Queer Cinema From the Eastern Bloc
Artwork by Lauren Cory

Queer Cinema From the Eastern Bloc

Cinema Rediscovered 2024

Defiant, joyous, tender, and multifaceted: whilst being openly queer in socialist Eastern Europe was difficult, these films shine a light on the varied experiences of LGBTQ+ people from the Eastern Bloc outside of the Western context. A reminder that progress is rarely straight!

The strand kicks off with Heiner Carow’s powerful story of love and self-acceptance set in East Germany Coming Out (1989), originally released on the night the Berlin Wall fell and closes with Želimir Žilnik’s Marble Ass (1995), the first film from the former Yugoslavia to openly depict LGBTQ+ characters.

Curated by Siavash Minoukadeh and Fedor Tot, presented as part of Other Ways of Seeing, with support from BFI Awarding Funds from National Lottery and Goethe-Institut.


Upcoming screenings & events in this season

Coming Out Queer Meet-Up

Queer Cinema From the Eastern Bloc
Coming Out Queer Meet-Up
Thu 25 July 19:30
Event

Join Queer Vision, Queer Cinema From the Eastern Block co-curator Siavash Minoukadeh and friends for an informal get together before the screening of Coming Out.

Coming Out

classified 15 S Queer Cinema From the Eastern Bloc
Coming Out
Thu 25 July 20:40
Film

A powerful story of love and self-acceptance set in East Germany, originally released on the night the Berlin Wall fell, and way ahead of its time in its approach to queer identities.

100 Days Before the Command

classified 15 S Queer Cinema From the Eastern Bloc
100 Days Before the Command
Fri 26 July 11:20
Film

An unflinching portrait of young men in the military pushed to their limits by officers yet finding tenderness and comfort in each other.

Another Way

classified 18 S Queer Cinema From the Eastern Bloc
Another Way
Fri 26 July 14:10
Film

The clash of sexuality and politics provides the basis for this political drama exploring the effect totalitarianism has on the most intimate aspects of life.

Marble Ass

classified 18 S Queer Cinema From the Eastern Bloc
Marble Ass
Sat 27 July 21:00
Film

The first film from the former Yugoslavia to openly depict LGBTQ+ characters Marble Ass remains one of Želimir Žilnik’s most enduring works, even more brilliant for its open acts of love and positivity at a time of such misery.

Individual events and screenings unless otherwise specified:

£10.00 full (plus 12% booking fee*)

£8.00 concessions / Refugees and Asylum Seekers (plus 12% booking fee*)

£5.00 24 or under (plus 12% booking fee*)

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Complimentary tickets are available for Personal Assistants accompanying customers who are Deaf / Disabled.

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