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Matsumoto Toshio "Funeral Parade of Roses" © Toshio Matsumoto
Toshio Matsumoto "Funeral Parade of Roses" © Toshio Matsumoto
Toshio Matsumoto"Funeral Parade of Roses" © Toshio Matsumoto
Rohan Kanawade "Sundar" © Rohan Kanawade
Toshio Matsumoto "Funeral Parade of Roses" © Toshio Matsumoto


The Blickle Kino at 21er Haus turns into an exciting place for film enthusiasts at the opening evening of [Trans] Asia Portraits (06 February) and during two further Movie Nights (10 and 12 February). Curated by Cis Bierinckx, the film programme complements the performances and installations, thereby focuses on LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) filmmakers from China, India, Japan and Vietnam. Their movies are dedicated to issues of transgender and transsexuality and show a wide cinematic range: from the Japanese avant-garde cinema of the 1960s to recently released documentary films from Vietnam. Apart from their diversity these films are unadorned and powerful documents. On the one hand, they reveal the hatred and the prejudices towards transgender, homo- and bisexuality; on the other hand, they encourage to fight for (official) acceptance, respect and a self-determined life against all odds.


薔薇の葬列 / Funeral Parade of Roses

Toshio Matsumoto, Japan, 1969, OV English Subtitles, 105 min

Funeral Parade of Roses is a legendary film by celebrated Japanese director Toshio Matsumoto in which he transfers Sophokles’ Oedipus character into Tokyo’s gay scene of the 1960s. The director has created a radical and sarcastic parody of an antique classic and set a milestone in Japanese queer cinema culture by challenging aesthetical and political norms. Above that, Funeral Parade of Roses was a major influence for Stanley Kubrick‘s masterpiece A Clockwork Orange.


Rohan Kanawade, India 2015, OV English Subtitles, 27 min

Sundar tells the story of a young cross-dresser caught between the restrictions of his family and his desire to come out. A poetic and visually stunning gem, which made it on the shortlist of the most important festival for LGBT filmmakers worldwide – the Iris Prize Festival.

Love Man Love Woman

Nguyen Trinh Thi , Vietnam 2007, OV English Subtitles, 52 min

In her documentary Love Man Love Woman, Nguyen Trinh Thi worships Vietnam’s Dao Mau temples. At these places gay men appear as mediums for female spirits and goddesses – with outrageous outfits and sharp-tongued humour. The film explores how effeminate and gay men forge their own community, culture and rituals in homophobic Vietnam.


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