Directed by Karoly Makk, 1982
A startling romantic drama set against the aftermath of the failed Hungarian uprising of 1956. Livia, the quiet wife of an army officer, is a reporter for a Budapest newspaper where Eva, an outspoken lesbian, comes to work after two years of politically motivated unemployment. Eva and Livia engage in an intense flirtation, which leads to tragic consequences. In Hungarian with English subtitles.
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Directed by Patrick Mario Bernard, Pierre Trividic & Xavier Brillat, 2003
A gripping, edgy drama about identity and creativity, Ballroom
tells the story of reclusive artist Rene Bernard, who lives and works in an abandoned ballroom with his male lover. Increasingly out of synch with the world around, Rene begins to experience delusions involving two spooky clowns he once saw in a magazine. In French with English Subtitles.
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BLACK & WHITE
Directed by Boris Frumin, 1991
Lisa, a young Russian émigré new to New York, and Roy, an African-American apartment manager,
bond as they eke out a meager living on the city's Lower East Side, but their budding relationship is
thwarted by economic realities and personal responsibilities. Set in the early 1990s, before gentrification,
Black & White
captures the gritty locale as well as the difficulties of escaping a fringe existence. The
film is populated by an assortment of bohemian artists, disenfranchised immigrants, sexual surrogates,
and working class stiffs, who respond to life on the edge of society in different ways.
Directed by Eliezer Perez Angueira, 2012
Gay Rights is an issue heard around the world, including Cuba. Free Havana
paints a vivid picture of what it has been like to be gay in Cuba through the candid stories of six gay and lesbian individuals. From the Batista era to the Revolution to the Mariel Boatlift to present day, Free Havana
exposes the evolution of gay life from a time when homosexuality was considered a punishable crime to current efforts to promote a greater acceptance of freedom of sexual orientation.
MEN IN THE NUDE
Directed by Karoly Esztergalyos, 2006
Men in the Nude
tells the story of Tibor, a middle-aged writer who leaves his wife to pursue an on-again off-again relationship with a young male prostitute, Zsolt. Consumed with lust and the thrill of their secret relationship, Tibor continues to stay with Zsolt even as he begins to ruin every aspect of Tibor's life. In Hungarian with English subtitles.
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ROY COHN/JACK SMITH
Directed by Jill Godmilow, 1995
In Roy Cohn/Jack Smith
, actor Ron Vawters legendary, tour de force performance as two
public figures who were both gay is captured by director Jill Godmilow. Vawter (Sex, Lies and Videotape
Silence of the Lambs
) dazzles in a dual role as the rabid, conservative lawyer Roy Cohn and the
flamboyant experimental filmmaker Jack Smith. Representing two extremes of the political spectrum, Cohn
and Smith nonetheless shared something in common -- they both died of AIDS.
A VILLAGE ROMANCE
Directed by Bodis Kriszia, 2006
A powerful film about two women who fall in love in a small Hungarian village, once a haven for the lesbian community. One lives in poverty while the other is married to an abusive and alcoholic husband. He threatens her with a trip to family court when he finds out about her secret, but she bides her time until he is out of the picture. In Hungarian with English subtitles.
Directed by Jill Godmilow, 1996
What's Underground About Marshmallows?
was the second part of Ron Vawter's
highly acclaimed theater piece Roy Cohn/Jack Smith
, first staged in 1989 in New York City and then
performed nationally until Vawter's death from AIDS in 1994. Jack Smith was a vanguard underground
filmmaker, who was sometimes hailed as the father of performance art. In his later films and
performances, such as the one re-imagined here, Smith explored a deceptively frivolous camp aesthetic
that transformed bits of Hollywood "B" movies into socio-political critique and high art.
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