To coincide with ColognePride, the Ludwig museum in Cologne is showing films that celebrate gay culture with the series “Homochrom”. You don’t get to see that many LGBT films in mainstream cinema so this is a great opportunity to see this alternative genre on the big screen.
Desire Will Set You Free is a film that explores life in contemporary Berlin. Based on a true story, the plot follows the relationship of an American writer of Israeli/Palestinian descent and a Russian aspiring artist working as a hustler, offering access to the city’s vibrant queer and underground scenes while examining the differences between expatriate and refugee life. The film features performances by punk queen Nina Hagen, electro star Peaches, rapper Sookee, as well Amber Benson (of Buffy the Vampire Slayer fame), German film legend Rosa Von Praunheim, artists Eva & Adele, photographer Miron Zownir, as well as the director himself, Yony Leyser (Ezra).
Die Rheintöchter – Gemischter Damenchor is a humourous journey through 30 years of a lesbian choir/cabaret based in cologne. The documentary shines a spotlight on the highs and lows they’ve faced along the way.
Gayby Baby is a film about children being brought up by same-sex couples. It looks at the struggles and issues they face every day and examines what they think about having same-sex parents. Told from the perspective of the kids, Gayby Baby is an intimate and sometimes humorous account of four children and their families.
The Queen of Amsterdam is a comedy from the Netherlands about a gay club threatened with bankruptcy. To save the club, a close-knit, ragtag group of regulars plan to commit a Mission Impossible-style heist during Amsterdam’s Gay Pride festivities. Hilarious and touching, it’s a pink-caper comedy not to be missed.