Dark Twisted Fantasies


95m
GENRE: Arts & Literature | BDSM | Camp | Comedy | Death/Dying | Drugs/Addiction | East Asian | Experimental | Gay | Gender | Genderqueer | Immigration/Exile | Latinx | Music/Music Videos | Non-binary | Politics | Queer | Romance | Sci-Fi/Horror/Fantasy | Sexuality | Sexually Explicit | Transgender
SECTION: Shorts | Streaming

A twink Beauty and a kink Beast, Joan Collins, post-gender aliens, naked wrestling, Narcissister and Narcissus, badass women stomping out the patriarchy, an eerie Internet date, a haunted social media investigation, and an elusive, masculine-scented candle collide in this collection of weird, wild, and wonderful queer shorts.

— JOE BOWMAN

This program contains sexually explicit material.

FILMS IN THIS PROGRAM

GUO4

DIRECTOR Peter Strickland | 2019 | UK/Hungary | 3m

With a nod to both Chris Marker’s La jetée and the erotic works of Bob Mizer, master director Peter Strickland ( In Fabric, The Duke of Burgundy) threads still frames of a naked, homoerotic locker room brawl into a vigorous deconstruction of masculinity. A Frameline Distribution title. Watch Teaser

Narcissister Breast Work

DIRECTOR Narcissister | 2020 | USA | 10m

The latest piece by visionary artist Narcissister ( Narcissister Organ Player, Frameline43)—which premiered at Sundance—follows several women, donning the signature Narcissister mask, as they express their right to bare their breasts in public.

Young Diego (El joven Diego)

DIRECTORS Osama Chami & Enrique Gimeno Pedrós | 2021 | Spain | 7m | In Spanish with English subtitles | World Premiere

When he agrees to meet a mysterious stranger from the internet, young, lonely Diego (Iván Pellicer) takes a deep dive into the unknown. From the directors of According to Mateo. Watch Trailer

The Women’s Revenge (女性的復仇)

DIRECTOR Su Hui-yu | 2020 | Taiwan | 17m | North American Premiere

A companion piece to The Glamorous Boys of Tang (Frameline43), Su Hui-yu crafts another surreal, eye-popping “reshooting” which revisits banned cinematic works during Taiwan’s period of martial law—here, reimagining female-driven exploitation films of the late-1970s and 1980s. Watch Trailer

Mountain Lodge

DIRECTOR Jordan Wong | 2020 | USA | 8m

Take a wild journey through the gay Internet labyrinth—past video clips of Britney Spears after burning down her gym, Eric André French-kissing a cop, Ina Garten and Padma Lakshmi cocktail hour, and Moira Rose reaction gifs—to discover the Tumblr legend of an elusive, masculine-scented candle. Watch Trailer

Beauty and the Beast (La belle et la bête)

DIRECTOR Mathieu Morel | 2021 | France | 13m | In French and English with English subtitles | World Premiere

Way beyond Cocteau and Disney, this decidedly queer and sexually explicit version of the timeless fairytale La belle et la bête finds a twink Beauty in the candle-lit dungeon of a kink Beast.

Son of Sodom

DIRECTOR Theo Montoya | 2020 | Colombia/Argentina | 15m | In Spanish with English subtitles | US Premiere

A director investigates the haunting legacy of Camilo Najar, who died of a heroin overdose a week after being cast as the lead in the director’s first feature. Selected for the 2020 Cannes Film Festival, Son of Sodom is a dark and captivating rumination on a generation’s relationship to interpersonal connection, social media, death, and an uncertain future. Watch Trailer

The Dark, Krystle

DIRECTOR Michael Robinson | 2013 | USA | 10m

Renowned video artist Michael Robinson recuts and reframes the classic primetime soap opera Dynasty, exploring the mythical connection between the show’s iconic archrivals, Krystle Carrington (Linda Evans, also seen in Swan Song this year) and Alexis Carrington Colby (Joan Collins). Watch Trailer

The Familiar

DIRECTOR Julian Quentin | 2021 | Germany | 11m | International Premiere

A genderless alien crash-lands on a wondrous but inhospitable planet in search of connection. Watch Trailer

Lilac Lips, Dutchess County

DIRECTOR Tristan Scott-Behrends | 2021 | USA | 3m

In this playful update of the myth of Narcissus, a vain genderqueer beauty (Joey Gray) sees their own fabulous reflection for the first time.

Buying Note: This digital screening is available to view between Thu, Jun 17 and Sun, Jun 27. We suggest watching it at 10:00pm PDT Thu, Jun 24.

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