A young man struggles in his encounter with another; a couple overcomes the aftermath of a violent attack. Traumatic experiences are transformed into experimental rage. The search for a queer voice, a queer family and, above all, a queer community that invites all in recognition of their differences… It’s a constant struggle. And while these words are certainly easier said than the underlying experience is lived, these short films lend a beautiful, if not cathartic, perspective on life’s difficult moments.
Length: 86 min
Two Sons & A River of Blood
A queer woman is pregnant. The self-made family unit of two dykes and a trans man imagine a kind of erotic magic that will allow for procreation based solely on desire. Together they enact a public sex ritual to symbolize their hopefulness for multiplicity, acknowledging their cyborg bodies as technological interventions. When the queer woman miscarries her child, the three begin to build their own mythic understanding of where bodies live when they are not inside us. They create a story to trace movement of the non-body, from a hole, to a river, to a room. Images of an imaginary white room, an ikea-esque torture chamber of stillness, haunt them. As a parallel emerges between the pregnant body and the trans body, the techno-sex act becomes the key and a pyramid becomes the portal to access this other world of non-bodied existence.
Deserto (The desert)
Deserto reflects on the possibility of speaking about multiple and queer identities through the invention of a new language. Through only the movement of two hands and a voice over, the desert is evoked as the place where the sand never takes a precise shape. The desert is also a symbolic reference to two specific films: Teorema (1968) by Pier Paolo Pasolini and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994) by Stephan Elliot. The protagonists of these movies are the Guest (a mysterious stranger with an ambiguous sexuality) and Bernadette (a transgender character), respectively, and both played by the same actor Terence Stamp. These films are the starting point for the text narrated by the voiceover in Deserto, where real and fictional identities disappear, dismantling the existence of any fixed role.
Here you are SCUM, caged creature. Your gaze wavers inside the rage of our time. Your scream testifies to an individual and societal wound, a traumatic memory of our condition to overthrow. Your gesture, survival drive, questions our visceral link to violence. SCUM, in your silicon hands young germs are growing and mutating.
Uma paciência selvagem me trouxe até aqui (A Wild Patience Has Taken Me Here)
Tired of loneliness, a middle aged motorcyclist goes to a lesbian party for the first time. There she meets four young queers who share their home and affections. An encounter of generations, a tribute to those who brought us here.