Posted: Posted Date – 2:43 PM, Sat – Jun 4, 22
Hyderabad: Reveling in the different colors and shades of Pride Month, June welcomes feelings of freedom, love and unity. Over the years, society has struggled with the representation of the LGBTQ+ community in key social structures, art, and movies. However, gradually, as the rainbow of awareness shines over the world, year by year we see better-crafted films, with the aim of providing the queer community with the respect they deserved.
Today we have more queer filmmakers, writers, directors and artists whose speaking their truth makes for a fabulous and groundbreaking watch. With the spirit of fire and a soul full of love, MUBI presents the “Pride Unprejudiced” projector, celebrating unapologetically eclectic queer joy!
Directed by: Sebastian Meise
Uncovering harrowing chapters of queer history in post-war Germany, Sebastian Meise’s moving drama harnesses the healing power of intimacy that flourishes in defiance of systematic oppression. Franz Rogowski mesmerizes with a powerful performance in this gripping tale of resilience and resistance. The story follows Hans, who is imprisoned again and again under Section 175, a law criminalizing homosexuality. Over the decades, he develops an unlikely but tender bond with his cellmate Viktor, a convicted murderer.
Directed by: Elene Naveriani
A thought-provoking love story steeped in mystery, this beautifully crafted gem from Georgian filmmaker Elene Naveriani questions the role of community in enforcing chronic social orthodoxies. Deeply humanistic, “Wet Sand” is a deeply moving story of resilience in the face of small town bigotry.
Directed by: Andrew Ondrejcak
In search of her unique voice, a budding actress infiltrates the history of cinema. As she crosses time, space and genre, she changes form through Hollywood’s most iconic roles, reimagining today’s cinematic archetypes.
Directed by: CB Yi
Fei works illegally as a con man to support his family, but when he realizes they only want to accept his money, not his lifestyle, their relationship falls apart. He seems able to find new life after meeting the headstrong Long, until his childhood sweetheart reappears.
And then we danced
Directed by: Levan Akin
Merab, a dedicated dancer, has been training for years with his partner Mary for a place in the National Georgian Ensemble. The arrival of another dancer, Irakli, sparks both intense rivalry and amorous desire that may lead Merab to risk his future in dance as well as his relationships.
Our bodies are your battlefields
Directed by: Isabelle Solas
In an Argentina torn between deep conservatism and an unprecedented feminist thrust, the film delves into the political journey and intimate life of Claudia and Violeta, trans women who identify as transvestites.
Directed by: Rohin Raveendran
Starring Parna Pethe and Amruta Subhash, the film centers around a female kiosk inside a crowded mall who poses as a silent ally in a forbidden romance. A tender and clandestine encounter offers a keen insight into the world of societal taboos and repressed desires in this relevant short film. Filmmaker Rohin Raveendran makes exceptional use of the spaces of a mall to amplify the claustrophobia experienced by his main characters.
Is that too much to ask?
Directed by: Leena Manimekalai
The film follows the ordeal of two trans women, Smile and Glady, who are looking for a rental apartment in Chennai, and the obstacles and social stigma they encounter not only when looking for accommodation, but as single transgender women. The documentary highlights the deep misogyny of Indian society. At the same time, it’s a treat to see the determined protagonists use art and humor to fight against the discrimination they face on a daily basis.
Directed by: Debalina Majumder
How do people maintain their unique identity in a society that strives to homogenize everyone? Debalina Majumder attempts to answer that question with her empowering documentary, offering a compassionate insight into the life and vulnerabilities of a non-normative couple. The film offers us glimpses of lives that are lived on their own terms and in such lives mark their resistance against stifling social norms that threaten to homogenize diversity. A celebration of love and unity with a difference is a celebration of the struggles to experience those differences.
Directed by: Wong Kar Wai
Wong Kar Wai pushed the boundaries with this lavish, newly restored queer love story. The film reveals the story of Lai and her lover Ho. The couple go on a trip to Buenos Aires from Hong Kong. Their steamy relationship lives among the vigorous tango bars and salsa music of La Boca’s sidewalks. But tensions rise between the two lovers, as they find themselves far from home and their lives drift in opposite directions.
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