Berlin will be host to the eighth year of the XPOSED Internation Queer Film Festival from 30 May to 1 June, with a focus this year on Austrian avant-garde cinema. Two collections of short films, from filmmakers including Mara Mattuscka and Peter Tscherkassky, will investigate the interplay of human bodies and cinematic form, disrupting aesthetic and social norms with their experimental approaches.
XPOSED will also be host to the continuing rediscovery of the work of gay underground filmmaker Avery Willard, who was heavily featured in last year’s LGBT film highlight Keep the Lights On. Many of Willard’s erotic investigations into male nudes and gay male sexuality will be shown publicly in Berlin for the first time. This is a great opportunity to discover the uncompromisingly voyeuristic and wonderfully artistic films of this unknown pioneer of the gay underground.
Features Hans Fädler's Wiener Brut and A. Hans Scheirl’s Dandy Dust will screen alongside the short programmes, presenting bigger canvasses for the audacious and rebellious narratives they present. Also playing will be Scheirl’s collaboration with Ursula Pürrer and Dietmar Schipek, Flaming Ears, a pop sci-fi lesbian fantasy feature. A programme of German fantasy shorts, from filmmakers including Ralf Schmerberg and Matthias Müller, should prove the perfect compliment.
The festival will also be host to an eclectic collection of international shorts from Mexico, the UK, Portugal, Spain and the USA, as well as opening and closing night parties featuring dance music from Camp-Fire, Joey Hansom and pop:sch.
XPOSED takes place from 30 May to 1 June in Berlin, and the full programme is available on the festival’s website.