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The Many Facettes Of Queer Cinema

Queer is an umbrella sheltering non-hetero people

by Wieland Speck

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Queer is an umbrella sheltering non-hetero people

Curating Queer Cinema since the late 70s – and before the term queer was used the way it is now: as a representation of a worldwide population of some 20 percent – I have come to the conclusion that the LGBTIQ* world, in many parts, has emancipated itself from the corner it was kept hostage by the hetero norm. Excluded from society and family alike, queer people have fought their way back into the community. This was a process leading from the extreme minority of activists (60s-70s) via a consumerist hedonism of many (80s-90s) to the equal rights level of today. After all, during this period struggle, the goal was – equality. Not much, isn’t it!? It’s a human right, no more, no less.
But still, in most places on planet earth, this has not been achieved, and is still far from being achieved even in the near future. Torture and killing is what most societies come up with for their own queer population.
To show the fight, to show the results, to show the process and the fun – and motivating not to give up ever as to strengthen our queer folks where needed – this is what we hope to support with our film programming: Welcome to a selection of Berlinale films!

Wieland Speck
Filmmaker
Member Berlinale Selection Committee Competition
Panorama Curator 1992-2017
Founder TEDDY Award
Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin

Las múltiples facetas del cine queer
Curar Cine Queer desde los años setenta -y antes de que el término queer fuera usado de la manera que es usado hoy: como una representación de una población mundial de aproximadamente el 20%- he llegado a la conclusión de que el mundo LGBTIQ*, en varias maneras, se ha emancipado así mismo de esa esquina donde estaba siendo secuestrado por la heteronormatividad.
La comunidad queer, excluida de la sociedad, ha luchado a su manera para insertarse en su comunidad. Este fue un proceso liderado por una extrema minoría de activistas (60s-70s), a través del consumo hedonista de muchos (80s-90s), para lograr la igualdad de derechos conquistada hasta hoy.
Después de todo, durante este periodo de lucha, la meta era la igualdad. No mucho, ¿verdad? Un derecho humano, ni más, ni menos.
Aún así, en la mayor parte del planeta, este logro no ha sido alcanzado o está muy lejos de ser alcanzado en un futuro cercano. La tortura y las matanzas a la comunidad queer son un patrón común en la mayoría de sociedades.
Lo que queremos lograr con este programa de cine es visibilizar esta lucha, mostrar resultados, el proceso y la diversión, motivar a que las personas no se den por vencidas y apoyar a nuestros amigos queer cuando sea necesario.
¡Bienvenidos a la selección de películas de la Berlinale!

Wieland Speck
Consultant of the Official Programme
Member Selection Committee Competition
Panorama Curator 1993-2017
Founder TEDDY Award

Wieland Speck curated the programme of CICLO ROSA Queer Film Festival Bogota 2017

 

Wieland Speck Takes on New Responsibilities

Berlinale: Wieland Speck Takes on New Responsibilities and Hands Over His Position as Head of Panorama after 25 Years

Wieland Speck, until now head of the Berlinale’s Panorama section, will in the future be contributing his extensive range of expertise on film to the Berlinale as Consultant of the Official Programme. Starting in 1982, Wieland Speck joined forces with Manfred Salzgeber to build up Panorama (an autonomous section as of 1980, known as “Info-Schau” until 1985) and made its programme one of the most prestigious in arthouse film.

Wieland Speck took over as head of Panorama in 1992. Over the past 25 years he has continually enhanced and fine-tuned the section’s profile as well as brought international recognition to the Teddy Award. Launched with Manfred Salzgeber in 1987, it was the world’s first and, to this day, most important film prize for queer cinema. Speck has curated more than 1800 promising cinematic productions – fiction films, documentary works and short films – and offered them to the public, press and industry for political debate and cinematographic experience.

“I want to thank Wieland from the bottom of my heart for the fantastic job he has done with Panorama. He established a platform for ambitious independent cinema, and successfully positioned it on the international market. I’m especially pleased that he will now be assisting us with his expertise and experience, and programming the Panorama’s 40th jubilee in 2019,” says Festival Director Dieter Kosslick.

Dieter Kosslick has appointed a new team to run Panorama – headed by Paz Lázaro. Together with Michael Stütz and Andreas Struck she will curate the Panorama programme.
All three have worked alongside Wieland Speck for years. Paz Lázaro became programme manager of Panorama in 2006. Michael Stütz, to date responsible for programme coordination, will – in addition to coordinating the Teddy Award – now contribute to shaping the section as programme manager and curator. Andreas Struck, programme advisor at Panorama as of 2006, will now be responsible – alongside his curatorial tasks – for editorial work and communicating the Panorama programme.

v.l.n.r. / from left to right: Wieland Speck (Berater des Offiziellen Programms / Consultant Official Programme), Paz Lázaro (Sektionsleitung und Kuratorin Panorama / Section head and curator Panorama), Michael Stütz (Kurator und Programmmanager Panorama / Curator and programme manager Panorama), Andreas Struck (Kurator Panorama, Redaktion der Programmkommunikation / Curator Panorama, editorial and communications) © Ali Ghandtschi / Berlinale 2017
v.l.n.r. / from left to right: Wieland Speck (Berater des Offiziellen Programms / Consultant Official Programme), Paz Lázaro (Sektionsleitung und Kuratorin Panorama / Section head and curator Panorama), Michael Stütz (Kurator und Programmmanager Panorama / Curator and programme manager Panorama), Andreas Struck (Kurator Panorama, Redaktion der Programmkommunikation / Curator Panorama, editorial and communications) © Ali Ghandtschi / Berlinale 2017

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Michael Stütz: http://www.berlinale.de/media/images/download/2017_0427.jpg
Andreas Struck: http://www.berlinale.de/media/images/download/2017_0426.jpg

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August 21, 2017

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TEDDY Diversity Talks 2017

About a month ago another Berlinale finished after 10 days of premieres, discussions and networking. Besides moving our Queer Academy/Programmers Meeting to the Martin-Gropius-Bau, we also initiated the TEDDY Diversity Talks. After last year’s Academy Summit, we decided to continue those talks but in a different, more intimate format where filmmakers could go into depth discussing certain topics circling Queer Cinema.

We are very happy to share all four talks with you today. Please make sure to view the talks, especially if you did not get a chance to attend in person a few weeks ago. It would be great if you could share the links also within your community,our goal is to reach as many interested people as possible, to keep the discussions flowing. We will be back with more Diversity Talks and are looking forward to welcome you back in Berlin.

Michael Stuetz
Berlinale Panorama

This years TEDDY Diversity Talks were supported by L´Oréal Paris @ the 67th Berlin International Film Festival. Thanks a lot to the wonderful team of L´Oréal Paris and the BRLO Brwhouse for hosting us.

SILENCE/VIOLENCE.
Independent queer narratives and The United States of Oppression

TRAVIS MATHEWS director “DISCREET” (In Their Room, I Want Your Love, Interior: Leather Bar) and first-time filmmaker YANCE FORD, director “STRONG ISLAND” talk about their films Discreet and Strong Island, and discuss the levels of queer and racist oppression that has been going on in the USA for decades and how it has affected their works. Talking about the closeted spaces of Texas, the alt-right movement, everyda racism and the segregationist population of Long Island, both filmmakers discuss how political circumstances have impacted their feature films.

Talk with Travis Mathews and Yance Ford, photo: Beata Siewicz
Talk with Travis Mathews and Yance Ford, photo: Beata Siiewicz

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QUEER FOR THE KIDS
The potential of non-normative children and youth in cinema

The Kids are alright: When it comes to questioning existing concepts of gender, sexuality and humanity at an early age, Berlinale Generation is always a cinematic shoulder to lean on: Filmmakers NEIL TRIFFETT, director “EMO THE MUSICAL” and LIA HIETALA, director “MY GAY SISTER” (MIN HOMOSYSTER) both presented films about queer youth this year and provided cinematic alternatives to heteronormativity. Be it the Emo, the gay Highschool boy, the bi-curious child or her lesbian sister- both films showed their young audiences that boxes and categories are something to leave behind.

Talk with Neil Triffett and Lia Hietala, photo: BeataSiewicz
Talk with Neil Triffett and Lia Hietala, photo: BeataSiewicz

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QUEER HISTORIOGRAPHY
Our history books are exclusively heterosexual

Filmmakers ANDREA WEISS, director “BONES OF CONTENTION” and JOCHEN HICK, director “MY WONDERFUL WEST-BERLIN” discuss in this talk how queer historiography can influence the identification process of children and young adults; the importance of accessible queer archives as well as the difficulties filmmakers can face during the process of research.

Talk with Andrea Weiss and Jochen Hick, photo: Beata Siewicz
Talk with Andrea Weiss and Jochen Hick, photo: Beata Siewicz

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IN THE FLESH.
The other body in queer cinema

Cult filmmaker SHU LEA CHEANG director “FLUIDØ”, (I.K.U.) and first-time director EDUARDO CASANOVA, director “SKINS” (PIELES) both premiered at Berlinale Panorama with films that question the logics and semantics of bodies as we know them. Where Cheang follows the thread of the cyborg cosmos she has invented in her cinematic and video work, Casanova takes the idea of the freak, developed on his earlier works, to a new level and composes and opera of otherness. The two filmmakers discuss their ideas and sometimes controversial concepts with great openness.

Talk with Shu Lea Cheang and Eduardo Casanova, photo: Beata Siewicz
Talk with Shu Lea Cheang and Eduardo Casanova, photo: Beata Siewicz



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Hope to see you 2018.

This years Diversity talks were supported by L´Oréal Paris @ the 67th Berlin International Film Festival. Thanks a lot to the wonderful team of L´Oréal Paris and the BRLO Brwhouse for hosting us.

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Introduction into the queer films in Kino International

Wieland Speck and TEDDY e.V. present the MonGay Special: On Today, at monday the 6th of February 2017 there will be an introduction into the queer films of this year´s Berlinale and we are happy to invite you! Wieland Speck, the curator of the section Panorama, will present the TEDDY-programme. Entrance is gonna be 7 Euro, discounted 6,50 and is for the benefit of TEDDY e.V.. The Introduction will be in Kino International, Karl-Marx-Allee 33, 10178 Berlin.

We are looking forward to see you there!

Interviews 2014

Interview with Allison Berg and Frank Keraudren about their movie “The Dog”

Interview with the Crew of “Fucking Different”

Interview with Diego Araujo about his film “Feriado (Holiday)”

Interview with Marie Losier  about  her film “Bim, Bam, Boom Las Luchas Morenas”

Interview with Sakaris Stórá   about  his film “Vetrarmorgun”

Interview with  John Trengova  about  his film “iBhokhwe”

Interview with  Chris Mason Johnson  about  his film “Test”

Interview with Daniel Ribeiro about  “The Way he Looks”

Interview with Adam Csasci about his movie “Vihasarok” (Land of Storms)

Interview mit Roy Dib about his movie “Mondial 2010″

Interview mit Bruce LaBruce about his film “Pierrot Lunaire”

Interview with Jayan Cherian  about his film “Papilio Buddha”

Interview with Karim Ainouz about his film “Praia do Futuro”

Interview with Elfie Mikesch about her film “Fieber”

Interview with director Stefan Haupt and the crew of the film “Der Kreis”

Interview with the director and the crew of the film “Night Flight”

Interview with Director Diogo Amarante about his film “As Rosas Brancas

Interview with Director Ira Sachs about the Film “Love is Strange”

Interview with Sophie Hyde (director) and Tilda Cobham-Harvey (cast) about the film ”52 Tuesdays

Interview with Director Joselito Altarejos and Actor Sandino Martin about the film “Unfriend

Interview Gregory Warren Producer of ”Through A Lens Darkly

Interview ZhouHao ”Ye” (The Night)

Interview Davi Pretto “Castanha”

Interview John Maloof and Charlie Siskel “Finding Vivian Maier”

Interview Jury TEDDY AWARD Jury members 2014

Interview Wieland Speck, Director PANORAMA Berlin International Film Festival