TEDDY TODAY: Wednesday 13th February

Your thirst for movie will again be satisfied, because we’re not letting you get dry today, not even close! In fact, we have so much to offer today that we’re going to flood you with all the colors of the rainbow. And if this doesn’t make you want to just devour everything, then you’re doing something wrong. Today is one of the last days of first-time screeners, from tomorrow on you’ll get the chance to catch up on what you’ve missed. So grab that check list and start planning your movie day! Surely you wouldn’t want to miss anything
And while we’re at it, I’d like to remind you of our Queer Academy Summit today. We’ll be starting at 11 am in the Berliner Freiheit. Be sure to check out the Summit’s Facebook Event for more information about the panel topics and participants – the entry is free!


Blue Diary
11:00 CinemaxX 8 

A lesbian obsessively but tenderly relives the night she has just spent with a straight woman which has gone nowhere, just like the cul-de-sacs of San Francisco that seem to reflect her own unfulfilled expectations.


Fear of Disclosure
11:00 CinemaxX 8 

A feverish lamentation on what it means to disclose one’s HIV status in the peak of the HIV crisis. Restless, powerful, and touching.


Jean genet is dead
11:00 CinemaxX 8 

Young men, scattered and defenceless, captured on Super 8 film. Jean Genet’s thoughts on desire, isolation and the threat of death, visualised in Constantine Giannaris’s restless cinematic delirium.


The Making of Monsters
11:00 CinemaxX 8 

A radical, multilayered study of homophobia and an exuberant celebration of queer life. This experimental musical is a queer classic from John Greyson.


Willkomen im Dom
11:00 CinemaxX 8 

A rare record of the German Act Up movement. Jochen Hick’s documentary captures on film queer activist history for future generations.


Female Misbehavior
17:00 CinemaxX 8 

In four short films, three women and a transgender man from New York talk about their sexuality. The subjects unfiltered testimonials turn their “female misbehaviour” into a demonstration of female self-empowerment.


Schönheit & Vergänglichkeit
17:00 International 

A trip down memory lane with the infamous Berghain bouncer Sven Marquadt and his two former models, Dominique (Dome) Hollenstein and Robert Paris.


17:00 CinemaxX 8 

Stories from the lesbian subculture in West Berlin, about being in love, clichés, desire, and conflict – “shot as a narrative, with real lesbians at real locations about real feelings”.


Die Grube
19:00 CinemaxX 3

This film is a touching study of a microcosm which represents an entire society; a human mosaic of personal and political stories in which smouldering conflicts and heated discussions come together to form a multifaceted whole.


Elisa y Marcela
19:00 Berlinale Palast

Based on true events, Isabel Coixet’s film makes use of black-and-white images and letters for her empathetic rendition of the story of Elisa Sánchez Loriga and Marcela Gracia Ibeas, who tied the knot in the church of San Jorge in A Coruña in Spain in 1901.


22:00 Berlinale Palast

The difficulties of cutting ties and growing new roots vividly cut through the screen in this film. A tragicomic puzzle that wisely knows how to keep its secrets.


Four Quartets – 10:00 CinemaxX 3
Driveways – 10:00 HKW
Knives and Skin – 11:15 Zoo Palast 1
Lemebel – 14:30 CineStar 7 
Lidérc Úr – 15:00 Zoo Palast 3
Blue Boy – 16:00 CinemaxX 5
Greta – 17:45 CineStar 3
YE – 19:15 Kino Arsenal 2
Demons – 19:30 CinemaxX 4
Kislota – 20:00 CinemaxX 7
La Fiera y la Fiesta – 20:00 International 
Breve Historia del Planeta Verde – 20:15 Cubix 7
Serpentário – 21:15 CineStar 8
Compartment – 21:30 Zeughauskino
Dress Rehearsal und Karola 2 – 21:30 Zeughauskino
Entropia – 21:30  CinemaxX 3
A Dog Barking at the Moon – 22:30 Cubix 7 
Daddy and the Muscle Academy – 22:30 Kino Arsenal 2
The Attendant – 22:30 Kino Arsenal 2
To Thávma Tis Thálassas Ton Sargassón – 22:30 CinemaxX 7 


TEDDY TODAY: Tuesday 12th February

Struggle is the route to achievement, we all know the drill. If you’ve ever gone through any situation that makes this sound familiar, then you should hit the road to the cinemas. 
Watching these movies will make you feel as if you’re side by side with the characters, joining them as they wade through the deep waters of life’s so-called obstacles on the journey to their goals. Each and every one of them offers a different emotional outcome, ready to be experienced by their audience. 
Now, let’s get watching!


Daddy and the Muscle Academy
14:00 International 

A curious look into the world of one of the most popular subcultural icon, Tom of Finland, with the artist himself handing you the keys. A documentary-like essay film about the gay male body as a political destination. Celebrate them oily muscle landscapes and let yourself be inspired!


The Attendant
14:00 International 

A young white man visits a gallery of old master paintings. When the museum closes, he stays behind, arousing the sexual fantasies of an older black museum attendant.  Made in a period of Thatcherism and the AIDS crisis, the film poetically explores topics of imperialism, queer self-determination, lust and death.


Bulbul Can Sing
15:30 Zoo Palast 1 

“Why are you always angry? Girls should be modest. Girls should behave well.” Rima Das’ coming-of-age tale sees three youngsters try to follow their hearts, despite the crippling weight of moral expectation their society presses on them.


16:30 CinemaxX 8 

Sex on the metro! The director has taken footage shot in a completely empty compartment on the London underground and married it to the off-camera reading of a pornographic text that includes detailed masturbation instructions for a female rider.


Dress rehearsal und karola 2
16:30 CinemaxX 8 

A tie or lace? After trying on numerous treasures from New York’s second-hand stores, Karola Gramann decides on a traditional dinner jacket with cummerbund and bow tie. We then see her posing & vogueing to Bryan Ferry’s “These Foolish Things”.


20:00 HKW

Eunhee drifts from one relationship to the next, in a desperate search for love. But it’s not until a new Chinese teacher arrives in her life that sparks truly begin to fly.


22:30 CinemaxX 7

Pedro is an middle-aged gay nurse in Brazil, surrounded by suffering and sickness. And yet from that suffering comes a touching tale of friendship, love, and sex.


Searching Eva – 14 :30 CineStar 7 
Héctor – 17:00 Colosseum 1
A Dog Barking at the Moon – 17:30 CineStar 3
Monos – 17:30 Cubix 7
Los Miembros de la Familia – 18:30 b-ware! Ladenkino
Das Geräusch Rascher Erlösung – 19:15 Kino Arsenal 2 
Sto Dnei do Prikaza – 19:15 Kino Arsenal 2
Lemebel – 20:00 CineStar 7 
So Pretty – 20:00 Werkstattkino@silent green
Breve Historia del Planeta Verde – 20:15 CineStar 3 
Lidérc Úr – 21:30 CinemaxX 3
Temblores – 22:00 Colosseum 1
Normal – 22:30 CineStar 7
The Man Who Drove With Mandela – 22:30 Kino Arsenal 2 


TEDDY TODAY: Monday 11th February

New week, half way through the Festival, and more eager than ever to watch movies, isn’t that right Berlinale fans? Today we’ll have a powerful mix between the old and the new, and the varying problems they face, representing their respective times and cultures as well. Plus, we’ve got some binary-breaking documentary films, that challenge not only categories of gender and sexuality, but the boundaries of documentary itself. 
So don’t rub your eyes just yet, grab a cup of coffee and let’s go have a peek on what today’s schedule has in store for us! 


Das Geräusch Rascher Erlösung
17:00 International 

With burning irony, the film reveals the political capacity of queer imagination. A delicate celebration of queer identity against patriarchal violence.


17:00 CineStar 7

What constitutes “normal”? Who governs the meaning of that word? In this enigmatic documentary Adele Tullis interrogates rituals of gender performance that have become so entrenched in our society.


Sto Dnei do Prikaza
17:00 International 

An unsparing portrait of five young men in search of a sense of belonging and security, told in dreamlike but disturbing images. These are men who suspect that they will not survive their military service in the Soviet army.


Breve Historia del Planeta Verde
19:30 Zoo Palast 2

A neon-lit tale of unconditional friendship, this film transports you into a world that will leave you speechless. Aliens, outsiders, and misfits unite to take you on a truly magical journey.


Searching Eva 
20:00 CineStar 7 

A true celebration of fluidity and moldable identities. A very close look into the life of the digital generation. An intriguingly queer piece of filmmaking.


A Dog Barking at the Moon
22:30 CinemaxX 7

A beautiful mosaic of the lives of multiple generations of a wealthy Chinese family. The film confronts suppressed desire, the social importance of marriage, and the frostiness that exists within the walls of the family home


Heute oder Morgen
22:30 CinemaxX 1

Summer in Berlin. Two Berliners, Maria and Niels, and one British student, Chloë, are three twenty-somethings. Drifting libidinously through Berlin, they plunge headlong into a carefree and chaotic love affair with each other.

Ne Croyez Surtout Pas Que Je Hurle – 11:00 CineStar 8
Monos – 12:00 CinemaxX 7 
So Pretty – 13:45 CineStar 8 
Monstri – 14:00 Delphi Filmpalast
Entropia – 16:00 CinemaxX 5
False Belief – 17:00 Werkstattkino@silent green
To Thávma Tis Thálassas Ton Sargassón – 17:00 Cubix 9
Demons – 20:00 Cubix 9
Héctor – 21:00 CinemaxX 3
Mother, I am Suffocating. This is My Last Film About You – 21:30 CinemaxX 4
A Rosa Azul de Novalis – 22:15 Cubix 9
Los Miembros de la Familia – 22:45 Cubix 7 

TEDDY TODAY: Sunday 10th February

Politics. Culture. Passion. Survival – Solid words that could, although only partly, represent the themes of today’s queer films. With scenes that will have you on the edge of your seat and leave you wondering long after, even just by a glance, it could plant a seed of curiosity deep within us. 
Now it’s true that a movie can never be fully described by several sentences, moreover only words, it could however give us a crumble’s taste of these films. And what can provoke you more to watch a movie than the sensation of suspense, the eagerly growing desire to know more and experience the whole thing? Being aware of that, we wouldn’t want to starve you. Instead, as promised, we have prepared today’s movies’ teasers on a silver plate.


False Belief
12:30 Kino Arsenal 1

False Belief is the love story of a couple caught up in the gentrification of a neighborhood that is wiping out a seminal African-American cultural legacy and displacing its original residents. The film exposes a corrupt justice system that employs incarceration as a political and economic weapon.


The Man Who Drove With Mandela
13:00 Zoo Palast 2 

The eventful life of renowned theatre director and anti-apartheid activist Cecil Williams, who emigrated to South Africa. With Corin Redgrave as Williams, Greta Schiller’s impressive film reminds us of this forgotten hero and won her the 1999 Teddy Award.


Four Quartets
15:30 CinemaxX 3 

Moving to the film’s rhythmic pulse and the intoxicating music of the queer club, we dance with Raf on a night of physical and sexual self-expression.


Mother, I am Suffocating. This is my last movie about you 
19:00 CineStar 8 

In this multilayered and achingly intimate cinematic essay a story of migration in its widest sense unfolds. Breaking taboos and challenging limitations, the film is a radical plunge into an emotionally moving river of life.


A Rosa Azul de Novalis 
19:30 Kino Arsenal 1 

Tender and beguiling, The Blue Flower of Novalis invites you on an intimate journey with main protagonist Marcelo. Brace yourself for a performative and elusive ride with a passion that won’t leave you untouched.


20:00 International 

Patagrande, Rambo, Leidi, Sueca, Pitufo, Lobo, Perro and Bum Bum. Eight stray teenagers, each bearing a code name, form a paramilitary squad on a remote hilltop. The film asks us what human nature becomes when released from authority.  


So Pretty 
21:30 Delphi Filmpalast 

A utopian film on translation, transposition, and transition, in character or otherwise. A witty and aesthetically binding exploration of gender politics and the problem of organizing love.


22:00 Zoo Palast 2

A visually binding, sensual search for intimacy through the intimate and poignant portraits of three misfits who own the night. Join them in their quest and get lost in the dark of the night…


Der Boden unter den Füssen – 09:30 Friedrichstadt-Palast, 18:00 Friedrichstadt-Palast, 21.00 Haus der Berliner Festspiele
To Thávma Tis Thálassas Ton Sargassón – 12:00 CinemaxX 7
Mitt Liv Som Hund – 14:00 International
Parsi – 14:00 Werkstattkino@silent green, 21.30 CinemaxX 3
Temblores – 17:00 Cubix 9
Vivir en Junio con la Lengua Afuera – 17:00 Werkstattkino@silent green, 21.30 CinemaxX 3
Los Miembros de la Familia – 17:45 CineStar 3
Buddies – 19.15 Kino Arsenal 2
Serpentário – 19.30 CineStar IMAX
Blue Boy – 21.30 CinemaxX 3
Entropia – 21.30 CinemaxX 3
Four Quartets – 21.30 CinemaxX 3
Héctor – 21.30 CinemaxX 3
Lidérc Úr – 21.30 CinemaxX 3
Yulia & Juliet – 21.30 CinemaxX 3
Monstri – 22.15 Cubix 9


Wednesday Feb. 13, 2019
Location: Berliner Freiheit, Berliner Freiheit 2 , 10785 Berlin

The Queer Academy is an annual convention of international filmmakers and festival organizers in the gay-lesbian-transgender context (2018 figures: 205 persons/institutions) at the Berlinale. The QUEER ACADEMY aims to establish itself as an institute of queer cultural memory. The ACADEMY will become an archive of queer culture and history that binds together queer cultural productions and cooperates with other organizations. Since memories are essential for the identity construction, the QUEER ACADEMY will offer an opportunity for queer people to form and find their identity in queer memory.

More than 1000 films with queer context from all continents have been presented at the Berlinale since the foundation of the TEDDY AWARD. The TEDDY AWARD has built an archive where all the movies ever shown in its programme are collected together with supplementary information. It is necessary to save this archive – the world’s largest of its kind. And for this reason, it is essential to digitalize it, to arrange a database and make this archive available for sharing, as well as to expand the bank of supplementary materials with the support of the members of the ACADEMY and the common users. The QUEER ACADEMY acts as a center of queer cultural memory, where artifacts and representations should be stored and become open to the public. The concentration of this queer film historical memory goes far beyond the cinematographic context and reflects the global memory of queer liberation movements of all the participating countries.

The digitalisation of these materials does not only mean that they are available for research and for work on (film)history. By digitalisation we can save these materials from disappearance, as they are permanently marginalized by their endangered existence in most of the countries. For the first time, the writing history of the queer population becomes possible and Berlin is now a centre of this national and international process. It is important to utilize the memories stored in the QUEER ACADEMY and therefore keep them alive. Only through active work with the memories we do not let them freeze, be forgotten or be limited to specific aspects.

TIMETABLE Wednesday Feb. 13, 2019
Location: Berliner Freiheit, Berliner Freiheit 2 , 10785 Berlin (FREE ENTRANCE)

11.00 am Opening: Wieland Speck
11.30 am Panel 1: Programmers of Colour in Focus:
Then, Now and the Future
1.00 pm Lunch break
1.30 pm Toby Ashraf in Conversation with Isaac Julien
2.30 pm Break
3.00 pm Panel 2: 40 Years of Queer Programming
4.30 pm Break
5.30 pm Invitation Only: Queer Connection Meeting/
International Queer Film Project Exchange
Location: Martin Gropius Bau, Kino
6.30 pm Invitation Only: Queer Industry Reception / Get Together
Location: Martin Gropius Bau, Lichthof


Host: Hebe Tabachnik, Palm Springs Film Festival/Seattle International Film Festival/Dance Camera West/Guadalajara International Film Festival in Los Angeles
Hussain Currimbhoy, Sundance Film Festival
F. Clementine Dramani-Issifou, Semaine de la Critique/Festival of New Documentary Cinemas/BeninDocs
Dr. Farzada Farkhooi, Trans*Formation Film Fest Berlin
Pecha Lo, Women Make Waves International Film Festival
Kevin Mwachiro, Out Film Festival
Paul Struthers, San Francisco International LGBTQ+ Film Festival



Host: Wieland Speck, TEDDY steering committee/Berlinale Panorama Curator 1992-2017
John Greyson, director/TEDDY AWARD winner 1989 and 1991
Sandra Hezinová, Mezipatra Queer Film Festival/Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
Isaac Julien, director/TEDDY AWARD winner 1989/Special TEDDY AWARD winner 2008
Andrea Kuhn, Nuremberg International Human Rights Film Festival
Kevin Mwachiro, Out Film Festival
Greta Schiller, director/TEDDY AWARD winner 1989 and 1999