Some Like It Hot - The Power of Sex

14.02.2013 - Hagar Ben-Asher, Matthijs Wouter Knol, John Cameron Mitchell

    Religion, morality, and psychology are deeply connected to our sex lives, and the examination of a character or society's relationship to sex can reveal a lot about cultural norms and taboos. Human rights and freedoms pertaining to gender and sexual orientation are carefully investigated through the sexual activities of the protagonists in Hagar Ben Asher‘s The Slut, and John Cameron Mitchell‘s Shortbus. These filmmakers discuss how they have employed the sultry subject to not only steam up the screen but make incisive critiques about society at large.


    Hagar Ben-Asher

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    Israeli writer, director and actress. After several multi-award winning short films, her controversial and ground-breaking feature debut The Slut was supported by the World Cinema Fund, premiered in Cannes in 2011 and distributed all over the world. She is currently writing her next feature THE BURGLER, that should be completed in February 2014.

    Matthijs Wouter Knol

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    Matthijs is director of the European Film Market since 2014. As Head of Development at Pieter van Huystee Film in Amsterdam in 2001, Matthijs focused on developing, financing and internationally co-producing documentary film projects. With ARTE he also co-produced the complete edition of Johan van der Keuken’s digitally re-mastered works, which was awarded the Prix “Cahiers du Cinéma” in 2006. In 2007, Matthijs started working for the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), spreading his activity between its co-production and sales markets, as well as the IDFAcademy training programme where he initiated the IDFAcademy Summer School. From 2008 to 2014 he was programme manager of Berlinale Talents, and co-founder of the Berlinale Residency.

    John Cameron Mitchell

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    American writer, actor, and director. His debut feature HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH won him Best Director at Sundance, the Teddy for Best Feature and a Best Actor nomination for a Golden Globe. He directed SHORTBUS and the Oscar-nominated RABBIT HOLE and was executive producer of Jonathan Caouette‘s TARNATION. He is presently producing the animated feature SHELL GAME, adapting Neil Gaiman’s HOW TO TALK TO GIRLS AT PARTIES, and working on a HEDWIG stage sequel.