GOLDEN AGE PROGRAMME
Directed by Rosa von Praunheim (Germany, 2014, 15’) NATIONAL PREMIERE
Six months before he dies of cancer, the poet and theatrical director Mario Wirz goes for a walk with his friend Rosa von Praunheim. Wirz finds it hard to walk, he is weakened by his illness and the chemotherapy, he is disillusioned but serene. During their walk they talk about life and death and then, sitting at a table in front of a café under the timid spring son, they begin writing poetry. A touching documentary on the last reflections of a great poet who, in spite of the fact he is near death, doesn’t hesitate in launching an invitation to live life to the full until our last days.
Directed by Adele Tulli (Great Britain/Italy, 2014, 26’)
“Old age is not a pathology. Old age is beautiful and full of freedom.” Thérèse Clerc, 85 years old, who for over 40 years has battled for the emancipation of women and who founded the Maison des Babayagas, in Montreuil: a co-housing project for women who are 65 or older. Divorced in 1969, Thérèse has lived a real sexual liberation with the arrival of the menopause: “Gynaecologists talk about the menopause as the end of a journey. I say: no, it’s when a woman’s life begins!”
END OF SEASON SALE
Directed by Eli Glazer (Israel, 2014, 35′) NATIONAL PREMIERE
Haim and Uri, two old men, meet in front of a shop window on a rainy night. Both are gay, but Haim is only interested in sex, while Uri would like to talk, because “a body without words is just flesh.” It seems like the usual one night encounter, but when even the Viagra pill doesn’t give its desired effects, new possibilities for both of them arise. End of season sale is in 3 acts: external night, internal, external night again. A moving and intense voyage into the hearts of two lonely men, and not as young as they used to be, in search of the pleasures that both the flesh and the heart can give. “It seems that, even in the queer world, there is life after you turn thirty, there are desires, needs, fears and hopes. Inside a body which has perhaps lost its charm, there is a spirit and a soul which never age.”
Best short film at TLVFEST – The Tel-Aviv LGBT International Film Festival in 2014, where Dan Lachman’s screenplay also won the short script competition.