Category Archives: TEDDY

A Very Fantastic Woman Gets an Oscar

During the celebration of the 90th Academy Award last Sunday, ‘Una Mujer Fantástica’ (‘A Fantastic Woman’), was awarded the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. The film, which won the 31st TEDDY AWARD for best feature in 2017, is the work of Chilean director Sebastián Lelio. The Academy Award for a non-English speaking film has been given away since 1956 and ‘A Fantastic Woman’ is a landmark recipient in a number of respects; it’s the first first Chilean film to win the foreign-language Oscar, the first film with a trans themed plot to take home the prize, and lead actor Daniela Vega is the first openly transgender person to present an award on stage at the ceremony. Sebastián Lelio praised Daniela Vega as “the inspiration for this movie”.

The story follows Marina (Daniela Vega), a transgender woman working as a waitress, who has a loving relationship with Orlando (Francisco Reyes), a divorced man 30 years her senior. Their affectionate love is brought to an abrupt end on the day of Orlando’s sudden death. In the aftermath of this tragedy, Marina is faced with the hatred of Orlando’s ex-wife and children. She fights simultaneously for her right to mourn her beloved one and against the prejudices and harassment from her late lover’s family. The film not only gives a sensitive portrayal of the universal right to grieve but also tells the intimate story of a trans women in today’s conservative Chile. On a broader level, the film highlights the transphobia and ignorance constituting every-day life for many transgender people around the world. Few would be able to leave the cinema unmoved by this touching story of love and loss.

To learn more about the film, have a look at our interview with director Sebastián Lelio and lead actors Daniela Vega and FranciscoReyes:

TEDDY TODAY: Friday 23rd February

It’s the day you’ve all been waiting for – THE TEDDY AWARD CEREMONY IS HERE!!!! As a warm-up to tonight’s proceedings, why not catchup on some of the lovely selection of films listed below, before glittering-up and joining us for a night of celebrations at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele. 

See you on the dance floor!

Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot

Director: Gus Van Sant
USA 2018 113′, English

Zoo Palast 1, 12:30

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Evidentiary Bodies

Director: Barbara Hammer
USA 2018, 10′, Without dialogue

Akademie der Künste, 18:00

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Garbage

Director: Q
India 2018 105′, Hindi

Cubix7,  20:15

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Hojoom (Invasion)

Director: Shahram Mokri
Iran 2017 102′, Farsi

Cubix 7, 22:30

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Ludwig der Zweite, König von Bayern (Ludwig II of Bavaria)

Director: Wilhelm Dieterle
Germany 1930, 132′, German intertitles

Zeughauskino, 21:30

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Obscuro Barroco

Director: Evangelia Kranioti
France/Greece 2018 60′, Portuguese

Zoo Palast 2, 16:00

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Para Aduma (Red Cow)

Director: Tsivia Barkai Yacov
Israel 2018 90′, Hebrew

CinemaxX 3. 13:30

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Shakedown

Director: Leilah Weinraub
USA 2018 82′, English

CineStar 7, 14:30

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T.R.A.P

Director: Manque La Banca
Argentina 2018 16′, Spanish

CinemaxX 3, 21:30

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Touch Me Not

Romania/Germany/Czech Republic/Bulgaria/
France 2018
Director: Adina Pintilie 125′, English, German

Friedrichstadt-Palast, 12:00

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Tuzdan kaide (The Pillar of Salt)

Director: Burak Çevik
Turkey 2018 70′, Turkish

CinemaxX 4, 22:00

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TEDDY TODAY: Thursday 15th February

Hello and welcome to the 32nd TEDDY AWARDS! We’ve got a feast of cinematic treats in store for you over the coming 10 days. From TEDDY veterans like Barbara Hammer and Gus Van Sant, to first-time directors from all over the world, the 2018 films bring the diversity and innovation that characterise the award. Look out for the prominent themes of body politics, intersectionality and the celebration of sensuality, to name just a few.

In our TEDDY TODAY posts we’ll be taking you by the hand through the queer world of the Berlinale, keeping you up to date with what to watch, when and where. Kicking things off is the Panorama opener, ‘River’s Edge’. This stunning feature from Japanese director Isao Yukisada begins, fittingly, with a shot of a girl clutching her childhood teddy bear. The scene is a flash forward towards which the rest of the sprawling narrative flows, winding it’s way through the lives of a group of teenagers. Prepare yourselves for bold, unflinching  depictions of the sexual and psychological secrets that torment the younger generations of today…

River’s Edge

Director: Isao Yukisada

Japan 2018 118′, Japanese

CinemaxX 7, 21:00

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Tokyo, 1994. In a video interview a young woman discusses the significance of a teddy bear. Shortly afterwards, a burning object falls from a high-rise building at night. A young man, naked and bound, falls out of a locker. Two fisherman talk about a water spirit. In his unusual drama River’s Edge Isao Yukisada lays many trails and jumps as abruptly and unpredictably between the various narrative threads as do his characters: Ichiro is gay; he is preyed upon by his violent fellow pupils but seems to draw strength from his injuries. He makes a gruesome discovery at a nearby river polluted by industrial waste and shows it to his best friend, a girl named Haruna. Kannonzaki loves rough sex and in the course of it transgresses more and more boundaries. An introverted girl obsessively reads her pregnant sister’s diaries and Kozue, a model with bulimia, buries herself in mountains of food at night. All these and other stories are brilliantly interwoven into a breathless social portrait of a driven but apparently lost generation and their seemingly unavoidable encounters with violence.

TEDDY Showacts

The Showacts at 32nd TEDDY AWARD Preisverleihung

Don’t miss this year’s show program of the TEDDY AWARD ceremony and the following after. Here is a sneak preview of the evening with Jack Woodhead, Sookee, Irmgard Knef, Duo Sienna, Linn da Quebrada, Markus Pabst, Tim Kriegler, Das blaue Wunder, 2Faro, DJ Mashino, VJ Alkis

Jack Woodhead, host of 32nd TEDDy AWARD ceremony
Jack Woodhead, host of 32nd TEDDY AWARD ceremony