Katharina Klewinghaus at 3. Porn Film Festival Berlin
As someone who was addicted to slasher films as a child in the 1980s, and who went on to read a ton of feminist and queer theory at university in the 1990s, I’ve long been fascinated with the contradictory ways that women and sex are portrayed in the horror genre. It is a subject that has fascinated academics throughout the last decade, as well, and one that’s been in dire need of a documentary treatment for some time. Now, thanks to Katharina Klewinghaus, star of Bruce LaBruce’s new film Otto; or, Up with Dead People!, that documentary has arrived: Science of Horror, which was screened this weekend at the Porn Film Festival.
Klewinghaus had the savvy to bring together some of the more well known directors of the horror genre, as well as a range of writers and academics who have illuminated the subject through their work. While you might not agree with all of the arguments being put forth, Klewinghaus never appears to take sides and none of the points ever seem belabored – a sign of great filmmaking. Considering that this is Klewinghaus’s first feature, this is quite an impressive feat.
Women were largely relegated to one of two roles in the strictly codified proceedings of the horror film – the studious virgin/hero or the party-harty whore/victim. If I have one minor criticism of the film, it is that the (largely male) filmmakers interviewed failed to address the topic of gender. While they were eager to speak about the function of sex in the films – drawing comparisons to the language of pornography – it would have been interesting to hear their thoughts on the function of gender. Were they conscious of what they were doing in relegating the role of women in their filmic universes, or were their values so engrained in the cultural climate of America in the 1980s, wherein the moral majority was forcing its “family values” propaganda on the population, that they felt it necessary to reinforce these values through their art?
That aside, Science of Horror is one of the most intriguing documentaries I’ve seen this year.
Wir sind mitten im Festival, und heute habe ich auch endlich Fotos vom Eiszeit Kino, in dem parallel zum Moviemento unsere Filme laufen:
Heute gab es im Moviemento Kino die Lecture “Any Orgasm is A Small Echo Of The Big Bang” von Willem van Batenburg und die Retrospektive von Ole Ege. Im Eiszeit lief “Neo-Fetish Posture” von Manon des Gryeux in unserem Kurzfilmprogramm “Machtspiele” im ausverkauften Kino Eiszeit. Hier sitzen die beiden Regisseure mit unserem Jury-Mitglied Manon des Gryeux zusammen:
Spät in der Nacht haben wir uns alle im Kino Eiszeit mit dem Publikum bei “Edward Penishands” amüsiert und danach ging es natürlich wieder in unsere NACHTBAR in der Adalbertstrasse 9 in Kreuzberg.
Wir sehen uns morgen wieder!
3. PornfilmfestivalBerlin 2008
in den Kinos Moviemento, Eiszeit & Xenon
SplatterPornSpecial – Über Schnitt-Stellen von Splatter und Pornografie
Zeigen, offenlegen, fragmentieren – die Ästhetiken des Splatterfilms und der Pornografie haben mehr gemeinsam, als der oberflächliche Blick zu offenbaren vermag. Während in den USA bereits seit den späten 80er Jahren feministische Filmwissenschaftlerinnen wie Linda Williams oder Carol J. Clover die strukturellen Ähnlichkeiten dieser beiden body genres (Williams) erforschen, erscheinen derlei Gedankengänge hierzulande noch immer oftmals als Fremdkörper in den festgefahrenen Strukturen von Filmwissenschaft und Filmjournalismus. Mit Katharina Klewinghaus’ »Science Of Horror – If The Chainsaw Was A Penis« macht sich nun ein aktueller, in Anwesenheit der Filmemacherin gezeigter Dokumentarfilm daran, mittels zahlreicher, durch Filmausschnitte ergänzter Interviews mit FilmemacherInnen wie AkademikerInnen auf so informative wie unterhaltsame Art und Weise Theorie und Praxis aufeinander treffen zu lassen. Grund genug für uns, in einem Themenschwerpunkt tiefer in die Abgründe der beiden noch immer verfemten Genres abzutauchen – und dort so manche verschüttete Perle zwischen Exploitation, Trash und Avantgarde zu entdecken…
Als unverzichtbarer Leitfaden durch das Special und die wilde Welt des Horrorpornos bietet sich dabei der Vortrag von Stefan Höltgen (Bonn) über »Vampire, Zombies, Mumien und andere Sex-Monster« an. Der filmwissenschaftliche Grenzgänger aus Leidenschaft nimmt darin mit auf eine (durch Filmausschnitte reich bebilderte) Reise durch eine parallele Filmgeschichte – und wer danach noch nicht genug hat, der taucht für 90 Minuten ab ins grelle Trashuniversum von »Edward Penishands«! Spaß garantiert! Das Spektrum des Themenschwerpunktes umfasst weiterhin mit »Forced Entry« (eine echte Wiederentdeckung und ein Geheimtip des Festivals!) und »A Gun For Jennifer« gleich zwei Beispiele des vielleicht umstrittensten und am deutlichsten sexuell aufgeladenen unter den Subgenres des Splatterfilms – des Rape-&-Revenge-Films –, die ihre düsteren Fabeln von Gewalt und Gegengewalt durch die Augen von Täter bzw. Opfer erzählen. Misogynie oder Radikalfeminismus? Entscheidet selbst…
Ganz buchstäblich treffen Sex und Horror in Gestalt der Filmemacher Pierre Woodman und Brian Yuzna in einer langen, so aufschlussreichen wie unterhaltsamen Nacht in Prag aufeinander: »Durch die Nacht mit … Pierre Woodman & Brian Yuzna«. Schließlich runden zwei sehr unterschiedliche Variationen auf das Subgenre des Vampirpornos das Special ab: Während Matthew Salibas hochästhetische Hommage an Jess Francos Klassiker »Vampyros Lesbos« lediglich 20 Minuten und eine Reihe von Standbildern benötigt, um seine blutige Mär zu erzählen, holt der letztjährige Gewinner unseres Wettbewerbs, der New Yorker Porno-Auteur Joe Gallant, weiter aus und präsentiert mit »Hell’s Kitten. A Vampire Supermodel Love Story« einen fiebrigen Ritt durch eine urbane Höllenvision. Während also draußen der Winter naht, färben sich unsere Leinwände blutrot – und nehmen das Publikum mit auf eine Reihe intensiver Trips… die Nächte werden lang und wild!
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The themes of our film programme: ( http://www.pornfilmfestivalberlin.de )
feature films A-Z
short films A-Z
opening night film
closing night film
directors in focus
behind closed doors
jack wrangler – a legend in porn
Lecture with film clips (in English)
23.10., 18:30, Eiszeit 2
“The Privacy Of Porn: All Is Intimate, Nothing Is True”
Stephan Wolf, Wuppertal
Etymology claims that porn means to talk about whores and prostitution. In this sense we’re reaching out for off-topic levels as we focus on private porn (almost an oxymoron, don’t you think?). Never mind if private porn protagonists get some allowances for their contributions, or if “private porn” is less (or even more) porn than mere conventional products – to be or not to be … the one you are, that’s the question (from the “private” actor’s POV). Truth, but a deceiving one, authenticity, but a false one, all intimacy – ruined? What is left of “private” when there’s a camera around, some director or even some emcee to conduct? We may draw nonpoint lines of demarcation between private and public, between un-, semi- and commercial – and discard them again: From pure talking about the unspeakable (own) sexlife (“Herzfeuer”), the discovery of everybody’s living room as a commercially fertile niche (Harry S. Morgan), some would-be new approaches to gain viewing pleasure by the exposure of personality (Erika Lust), to the online excrescences of sites like “Beautiful Agony” or “yuvutu”. Freedom for all – or just another reflex on industrial products? A broadening of porn territory – as, all in all, no differences are to be seen anymore anyway? My assumption: with the call for “action” all intimacy, even authenticity, escapes the set. But – perhaps we disclose hidden hints for some antitheses together?
Stephan Wolf studied film theory and media science; master thesis: “Recent Porn Tendencies: the Visibility of Female Lust” (1998). As freelance journalist he published several articles about porn over the years, with special focus on its distribution and marketing (e.g. “www.sex.com. Porn-industry as the Cutting Edge for Online Marketeers”, Promotion Business, WA-Verlag, Cologne). He recently released his (part-porn) novel, “Miss_Mut” (“Dis_Pleasure”) as Wolf von Wark.
Lecture with film clips (in German)
25.10., 20:30, Moviemento 3
“Vampire, Zombies, Mumien und andere Sex-Monster. Über die Vermischung von Pornografie und Horrorfilm”
Stefan Höltgen, Bonn
Seit den 1970er Jahren, also der Blütezeit des Pornofilms, hat es immer wieder Versuche gegeben, diesen mit anderen Filmgenres zu kreuzen. Neben zumeist Kriminalfilm- und Thriller-Hybriden sind es vor allem Horrorstoffe, die besonders häufig in erzählenden Pornofilmen zu finden sind. Der Vortrag versucht einen Blick auf einige Vertreter dieser Horror-Porno-Hybride zu werfen und dabei vor allem die Monsterfilme, in sich denen die klassischen Figuren des Horrorkinos unversehens in Pornotopia wiederfinden, vorzustellen. Im Zentrum steht die Frage: Was haben die Monster und der Sex als filmische Phänomene gemeinsam und warum ist ihr Aufeinandertreffen im Pornofilm so überaus plausibel?
Stefan Höltgen (Jahrgang 1971) studierte zwischen 1996 und 2000 Germanistik, Philosophie, Soziologie und Medienwissenschaften an der Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena. Seit 2003 lebt und arbeitet er in Bonn als freier Journalist und betreibt dort ein Dissertationsprojekt zu “Medien- und Gewaltdiskursen im authentischen Serienmörderfilm” an der Rheinischen Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität in Bonn. Neben Buchpublikationen und Herausgeberschaften schreibt er regelmäßig Kritiken, Rezensionen und Artikel für Magazine und Zeitschriften wie epd Film, Der Schnitt, telepolis, IASL u. a. Seit 2001 gibt er das Magazin F.LM – Texte zum Film heraus und betreibt seit 2003 das kulturwissenschaftliche Internetforum www.filmforen.de.
Lecture with film programme (in English)
24.10., 18:30, Eiszeit 2
“There First. Presenting The “Slavesex” And “Pain” Movie Series”
Sergio Messina, Rome
It’s very easy to be kinky in 2008: there are clubs, associations and dungeons for rent; there’s an ample and very varied filmography, covering just about any kink you can imagine; there are websites to educate and entertain you, made by real practitioners for genuinely interested people. But there was a time, not long ago, in the eighties, in which being into very intense kinds of love, like BDSM or extreme fetishes, was very much a niche thing, when fetish cinema was very underground.
Porno at the time was mostly fiction-based, it had a plot and – unfortunately – actual acting bits. The editing, and sometimes dubbing, was often so extreme (and blatantly unlikely) that it was hard to get any feel for the situation: lousy dialogue, genital close ups, screams, the customary cumshot (not yet facial) and little else. Some German producers, like Dino, sometimes inserted some different action (like anal, pissing, or light BDSM) in mainstream features just to spice things up.
Two of the first widely distributed BDSM series, “Slavesex” and “Pain”, were in German, and mostly featured a couple, plus occasionally someone else. Their screen names were Anita, or Anita Feller, or Martina S (for Sklavin), and Master Günther. It’s very difficult to gather information about dates, but I believe it was in the early eighties. These movies were radically different from anything else on the market at that time, as far as I can tell. They had no music but strictly live sound, little or no editing, almost no close-ups but much wider angles; they weren’t shot on movie sets but in what looked like a well equipped dungeon. The people weren’t “actors”, and you could tell right away: which porn actress would be hanged by her tits – and look like she’s into it? The movies obviously showed a dynamic, a relationship, and an action that would probably happen even if the camera wasn’t there. The shooting style was more documentaristic than porno, and it would occasionally zoom in to capture faces, not crotches. The overall package, from the stark boxes to the bare credits and the abrupt ends, smelled like underground, although it was very obvious that these people weren’t post-punks, didn’t listen to heavy metal or wear rubber in public: they were very much into BDSM, but regular people otherwise.
It’s hard to calculate the impact of these films on the BDSM scene, but I believe it’s huge. At the time, this was the only credible BDSM one could see in action, comfortably at home, even in smaller towns; and if it’s true that porno educates (or miseducates) people about sex, this is ten times true for the so called “niche porno”. So one could guess that they showed first what BDSM (and more) was about to a large number of people in the world (including myself).
Anita / Martina then moved on to a brief but very varied solo career, appearing in quite a few German and Dutch productions during the second half of the 80s / early 90s (again, it’s very hard to gather information on dates). She never did straight porn thou: her parts were always fetish, or outright kinky. Sometimes extremely so. There are movies, both in the “Slavesex/Pain” series and in other productions, in which she performs things that probably had never been filmed before (including genuine tears and kisses on the cheeks – unheard of in porno), and some of those performances still hold as extreme after so many years (eons, if you consider the digital revolution). But this lady had class to burn, a style which to me is still unsurpassed today; at times she did look kinky, very extreme, even way over the top, but never gross or sloppy, or even nasty: she looked extra natural, just the way it should be. This woman’s filmography reads like a history of alternative sexuality of the last 15 years – but 15 years before.
The two films presented here belong to the early “Slavesex/Pain” series. They are shown as an example of seminal porno, as amazing films in their own right and to give credit and visibility to authors that opened a way that is very, very much in fashion in 2008 – but that they walked 25 years ago.
Sergio Messina (b. Rome, 1959) is a very unusual character in the Italian artistic and media landscape. Radio maker, musician (with a top 20 hit as a producer), journalist, performer, sound designer and teacher, his work is often described as “seminal”. His latest show is Realcore, the digital porno revolution – a presentation about online amateur erotica. Mark Dery called him “The Margaret Mead of alt-sex”.
At the moment, besides freelance writing, teaching (sound design and history of Pop cultures), lecturing and occasional music gigs, Messina coordinates the Sound Design school at Ied, Istituto Europeo di Design, in Milano. He is also touring with Realcore. He writes (in Italian) about Alt Sex in Rolling Stone Italy, about music in InSound and about urgent and dangerous topics in Rumore. www.sergiomessina.com.
Lecture with film clips (in German)
23.10., 20:30, Moviemento 3
“Pinku eiga, Roman porno & Ero guro – Anmerkungen zum Japanischen Sexfilm”
Marcus Stiglegger, Mainz
Da zahlreiche Pink Filme und Roman Pornos Sexualität und Gewalt verschmelzen, können diese als Teil des ero guro- (erotic grotesque)-Phänomens gesehen werden. Diese sexualisierte Darstellung von Folter hat kein Äquivalent im Weltkino und betont den künstlich-performativen Charakter dieser Filme. In Japan wird das als asobi (Spiel) betrachtet.
Die billig produzierten Filme besitzen oft einen politischen Subtext und bedienen sich experimenteller Stilmittel. Wie die Filme von WAKAMATSU Koji zeigen, haben Pink Filme das Potenzial radikaler Agitation. Seit den 1960er Jahren drehte Wakamatsu extrem bizarre und gewalttätige Sexfilme mit marxistischem Kontext. Anders als Wakamatsu gelang etwa ISHII Teruo eine Karriere im japanischen Major-Studio Toei. Zugleich können Ishiis technisch hervorragend inszenierte Filme als Paradigma der ero guro-Tendenz gesehen werden.
Bis heute gilt der japanische Sexfilm als einzigartiges künstlerisches Feld der Provokation und des Experiments. Dieser Vortrag will einen Einblick in die weite Welt dieses sehr spezifischen japanischen Genres werfen – mit Blick auf die beim Pornfilmfestival gezeigten Filme.
Dr. phil. habil. Marcus Stiglegger, geboren 1971, lehrt Filmwissenschaft an den Universitäten Mainz und Mannheim, sowie an der Clemson University (USA). Er studierte Filmwissenschaft, Ethnologie, Philosophie und Theaterwissenschaft. 1999 publizierte er seine Doktorarbeit über Faschismus und Sexualität im Film (“Sadiconazista”, 2. Aufl.). Stiglegger gab zahlreiche Bücher über Filmgeschichte, -ästhetik und -theorie heraus. 2006 erschien sein Hauptwerk Ritual & Verführung. Schaulust, Spektakel und Sinnlichkeit zur Verführungstheorie des Films. Neben zahlreichen internationalen Vorträgen arbeitet Stiglegger für die internationale Filmkritikervereinigung FIPRESCI sowie als Autor für die Magazine Filmdienst, epd Film, Splatting Image und Testcard. Seit 2002 gibt er ein eigenes Kulturmagazin :Ikonen: heraus (www.ikonenmagazin.de). Er ist Mitglied des Arbeitskreises ‘The Asian Impact’ der Universität Mainz, Autor für das Brockhaus Lexikon und bereitet gerade ein Buch zum Thema “Japanese Popular Cinema” vor, das 2010 in Edinburgh erscheinen soll.
Lecture with Film presentation (in English)
25.10., 18:30, Eiszeit 2
“Making Sex Media For A Radical Future”
Audacia Ray, New York
There are only a handful of companies that own the vast majority of media outlets. These media outlets treat real discussions and information about sexuality with kid gloves. At the same time, they aggressively pursue salacious scandal material and reinforce norms and taboos. Companies that focus on sexuality, like porn companies, also tend to reinforce cultural norms – yet there is a growing contingent of individuals, companies, and art collectives who are breaking the boundaries of sex and gender through sex media production and play. In this talk Audacia Ray, who is a producer and curator of sex media herself, will give a tour to some of these projects as they exist online, on DVD, in print, and in art spaces. The talk asks the questions: how can we challenge mainstream media representations of sex and gender? Is the feminist approach to these topics key? Are commercialism, personal expression, and art at odds with one another? What tools and communities are needed to create alternative sexual media cultures?
Dacia’s Love Machine NX D F
USA, 2008, 25 Minuten, Rob Daly & Audacia Ray, englische Originalfassung
Working in the adult industry has its perks, but the glory of free porn and sex toys wears off quicker than you’d think. When writer, porn director, and sex toy reviewer Audacia Ray receives a Love Machine for review, she realizes that her New York apartment just isn’t big enough for the both of them. Like many New Yorkers before her, Dacia turns to Craigslist to shed her unwanted miscellaneous objects. After deleting some emails with creepy propositions, Dacia welcomes potential love machine adopters into her Brooklyn apartment.
Plus live sex toy testing by Audacia Ray & Tralala Blümerant.
Audacia Ray edits the Village Voice sexuality blog www.NakedCity.com and produces the video shows Naked City TV and Live Girl Review. She is the author of “Naked On The Internet: Hookups, Downloads, And Cashing In On Internet Sexploration” and is the award-winning director and producer of the porn feature “The Bi Apple”. For the past four years she has blogged at www.WakingVixen.com.
Lecture and film presentation (in English)
24.10., 20:30, Moviemento 3
“Any orgasm is a small echo of the big bang, no wonder pornography is something of all times.”
Willem van Batenburg, Utrecht
Dutch film director Willem van Batenburg learned about sex the way we all do, but he is an expert when it comes to writing and making sex movies. His work includes 22 short movies, sold for worldwide distribution, two explicit porno-erotic features “Pruimenbloesem / Prunesblossoms” and “‘n Schot in de roos / Bulls-Eye” (both played to 200,000 spectators each in Dutch theatres) and on top of that he wrote a lot of sex stories for magazine publication.
If he had known during his career as an erotic filmmaker (consequently pornographer) that the best seed (semen) is (are) obtained after looking at pornographic movies, (a research result of the academic hospital Maastricht), then without a doubt he would have been still more motivated than he was already. But reasons such as fascination for the sex-sensual movement, inspiration by the work of the masters of erotic arts and interest in the moral and psychological changes as a result of the sexual revolution have their own value of course.
His extraordinarily woman friendly, very playful, easy-going but lewd and horny features were screened to a cheerful, enthusiastic public during the first two Pornfilmfestivals. This year, being a guest once again, he will show a selection of his short films. The muse from his features (Diana de Koning / Diana Queen, in Holland as famous as Linda Lovelace and Candida Royal together) is in at least four of the shorts. Her multi-orgasm in the picture “Young Girls, Lewd Sales” is a famous highlight of the film, a very authentic scene that is not easy to forget.
These short but powerful films will be preluded by a remix of a lecture he gave last year titled “Twenty-two Elements for the Making of a Pornorotic Lovescene” and a reading from his book about porn “Het komt allemaal weer omhoog – It’s All Going Up Again”. The show will be almost a real time trip to the lust-nostalgia of the sexy and sometimes very sleazy seventies.
Lecture (in English)
26.10., 15:00, Moviemento 3
“Beyond Pornography – Sexual Culture in Berlin’s “Lab.oratory”"
Peter Rehberg, Berlin
“Berghain” fittingly functions as the name for the bulky building of the old thermal power station in East Berlin’s district Friedrichshain which is not only home to a dance club but also to the “Panoramabar”, and to the sex club “Lab.oratory” on the ground floor. While the place on the one hand successfully exploits the 1920′s fantasy of Berlin as a decadent city in an almost museum-style way, it also gained fame for a revival of gay men’s sexual culture as counter culture, as a place where traditions from the 1970s live on, and where commercial interests are intelligently negotiated with artistic ones and thus open up a space for alternative sexual politics.
In my lecture I will investigate the sexual culture one can enjoy and witness here with respect to questions of relationality and temporality. How does this environment, where the industrial layout perfectly fits the needs of a darkroom, allow for experimenting with social forms and what could be a narrative framework for those? Recent studies in queer theory have spelled out the ethical implications of a queer temporality, that doesn’t use the figure of the child as allegory for the future and as a guarantee for meaning in the realm of the political (Lee Edelman). To rethink our relation to futurity also opens up a space for a new relationality not governed by imaginary appropriations such as pornographic images but to articulate what Leo Bersani has called a “sociability of cruising”. Such thinking keeps a promise from 1970s counter culture alive which in large parts has been covered up by the discourse on HIV/Aids on the one hand and the fight for gay marriage on the other, namely, how does a queer life style provide new forms of living? The Sex Club Lab.oratory in Berlin puts these Foucauldian questions once more to the test: This time it is the Eastern border of the old West, Berlin and not California, where queer sexuality comes to the test.
Peter Rehberg hat Queer Studies und Deutsche Literatur in den USA und Deutschland unterrichtet. Er hat einen Erzählband (“Play”) und einen Roman (“Fag Love”) geschrieben und ist Chefredakteur der Zeitschrift “Männer”.
Film programme with introduction (in English)
26.10., 16:30, Moviemento 3
“X Marks The Spot”
Billy Miller, New York
“The Pornfilmfestival is ashamed to present a night of selected short films from the “Straight To Hell” archives, chosen by guest curator / editor / publisher Billy Miller. Miller is the editor of the underground cult publication “S.T.H.” (a/k/a The Manhattan Review of Unnatural Acts) based in NYC. Tonight’s program is realized in conjunction with an exhibit of male erotic photography, curated by Miller, at EXILE gallery, Berlin: www.thisisexile.com” (Billy Miller)
The film programme:
Giovanni, Brooklyn, NY
USA, 2008, 12 minutes, Darren Ankenbauer
Photographer / publisher Darren Akenbauer’s portrait of a young man releasing sexual tension in the tried-but-true old-fashioned D.I.Y. manner. See more at www.handbookmen.com
Video Documents Exhibiting Varying Degrees of Public Lewdness
USA, 1990′s-2008, 9 minutes, Anonymous “filmmakers”
An anonymous video mélange containing snips & snaps of unidentified men “getting busy” in public places. Don’t ask, don’t tell!
In the Dark We All Can Be Free: The Life & Photography Of Alvin Baltrop
USA, 2008, 6 minutes, Randal Wilcox
Photographer Al Baltrop (1948-2002) spent much of the 1970s and early ’80s documenting the under-the-public-radar anonymous sex scene of New York City’s infamous abandoned West Side Piers. In this segment, legendary artist AA Bronson gives an eyewitness account. Today, Baltrop’s photo documents offer some of the only remaining evidence of a phenomenon and a time now passed. With music by Beat Cops. (Excerpt from a feature-length documentary)
Latino Fan Club OutTakes
USA, 1990′s, 10 minutes, Brian Brennan
Latino Fan Club has been serving up hot “papi” cock in book and video form, for an admiring audience, since 1985. Tonight’s offering is but a sample of the mouth-watering fare to be found at: www.theoriginallatinofanclub.com
Your Smile Is My Sunshine
USA, 2002, 2 minutes, Michael Economy
While most obviously associated with children’s entertainment, the clown has often been used in contemporary art to suggest menace or perversion – which coincidently echoes a long history of reactions to male sexuality in general, and homosexuality in particular. In this brief tableau, these types of associations are presented “topsy turvy”.
USA, 2008, 7 minutes, Janine Gordon
Rapper and visual artist Janine Gordon’s work has been widely exhibited at numerous international galleries and museums and her photos have graced the pages of publications such as, GQ, Vogue Hommes, Aperture, Zing, to name a few. In this short film, she gives us an intimate portrait of one man’s quest for sexual release.
USA, 1989, 6 minutes, Steve LaFreniere
Steve LaFreniere is an independent curator who has organized exhibitions at New York’s P.S.1 Museum and other spaces and can be found writing regularly for Artforum, Index, Vice among others. This short found-footage collage film explores the transcendental nature of human male sexuality to a special aural backdrop provided by the music of Alice Coltrane. Edited with the assistance of Suzie Silver.
A.M.G. Physique Shorts
USA, 1950′s-1980′s, 11 minutes, Bob Mizer
Bob Mizer’s “Athletic Model Guild” (A.M.G.) was the longest-running and first commercially successful male erotic photo studio in history (established in 1948) – and the “body” of work Mizer created (nearly one million individual photographs and films) represent the most prolific documentation of male flesh to date. For decades, Mizer photographed the trade that filed through his own version of the Hollywood Dream Factory. Along with his “Physique Pictorial” magazine, he also created a great number of photos and films.
Here we present a small group of very rare films spanning several decades – which have yet to be released on DVD (acquired directly from the filmmaker shortly before Mizer’s demise in the early ’90s).
About Straight To Hell & Billy Miller:
“Straight To Hell, a/k/a The Manhattan Review of Unnatural Acts” is a reader-written jerk-off publication containing true male / male sexual histories. First published in 1973, writer Gore Vidal has called the original series “The best radical paper in America”. Miller is the 3rd and current editor of the long-running underground cult favorite.
Billy Miller is an artist, curator, writer and independent publisher. His artwork has been exhibited internationally at various galleries and cultural institutions. He has curated shows and events at The Randolph Street Gallery, The Center for Book Arts, The Jersey City Museum, The 58 Gallery, Exile and Autoversion Gallery, among others. His writing has appeared in publications such as VICE, INDEX, K48, WON Magazine, and BUTT, and he is the editor and publisher of a number of independent publications, including “When Johnny Come Marching Home Again”, “No Milk Today”.
Lecture with film clips (in English)
26.10., 18:30, Eiszeit 2
“Scoring the Horizontal Mamba”
Bryin Dall, New York
Throughout the ages, music has played an important part in all films. Silent movies had complete orchestras to score the thrills and chills. When talking pictures came into play, music underscored tension, suspense, romance, etc. When pornography first came to film it was underground and silent. That would soon change. Early cinematic releases of adult films tried to mimic those of their Hollywood cousins. Plots and storylines abounded and with them came the need for music to accentuate each scene. Aaaahhh, but porno had something that those blockbusters didn’t . . . SEX! As the blue movies progressed, so did their soundtracks. It went from actual film scores to the all too familiar, boom chuck a wah wah that most people are familiar with. Modern-day porno, in an attempt to mimic the popular “reality” format, frequently eliminates music to create a more voyeuristic atmosphere. Join me on a journey through the history of music in pornography, as we discuss scoring the horizontal mamba.
Films to be included (but not limited to): I Am Curious Yellow, Deep Throat, Inches, Debbie Does Dallas, A Night At The Adonis, John Holmes Superstar, Pizza Boy, Pizza Girl, Stryker Force
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FEATURE FILMS A-Z (http://www.pornfilmfestivalberlin.de)
H = Heterosexual, S = Gay, L = Lesbian, T = Transgender,
NX = does not contain explicit sex scenes, X = contains explicit sex scenes,
D = documentary film, FT = Fetish, SW = Sexwork
(films on sex work and prostitution),
F = films made by female directors, A = animation
A Gun For Jennifer NX
26.10., 22:30, Eiszeit 2
USA, 1996, 91 minutes, Todd Morris, English original version with German subtitles
A gang of raped women takes revenge against the chauvinist, violent male world around them.
A Night At The Adonis S X
26.10., 18:15, Eiszeit 1
USA, 1977, 83 minutes, Jack Deveau, English original version
“A Night At The Adonis” tracks Jack Wrangler’s night of sexploits at the titular Adonis Theatre, a notorious Times Square movie house. It strikes a successful balance between romantic comedy and nasty man-on-man action, not lacking in thick plot. The film opens with an establishing shot of the Adonis coming to life, its neon lights shimmering in the late evening twilight as the employees go about checking out the facilities.
Bacchanale H S X
24.10., 16:00, Moviemento 1
USA, 1970/2006, 65 minutes, John & Lem Amero, no dialogue
In the year 1970 the brothers John and Lem Amero presented one of the most extraordinary sex films of the 70′s. In a surreal conglomerate of explicit pornography and psychedelic dream sequences, they penetrated deep into the core of the zeitgeist and with the help of many multicolored filters they created a cinematic trip beyond all comparisons.
To pay homage to this underground cult film, 57 audio artists set themselves at the behest of the New York Art Collective Monkey Town to re-interpret it and sew a new sonic garment on its entire body.
The result is amazing: Not only does it boost the intoxicating character of “Bacchanale” to an immense degree, but also through the various themes of the musical background, there emerges a collection of 57 short, totally different miniatures, that in the end make a whole. Bacchanale 2006 – it is more than a film, it is an experience!
The Bad Luck Betties H X
22.10., 20:00, Moviemento 1
USA, 2008, 123 minutes, Winkytiki, English original version
When four aspiring starlets find themselves in the seedy underbelly of show business, their dreams of stardom turn into a living hell. Once deemed “damaged goods”, they end up fending for themselves on the margins of society.
Now hardened, restless and with an insatiable appetite for revenge and ultra violence, they take control of “Transaction Junction”, the main intersection used by the purveyors of vice to supply Hollywood’s demand for contraband. Their lucrative racket is at risk when the completion of the freeway bypass threatens to take away their control of their “Hollywood connection”. No one gets in or out without paying their dues!! These vixens had nothing to loose and everything to gain!!
Dankon – The Man S NX
26.10., 22:15, Moviemento 2, mit “M2M Eyeball”
Japan, 1998, 60 minutes, SONO Sion, no dialogue
An urban fable about a gay police man and a serial killer – an early pink film from one of Japan’s most innovative film makers.
Daughter Of Darkness (Mie men can an zhi nie sha) L NX
25.10., 22:15, Moviemento 2
Hongkong, 1993, 96 minutes, Ivan Lai Kai-Ming, Chinese original version with English subtitles
After being raped by her father, teenager Mak Wei-Fong plots revenge against her abusive family who kept silent. Police suspect a young teenager who was horrifically abused by her family and raped by her father of finally snapping and slaughtering them all.
The Doll Underground H X
24.10., 20:00, Eiszeit 1
26.10., 16:00, Moviemento 1
USA, 2008, 112 minutes, Eon McKai, English original version
Inspired by the late 60s activist-turned-militant Leftist collective, The Weathermen, the Doll Underground are here to wake up our day-dreaming nation from the financial dictatorship that continues to crush it. Lead by Dorrn Adorn, these sexually-charged revolutionaries take refuge in LA’s now entombed Belmont Tunnel. Outfitted in Lolita Gothic uniforms and strapped with home-made explosives, the Dolls plot to take down the Owners by any means necessary.
Edward Penishands H X
24.10., 22:15, Eiszeit 1, with “Filthy”
USA, 1991, 83 minutes, Paul Norman, English original version
A trashy, pornographic homage to Tim Burton’s “Edward Scissorhands” and a true party film.
26.10., 22:15, Moviemento 1
Great Britain, 2007/2008, 70 minutes, Petra Joy, English original version
Award winning director Petra Joy continues her sensual revolution of the adult movie genre by creating art-core rather than hard-core erotica. Her third erotic film “Feeling it” celebrates intimacy, sensuality and ecstasy. The focus is on female pleasure. The film is based on Petra’s motto “Feeling it, not faking it!” and features players who enjoy a genuine sensual chemistry rather than putting on an act for the cameras. The vignettes are based on female fantasies that women from all over the world shared with Petra. This movie is a visual erotic feast that aims to inspire, excite and liberate beyond the clichés of mainstream porn that leave most women cold. Petra is proud to promote safe sex and feature a multinational cast. We hope you enjoy watching the lovers experiencing breathtaking orgasms as much as we loved filming them. May this film bring pleasure to you!
Fisting Underground Berlin, Part 1 S X
26.10., 20:30, Eiszeit 1
USA, 2008, ca. 90 minutes, Matthias von Fistenberg, no dialogue
While the sex technique of fisting horrifies many, women (straight and lesbian) discover the pleasure of vaginal fisting more and more. Anal fisting, mostly practiced among gay men, is highly underrated as a solely rough and brutal play. In “Fisting Underground, Part 1″ we’re able to see the most sensitive and devoted side of gay men. Surprisingly cocks don’t play such a big role in this, so we see the actors in an almost female way of engaging in the highest intimacy – interesting not only for gay men but for all women who’ve been curious about fisting lately.
Forced Entry H X
23.10., 22:30, Moviemento 3
USA, 1973, 82 minutes, Shaun Costello, English original version
with an introduction by Stefan Höltgen (Bonn)
A traumatised war veteran turns into a brutal rapist and serial killer until he meets two hippie girls who shake up his world and show him sexual liberation.
George Bataille’s Story of the Eye H L S X FT
23.10., 18:15, Moviemento 2
25.10., 16:15, Eiszeit 1
USA, 2004, 81 minutes, Andrew Repasky McElhinney, English original version
“Arranging narrative is a bourgeois mania” – director McElhinney makes it clear in his very loose adaptation of George Batailles’ famous/infamous “Story of the Eye” that the “story” here is not his primary concern. In loosely linked, enigmatic episodes, he explores the world of the scandalous author. With the prologue of documented scenes of a child birth, he gives the viewers some biographical details about Bataille through a voice over, just to be able to later leave them on their own in a ride through themes, patterns and other elements of Bataille’s work, that always dealt with sexuality, power, intoxication, delimitation and transgression. Only few isolated excerpts help with the classification of what is presented, which wildly oscillates between pornography and experimental art. McElhinney denies to fulfill the pragmatic function of pornography by not addressing a clearly defined target audience: The three erotic episodes of the “Story of the Eye” show a gay, a lesbian and a heterosexual encounter, with various fetishes are being addressed. A film against the narrow-minded mentality, a film for an audience in the mood for an adventure – a film, that even Bataille would have liked!
Hell’s Kittens. A Vampire Supermodel Love Story (Director’s Cut) H X
25.10., 22:15, Eiszeit 1
USA, 2008, 82 minutes, Joe Gallant, English original version
Vapid model-trash find themselves fucked, bitten and turned by a new race of future-humans. The government is hot on everyone’s trail, eager to wipe out this new breed. Anarchist polemic and hot, nasty, anal / atm throughout…
Homopunx S X
24.10., 18:15, Moviemento 3
Germany, 2008, 112 minutes, Jörg Andreas, English original version
Handsome young Frenchman Brice is visiting Berlin. He stays in a sexy shared flat and his new flatmates party and fuck all night. The next day they take him along to a porno photoshoot, where even shy Brice gets a share of the hot boy action.
In Search Of The Wild Kingdom L X F
23.10., 18:00, Moviemento 1, with “Beautiful Agony”
26.10., 22:15, Xenon, with “Beautiful Agony”
USA, 2006, 60 minutes, Shine Louise Huston, English original version
“In Search Of The Wild Kingdom” is a mock-documentary that playfully explores the limits of sexual orientation. “Award-winning documentary maker” Georgia Mann comes to San Francisco to produce her new film, “Lesbians of San Francisco” … and proceeds to violate every single rule of documentary film making, crew management, and perhaps even the law. At the end, she’s not a bit closer to understanding what lesbianism really is (although her crew makes some discoveries of their own). And, of course, we’re treated to some very hot sex along the way.
Shot with intimacy, honesty, and a sense of humor “In Search Of The Wild Kingdom” continues Shine Louise Houston’s explorations of the fluidity of gender and sexuality, while serving as a strong tonic for those tired of cookie-cutter porn.
Island Fever H X
25.10., 22:30, Moviemento 3
Czech Republic, 2003, 90 minutes, Tom Herold, English original version
“Island Fever” travels to sensual and mysterious Ibiza to experience life amidst the island’s feverish landscapes. Director Tom Herold (“Fucker Takes All”, Pornfilmfestival 2006) uses the island’s magic to weave together a tale of passion, intrigue and non-stop sun-soaked sex. From poolside passion to steamy sexual encounters on a luxurious yacht, Herold makes great use of his backdrops and his gorgeous tanned cast. “Island Fever” follows the story of a struggling writer (played by Herold) who can’t decide what kind of story to write to portray his beloved island, Ibiza. Through his indecision, we get treated to a host of different sex fantasy scenarios.
Japan Japan S X FT
26.10., 20:15, Eiszeit 1, mit “Pathways”
Israel / USA / Germany, 2007, 65 minutes, Lior Shamriz, Hebrew original version with English subtitles
The movie tells the story of Imri who at 19 goes to live in Tel Aviv, but dreams of moving to Japan. Through his relationships and encounters and in diverse cinematic tools, we are introduced to the young man’s life. An exploration of living in the exotic city of Tel Aviv is presented through a hero who is himself in the midst of exploring his own choice of an exotic place. A unique correlation is formed between the hero’s misconception of Japan and ours of him. The movie was constructed by both improvised and pre-scripted scenes, as required by the nature of each scene.
Johan S X
24.10., 22:30, Eiszeit 2
France, 1976, 90 minutes, Philippe Vallois, French original version with English subtitles
Johan was supposed to be the main actor in a movie, but he is in jail right now. So the director searches for a substitute for Johan in the gay scene of Paris in the 1970s, only to come to the conclusion that the beautiful, mysterious Johan can’t be substituted.
John S X F
24.10., 16:30, Moviemento 3
25.10., 22:15, Xenon
New Zealand, 2006, 86 minutes, Astrid Glitter, English original version
John is a regular kiwi guy who’s tired of one-night stands. Men just want to shoot and leave, when John really just wants to have someone to love. An array of curious characters surround John’s life – Rebecca, the jealous flatmate, Leigh with his “bag of tricks”, straight workmate Andy and hirsute Bill; bisexual friend Steve and his accomodating fiancée Joanna who lets him have sex with men, and Hunter, the stripper, with Darius, his driver.
“John” is the first XXX gay release 100% made in New Zealand – it’s a real story, with realistic characters, plots, a generous amount of gay sex scenes and a rocking soundtrack including ska, punk, jazz, metal, electronica and easy listening.
The Lost Door H L X
23.10., 18:30, Moviemento 3
France, 2007, 119 minutes, Roy Stuart, French original version with English subtitles
Frenzy, lust, obsession and trauma come together in this visionary film: Christina is accused of murdering her boyfriend Marc and is questioned again and again by the young psychologist Catherine in a mental hospital. Christine’s memories, hallucinations and stream of consciousness draw the psychologist closer and force her to face her hidden desires.
Mu Zi Mei L H NX F
26.10., 20:00, Moviemento 1, with the winner Blue Movie Award
China / USA, 2007, 97 minutes, Shadow Gao, Chinese original version with English subtitles
“An underground hero to China’s youth. Mu Zi Mei’s story is an emblem of the sexual revolution in China” wrote the Washington Post about this surprising and refreshing film about the young Chinese blogger Mu Zi Mei whose fame became bigger than life. With her careless attitude and gigantic self-confidence the famous girl collects lovers and the stories about their sexual failures. As the closing film of the festival “Mu Zi Mei” contains all the essential aspects of the Pornfilmfestival.
My Israeli Platoon S X
23.10., 22:15, Xenon
25.10., 22:00, Moviemento 1
Israel, 2008, 60 minutes, Roy Raz, Hebrew original version with English subtitles
Five stories based on the director’s experience in the Israeli army illustrate what really happens behind the scenes of one of the strongest army forces in the world. Through the events that unravel in this film, taking place in an army base in the South of the country and also in Tel Aviv, we get to see a darker side of the IDF. From the first day in the base until the first weekend at home, through some hard moments in the long weeks of service and with narration by the director himself, this semi porn-documentary shows that three years in the Israeli army cannot be that bad…
Not The Bradys XXX H X
23.10., 22:30, Eiszeit 2
USA, 2007, 90 minutes, Will Ryder, English original version
Faced with financial difficulties at home due to slow business at his architectural firm, Mike and his wife Carol reluctantly tell the kids that the entire household will be on a budget for the next few months until business picks up again and the cash crisis ends. The kids get together and decide to help out by taking on odd jobs, holding car washes and pitching in wherever they can to help save the family house from bank foreclosure. Mayhem ensues especially when Marcia unwittingly applies for a job as a model and finds out she’s about to star in an adult movie. Based on the popular TV series “The Brady Bunch”, this is “Parody Porn” at its best.
Notre Secret S X
23.10., 20:15, Eiszeit 1
Frankreich, 2008, 100 minutes, Menoboy, French original version with English subtitles
Ayshan finally proposes to his girlfriend Gwen. Her gay best friend Marco has secret fantasies about Ayshan and is set to get him, whatever the cost.
Ole Ege – The Naughty Boy (Ole Ege den grimme dreng) H X D
24.10., 22:00, Moviemento 1, with “Pornography – A Musical”
Danmark, 1996, 83 minutes, Torben Skjødt Jensen, Danish original version with English subtitles
When Denmark legalised pornography in 1969, Danish filmmaker Ole Ege led the way, pushing the boundaries of acceptability to the limit. This documentary profiles Ege’s life and work, and examines how a previously prudish society reacted to the sudden advent of total freedom.
Ole Ege passionately professes eroticism – the girls, their forms and their nature. He sharply distinguishes between eroticism and pornography, but due to increasing competition, Ole Ege started Color Climax porno films, where he not only filmed girls, but now also let men appear. As this developed in the direction of hard core pornography, Ole Ege stopped as this was not his field.
Pornography – A Musical (Pornografi – en musical) H X
24.10., 22:00, Moviemento 1, with “Ole Ege – The Naughty Boy”
Danmark, 1971, 54 minutes, Ole Ege, no dialogue
The film is composed of a series of explicit short films from the times when the ladies had hair between their legs: “Crazy Strip” (1970), “Dream Girl (Drømmepigen)” (1966), “Three Lively Girls (3 raske piger)” (1964), “A Jolly Shave (En lystig barbering)” (1964), “Harem” (1968), “The American Girl (Amerikanerinden)” (1970), “Ilse” (1969), “Spanking” (1970), “Group Sex (Gruppes sex)” (1969) and “Springtime In Tivoli (Forår i Tivoli)” (1969). With music by the jazz musicians Dexter Gordon and the Kenny Drews Trio, recorded in Kopenhagen’s famous Jazzhus Montmartre.
Post Apocalyptic Cowgirls L X FT F
24.10., 22:15, Xenon
25.10., 22:30, Eiszeit 2
France, 2008, 80 minutes, Maria Beatty, English original version
After the Third World War and global warming have transformed the planet into a desert, what remains? Two post-apocalyptic cowgirls in leather and Stetsons! A delicious submissive hitchhikes on a bleak Arizona highway. A car stops. A tough exotic amazon with a gun and boots invites her into the car. The chemistry between these two sexy, dangerous lesbian chicks is gonna make you hotter than the desert sun. They spank, fist-fuck, lick and play with boots, guns, snakes, and cacti in the dust. Their sex is a dripping wet oasis from the heat! Lydia Lunch’s voiceover commentary adds another dimension.
SMS Sugar Man H NX SW
24.10., 18:00, Moviemento 1
South Africa, 2008, 80 minutes, Aryan Kaganof, English original version
“I cannot remember when I last watched a film with my eyes SO WIDE OPEN. I looked in the mirror afterwards and my eyes were bloodshot: I had hardly blinked. Philosophically, this film has eclipsed the existentialist novelist Kafka, when, lost in the labyrinth, he searched for meaning through the morass of bureaucracy getting nowhere. Here Kaganof (author, director, painter, poet) searches for meaning by plumbing the depths of the male psyche, and gets everywhere. Modern Jungian analysts would have a field day in recognising the various aspects of the psyche: the multiple levels of the animus and anima, revealed with such dramatic comprehension. Put bluntly, “SMS Sugar Man” is a cinematic masterpiece of its time, its place: which happens to be Johannesburg, South Africa.” (Helge Janssen)
Solos S NX
26.10., 18:15, Moviemento 2, with “Sex By Nationality”
Singapur, 2007, 68 minutes, Zihan Loo & Kan Lume, no dialogue
This mysterious, inventive film from Singapore uses a taboo subject – the sexual relationship between a male teacher and male student – to explore the fallout from an all-consuming love affair. Inspired by true events, “Solos” was banned in its home country for sexual explicitness and tells its story from a distance, giving its characters, who remain nameless, an iconic feel.
What makes “Solos” most radical to 21st century audiences is precisely what makes it cinematic to the core: There is no dialogue. But it would be incorrect to call the film silent, as it makes full use of ambient noise, creating an aural atmosphere that equals the striking digital cinematography. Most of the film is shot in static long-shot, making the silence of the characters palpable and their emotions raw. Though it focuses largely on the prolonged breakup of the student and teacher, the film gives much of its weight to the boy’s mother, who acutely feels the loss of her son. Scenes of the teacher and student having sex, arguing and eating are juxtaposed with scenes of the mother, alone and in her omnipresent nightgown, retreating deeper into her world of isolation and melancholy.
Co-directors Kan Lume and Zihan Loo (who wrote the screenplay and also plays the student) demonstrate a flair for poetic imagery, deadpan humor and, most importantly, profound sympathy for their characters.
25.10., 20:15, Eiszeit 1, with “The Fall Of Communism As Seen In Gay Pornography”
USA, 1962/2007, 56 minutes, William E. Jones, silent
“Tearoom” consists of footage shot by the police in the course of a crackdown on public sex in the American Midwest. In the summer of 1962, the Mansfield, Ohio Police Department photographed men in a restroom under the main square of the city. The cameramen hid in a closet and watched the clandestine activities through a two-way mirror. The film they shot was used in court as evidence against the defendants, all of whom were found guilty of sodomy, which at that time carried a mandatory minimum sentence of one year in the state penitentiary. The original surveillance footage shot by the police came into the possession of director William E. Jones while he was researching this case for a documentary project. The unedited scenes of ordinary men of various races and classes meeting to have sex were so powerful that the director decided to present the footage with a minimum of intervention. “Tearoom” is a radical example of film presented “as found” for the purpose of circulating historical images that have otherwise been suppressed.
Tears Of Ecstasy (Ekusutashi no namida: Chiin) S NX
24.10., 16:30, Eiszeit 2, with “Sex Brain Melody (Ep. 2)”
Japan, 1995, 60 minutes, OKI Hiroyuki, Japanese original version with English subtitles
An experimentally deconstructed version of a pink sex film, including psychedelic escapades and a sound track by John Zorn.
Three Days of Darkness (Tatlong Araw Ng Kadiliman) L NX
25.10., 16:15, Moviemento 2
Philippinen, 2007, 90 minutes, Khavn De La Cruz, Tagalog original version with English subtitles
Armageddon stretches into three long days, trapping three women in a house as darkness shrouds over the world and fulfils the doomsday prophecy. As they claw and feel their way around the ominous old house, the women are confounded with their demons within and the demons unleashed on earth. The suffocating, palpable dark turns every second into an agonizing eternity and they are catapulted into choosing between ways to combat their mortal dread – turning to religion for any desperate hope of redemption or satiating their lustful desires for one another in what could be their last remaining hours.
Tokyo X Erotica H NX
23.10., 22:15, Moviemento 2
Japan, 2001, 78 minutes, ZEZE Takahisa, Japanese original version with German subtitles
A philosophically profound meditation about sex and death: young Kenji dies in a gift gas attack while his girl friend, prostitute Haruka, is strangled to death. More than ten years later the two meet again, searching for a future beyond ecstasy and violence.
Uncle’s Paradise (Ojisan Tengoku) H NX
24.10., 22:15, Moviemento 2, with “RAN-Easter”
Japan 2006, 64 minutes, IMAOKA Shinji, Japanese original version with German subtitles
Haruo’s uncle Takashi moves in with him. Whenever he gets tired, he will take any woman available and takes his nephew along on a bizarre trip into sexual hell.
Vampire Diary L NX
23.10., 22:15, Eiszeit 2
Great Britain, 2007, 90 minutes, Mark James & Phil O’Shea, English original version with German subtitles
Holly is shooting a documentary about London’s neo vampire scene when she meets the mysterious Vicky, who claims to be a real vampire. Holly is intrigued and falls for Vicky, with all the blood red consequences…
Vampyres L NX
26.10., 20:15, Eiszeit 1
Great Britain, 1974, 87 minutes, José Ramón Larraz, English original version
A large mansion and the surrounding woodland are for sale. For some reason, it is difficult to sell it… Two female vampires ensnare male and female victims with their sexy bodies, then chew their blood the old way. When an American Lady fights back, they team-up against her…
This Hammer-flavored gothic outing (originally titled “Daughters Of Dracula”) involves the sanguinary exploits of two female vampires who bed down together in a queen-sized coffin by day and seduce male and female victims by moonlight, leading to lots of steamy soft-core sex scenes followed by copious amounts of the red stuff. One of their victims falls in love with Moore, even as he grows increasingly anemic due to her nutritional requirements. Moody photography and lush sets enhance the film’s fatally hedonistic atmosphere, and the stars assay temptingly feline performances that render their characters’ seductive powers chillingly real. This was a late entry in the European “lesbian vampire” sub-genre, a 1970s phenomenon made popular by such filmmakers as Jean Rollin and Jess Franco that made a comeback in the late 1990s.
Voyeur H X
25.10., 18:15, Eiszeit 1
USA, 1985, 77 minutes, Chuck Vincent, English original version
In “Voyeur”, Wrangler plays a lawyer entangled in the world of crime and desire. Director Chuck Vincent managed to create in the last film of his lifetime a high production value almost Hollywood-like piece that artistically combines the world of classical crime films and hot porn.
Where Your Heart Should Be S X
25.10., 18:30, Moviemento 3
26.10., 22:15, Eiszeit 1
USA, 2008, 70 minutes, Todd Verow, English original version
The movie follows an ex-United States Marine (X) who for his 25th birthday plans a no-holds barred gang bang in which he gets fucked by any guy who shows up. Meanwhile filmmaker Todd’s own relationship is collapsing as he himself has darker and darker fantasies. Both X and Todd are from Maine.
H = Heterosexual, S = Gay, L = Lesbian, T = Transgender,
NX = does not contain explicit sex scenes, X = contains explicit sex scenes,
D = documentary film, FT = Fetish, SW = Sexwork
(films on sex work and prostitution),
F = films made by female directors, A = animation
3. Pornfilmfestival Berlin 2008
Unterhaltsam, horizonterweiternd, lustig, schamlos, verblüffend und sexy – und schon zum 3. Mal in der Stadt! Während draußen der Winter naht, wird es vom 22.-26.10.2008 in den Kinos Moviemento, Eiszeit und Xenon immer wieder heiß, denn dann gastiert dort das 3. Pornfilmfestival Berlin 2008!
Seit 2006 hat es sich das Pornfilmfestival Berlin auf die Fahnen geschrieben, den cineastischen Sex aus der Schmuddelecke herauszuholen – und die vielfältigen Erscheinungsformen der filmischen Fleischeslust auf die große Leinwand zu bringen. Bereits 2006 und 2007 entstand so eine bunte Vielfalt unterschiedlichster künstlerischer Herangehensweisen an die großen Themen um Körper, Lust, Liebe und Sexualität. Auch die 2008er Auslese unseres Programms beginnt, dem Thema entsprechend, mit einem big bang: Bereits zur Eröffnung zeigt die Pulp-Fiction-Retroporno-Phantasmagorie »The Bad Luck Betties« des amerikanischen Alt.Porn-Autorenfilmers Winkytiki, was Porno so alles sein kann: sexy und clever, lustig, und immer wieder auf überraschende Weise gegen den Mainstream-Strich gebürstet.
Dieses Jahr findet zum dritten Mal der Internationale Kurzfilmwettbewerb statt, der Blue Movie Award ist dotiert mit einem Preisgeld von 500 Euro. Die internationale Jury ist hochkarätig besetzt mit der bekannten Berliner Schauspielerin Susanne Sachsse, dem New Yorker Regisseur Joe Gallant und der Pariser Regisseurin und Photographin Manon des Gryeux. Ausserdem wird der maleflixx.tv Award für den besten schwulen Film des gesamten Festivals vergeben.
Unser Spielfilmprogramm bietet unter anderem neue Filme wie Eon McKais »The Doll Underground«, Todd Verows »Where Your Heart Should Be« und Maria Beattys »Post Apocalyptic Cowgirls« sowie das Spielfilmdebüt »The Lost Door« des renommierten Kunstfotografen Roy Stuart. Außerdem zeigen wir die »Brady Bunch«-Parodie »Not The Bradys XXX« und den radikalen Avantgarde-Porno von Kris Kramski »America XXX«. Der Abschlussfilm »Mu Zi Mei« zeigt ein aufregendes Bild der aktuellen sexuellen Revolution in China.
Im Dokumentarfilmprogramm läuft unter anderem die Deutschlandpremiere von »Larry Flynt: The Right To Be Left Alone«, dem einzigartig intimen Portrait des Hustler-Gründers und Aktivisten für die Pressefreiheit von Joan Brooker-Marks. Außerdem gibt es zwei sehr unterschiedliche Frauen zu entdecken: die Hermaphroditin und Prostituierte Claudette in dem Schweizer Beitrag »Claudette« von Sylvie Cachin sowie das sehr persönliche Portrait über die junge Pornodarstellerin »Nina« des Franzosen Thibault Staib. Ein breit gefächertes Kurzfilmprogramm bietet etwas für jeden Geschmack, inklusive des beliebten »Fun Porn« Programms.
Wir bieten dieses Jahr eine Reihe von Themenschwerpunkten. Eine spannende Verbindung gehen die 2 Genres Pornographie und Splatterfilm ein. Katharina Klewinghaus’ Dokumentarfilm »Science of Horror – If The Chainsaw Was A Penis« sowie ein Vortrag von Stefan Höltgen (Bonn) dienen dabei als Leitfaden durch unser SplatterPornSpecial – dessen Reichtum sich dann vom vergessenen Meisterwerk »Forced Entry« bis zum unglaublichen Trash von »Edward Penishands« in unseren Spätvorstellungen entdecken lässt. Vom Horrorkino ist es dann nicht mehr weit bis zu den Lesbian Vampires, denen in diesem Jahr ebenfalls eine kleine Filmreihe gewidmet ist. Den Mutationen spüren wir in drei höchst unterschiedlichen Beiträgen von den 70er Jahren bis heute nach. Das Spectrum Asia zeigt mit Filmen aus Japan, Hongkong, Singapur und den Philippinen den ästhetischen wie inhaltlichen Reichtum des asiatischen Sexfilms auf. Dabei freuen wir uns, Werke von international renommierten Filmemachern wie SONO Sion, ZEZE Takahisa oder Khavn de la Cruz zeigen zu können. Aus der weiten Ferne in die (deutschen) Schlafzimmer – dorthin nämlich sucht unser Themenschwerpunkt Sex privat vorzudringen und zu erforschen, wie es denn wirklich zugeht bei uns und unseren Nachbarinnen unter der Decke. Dass es dabei manchmal zu überraschenden Ergebnissen kommt, steht außer Frage – und zeigt sich etwa im historischen Querschnitt durch das Schaffen von Harry S. Morgan, seit über 20 Jahren rasender Reporter und Dokumentarist sämtlicher Facetten deutschen Sexlebens. Das Genre des »privaten« Pornos und seine Entstehung werden kommentiert in einem Vortrag von Stephan Wolf. Einem noch immer tabuisierten Thema – der Sexualität behinderter Menschen – widmet sich schließlich unser Sonderprogramm Sexualbegleitung?. Der Berliner Dokumentarfilm »Die Heide ruft…« gibt Gelegenheit, mit Protagonisten und Beteiligten zu diskutieren. Und in der Reihe Jack Wrangler – Pornolegende wird die unglaubliche, aber wahre Lebensgeschichte jenes Mannes erzählt, dem es gelungen ist, sowohl im schwulen als auch im heterosexuellen Pornofilm zum Superstar zu werden.
Vier sehr verschiedene Regisseure werden in einer Sonderreihe ihre Filme in Berlin persönlich präsentieren: Charles Lum, der schwule Aktivist aus New York zeigt seine »HIV Collection«; die unabhängige Pornoregisseurin Petra Joy stellt ihre neuesten Arbeiten vor; der Found Footage-Experte William E. Jones stellt zwei seiner Arbeiten vor; und schließlich wird der dänische Porno-Pionier Ole Ege porträtiert.
In den verschiedenen Sektionen des Festivals finden sich auch vier Filme aus Israel, die ganz unterschiedliche Blicke ermöglichen. Der Dokumentarfilm »Blue« zeigt die tristen Arbeitsbedingungen von Pornodarstellern, die beiden Filme »Pathways« und »Japan Japan« erweitern die Grenzen des narrativen und experimentellen Films und der erste schwule Hardcore-Porno »My Israeli Platoon« wird beim Pornfilmfestival Berlin seine Weltpremiere erleben. Abseits des abwechslungsreichen Filmprogramms hat das Pornfilmfestival Berlin auch in diesem Jahr ein vielfältiges Programm aus Special Events (u. a. mit einem erotischen Hörspiel), Vorträgen (u. a. zu Porno und Musik) und Workshops (u. a. Japan-Bondage und Fisting für Frauen). Natürlich hat in den langen Festivalnächten unsere legendäre Nachtbar ein vielseitiges Programm zu bieten. Und so kann es vom 22.-26.10.2008 eigentlich nur heißen:
Auf, in einen heißen Herbst!