Woohoo! Do you know what special day today is? Well of course you do, it’s Teddy day! This is going to be a history-making event, because the 33rdTeddy award is going to blast you off the roofs! Artists, movies, performances, everything and more during the award ceremony starting at 21.00 at the Volksbühne. You know you’re excited! And it doesn’t end there, the after-show party, of which you’ve surely heard of, is going to start at 23.30 right after the ceremony ends. Hopefully you’ve got your tickets and already know what to wear, we’re so excited to see you there. But in the meantime, we’ve got one new movie we want you to see and several rescreens you could binge on.
Jean loves Laura; he is also in a relationship with Samy, and HIV-positive. The three exhaust themselves on a rollercoaster ride of feverish emotions, electrified by longing and a raging lust for life, walking the line between passion and destruction.
Well isn’t this just so thrilling! As many of you already know, one of the largest public film festivals in the world, Berlinale, is starting today. And for the next 10 eventful days, as we slowly approach the 33rdTeddy Award, there will be a lot on your to-watch list, way more than last year for sure, and we want to help you optimize it. From tomorrow on we will give you insights on all the queer movies of the Berlinale. We don’t want you to miss out, that’s why you’ll be able to find screening times, locations and so much more right here on our Blog. So, don’t miss out on the TEDDY TODAY posts, we’re looking forward to be on this journey with all of you! Isn’t it incredible how exciting the cinematic world can be ? And as if that’s not enough, we’ll also be having interesting interview sessions with the producers / actors of these queer movies during the Berlinale. So keep an eye out for the updates on our social media accounts!
For the first time the online magazine queer.de is going to be the media partner of the TEDDY AWARD. The diverse jury of five people representing our community decides which one of the nominated films will receive the TEDDY Readers’ Award 2019. The jury members are Amanda Halbrock, Oliver Maus, Katayun Pirdawari, Gerlinde Kenkel and Fabian Schäfer. At 21, Amanda Halbrock from Berlin is the youngest member of the jury. The non-binary queer person, who has recently been on the road as a Dragking, is looking forward to the task and wishes to see the diversity of the community reflected on the screen. Oliver Maus will be visiting us from Vienna. The 25-year-old media science student wants to add an analytic insight of the queer cinema to the jury. Katayun Pirdawari has been on several juries for the TEDDY Readers’ Award in recent years. For the 56-year-old lesbian from Berlin, the Berlinale is a festival of cultures and a trip around the world. Gerlinde Kenkel, also from the German capital. The 63-year-old lesbian trans woman is especially looking forward to the exchange with other film fans without bending herself. She hopes for films with surprising content. Fabian Schäfer is a freelance journalist and has been studying in Sofia since the winter semester. The 24-year-old prefers to focus on everything that goes beyond the heteronormative framework and wants to present queer people authentically and in all their diversity in the media.
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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9VQLBKaP9Q
For those unlucky few who weren’t able to join us for the famously fabulous TEDDY AWARD ceremony, you can see the entire ceremony here! Highlights include Wieland Speck’s annual speech, Sate Minister Markus’ Prabst defiant proclamation against homophobia, Jack Woodhead’s upside-down piano-playing, and Linn de Quebrada’s stunning stage performance.