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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: 15th of February 2024

The wait is over. The 74th Berlinale is finally starting.
If you want to keep up to date with the premieres of LGBTQIA+ films, then you’ve come to the right place! Every day we will inform you about the latest films and screening times. In addition to the premieres, you will also find interesting interviews with the film makers over the next ten days.

Then all that’s left to do is buy your cinema ticket, order some popcorn and enjoy the screening!

For even more information and interviews about this year’s queer films, follow us on Instagram and Facebook.

The first interviews with the film makers are here:


Lia, a retired teacher, has promised to find her long-lost niece, Tekla. Her search takes her to Istanbul where she meets Evrim, a lawyer fighting for trans rights, and Tekla starts to feel closer than ever.

Premiere: 21:00 / Zoo Palast 1

🎥 15.02 / 21:30 Zoo Palast 2
🎥 16.02 / 12:00 Verti Music Hall
🎥 17.02 / 12:30 Cubix 9
🎥 18.02 / 10:00 Cubix 5
🎥 23.02 / 16:30 Kino International

More about the director and his film

Goodbye First Love

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
🎥 20.02 / 13:30 Cineplex Titania
🎥 21.02. / 15:00 Cinema Betonhalle@Silent Green

More about the director and his film!

Baldiga – Unlocked Heart

Using diary excerpts, photographs and memories from companions, the film paints the portrait of the artist Jürgen Baldiga who sensitively and authentically captured the West Berlin queer scene of the 1980s and early 1990s with his camera.

🎥 21.02 / 18:45 Haus der Berliner Festspiele
🎥 22.02 / 21:30 Cubix 8
🎥 23.02 / 10:30 Cubix 5

More about the director and his film



Directed by: Levan Akin
Sweden, Denmark, Turkey, France, Georgia, 2024, 105′

Film still Crossing © Haydar Tastan

Lia, a retired teacher, has made a promise to find out what happened to her long-lost niece, Tekla. When Lia learns from a neighbour,
Achi, that Tekla might have left their Georgian homeland and be living in Turkey, Lia and Achi set off together to find her. Arriving in
Istanbul, they discover a beautiful city full of connections and possibilities. But searching for someone who never intended to be found is harder than they expected – until they meet Evrim, a lawyer fighting for trans rights. As Lia and Achi weave their way through the city’s
backstreets, Tekla starts to feel closer than ever.
Levan Akin’s fourth feature film is filled with an impressive emotional immediacy. Two initially hesitant strangers overcome not only
ideological but also internal boundaries on their mission and join forces. The topography of the city plays just as important a role in this
ode to humanity as the array of characters that live within it.


15.02. / 21:00 Zoo Palast 1


15.02/ 21:30 Zoo Palast 2