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The teddy bear is against Guido

Not merely the QUEER SUJETS now losing sight of social relationships: Despite the almost traditionally failed gala ceremony of the Teddy Award in 2010 had its beautiful moments


This year could make the organizers of the Teddy Queer Film Award at a total of 61 films in the Berlinale program queer subjects. At a certain total number of 400 films shown not a bad cut.

This is by far the queerste film event of the Berlinale was not even included. The New York filmmaker Uzi Parnes and the Cuban filmmaker Ela Troyano übereinandergeblendet had on Thursday night at the Arsenal, in the framework of the Forum Expanded Program, in its performance "The Silence of Marcel Duchamp," a wild orgy of noisy images: pictures of naked Adonis, documentary photos Fuck of the pier (those used in the eighties to the public Cruising abandoned warehouses in the port of Manhattan), deafening Sägegeräusche by John Zorn and a live reading of the Berlin actress Susanne Sachsse. This was a performance in the tradition of "live movie" concept by Jack Smith, which it always was to find possible irreproducibility, unconventional, and thus unkommerzialisierbare form for film.

Uzi Parnes, who cooperated in the eighties with Smith and Troyano, received in 1994 for her short film "Carmelita Tropicana," a Teddy Award in Berlin, braced themselves in this way, not least against the cinematic Ultrakonventionalität with which, paradoxically, especially the documentary of the queer This year's Berlinale program herumödeten. One example is known: James Razin "Beautiful Darling: The Life and Times of Candy Darling," which makes the life of a glamorous Warhol drag superstar zusammenschnurren privatfernsehgerecht a tragic freak story.

Teddy awarded with a trophy on Friday night were finally Lisa Cholodenkos lesbian family comedy "The Kids Are All Right" (Best Feature), Pietro Marcello's La bocca del lupo "(Best Documentary) and James Franco's" The Feast of Stephen "(Best Short). Have become James Franco, Sean Penn's Lover already last year appeared in "Milk" and could be seen in this year's competition in "Howl" as Allen Ginsberg, seems to have fun out something like the gayest hetero Hollywood too.Congratulations!

The Audience Award at the Victory Column magazine was "Postcard to Daddy", a documentary by Michael Berliner of the floor on his firsthand experience sexual abuse by the father. Wieland Speck, director of the Panorama section, said, "Postcard to Daddy" was the first film to deal with the taboo subject of child abuse "authentic and unverlogen.

So far, so encouraging. Only the gala came - this time at the track triangle in the halls of "Station Berlin" - as in the last few years entertainerischen tragedy. It already started with the presentation: Because an evening gala was broadcast later on Arte, led once again completely impossible Arte Conférencier Annette Gerlach of the evening. They crossed the winners on stage with flat jokes and demonstrative pals, the teddy she either called "Deddy" or "Tetty. Even the appearance of Ton Steine Scherben Rio Reiser's honor, who would have turned this year 60, was a disaster. Not only the remaining shards members contributed to "Hold your love down" military hussar jackets, as if they would suddenly become the Sgt Pepper's band, also the choice of Ich + Ich singer Adel Tawil as a substitute Reiser was a bad mistake . Claudia Roth still felt provoked to standing ovations.

Klaus Wowereit, in his welcome address then consistently used the outdated terminology "gay and lesbian" instead of "queer", so dazzled by the many other teddy represented trans-, bi-and poly-out identities. After all, he gave the order then with the Special Teddy for his life's work honored Werner Schroeter, the through ball: In his moving acceptance speech, Schroeter noted how gratifying it was for the Teddy Award, now at 24 Given time, today it encompasses much more than just "Gay" and "Lesbian". There was a poetic appeal of the director, not to be satisfied with its achievements and not lose sight of social relationships.

What he meant to say was quite clear - only it was perhaps worded a little too elegant. The biggest cheers of the evening certainly echoed through the long hall, one of the Arte-cameramen zoomed in the audience to Rosa von Praunheim basketball lawn green jacket and the message of the blue and yellow buttons sparkled on his lapel on the large screens: "Gays against Guido."

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