who don’t recognize her as female and question her fitness to be a Pastor… but who also challenge her candidacy because she is in a same-sex relationship, with a woman.

37. Romeo & Julio (2009)

75 min | Comedy

Break-dance trash musical comedy/parody based on William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet.

Director: Ivan Peric | Stars: Toni Rinkovec, Toni Dorotic, Marko Trevizan, Ante Blajic

Votes: 35

Romeo and Julio is the first trash gay break dance musical, a parody about Romeo and Juliet completely synchronized to croatian language. The main theme in the movie is based on the story of Shakespeare’s tragedy of “Romeo and Juliet”. The film was filmed on different locations in Split and then edited in the premises of the Kino Klub Split.

38. Mv (2007)

Short, Drama

The two adolescents contemplate each other in a Belgrade caffe. But, will those looks become something else?

Director: Jasmin Cvisic | Stars: Marko Janjic, Milutin Milosevic

Milutin Milutin Milošević and Marko Janjić are in a love scene with no words nor personal contact. The two adolescents contemplate each other in a Belgrade caffe. But, will those looks become something else?

Čarls Marić is a young Herzegovian who after 15 years of life in Germany returns for a visit to his home land, a small village in Herzegovina. His only ties with the place are memories about Andjelko, a friend from his childhood. The film was awarded at last year’s West Herzegovina Fest.

What we deeply hide inside of ourselves is actually what scares us the most

41. The Girl Bunnies (2009)

Short

It's old-school, stop-motion animation where rabbits communicate through typewriters, where everyone plays hockey and where girl rabbits fall in love with girl rabbits. In "The Girl Bunnies... See full summary »

Director: Françoise Doherty

It’s old-school, stop-motion animation where rabbits communicate through typewriters, where everyone plays hockey and where girl rabbits fall in love with girl rabbits. In “The Girl Bunnies. Hockey”, Coco loves hockey, but she REALLY likes Hockey Girl!

42. Felizes Para Sempre (2009)

7 min | Documentary, Short, Drama

Two lesbians who are 32 years together. Still in love and still sexually active.

Director: Ricky Mastro | Star: Lucia Lacerda

The story of two lesbians who are 32 years together. Still in love, still sexually active.

43. Playing with Gender (2007)

Short

Young people on a picnic learn about gender, gender roles, and transgendered identities in this re-imagining of a 1950's educational film. The film shows how gender is constructed and a ... See full summary »

Director: Ashley Altadonna

Votes: 5

Young people on a picnic learn about gender, gender roles, and transgendered identities in this re-imagining of a 1950’s educational film. The film shows how gender is constructed and a multitude of gender identities that fall outside the boundaries of simply male or female.

44. To je nase dijete (2010)

Short, Sport

Sasha, Alex, Jasenko and Alma are gay people living in Sarajevo and Tuzla, talking about their "coming out" process, relationships with parents, friends and boyfriends/girlfriends. Sasa's ... See full summary »

Director: Elma Islamovic

Saša, Alex, Jasenko and Alma are gay people living in Sarajevo and Tuzla, talking about their “coming out” process, relationships with parents, friends and boyfriends/girlfriends. Saša’s parents have rejected him as their son, and for three years he doesn’t have any contact with them. Alex still needs to tell his father he has started sex transition change.

45. Alles an mir (2010)

44 min | Short, Drama

Austrian director Barbara S. Müller is telling the story of the relationship between two women, which live in an emotional satellization to the other on. The two of the mare now standing ... See full summary »

Director: Barbara S. Müller | Stars: Annina Butterworth, Mina Causevic, Frank Kallinowski, Isabel Martinez

Austrian director Barbara S. Müller is telling the story of the relationship between two women, which live in an emotional satellization to the other on. The two of the mare now standing right in front of an abyss – but only one of them will succeed to free herself from dependence. Based on a true story.

46. Die Schwestern (2009)

Documentary

With the appearance of bearded men in nuns' costumes, collecting money for the needy members of the gay community, the Sistory of the "Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence" started in San ... See full summary »

Director: Manfred Hoschek

With the appearance of bearded men in nuns’ costumes, collecting money for the needy members of the gay community, the Sistory of the “Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence” started in San Francisco at Easter 1979. Since than, the Sisters have developed a wide network of “Houses” and “Orders” in numerous countries. They support gay, lesbian and transgender organizations as well as Aids projects.



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