Intersections 2019: Stonewall 50

Stonewall 50: Getting out of the gender and sexuality box

As part of Intersections 2019, a series of (documentary) films on the topic of Stonewall; Pride; gay rights movement; riot; LGB, trans, and non-binary activism are screened at Kino 8 1/2.

USA 1984

Directed by: Greta Schiller, Robert Rosenberg

Screenplay by: Greta Schiller, Robert Rosenberg
Cinematography: Sandi Sissel, Jan Kraepelin, Cathy Zheutlin
Edited by: Bill Daughton, Lori Seligman, Roy Ramsig
FSK: 12
87 Min, English, w subtitles

This documentary portrays the daily lives of homosexuals in the USA before 1969, the year of the riot at New York's Stonewall Inn that provided the impetus for gay pride and is celebrated annually on Christopher Street Day. (Source:

Click here to watch the trailer.
See the program booklet of Kino 8 1/2 (in German).

GB/USA 1995

Directed by: Nigel Finch

Screenplay by: Rikki Beadle Blair
Cinematography: Chris Seager
Edited by: John Richards
Music by: Michael Kamen
Starring: Guillermo Díaz, Frederick Weller, Brendan Corbalis, Duane Boutte, Bruce MacVittie
FSK: 12
98 Min, English, w subtitles

Stonewall is a 1995 British-American historical comedy-drama film directed by Nigel Finch, his final film before his AIDS-related death shortly after filming ended. Inspired by the memoir of the same title by openly gay historian Martin Duberman, Stonewall is a fictionalized account of the weeks leading up to the Stonewall riots, a seminal event in the modern American gay rights movement. The film stars Guillermo Díaz, Frederick Weller, Brendan Corbalis, and Duane Boutte. (Source:

Click here to watch the trailer.
See the program booklet of Kino 8 1/2 (in German).

USA 2005

Directed by: Victor Silverman, Susan Stryker

Screenplay by: Victor Silverman, Susan Stryker
Cinematography: Sophia E. Constantinou
Music by: Heikki Koskinen
Edited by: Laurie Schmidt
Starring: Ray Baxtere, Elliot Blackstone, Aleshia Brevard, Felicia Elizondo, Gary Gregerson
FSK: not rated
75 Min., English

Documentary about transgender women and drag queens who fought police harassment at Compton's Cafeteria in San Francisco's Tenderloin in 1966, three years before the famous riot at Stonewall Inn bar in NYC. (Source:

Click here to watch the trailer..
See the program booklet of Kino 8 1/2 (in German).

CAN 2005

Directed by: Jean-Marc Vallée

Screenplay by: François Boulay, Jean-Marc Vallée
Cinematography: Pierre Mignot
Edited by: Paul Jutras
Music by: David Bowie
Starring: Michel Côté, Marc-André Grondin, Danielle Proulx, Émile Vallée, Jean-Luc Brillant, Mariloup Wolfe
FSK: 12
127 Min, French, w subtitles

* Prof. Robert Schwartzwald (Université de Montréal) will give an introduction to the film.

C.R.A.Z.Y. is a 2005 Quebecois coming-of-age drama film directed by Jean-Marc Vallée and co-written by Vallée and François Boulay. It tells the story of Zac, a young gay man dealing with homophobia while growing up with four brothers and a conservative father in Quebec during the 1960s and 1970s. The film employs an extensive soundtrack, featuring artists such as Pink Floyd, Patsy Cline, Charles Aznavour, and The Rolling Stones. A popular piece in the Cinema of Quebec, C.R.A.Z.Y. was one of the highest-grossing films of the year in the province. The film won numerous honours, among them 11 Genie Awards, including Best Motion Picture. At Quebec's Prix Jutra film awards, it won 13 awards in the competitive categories from 14 nominations, becoming the all-time record holder for most award wins at that ceremony; it also won both of the box-office based awards, the Billet d'or and the Film s'étant le plus illustré à l'extérieur du Québec, for a total of 15 awards overall. In 2015, Toronto International Film Festival critics ranked it among the Top 10 Canadian Films of All Time. (Source:

Click here to watch the trailer.
See the program booklet of Kino 8 1/2 (in German).

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