Two options and one quick by queer filmmakers or about queer characters will display screen on the eighth Nordic Worldwide Movie Competition in New York, November 16-20 at Scandinavia Home and different venues.
The pageant presents the New York premiere of out homosexual author/director Marco Berger’s “Horseplay,” (November 17, 9:00 pm) about group of twenty-something guys who share a home collectively over the Christmas and New 12 months’s holidays. All the males are straight, save for the closeted Poli (Franco de la Puente), who secretly has intercourse with Andy (Agustín Machta). All through the movie, the blokes are taking part in numerous video games and dares, like “homo photographs,” the place two sleeping guys are photographed with one’s hand on the opposite’s crotch, or two guys pose bare as in the event that they have been caught having intercourse. The boys additionally mock oral intercourse with one another and have a contest to see who has the cutest ass.
These homoerotic frat boy shenanigans are all tinged with homophobia, which is Berger’s level. The movie doesn’t characteristic a lot in the best way of plot, letting episodes unfold and characters reveal themselves principally via snippets of conversations. Some males categorical their homophobia brazenly, whereas others point out that an individual’s sexuality is unimportant. There are various glances that may be suggestive or sinister, relying on who’s taking a look at whom.
“Horseplay” presents a palpable hothouse ambiance, and there’s appreciable sexual stress all through the movie as all the blokes within the hunky solid stroll round in a bit of greater than a washing swimsuit. (Berger movies crotches and asses particularly.) The younger males are sometimes seen frolicking collectively within the pool, showering, or sleeping shut collectively. When a handful of girls come to go to, as they do every so often, there are some sexual couplings, one involving two males sharing a lady.
However there are additionally discussions about how these guys deal with each ladies and one another, indicating the poisonous straight male habits on show is unacceptable and unappreciated. Actually, Nico’s (Bruno Giganti) girlfriend, Guada (Mariel Niera), calls him out on his informal bullying of Poli. The movie’s homosexual storyline consists of a handful of scenes, reminiscent of one the place Poli and Andy going off for a stroll (and have intercourse) or talk about the standing of their “relationship.” Different scenes that includes Nico interacting with Poli and/or Andy reveal his character’s feeling in direction of each males.
“Horseplay” builds to a finale that’s stunning given the extra relaxed hangout vibe the movie presents, however Berger is making a shrewd commentary on these guys who wish to be in management even when they’re uncontrolled.
Within the compelling Danish movie, “Rainbow” (November 18, 8:45 pm) Molly (Fanny Leander Bornedal) upsets her two mothers, Nina (Susanne Storm) and Sonja (Ditte Maria Le-Fevre), when she investigates the id of her organic father after she learns that the story of her conception was a lie. When Sonja clues Molly that it might be considered one of 5 males, all former classmates of Nina’s, Molly, alongside along with her finest good friend Tobias (Nikolaj Groth), got down to meet every man and (secretly) gather DNA samples.
“Rainbow” explores problems with fatherhood — Tobias has an absent father as nicely — and the way one defines “household.” The movie is shot in a handheld fashion — Tobias is recording Molly and her encounters with a minicam — which could be a bit tedious, but it surely creates an intimacy that’s applicable for her story. As Molly meets males like Daniel (Casper Phillipson), who she thinks could be an important dad as a result of they share the identical style in music, or Benjamin (Peter Plaugborg), who she thinks is a jerk as a result of he’s impatient along with her, Molly sees herself in these doable fathers and wonders what life might need been like if she had been raised by considered one of them. (Molly is especially merciless to Sonja when she tells her, “You’re not my actual mother.”)
As Molly learns who her organic father is, “Rainbow” introduces one other queer twist. Whereas Molly might be unlikable as she lies to get what she desires with out a lot thought for others, what she learns about herself within the course of is enlightening.
The superb quick, “Mayfly” (November 19 at 6:45 pm) has Lisa (Tind Soneby) experiencing a downward spiral, having damaged up along with her girlfriend, Hedwig (Linn Eriksson), been fired from her job, and compelled to maneuver again in “quickly” along with her mother and father. Lisa’s frustration along with her life is expressed in her unfiltered habits, telling a pair in a restaurant to dial their dialog down, yelling exhausting truths at her mother and father at a celebration, discussing her suicide try, in addition to stalking Hedwig after which having a shouting match along with her. How Lisa finds some measure of self-worth amongst all her self-pity and self-destructive habits is why “Mayfly” is so potent — and Soneby delivers a incredible efficiency.
For tickets and extra info https://www.nordicfilmfest.org/official-selection-2022
“The eighth Nordic Worldwide Movie Competition” | November 16-20 | Scandinavia Home and different areas