Expect hierarchies to break and hybridity to rule. Here, queer film collectives selected for this year's Panorama come together. The members of Jünglinge Film (Futur Drei) do not intend to abide by the rules when it comes to national identity or the making of their free-spirited work. They are keen to leave old hierarchies behind, but as they venture into the film industry this can easily create more questions than answers. Thankfully, they are in good company when it comes to thinking up solutions: ten years on and the Singapore-based filmmaking collective 13 Little Pictures (I Dream of Singapore) is still going strong, fostering each other’s creative impulses and producing passionate queer filmmaking as a consequence.
Looi Wan Ping
Tan Bee Thiam directed the short film KOPI JULIA and co-directed the film adaptation FUNDAMENTALLY HAPPY with Lei Yuan Bin. He is currently in post-production with his debut feature TIONG BAHRU SOCIAL CLUB. He produced Lei Yuan Bin’s WHITE DAYS and 03-FLATS, Liao Jiekai’s RED DRAGONFLIES and AS YOU WERE, as well as Daniel Hui’s SNAKESKIN and DEMONS (Berlinale Forum 2019). He is an alumnus of Berlinale Talents (2015), Rotterdam Lab and EAVE.
Tan Bee Thiam
Daniel Hui is a filmmaker, artist and a graduate of the film programme at California Institute of the Arts. He has made three feature-length films: ECLIPSES (Pixel Bunker Award for International New Talent, Doclisboa IFF 2013), SNAKESKIN (Special Jury Award TFFDoc, Torino 2014; Award of Excellence, Yamagata IDFF 2015; Special Jury Mention, RIDM Montreal 2015), and DEMONS (in Competition, Kim Jiseok Award, Busan IFF 2018; Berlinale Forum 2019).
Liao Jiekai is a filmmaker based in Singapore/Japan and a founding member of the film collective 13 Little Pictures. His debut film RED DRAGONFLIES (2010) won the Special Jury Prize at the Jeonju International Film Festival. His sophomore film AS YOU WERE (2014) competed at film festivals in Tokyo, Torino and Nantes. He attended Berlinale Talents in 2012 and is currently in post-production on his third feature film LIGHT OF A BURNING MOTH (2020).
Paulina Lorenz studied film, music and visual culture at the University of Hildesheim and Brown University, Providence and is currently doing an M.A. in migration studies in Copenhagen. She is interested in queer-feminist and postcolonial views on film and media culture and has worked for the German Migration Media Service and BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival. With Jünglinge she develops and produces fictional and documentary projects for cinema and TV.
Cinema worker Sebastian Markt studied history and philosophy in Vienna and Berlin. He is programme coordinator for Generation at the Berlinale and part of the programming team for dokfilmwoche Berlin. He writes on film for the publications Sissy, Perlentaucher, Indiekino and Die Zeit, among others. He is a projectionist.
Raquel Molt grew up in Berlin-Kreuzberg with an Indian/Nepalese/German family background. She studied in Hildesheim with a focus on film, queer-feminist theory and popular culture. Since 2016, she has been part of the film collective Jünglinge Film and worked as a casting director, assistant director and on the production of the feature film FUTUR DREI. In her work as a casting director, she deals with questions of representation and power dynamics within production contexts.
Before studying dramatic arts at the University of Hildesheim, Faraz Shariat worked as a director and actor at Schauspiel Köln and on video installations for Staatstheater Hannover. His work focuses on post-migrant experiences and stories about immigrant families. His debut feature film, FUTUR DREI, premieres in Panorama at this year’s Berlinale. The film has been developed in collaboration with Paulina Lorenz and Raquel Molt of the Jünglinge film collective.
Lei Yuan Bin is a founding member of film collective 13 Little Pictures. He directed, shot and edited WHITE DAYS, 03-FLATS, the short film A DANCE FOR REN HANG and I DREAM OF SINGAPORE (Berlinale Panorama 2020). He co-directed FUNDAMENTALLY HAPPY with Tan Bee Thiam. A Berlinale Talents alumnus (2016), he was the director of photography for Daniel Hui’s DEMONS, along with Liao Jiekaiʼs RED DRAGONFLIES and AS YOU WERE.