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In mid-July, a wonderful photo book by American photographer Shirley Agudo titled “Amsterdam Streethearts” will be released by publishing house Bas Lubberhuizen. The month of August in Amsterdam traditionally comes with an abundance of colors, with GLBTs visiting from all over the world to attent the famous Canal Parade, but also to enjoy the Drag Olympics.

Jul 2017       
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Nowadays, films in which gays play a lead or supporting role are no exception. Even the dream factory Hollywood has embraced gay love. And it did so successfully, as evidenced by the enthusiastic reviews “Brokeback Mountain” got over ten years ago and the commercial profits from the movie.

Jun 2017       
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Guy Hocquenghem (1946-1988) was a radical gay activist of the “Front Homosexuel d’Action Révolutionnaire” (FHAR) who became a precursor of “queer theory” and a novelist who focussed on AIDS and spirituality, combining these themes with left-wing ideals. He was from a well-to-do bourgeois background of teachers in the virtuous years preceding 1968.

May 2017       
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Gilles Sebhan’s “Retour à Duvert” (Paris: Dilettante, 2015) is a very good essay on the love for boys and Tony Duvert, who Edmund White once called the best gay author of his time. Between 1967 and 1989, Duvert (1945-2008) wrote twelve books (nine novels and three essays), mostly published by Éditions du Minuit, the publishing house of the (experimental) Nouveau novel.

Mar 2017       
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In Hollywood, homosexuals were always hiding. That this is beyond doubt is backed up by research. Author Adrian Stahlecker takes us to Hollywood in a disarming way. From the very beginnings of Hollywood, to the industry as it is now.

Mar 2017       
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It is time to clear the schedule again and watch the most beautiful, interesting and tantalizing gay cinema available. This year is the festival’s twentieth edition from March 9-19. Cinema Het Ketelhuis on the Westergasterrein will be the GLBTQ hotspot again for eleven days. This anniversary edition features more than 130 entries, so you will be glued to your seat.

Mar 2017       
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In 2011, actor Willem Nijholt published his letter to Dutch authoress Hella Haasse. Haasse was, as was Nijholt, born in the Dutch-Indies. After the publication of this book of letters, which for a large part deals with his time in a Japanese (POW) camp and is a “a stirring tribute to his mother” (according to newspaper “de Volkskrant” in 2011), now his memoirs are published. In expressive, associative, and often exuberant language Nijholt takes the reader to some impressive chapters in his life.

Jan 2017       
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The Dutch book “40+ Homo’s: Gay Midlife” hits the bull’s eye. Anyone just over forty can no longer consider themselves part of the younger generation, nor do they belong to the older generation just yet. In this age bracket, people start looking back and consider what life possibly has in store for them.

Jan 2017       
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Those who want to relax with a film in which gay experiences are key can find a variety of productions in a variety of genres online and on Blue-ray or DVD. Since Ang Lee’s blockbuster “Brokeback Mountain,” homosexuality is not a problem anymore, even in Hollywood. However, one critic wrote in 2007 that the film is for “heterosexuals who are comfortable with a narrow notion of what constitutes a homosexual life, namely a sad, lonely man who must die.”

Dec 2016       
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From the 16th until the 27th of November, the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) will show over three hundred documentaries at various locations. For nearly thirty years now, IDFA offers an inspiring program, with touching, intriguing, revealing, incredible and bizarre real-life stories that show there is more than just one reality.

Nov 2016       
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Love, death and bereavement are the main themes of “Separate Rooms,” a special novel by the Italian author Pier Vittorio Tondelli. Special because in beautiful phrases, the fictional character Leo is described with visual integrity. After the death of his younger German friend, Thomas suddenly is left to fend for himself.

Oct 2016       
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Just as God created Adam and Eve, there must have been a parliamentarian who was the first ever to “come out of the closet.” According to American political scientist Andrew Reynolds, that was Coos Huijsen (1939), who briefly was an MP for the Christelijk-Historische Unie (Christian Historical Union; CHU). This partly consisted of the mostly Dutch-reformed branch of what became CDA (Christian Democratic Appeal) in 1980. Huijsen wrote the autobiography “Homo politicus” about his life, being gay (and practicing it), and especially his role as a gay activist.

Sep 2016       
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The eighth Annual MiFo GLBT Film Festival kicks off its Fort Lauderdale edition on October 7, 2016, spanning two weekends, with seven days of film and events through October 16. MiFo presents more than fifty films from throughout the world, guest appearances by actors, directors and producers, and a lineup of spectacular parties and events.

Sep 2016       
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In September a two-volume, slipcased edition of photographs by Bob Mizer will be released, titled “1000 Model Directory.” In 1945 Bob Mizer (1922-1992) began taking photographs of strapping young men on Muscle Beach in Venice, California. In December of that year he formed the Athletic Model Guild to market his photos, and “physique photography” was born.

Sep 2016       
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After four years, a second volume of “Dubbelaars/Doubles” has been published by gallery MooiMan, a 108 page, deluxe photo book in which photographer Ewoud Broeksma (1957) has fifty-three men pose dressed and naked in exactly the same position.

Sep 2016       
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The latest book by French author Anna Gavalda titled “Billie” (translated by Jennifer Rappaport, New York: Europa Editions, 2015) is a very readable book. The protagonist Billie is a coarse trailer-trash girl and, with Franck, an outsider at school.

Aug 2016       
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Not that long ago, a gay man in politics would be unthinkable. In the time he grew up, the 1950s, homosexuality was considered an abnormality. In his book “Homo Politicus,” Coos Huijsen gives a detailed account of his childhood, with a keen eye for even the smallest details.

Jul 2016       
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Nothing is more fickle than man. This becomes clear when considering the phenomenon homosexuality. “Half a century ago, it was perfectly normal to claim that homosexuality was a disease. Nowadays, those who defend this position are considered sick themselves,” according to the authors of a solid book on views of homosexuality, “Born this Way: Een filosofische blik op wetenschap en homoseksualiteit” (Born this Way: A philosophical view on science and homosexuality; 2015).

Jul 2016       
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We think we know Robert De Niro. We know him as Travis Bickle or Vito Corleone or any number of other gangsters or bad guys, as a film hero with a tough exterior. Therefore, for many it might come as something of a surprise that GLAAD, the world’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender media advocacy organization, honored the Academy Award-winning actor at the twenty-seventh Annual GLAAD Media Awards at the Waldorf Astoria New York.

Jun 2016       
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“A young God you were, yet a rascal. / A paviour from the lowest class. / Laughing out loud, you hammered small tiles // Into the street, among other tearaways.” This is how Gerrit Komrij’s poem “Endymion” starts. Throughout the centuries, this mythological figure is mostly depicted as a sleeping male beauty (and Komrij’s last stanza also refers to this eternal sleep: “Someday, the earth will slowly well up from your mouth”) but traditionally, Endymion was a hunter or shepherd - someone who had to work hard to make ends meet.

Mar 2016       
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A Conversation with Jaap de Jonge. What state is the social emancipation of gay men in the Netherlands in? This is the opening question of the blurb of photographer Jaap de Jonge’s book Kijk mij eens! (Look at Me!), recently published by Gallery MooiMan in Groningen.

Dec 2015       
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Perhaps Frans Kellendonk (1951-1990) has somewhat passed into oblivion, but in the 1980s he was thought to be the most promising Dutch writer of his generation. He was the author of collections of short stories such as “Bouwval” (1977) and “Namen en gezichten” (1983), the essay collections “De veren van de zwaan” (1987) and “De halve wereld” (1989), the novella “De nietsnut” (1979), and the ghost story “Letter en Geest” (1982).

Dec 2015       
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The twenty-eighth edition of the IDFA will take place at the end of November. This edition promises to become an inspiring one with touching, intriguing, revealing, incredible and bizarre real life stories that show there is more than one reality. From 18 November on, the IDFA is for those who look beyond their own neighborhood, want to know more than what is on the news and want to go beyond what is easy.

Nov 2015       
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The rise of the porn movie closely coincided with that of television. Around 1945, about seventy-eight million cinema tickets were sold in a week. A quarter of a century later, the number had dropped to sixteen million because of competition from this new medium. Cinema owners wondered how they could turn the tide, and understood that they had to offer something audiences could not see on television: sex. Gay productions were only a fraction of what was being produced in this line of business; films such as “Boys in the Sand” didn’t get many viewings from straight people, of course, and would not have contributed a lot to the positive revision of the average American’s perception of homosexuals. This educational task had to be performed by television.

Aug 2015       
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In 1971 Wakefield Poole, director and former ballet dancer, talked about the casting of a film he was about to shoot with a friend. “I’ve got the perfect person for you,” his friend said. “He’s blond, six feet tall, and handsome. He’s got a nice dick, a beautiful ass, and he does everything.”

Jun 2015       
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One can’t accuse Bob Mizer of being gutless. 1947 was the year he had his first run-in with the law when he had sold the pictures he had made of almost naked bodybuilders to enthusiasts. They were found to be “obscene.” Bob’s barrister advised him to plead guilty in order to avoid a trial. The 25-year-old didn’t listen.

Jun 2015       
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Theo van Willigenburg (1960), ethics professor in Rotterdam, has served a prison sentence for sexual contact with underaged boys. He questions this sentence in his book “Gevallen vogel” [Fallen Bird]. He also describes his fate as a sex offender and homosexual in prison.

May 2015       
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William Wellman’s epos “Wings” (1927) is remarkable in more than one way. It was the first picture to receive an Oscar in the category Best Motion Picture; one of the first pictures with nudity (medically examined recruits were naked with their backs to the camera); it was also one of the first in which a man passionately kisses another man.

Apr 2015       
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Shortly after World War I, Father Mathias Marinus van Grinsven traveled the recently proclaimed Weimar Republic. A catholic trade unionist poured his heart out on a train compartment. Ever since the emperor had been kicked out, Germany had not been doing well.

Mar 2015       
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In 1969, the well-known and then forty-year-old Dutch essayist Rudy Kousbroek confessed: “I had never seen a sex film.” In 2015 it seems unbelievable that someone his age would say such a thing, especially with an undertone of missing out on something.

Mar 2015       
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One of spring’s favorite cultural events is around the corner; from March 12 till March 22 you can immerse yourself for eleven days in the world of the most interesting, stimulating and beautiful recent gay films. Again, the Ketelhuis on the Westergasterrein is the place to be. With no less than 118 titles, that will keep the entire community glued to their chairs.

Mar 2015       
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“We made love like tigers until dawn.” The thousands of more or less hysterical ladies who attended the funeral of Rudolph Valentino in 1926 in New York, would have been horrified by this diary entry, in which their idol describes a courtship with a young man. “The hero of millions of women and girls” (as Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf described him), the star of films as “The Sheikh” and “A Rogue’s Romance,” was bisexual.

Mar 2015       
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August 4, 1972. Shocked and furious, author Gerard Reve wrote to actor Willem Nijholt: “if I ever notice you are associating with blacks, and allow them to dishonor you, I will kick your ass, you understand, I will crush your handsome hands on the floor and pour hot fat, drippings and all, into your bum.” The actor wasn’t such an ardent writer as Reve. He probably also knew he had to take Reve’s verbal outbursts with a large pinch of salt.

Jan 2015       
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Most of us are likely to have a list of favourite gay movies. To mine (which includes “Maurice,” “Beautiful Thing,” “Latter Days” and “Grande École”) a short film from 2007 has recently been added: “Heartland” by Mark Christopher.

Dec 2014       
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Larry Kramer’s groundbreaking play about the early years of the AIDS crisis, was turned into a movie. On July 10 this movie has received sixteen Emmy nominations, including four for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie. One of these nominations is for Mark Ruffalo for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for his performance as Ned Weeks.

Aug 2014       
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Half horse, half man. Everyone knows the somewhat bizarre appearance of the centaur, a figure from Greek mythology. Centaurs are usually depicted as brute, beastly creatures, often armed with a bow or club. Why appears this savage in the title of a collection of essays on “side-roads in male love”?

Jun 2014       
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William F. Edmiston’s “Sade, Queer Theorist” is a marvelous book. Notwithstanding a twenty-year long history of queer theory with Sade being the “queerest theorist” of all time, this is the first academic work where he is being recognized as such. It gives a rich overview of the gender and sexual transgressions in his work and, to a lesser extent, in his life, with a strong focus on homosexuality and incest.

May 2014       
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The growing trend of gay porn studios switching to produce content without condoms has become so prevalent, major pro-condom studios have started to jump on the so-called bareback bandwagon.

Apr 2014       
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One of the most popular cultural events is at hand. From March 13-23, cinema lovers can enjoy eleven days of the most recent, interesting, beautiful, and stimulating gay films during the seventeenth edition of the Amsterdam Gay & Lesbian Film Festival.

Mar 2014       
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Mickie Burcel might have spelled his name like a sissy, but he was perhaps one of the butchiest bastards any street-walking or bar-patronaging fairy could care to come in contact with. As he was in his apartment tossing things into his suitcase, Mickie caught a glimpse of himself in the mirror.

Mar 2014       
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Recently, gay adult film star Adam Killian has been appointed Creative Director for Lucas Entertainment. Killian was born on August 12, 1975 in West Hollywood, California, USA. He has a degree in Dance and Theater from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and made his first appearance when he was around twenty-eight years old with a non-sexual role in Jet Set Men’s 2003 production “The Hole.” This movie was directed by Wash West, who’d reached instant fame two years earlier with “The Fluffer,” an exploration of obsession and power relations set with the adult video industry.

Dec 2013       
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Everyone knows about the erotic art sensation “Tom of Finland,” but do we know about the man behind Tom of Finland? His name is Touko and there is a new movie in the making about Touko in 1971 before he became the master in so many erotic drawings, although he started his career as an gay erotic artist already in 1957 with the first of many cover drawings for Bob Mizer’s magazine “Physique Pictorial.”

Dec 2013       
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On October 20, WORM, the Institute for Avant-gardistic Recreation, Boomgaardsstraat 71, Rotterdam, presents the film program “Flag of Ecsaty,” with films by Charles Henri Ford (1913-2002), selected by Stuart Comer, Chief Curator of Media and Performance Art of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Shown are two sixteen millimeter productions: the twenty-four minutes long “Poem Posters” from 1967 and eighty minutes long “Johnny Minotaur” from 1973.

Oct 2013       
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“If someone is homo and seeks God and has good intentions, who am I to judge him.” This recent statement by the jolly and cuddly Pope Francis came as a real bombshell to many. For the first time since time immemorial, a Pope showed mercy to his gay fellow man. That the Pope only meant those who are celibate, did not cast a shadow on the joy of the free-thinkers. Finally a Pope with something positive to say.

Sep 2013       
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During the Cannes film festival the independent Queer Palm was also presented. The Queer Palm celebrates a movie from one of the various categories in the festival. A film that addresses homosexual issues in an exceptional manner. The jury consists of film professionals, journalists, and film festival organizers. The award was presented to the makers of “Stranger by the Lake” during a festive.

Aug 2013       
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The poems by Willem de Mérode (pseudonym of Willem Eduard Keuning, 1887-1939) are full of tension between an impossible earthly love, and the love of God. Willem de Mérode was considered to be the best protestant poet of his generation.

Jul 2013       
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No Accusations, But Respect: “When people are suffering, I spring into action. And I take an interest. I only take to heart the individual road of that young man or woman.” Father Jan van Kilsdonk could not have characterized himself better. Van Kilsdonk did so just before his death in 2008, in more than sixty hours of conversations with author Alex Verburg. With these conversations as a basis, Verburg wrote a remarkable and compelling portrait of one of the most colorful clergymen The Netherlands have ever known.

May 2013       
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The finalists for the Lambda Literary Awards are announced by the Lambda Literary Foundation (LLF) in Los Angeles. Books from major mainstream publishers, from academic presses, from both long-established and new GlBT publishers, as well as from emerging publish-on-demand technologies, make up the 687 submissions for the “Lammys.”

May 2013       
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Late March, the anti-bullying film “Ruben” was awarded with the Young Positive Media Award 2013. Each year, the Dutch National Academy for Media and Society presents this award to positive initiatives that reach young people via media. The film and its music video tell the story of fifteen-year-old Ruben, who is bullied because he is gay and eventually finds help.

May 2013       
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Who talks about the Dutch weekly “Elsevier” in the seventies and eighties of thelast century, mentions a pronounced right-wing medium. Nonetheless, during these years of politically polarized relationships, Rex Brico (1928) was this magazine’s talked-about, leftist (religion) reporter. He survived several editors-in-chief and conflicts and seized the opportunity to conduct important interviews.

Mar 2013       
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A new motion picture about the life of flamboyant piano virtuoso Liberace (1619 - 1967) cannot be shown on TV or in movie theatres (for the moment), because of 'its overly gay content'. None of the studios were willing to release the film about gay artist Liberace.

Feb 2013       
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At least since the destruction of the Twin Towers there has been much ado about the hostile attitude of Islam towards homosexuality. Of course, the precision of the instructions how to kill homosexuals - not only by throwing them from the highest buildings, but “head down,” and then stone them - is of an outrageous perverseness. But with all the fuss about Islam, it’s easily forgotten that most other world religions are, deep down, of the same opinion.

Oct 2012       
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Over the past decades there has been a steady interest in the so-called physique photography, the erotic images for gay men in the fifties and sixties. These photos could be ordered printed and delivered by mail, but they were also published in specialized magazines. These magazines didn’t publish anything obviously homosexual, but “each issue was so clearly designed by and for gay men it was obvious to even the youngest and most inexperienced of them,” observes F. Valentine Hooven in “Beefcake: The Muscle Magazines of America 1950-1970” (Cologne 1995).

Oct 2012       
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How Comic Can Romance Be? Kiss Me

Jul 2012       
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Apart from his work as an anthologist and as former Dutch Poet Laureate, Gerrit Komrij is primarily known as a critic and essayist with a biting pen. For many years he published sharp and witty comments on the utterances of well-known and famous Dutch people in the daily newspaper “NRC Handelsblad.”

Jul 2012       
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From the 12th of July Steven Soderbergh’s movie “Magic Mike” will be in Dutch cinemas, two weeks after it opened in the United States. The media in the States are showing teasers with juicy details on the production, which is set in the world of male strippers.

Jul 2012       
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People who can receive the Arte channel in The Netherlands were in luck. They could watch the twenty-sixth Teddy Award Ceremony. It has become a tradition that this gay-friendly channel extensively covers this cinematographic spectacle. The Teddy Award is part of the Berlinale and specifically focuses on the visibility of LGBT (lesbian/gay/bi/transgender) in cinema. This year, the emphasis was on “transgender”. Over forty-seven films were nominated.

May 2012       
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Breaking the straight trance of received “Titanic” history, San Francisco author Jack Fritscher reclaims gay history by writing a pitch-perfect sex epic of gay survival. “Titanic: The Untold Tale of Gay Passengers and Crew” (San Francisco: Palm Drive Publishing, 2012 53 pp.), “outs” the forbidden gay love story of the world’s most famous cruise, featuring the Unsinkable Molly Brown, the posh lovers Michael Whitney and Edward Wedding, and the working crew including the rugged Balkan Stoker, the redheaded Royal Purser Felix Jones, and the ship’s second carpenter Michael Brice and Third Officer Sam Maxwell.

May 2012       
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Rosa von Praunheim’s Documentary About Berlin Rent Boys

For years, railway station Bahnhof Zoo in Berlin has been a meeting point for prostitutes and drug addicts. “Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo” (1981, directed by Uli Edel), the movie in which David Bowie also participated, gave a good and shocking picture of this at the time. Thirty years later, “Die Jungs vom Bahnhof Zoo” is released, a documentary by Rosa von Praunheim, in which Berlin’s central station area again plays an important part.

May 2012       
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Friday night – Russell spends an evening with his straight friends and decides to visit a gay bar afterwards. It’s almost closing time when he meets Glen there. Russell takes him home. What was intended as a one-night-stand unexpectedly goes deeper. And thus starts a weekend filled with passion, sex, drugs and long conversations.

The movie “Weekend” was shot in just seventeen days in Nottingham, UK, and has received several awards already.

May 2012       
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