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TEDDY TODAY: 21st of February 2024

Dear queer independent film lovers, today there is is another packed program waiting for you. Additionally there are various film premieres of up-and-coming international hits. Otherwise we as always have a list of reruns of films that already premiered below.

We wish you a lively and queer cinema experience today, tomorrow and for the rest of the Berlinale!


Fin (Huling Palabas)

In the summer of 2001, 16-year-old Andoy searches for his long-lost father in the most unlikely of places: on VHS tapes. When two movie-like characters appear in his small hometown, his reality begins to falter.

🎥 21.02 / 18:30 Cineplex Titania
🎥 22.02 / 10:00 HKW – Miriam Makeba Auditorium
🎥 23.02 / 15:45 Cubix 8

Find out more about Ryan Machado and the film here!

Young Hearts

Fourteen-year-old Elias increasingly feels like an outsider in his village. When he meets Alexander, his new neighbour of the same age, Elias is confronted with his burgeoning sexuality.

🎥 22.02 / 19:00 HKW 1 – Miriam Makeba Auditorium
🎥 24.02 / 18:45 Cubix 8

Want to know more about Anthony Schatteman and the film “Young Hearts”? Click here!

Cidade; Campo

Two tales of migration, memories and ghosts. After a disaster floods her land, Joana moves to São Paulo and tries to restart her life. Following the death of her father, Flavia moves to his farm in the country with her wife Mara.

🎥 22.02 / 15:30 Zoo Palast 2
🎥 23.02 / 9:45 Cubix 8

You can find more information about the film and Juliana Rojas right here!

I Saw The TV Glow

Teenager Owen is just trying to make it through life in the suburbs when his classmate introduces him to a mysterious late-night TV show – a vision of a supernatural world beneath their own. In the pale glow of the TV, Owen’s view of reality begins to crack.

🎥 21.02 / 21:30 Cubix 8
🎥 22.02 / 18:45 Cubix 5
🎥 24.02 / 18:30 Cubix 9
🎥 25.02 / 21:30 Cubix 8

More insights are available right here!

An odd turn

Buenos Aires, 2019. Lucrecia, who works as a museum security guard, foresees a sharp rise in the dollar’s value with her pendulum and falls in love with the employee of a currency exchange office.

🎥21.02/ 21:30 HKW – Safi Faye Saal
🎥22.02/ 18:00 Kino Betonhalle @Silent Green
🎥22.02/ 18:30 Colosseum
🎥22.02/ 19:30 Cubix 7
🎥23.02/ 13:30 Cineplex Titania
🎥24.02/ 21:30 Cubix 9

Want to know more about the film, click here!


Created from archival materials from communist Poland, the film tells the story of a multispecies matriarchal family through the eyes of a child grappling with the reproduction of ideological and representational systems.

🎥 22.02 / 19:30 Arsenal Cinema 2

More information about Grandmamauntsistercat right here!


Baldiga – Unlocked Heart (Baldiga – Entsichertes Herz)

Directed by: Markus Stein
2023, Germany, 92′

Filmstill Baldiga – Entsichertes Herz (Baldiga – Unlocked Heart) ©  Schwules Museum Berlin, Leihgabe Aron Neubert

West Berlin, 1979. Jürgen Baldiga, son of a miner from Essen, has just arrived in the city and decides to become an artist. Working as a
rent boy and cook, he writes poems and a diary. After learning that he has HIV in 1984, he discovers photography. He intends his
images to stop time and capture reality. They reveal his friends and lovers, wild sex, life on the street and the camp queens from the
SchwuZ gay club who become his adopted family. Oscillating between despair and desire, rebellion and the will to survive, Baldiga
becomes a chronicler of the queer West Berlin subculture in the face of his own imminent demise. When he died at the age of 34 in
1993, he left behind thousands of photographs and forty diaries – a unique artistic legacy.
Using poetic diary excerpts, stark images and memories from companions, Baldiga – Entsichertes Herz depicts not only a ground
breaking photographer but also an AIDS activist and committed fighter against the stigmatisation of gay people’s lives.


21.02. / 18:45 Haus der Berliner Festspiele

Teaches of Peaches

Directed by: Philipp Fussenegger, Judy Landkammer
2024, Germany, 102′

Filmstilll Teaches of Peaches © Avanti Media Fiction

Filmed during the “Teaches of Peaches Anniversary Tour” in 2022, this documentary seamlessly weaves together exclusive archival
gems with dynamic tour footage to capture the transformative journey of Canadian Merrill Nisker into the internationally acclaimed
cultural powerhouse that is Peaches. From the inception of the stage show to the rigorous rehearsals and riveting performances, the film
provides an intimate look at the inner workings of the tour. As a feminist musician, producer, director and performance artist, Peaches
has spent over two decades challenging gender expectations, solidifying her status alongside pop and music industry icons. Her fearless
originality has called social norms into question, dismantled stereotypes and confronted patriarchal power structures. Through biting wit,
she advocates for LGBTQIA+ rights and tackles issues of sexual and gender and identity, leaving an indelible mark on popular culture.


21.02. / 21:30 Zoo Palast 1


Directed by: Mariana Gil Ríos
2023, Colombia, 17′

Filmstill Uli © David Correa

While their parents are away, eight-year-old Rafaela stays at home in the care of her 15-year-old sister, Laura. When Laura decides to
go visit a boy she likes, Rafaela has to tag along. But then Laura and the boy lock themselves in his room. Rafaela waits, gets bored and
finally begins to explore the house. She has a unique encounter with Uli, a queer young woman, and her pet. A film about the feeling of
strangeness and the possibility of finding freedom in an unfamiliar place.


21.02. / 09:30 Zoo Palast 1

You Burn Me (Tú me abrasas)

Directed by: Matías Piñeiro
2024, Arentina, Spain, 64′

Filmstill Tú me abrasas (You Burn Me) © Películas mirando el techo

Tú me abrasas is an adaptation of “Sea Foam”, a chapter from Cesare Pavese’s “Dialoghi con Leucò” published in 1947. The ancient
Greek poet Sappho and the nymph Britomartis meet beside the sea and have a conversation about love and death. Sappho is said to
have thrown herself into the ocean from lovesickness. Britomartis apparently tumbled off a cliff and into the water while fleeing from a
man. Together, the two discuss the stories and images that have emerged around them to try and understand, at least for a moment, the
bittersweet nature of desire. The film adapts not only the text but also footnotes and gaps in the story. For example, the fact that, in 1950,
a desperate Pavese committed suicide in a hotel room with this book by his side. Or that Sappho’s poems have survived only in
fragments. Or that sea foam is historically and scientifically associated with fertility and bacteria, that is, with life itself. “Everything dies in
the sea and comes back to life”, says Britomartis. Tú me abrasas introduces new readings and translations that go beyond the myths by
Pavese and Sappho.


21.02. / 12:00 Akademie der Künste


All Shall Be Well
21.02. / 10:00 Cubix 5

An Odd Turn (Un movimiento extraño)
21.02. / 21:30 HKW 2 – Safi Faye Saal

Between the Temples
21.02. / 18:30 Cubix 5

Cidade; Campo
21.02. / 12:30 Colosseum 1

Fin (Huling Palabas)
21.02. / 18:30 Cineplex Titania

Goodbye First Love (Jing guo)
21.02. / 15:00 Kino Betonhalle @silent green

I Saw the TV Glow
21.02. / 21:30 Cubix 8

Invincible summer (Un invincible été)
21.02. / 18:45 Cubix 8

Songs of Love and Hate
21.02. / 18:45 Cubix 8

The Devil’s Bath (Des Teufels Bad)
21.02. / 09:30 Verti Music Hall
21.02. / 22:00 Verti Music Hall

The Visitor
21.02. / 22:00 Kino International

Towards the Sun, Far From the Center (Al sol, lejos del centro)
21.02. / 15:00 Kino Betonhalle @silent green

Yuck! (Beurk !)
21.02. / 09:30 Filmtheater am Friedrichshain

TEDDY TODAY: 19th of February 2024

Six films are on our list of premieres today. Have you already picked your favourites?


I´m Not Everything I Want To Be

After the suppression of the Prague Spring in 1968, photographer Libuše Jarcovjáková strives to break free from the constraints of the repressive Czechoslovakian regime and embarks on a long journey towards freedom.

🎥 19.02 / 21:30 Cubix 8
🎥 20.02 / 18:30 Cubix 5
🎥 24.02 / 22:00 Zoo Palast 2

Get more information about the film right here!

Al sol, lejos del centro

Santiago in the shimmering summer heat. High-res images undergo a digital zoom which transforms spaces into surfaces and houses into textures. In between, there are the small gestures of everyday urban life. And two women in search of a place for their love.

PREMIERE: 19.02 / 21:30 Cubix 9

🎥 20.02 / 13:30 Cineplex Titania
🎥 21.02 / 15:00 Cinema Betonhalle@Silent Green
🎥 23.02 / 21:30 HKW 2 – Safi Faye Hall
🎥 24.02 / 15:30 Cubix 9
🎥 25.02 / 18:30 Colosseum 1

Get more insights about the film and the director right here!


Two chimney sweeps living in monogamous, heterosexual marriages both end up in situations that challenge their views on sexuality and gender roles.

🎥 19.02 / 12:45 Cubix 5
🎥 19.02 / 18:00 Kino Zukunft
🎥 20.02 / 18:30 Colosseum 1
🎥 24.02 / 12:00 Haus der Berliner Festspiele
🎥 25.02 / 13:15 Cubix 5

Find more information about Dag Johan Haugerund and his film right here!


Between the Temples

Directed by: Nathan Silver
2024, USA, 117′

Filmstill Between the Temples ©  Sean Price Williams

The world of a Jewish cantor in the midst of a crisis of faith is turned completely upside down when his primary school music teacher comes back into his life as his new, later-life Bat Mitzvah student.


19.02. / 15:30 Zoo Palast 1

Cidade; Campo

Directed by: Juliana Rojas
2024, Brazil, Germany, France, 119′

Filmstill Cidade; Campo © Cris Lyra / Dezenove Som e Imagens

Two tales of migration between the city and the countryside. After devastating floods in her hometown, rural worker Joana moves to São
Paulo to find her sister Tania who lives with her grandson Jaime. Joana struggles to thrive in this “working city”. Entering the world of
precarious employment, she applies for a job at a cleaning company. There, Joana gradually bonds with her colleagues whose collective
struggle for better working conditions brings new meaning to her life. Meanwhile, her deepening relationship with young Jaime
reawakens memories of her missing son. In the second part of the film, following the death of her estranged father, Flavia moves to his
farm with her wife Mara. The two women struggle to make a fresh start in the wilderness. Living in the abandoned house, Flavia
discovers unknown aspects of her father’s life. The couple suffers a shock when facing the harsh realities of rural daily life. Flavia begins
to suspect that there is something in the woods surrounding the house. Nature forces the couple to confront old memories and ghosts.


19.02. / 16:30 Akademie der Künste

Cura sana

Directed by: Lucía G. Romero
2024, Spain, 18′

Filmstill Cura sana © ESCAC Films

Spain during the Noche de San Juan festival. Two sisters, 14-year-old Jessica and 8-year-old Alma, are once again on their way to pick
up food stamps from the Caritas charity. The violence they have both experienced over the years at the hands of their father has turned
Jessica into an angry, self-destructive teenager with a thick protective skin. She even subjects her little sister to her harsh, hostile
behaviour. But during the course of their journey together, Jessica realises that she does not want to turn out like her father. She must
learn to treat Alma with love instead of violence.


19.02. / 13:30 Kino International

Goodbye First Love (Jing guo)

Directed by: Shuli Huang
2024, USA, 13′

Filmstill Jing guo (Goodbye First Love) © Shuli Huang

He pays him a visit in Frankfurt during his work trip to Europe. He talks about their time in Beijing, back in 2015. He listens, sometimes
answers, unblurring those seemingly important details which do not matter any longer. Worn-out joy and fresh weariness. This might be
the last time they meet.


19.02. / 21:30 Cubix 9

Langue Étrangère

Directed by: Claire Burger
2024, France, Germany, Belgium, 105′

Filmstill Langue Étrangère © Les Films de Pierre

Fanny, a 17-year-old schoolgirl from France, goes on a language exchange trip to Germany. In Leipzig, she meets her pen pal Lena who
is the same age as her and who is eager to become involved in political activism. In order to impress Lena, the rather shy and withdrawn
Fanny invents a different life for herself – but she quickly becomes trapped in her deceit.


19.02. / 18:30 Berlinale Palast

Towards the Sun, Far From the Center (Al sol, lejos del centro)

Directed by: Luciana Merino, Pascal Viveros
2024, Chile, 17′

Filmstill Al sol, lejos del centro (Towards the Sun, Far From the Center) © Luciana Merino & Pascal Viveros

Santiago in the shimmering heat of summer. High-resolution images undergo a digital zoom process which transforms spaces into
surfaces and houses into textures. In between, there are the small gestures of everyday urban life. And two women who are searching
for a place for their love.


19.02. / 21:30 Cubix 9


19.02. / 18:30 Cubix 5

I’m Not Everything I Want to Be (Ještě nejsem, kým chci být)
19.02. / 21:30 Cubix 8

Love Lies Bleeding
19.02. / 09:15 Haus der Berliner Festspiele
19.02. / 12:45 Cubix 9

19.02. / 12:45 Cubix 5
19.02. / 18:00 Kino Zukunft

Winners (Sieger Sein)
19.02. / 12:30 Zoo Palast 1