Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Another "DC Short" by accident, and then two more important foreign LGBT short films

Today, before a satellite performance of “Man and Superman” (Drama blog), the host Angelika theater showed “Espana Is Different”, by Salvador Guera, from DC Shorts.  Somewhere in a modern Spanish city, a teenager gives another boy a ride on his bicycle, and the image winds up in an art gallery.
I added two more gay films to the mix for the day.
In “Violine” (Germany, or “Violin”, by Roman Ilyushenko, 11 min), a young violinist (Johannes Huth) brings home a trick to his apartment in former East Germany (so it looks).  There is an out-of-tune piano (like in “Wozzeck”) and a violin, which Johnannes plays.  He tries to give his more athletic-looking guest (Hannes Sell) a lesson.  It turns intimate, before there is an unfortunate interruption.
The main film for the day is the Swiss short “Prora” (23 min, Switzerland, in German, French and Polish, it sounds).  Jan (Tom Gramenz) explores the ruins of Prora, a former Nazi camp and later East German communist detention center on the Baltic Sea.  He meets another college-age kid Matthieu (Swen Gippa), and the boys explore the dangerous ruins together.  They become intimate, and then Matthieu has second-thoughts about what has happened, and they fight, leading Jan to be slightly injured.  But then they reconcile, keeping all the boundless energy of youth just before brains are fully grown (that takes to about age 25).  The youtube link is here, and official site is here 

Picture: Fort Washington, MD, ruins comparable to Prora. 


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