Berlin’s Gay Film Night September 2015

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YOU AND I – A FILM DIRECTED BY NILS BÖKAMP · D 2014 · 79 MINUTES · ENGLISH-GERMAN POLISH ORIGINAL VERSION · PARTLY GERMAN SUBTITLED · ERIC KLOTZSCH, GEORGE TAYLOR AND MICHAL GRABOWSKI · DISTRIBUTED BY EDITION SALZGEBER

Berlin’s Gay Film Night September 2015

For a photo project, Jonas plans a trip through the sparsely populated lands of the Uckermark. He takes his friend Phillip, whom he has not seen since they shared a flat in London. They meet at the airport, load an old van leaving behind the Berlin motorway, free to venture wherever they like it and enjoy the summer. That Phillip is gay has never been an issue between them. But when they pick up the Polish Tramper Boris, it knocks this special friendship out of balance. Maybe three is one too many? Is this the end of this summer is between Jonah and Phillip and  nothing more so? Or does it mark a shift between the two, never returning to the way it once was?

ON SEPTEMBER 18, 2015 · 20.00 CLOCK:
CINEMAXX POTSDAMER PLATZ

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CinemaxX Potsdamer Platz
Potsdamer Straße 5
10785 Berlin

Berlin’s Gay Film Night September 2015

“You and I” is described as a “post-gay” film and the reason for this is that there is no sexual confusion, no hostile environment, no tenderness and no repression. We see characters and situation where nothing can be assumed and nothing is certain. The film opens with young photographer; Jonas (Eric Klotzsch) walking around his apartment in his underwear while his upset girlfriend leaves angry messages on his answer machine. Later we see Jonas picking up Philip (George Taylor), his best friend and ex-housemate from his time living in London, and they start out on a road trip through the countryside of northeast Germany. We see the two driving around, swimming naked, and playing hide and seek. But there is something relaxed and surprisingly intimate between the two – they have no fear about kissing on the lips or pulling each other in for an embrace and it’s only later that we find out that Philip is gay and Jonas is clearly very accepting about his friend’s sexuality. Their friendship somehow transcends the normally awkward boundaries between gay and straight, though it is very certain they are nothing more than friends.

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