zondag, 12 september
Ein Virus kennt keine Moral (A Virus Knows No Morals)
Rosa von Praunheim | 1986 | Duitsland | 84' | EN subs
In this 1980s camp activist comedy on the AIDS crisis, von Praunheim presents a series of amoral sketches, reflecting through parody on the spread of the virus in society. These short pieces of fiction serve as a document of a time in which the main homophobic concern of straight people was that HIV/AIDS would escape the queer community to become a global pandemic. Expect nurses rolling the dice to see which of their patients will die next, a therapist convincing her client to kill his own mother, von Praunheim himself playing a corrupt bathhouse owner, and much more.
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In many circles, the name of Rosa von Praunheim evokes a kind of mythological legend. Since the late 1960s he has been one of the leading figures of independent German cinema and the underground cultural scene, having knocked out over 150 films. He has lived on both sides of the Berlin Wall, and also in New York back in the 1970s. In West Berlin his flamboyant spirit and wild confrontational aesthetics helped create the unique counter-culture that defined that city during its heydays of the seventies and eighties.
Rosa's films center on the lives of outsiders, uncompromising individuals who don't fit any paradigm or social system. Much of his work delves into the Queer world, as in his first international success It Is Not the Homosexual Who Is Perverse, But the Society in Which He Lives, which he threw on the screens in 1971. What ensued was nothing short of a cinematic and societal earthquake. Already in this film we see a rigor and brutal honesty that can't be found anywhere in cinema today. Since then he has followed his own artistic vision and created his own trailblazing path of independent filmmaking. A very personal vision exploring both fiction and documentary films, often fusing the two together. His films can switch from biting realism to dreamily surreal sequences.
As a public personality, Rosa stands out for for his colorful antics, but is also respected for his very serious work as an activist in the queer liberation movement. His stances on controversial issues were often unorthodox, but they have influenced LGBTIQ* issues worldwide.
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