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December Events...

  • Aks International Minorities Festival, Film – Art – Dialogue
  • Bahamas International Film Festival
  • Beijing Queer Film Festival
  • Berlin Lesbian Non-Binary Filmfest
  • British Urban Film Festival
  • Cine+Mas SF
  • Curta Cinema
  • Divergenti
  • For Rainbow
  • International Queer & Migrant Film Festival
  • Lesflicks Xmas Film Festival
  • Ljubljana Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
  • Merlinka International Queer Film Festival
  • Monaco International Film Festival
  • New York No Limits
  • Oaxaca FilmFest
  • OMovies
  • Outfest Screenwriting Lab
  • Queer Porto
  • Queer Wave
  • Santo Domingo OutFest
  • The Queer Games Festival: Melbourne
  • Trans Stellar Film Festival
  • Whistler Film Festival
Queer Wave

Queer Wave

Friday, 25 November 2022 until Sunday, 04 December 2022

Queer Wave is the only festival in Cyprus focusing on LGBTQIA+ cinema. We are particularly interested in receiving submissions from underrepresented groups, and countries where LGBTQIA+ rights and representation are lacking.

By embracing inclusion and enriching the variety of cultural events in Cyprus locally, Queer Wave aims to amplify new and daring international voices in LGBTQIA+ cinema. We hope to find ways of welcoming international guests in upcoming editions, as our festival begins to grow more sustainably.

Following its first edition online, Queer Wave received international recognition as one of 20 finalists shortlisted for the 2021 Commonwealth Youth Awards, amongst 1000 projects from 43 countries of the Commonwealth. The festival's second edition was delivered in person, and hosted over 40 films and 20 screenings in 10 days, with shorts and features from across six continents.

Our past editions have included Q&As, discussion panels, drag performances, parallel events and site-specific screenings.


 

2022 films...

Feature Films… 

Flee

Jonas Poher Rasmussen, 89', 2021, Denmark

Flee tells the extraordinary true story of a man, Amin, on the verge of marriage which compels him to reveal his hidden past for the first time.

 

The Blue Caftan

Maryam Touzani, 118', 2022, France, Morocco, Belgium, Denmark

Halim and Mina run a traditional caftan store in one of Morocco's oldest medinas. In order to keep up with demanding customers, they hire a talented young man as an apprentice. Slowly Mina realises how much her husband is moved by his presence.

 

Tilos Weddings

Panagiotis Evangelidis, 74', 2022, Greece

In the year 2008 The Mayor of the island of Tilos in the Aegean Sea agreed to perform the first same-sex civil marriages ever done in Greece. The film follows the story of these two civil marriagesfrom material that was shot then ad hoc and also the Gay Pride of the same year, press conferences and other demonstrations concerning the same.

 

Sublime

Mariano Biasin, 100', 2022, Argentina

Manuel (16) lives in a small coastal town. He plays bass in a band with his best friends. One of them is Felipe, with whom he shares a strong friendship from a very young age. Manuel is dating Azul, a relationship that they are intensely exploring. But when it comes time to have their first time together, Manuel feels something completely new that makes him see Felipe with different eyes. The challenge is not putting the friendship at risk. Something that inevitably ends up being tested.

 

Lola

Laurent Micheli, 90', 2019, Belgium, France

Just when Lola, 18 years old and transgender, learns that she can finally have surgery, her mother, who is her only financial support, passes away. Abiding by her mother’s last wishes, Lola and her father, who are permanently in conflict and have not seen each other for two years, undertake a journey all the way to the Belgian coast. They realise the outcome of the journey may not be the one they were both expecting…

 

Girl Picture

Alli Haapasalo, 100', 2022, Finland

Mimmi, Emma and Rönkkö are girls at the cusp of womanhood, trying to draw their own contours. Over three consecutive Fridays, two of them experience the earth-moving effects of falling in love, while the third goes on a quest to find something she’s never experienced before: pleasure.

 

Metamorphosis

J.E. Tiglao, 98', 2019, Philippines

Adam was raised like a normal boy until he bled his first menstrual period. Adam was born with two genitals, an intersex person who finds himself in a painful transformation that takes him into the ambiguities of fate and desires.

 

Wildhood

Bretten Hannam, 108', 2021, Canada

Two brothers embark on a journey to find their birth mother after their abusive father had lied for years about her whereabouts; along the way, they reconnect with their indigenous heritage and make a new friend.

 

The Man With the Answers

Stelios Kammitsis, 80', 2021, Cyprus, Greece, Italy

A former Greek diving champion and an eccentric German student take an adventurous road-trip of rediscovery from Bari to Bavaria.

 

Sediments

Adrián Silvestre, 89', 2021, Spain

Six trans women travel to a small town in Spain where they will explore unusual landscapes, as well as the ins and outs of their own personalities.

 

Nelly & Nadine

Magnus Gertten, 92', 2022, Sweden, Belgium, Norway

Nelly and Nadine is the unlikely love story between two women falling in love on Christmas Eve, 1944, in the Ravensbrück concentration camp. For many years their relationship was kept a secret.

 

Shall I Compare You to a Summer's Day?

Mohammad Shawky Hassan, 66', 2022, Egypt, Lebanon, Germany

The director turns the diary of his sexual adventures into a serial narrative in the style of “One Thousand and One Nights”. This polyamorously-minded queer musical applies the same playful approach to folk tales as it does to Egyptian pop music.

 

Teorema

Pier Paolo Pasolini, 98', 1968, Italy

A mysterious young man seduces each member of a bourgeois family. When he suddenly leaves, how will their lives change?

 

The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant

Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 124', 1972, Germany

A successful fashion designer abandons a sado-masochistic relationship with her female assistant in favor of a love affair with a beautiful young woman.

 

Victim

Basil Dearden, 100', 1961, UK

Barrister Melville Farr is on the path to success. With his practice winning cases and a loving marriage to his wife, Farr’s career and personal life are nearly idyllic. However, when blackmailers link the secretly closeted Farr to a young gay man, everything Farr has worked for is threatened. But instead of giving in, Farr decides to fight.

 

FIRST TIME [THE TIME FOR ALL BUT SUNSET – VIOLET]

Nicolaas Schmidt, 49', 2021,

We listen to music and are on the way. In doing so, we see things and the world differently than before. So that things don‘t always go on like this, but may become better: Two boys meet on a train ride. Something is born – not much and yet everything. Enjoy a Golden Hour Carousel Ride. A Common Sensations Music Movie.


Shorts I: FAMILY MATTERS

Service

Mikko Mäkelä, 15', 2022, Finland

On furlough from his military service, Niko pays his estranged father a visit. Can old wounds heal?

 

Borekas

Saleh Saadi, 15', 2020, Palestine

A breakdown on the way to the airport provides a father and son with an opportunity to reconnect.

 

Too Rough

Sean Lìonadh, 15', 2022, UK

After a night of intoxication, a hungover and hysterical Nick wakes up next to his boyfriend Charlie and must conceal him from his own homophobic and dysfunctional family.

 

Will You Look at Me

Shuli Huang, 20', 2022, China

As a young Chinese filmmaker returns to his hometown in search for himself, a long due conversation with his mother dives the two of them into a quest for acceptance and love.

 

Let's Not Let Go Anymore

Alkisti Efthymiou, 13', 2021, Chile

In the midst of the social uprising and pandemic that is sweeping Chile, Alkisti (32), a Greek woman living in Santiago, and Mara (4), her flatmate’s daughter, are forced into progressive confinement. During this critical period, Alkisti decides to film the relational space she shares with Mara, revealing games, dialogues, and mutual concerns that will lead to a tale about femininity, survival, and collective care.

 

M(other)hood

Bea Goddard, 17', 2021, UK

A trans-masculine parent begins hormone treatment at 43. A film that deftly explores the shifting perceptions of their four children.

 

Tank Fairy

Erich Rettstadt, 10', 2021, Taiwan, USA

Once upon a time, the magical Tank Fairy delivered tanks of gas (with plenty of sass) to the home of young Jojo, a lonely dreamer in need of a glittery godmother…

Shorts II: DIFFICULT DREAMS

Insieme Insieme

Bernardo Zanotta, 37', 2021, Italy

During their permanent vacation in the Italian lake region, a mysterious trio takes captive an innocent tourist.

 

Chaperone

Sam Max, 16', 2021, USA

An unnamed figure picks up a young man in his car. As the two drive together, and settle into an austere rental house in the country, the details of their arrangement become guttingly clear.

 

Exalted Mars

Jean-Sébastien Chauvin, 18', 2022, France

A man is dreaming of a city. Unless the city is dreaming of him.

 

Das Ding

Cade Danieli, 12', 2021, Brazil

Das Ding takes the viewer on a poetic and visually striking 12-minute voyage, organized in 3 chapters: A stop-motion animated opening brings up philosophical questions like “Why do hollows matter, when hollows aren’t matter?” In the second chapter illustrations eerily morph into live action, building up to a fantastic final chapter where a vulnerable and violent personal story is enacted.

 

Erma

Angelos Charalambous, 13', 2021, Greece

Erma, neutral: Principles or motives which guide one’s behaviour or actions. A movie about gender, the body; and all of the interweaving moments found in their midst. The perpetual process and struggle of forming a gendered subjectivity against the repressive notions of heteronormativity is explored through an abstract narrative viewpoint and techniques found in stop-motion animation and body horror genre. From birth till death, the glitch in the code of patriarchy submits and resists, emerges through but is also confined by the "ghosts" of social discourse. With the use of heavy religious symbolism and an ironic and challenging attitude; "ERMA" highlights the contradictions of gender construction, both in the fields of solitary subjectivity as well as in relation to the dominant heteronormative narrative. Gender identity is a war taking place in the trenches of one’s body.

Shorts III: BOYS WILL BE BOYS

Cosmopolitan

Moran Nakar, 8', 2020, Israel

Jacob goes out, for the first time in his life, to a gay party, but discovers that his skin color prevents him from being accepted into the community.

 

Naughty Spot

Jean Costa, 20', 2021, France

It’s Tonio’s first time in Corsica. He wanders across the island and on dating apps until stumbling upon the Oracle, a user who tells him about gay life in Corsica. Their conversation is reenacted with an actor who seems to connect deeply with the Oracle’s story.

 

Idiot Fish

Hakim Mao, 24', 2022, France

On the road to holidays, Jimmy and Guillaume replay their first meeting. Jimmy becomes a lost hitchhiker, Guillaume a lonely driver. They will pretend they don't know each other anymore, in order to play to meet and seduce each other again. Until a third player joins the game…

 

Beautiful Stranger

Benjamin Belloir, 26', 2021, France

One night, in a hotel room, Romain, an overworked thirty-something, has just been dumped by his long-term boyfriend. Seeking solace, he logs onto a dating app and is confronted by a devil-may-care operator and an obstinate Don Juan.

 

In Beauty It Is Unfinished

Greko Sklavounos, 16', 2021, USA

In suburban Miami, a Cuban immigrant longs for a lost memory. A voice creates a meditative portrait of two tropical landscapes-separated by 100 miles of ocean-and two men dancing at twilight; the distance of their bodies both measured and infinite.

 

Walls

Semeli Vogazianou, 5', 2022, Cyprus

Shorts IV: PUNCH LIKE A GIRL

A Big Life

Anna Brownfield, 15', 2022, Australia

A Big Life is told through the tales of Bobbie Nugent it is a story of butches and femmes, gangsters, sex workers, travelling side shows and early Australian transgender history.

 

The Spark

Elvire Muñoz, 23', 2020, France

Maya likes her boss a little too much. As things come to a head she has a choice: to stay quiet or take matters into her own hands.

 

Burial of Life as a young girl

Maïté Sonnet, 33', 2022, France

Axelle is having the worst day of her life: while she is recovering badly from a break-up, she has to go to her sister's bachelorette party in a ghostly spa in the mountains. Fortunately, among the guests, there is Marguerite. Through one gaze, love is awaken again.

 

This is Katharine

Ida H. Eldøen, 15', 2021, Norway

Katharine grew up trying to find her sexual identity by watching films and TV-series, and ended up having trouble finding herself.

 

A Summer Place

Alexandra Matheou, 20', 2021, Cyprus

Tina lives in a once quiet seaside town, now transformed into the oligarch paradise of the Mediterranean. As her isolation grows more intense, her decision to end her life on the day of her birthday feels like her only choice, until an unforeseen encounter with another woman will prove to be a life changing moment for both.

Shorts V: PORTRAITS

You Will Live

Mehdi Sahed, 24', 2020, France

Olivier is 25 years old. Five years ago, he discovered his HIV status. Through this portrait, he shares with me his wounds, his view of the disease, and the struggle he carries out on a daily basis to fight against the stigmatizing gaze of society.

 

Herman@s (SiblinX)

Hélène Alix Mourrier, 28', 2021, France

One night in October 2011 in Mexico, a mysterious bird dream gives birth to Cuco, a transgender latex pirate.

 

Poison

Louve Dubuc Babinet, 19', 2020, Belgium

In a world where the working system is falling appart, Poison is a porn performer and actress. Away from the monetary and working sytem, she uses the stage to express her fears, her doubts, her anger, and to empower herself.

 

Que Sera Sera

Alexandros Pissourios, 24', 2020, UK

“Que Sera Sera” is a comedic film inspired by my close friendship with drag performer A Man To Pet (Thanasis). It loosely belongs to a documentary tradition – planned on the spot and inspired by the subject and surroundings.

Shorts VII: PROMISED LAND

Baba

Sam Arbor, Adam Ali, 16', 2021, UK, Libya

Living in the tunnels beneath Tripoli a queer Libyan teenager, Britannia, dreams of escape to a better life, but an unexpected discovery forces him to question whether to stay or flee from his homeland and his friends.

 

Egungun

Olive Nwosu , 15', 2021, UK, Nigeria

In this captivating drama, a woman returns to her hometown of Lagos in search of healing. What she discovers instead is a path that takes her into her past and toward a new understanding of the people and experiences that shaped her.

 

Prayers for Sweet Waters

Elijah Ndoumbe, 16', 2021, UK, South Africa

A submergence into the vivid realities of three transgender sex workers living in Cape Town, South Africa during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

My Mother's Girlfriend

Arun Fulara, 15', 2021, India

Renuka and Sadiya, two working-class women in love with each other, enjoy their day out celebrating Renuka's birthday. After a fun-filled day, they head home to spend the night together. But unknown to them, Renuka's son, Mangesh, is around.

 

Man & Wife

Rahul Roye, 9', 2021, India

In an arranged marriage, on their wedding day, just prior to the ceremony, the groom, comes out to their would-be bride that they are secretly a non-binary person.

 

Heads Above Water

Afra Nuarey, 8', 2022, Bangladesh

“Heads Above Water” uncovers the hidden truths of the Hijra community struggling to navigate through a society that has all but rejected them. We follow the intrinsic lives of three trans women who forge different relationships within society.

 

Nidhal

Bassem Ben Brahim, 11', 2022, Tunisia

Between reality and animation, the story of Nidhal is told, a young homosexual Tunisian who defended individual freedoms in Tunisia through his work in radio. He found himself under a lot of pressure which forced him to leave the country and seek asylum in the Netherlands.

Shorts VIII: PORN & PREJUDICE

Yes, Goddess

Randa Jarrar, 12', 2022, USA

A group of queer femmes and their lovers gather at a kink party for the first time since 2019.

 

Burn

Maitén Del Valle, 15', 2021, Argentina

Niki and Maco get together for dinner. During the course of the night they have a sexual encounter that leads them to experience different stimuli until they culminate in orgasm.

 

The Beauty of Stigma

Helias Doulis, 2', 2021, Greece

A retired porn star becomes the narrator for the end of erotic innocence. Two boys who have long anticipated the love their bodies have felt for one another, are now trapped among a stall of walls. Their desire floats above the garbage of the city and finds refuge in death.

 

Fudliaks! Tear The Sexes Apart!

Jasmin Hagendorfer, 13', 2021, Austira

This hyper-intersectional film is an amalgam of sci-fi creature-flick, campy music video, grotesque comedy, agitprop flick against heterocentric research as well as (soft-)pornographic subversive statement. "FUDLIAKS! Tear the sexes apart!" is set in an undefined present, in a mysterious laboratory: the Institute for Gender Normalization. The research subject of this neo-conservative think tank: the scientific underpinnings of conventional heteronormative bodies and biologically binary genders. But a new research series turns all that on its head!

 

Achtung

Michael Brynntrup, 14', 2001, Germany

There can be no doubt that all our knowledge begins with experience. (Immanuel Kant, Introduction to the Critique of Pure Reason, opening sentence) Born in the body (…and in time…)

 

Motta

Nish Gera, 16', 2020, Netherlands, UK

Bound in flowers, a tattooed hand strokes a face. Ropes unwind on the floor. Tremors of pain, tremors of release. What do you desire?

FIRST TIME [THE TIME FOR ALL BUT SUNSET – VIOLET]

Nicolaas Schmidt, 49', 2021, –

We listen to music and are on the way. In doing so, we see things and the world differently than before. So that things don‘t always go on like this, but may become better: Two boys meet on a train ride. Something is born – not much and yet everything. Enjoy a Golden Hour Carousel Ride. A Common Sensations Music Movie.

 

Dildo Riot

Maria Katsikadakou, Nikos Chantzis, 9', 2021, Greece

A Marky Ramone gig, a murder, a riot, and a big dildo.

 

At Night We Fly

Gert-Jan Verdeyen, 17', 2021, Belgium

“Neither man nor woman. “You can call us strangers, but do we look like danger?” Three non-binary friends create a safe space in the streets of the city. Out of reality for one night. To be themselves at last, with their head held high and shining bright. Will there be a big black sky that is waiting for them to rise in their midnight ride?

 

The Deluge (Too Much To Handle)

Frédéric Jaeger, 13', 2021, Germany

The tyre is flat, it's almost the rendezvous time: Martin and his daughter are meeting Mum at the playground. But she prefers to party with her friends by the river as if there were no pandemic. Soon it will be summer in Berlin.

 

The Wonderful Years

Svitlana Shymko, Galina Yarmanova, 9', 2018, Ukraine

This research film explores the lives of queer women in Ukraine in the late Soviet Union. It is based on the archive video materials and interviews excerpts from the research projects on LGBT history.

 

Warsha

Dania Bdeir, 15', 2022, France, Lebanon

Mohammad is a crane operator working in Beirut. One morning he volunteers to take on one of the tallest and notoriously most dangerous cranes in Lebanon. Away from everyone’s eyes, he is able to live out his secret passion and find freedom.

 

Aban and Khorshid

Darwin Serink, 13', 2014, United States

Inspired by true events, Aban and Khorshid is an intimate portrait of two lovers, glimpsing into the world in which they meet and fall in love, leading to the tragic moments when they face the ultimate punishment for being gay.