Deviating from heteronormative ideas still leads to irritation and being an outsider. In search of an answer to the question of why everyone can't just be who they want to be without having to answer every time, the films in this year's selection range from a turbulent family celebration to an embarrassing interview with a psychiatrist before a (operative) gender reassignment, to a drag show full of self-confidence rounded off with glitter and a propane fairy.
Triggerwarning: age discrimination, body shaming, bullying, death, explicit depiction or mention of physical, emotional or sexual violence, homo-, inter- and transphobia, racism, sexism
Amir Ovadia Steklov // Germany // 2022 // 15:26 min
Since his early childhood, Amir has struggled to fit into a binary culture and feels invisible in the LGBTQIA community. Why is it so goddamn hard for everyone to get along without constant attributions and classifications?
Da-young YOON // South Korea // 2022 // 14:33 min
Su-wan takes her girlfriend Yun-a along to a family birthday party. Since no one in her family knows that she is lesbian yet, she sneaks a kiss from Yun-a in what she believes to be an unobserved moment. Alas, as bad luck would have it, someone catches them in the act, and suddenly the whole celebration is at stake.
Paco Ruiz // Spain // 2022 // 10:07 min
It's River's first appointment in the Gender Identity Disorder Unit. A psychiatric test is supposed to determine whether treatment can commence. River knows the answers and yet there is one detail that jeopardises the plan.
Juan Diego Aguirre Gómez // Colombia // 2022 // 15:58 min
Jairo is a 50-year-old gay sex worker employed in a Columbian club. He can't imagine a life outside his familiar underworld existence of illegality and lust. Unfortunately, his patroness implies that his time there is running out.
Ary Zara // Portugal // 2022 // 19:38 min
Larissa, a trans woman, and Cláudio, a cis man, meet on the streets of Lisbon. Two individuals from two different realities – together they process and dance away their differences in a gentle journey through the night, filled with light and hope for better days.