21.02.2018 - Mónica Lairana, Filipe Matzembacher, Marcio Reolon, João Pedro Rodrigues, moderated by Toby Ashraf
Cinema is full of sex and desire. With whom and how the characters are getting intimate reveals much about them, and witnessing those moments is often integral for the understanding of the story. Representations of sexuality, fetish and eroticism – explicit and as a metaphor – are central to the films Tinta Bruta (Panorama), La cama (Forum) and O Ornitólogo. The directors compare interests and approaches to implementing and exploring intimacy and nudity, as well as the importance to foster an on-set atmosphere of openness, respect and understanding between the cast and the crew. How do cultural, religious, moral and gender constructs determine the meanings of nearness, and how can filmmakers conjure visual expressions in films without being exploitative or pandering to some viewers‘ voyeuristic tendencies?
Toby Ashraf is a journalist, curator and translator based in Berlin. He writes for various publications and moderates talks at Berlinale Panorama, Forum and Generation. In 2014 he founded the Berlin Art Film Festival and in 2015 won the Siegfried Kracauer Prize for Best Film Review. In 2016/17 he organised CIMA Berlin, a series of monthly screenings of queer films with live Arabic translation for refugees. He appears in films occasionally and focuses on feminism and queer cinema and culture in his work.