Sonntag, 30. November 2008

And the Winners are

FETISCH FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS 2008
Kiel (Germany)

Winners:

Best Film:
INFERNALI
directed by Francisco

Best short feature Film:
A DOG'S TALE
directed by Steven Speliotis

Best Musicvideo:
RESURRECTION FOR A DAY
directed by Greta Schmidt

Best Actress in a Dominatrix-role:
Mistress Harmony in HARMONY'S FIRST AFFAIR

Best Actor in a Master-role:
Frank Towers in HARMONY'S FIRST AFFAIR

Best Actress in a slave-role:
Dita von Teese in HIGH ON HEELS

Best Actor in a slave-role:
Freddy Baxter in HARMONY'S FIRST AFFAIR

Best Performance in a trans-role:
Lola in INFERNALI

Best Documentary:
FIVE SEX ROOMS UND EINE KÜCHE
directed by Eva C. Heldmann

Best short Documentary:
A MASTER/SLAVE-MARRIAGE
directed by Gabriele Hoff

Mittwoch, 26. November 2008

The Day of the Documentaries

TABUBRUCH by Gerhard Stahl
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0994964/






Four really long/detailed interviews with couples who enjoy s&m as part of their sex-life.
The interviewer is really interested, he gives them time to talk and play.
The couples find the right words for their feelings and dare to be open because they know they can trust the filmmaker and the audience. An insight, very intimate, very good.


BDSM IT'S NOT WHAT YOU THINK
http://bdsmdocumentary.blogspot.com/
Interviews with activists of the San Francisco-BDSM-subculture.
They have a professional way to talk and they are typical for a decisive american way of presentation.
They know what they are talking about and they really have to express/say something.
- Internet/Pornography is there/used to entertain, not to educate (more information/education is needed)
- our language has not enough words to express certain situations/feeling ("fun-pain")
- the strange feelings of people of colour in BDSM (there always were) in contrast/history of colialism/real slavery.
- the healing aspect of bdsm
- wrestling is socially accepted, whipping each other not; an accident during a consensual sm-play seems to show how dangerous bdsm is - but a broken leg during football-traing doesn't lead to a discussion to forbid football
- safewords (slow down or stop or faster) are not only for the bottom but also for the top
The activists are very selfconfident and sometimes you may get the impression everybody should try sm;
but I think it's not a good agenda to have symbols of power and games involving 'violence' in every bedroom - only those who feel and daydream in that way should have their way and community as an accepted/tolerated part of the general socitey.


SUSAN FOR NOW
http://www.myspace.com/susanfornow

This film is an authentic portrait of the Seattle scene and – in parts – of the director. A personal film. The audience gets to know something of Robin's life and it was good to see her at the end of the film, as a part of the community.
It was surprising to see interview-partners hiding their faces. In other documentaries people have the courage to show themselves, to come out. In this film some people, not all, but some cover their identity. I can understand that and especially for the priest. These scenes with masks or talking shadows are a visual accusation of a society that still gives disadvantages to those who express how they feel or how they are.
Medical play is a special fetish and in parts not so easy to watch. When the people involved talk about their session it get’s more comfortable for the viewer (sessions are not intended to be good for voyeurs, sessions are no show-acts, they are just fort he two people involved – but if you see this documentary as a viewer you have an opinion and tell how you feel watching the scene). Some parts of the film seem to be edgy and so s&m keeps it’s rough and dangerous power in opposition to clean consumable fashionable mainstream-fetish-stuff. People are shown as they ae. They don’t have the model-look, they are just as they are, people from the neighbourhood, like you and me. It’s the beauty of everybody. It’s the beauty of people who open their soul. One guest oft he festival said, that it wasn’t done professionally, his example was, that someone looked into the camera. I didn’t get that. Even if that was the case (which would in no way be representative for the film) that isn’t disturbing as long as something real is expressed and it would underline the aspect of authenticity. The same man stated that he couldn’t see the aim of this film? He said this could go on and on, where is the conclusion? Someone else said that it was interesting to see how embarrassed the conservative christian people react in the US and he was glad that we have a more liberal situation in Europe. Meanwhile we here we have the impression that bdsm has no provocative potential and no one cares.
Interesting the difference made for SSC and RACK. SSC means Safe Sane Consensual while more open RACK stands for Risk Aware Consensual Kink. A woman says that under legal aspects it may be a disadvantage to use the term RACK because you admit that you knew there was a risk but you still did it. SSC is a more positive and more introduced term. She said if you are honest nothing in bdsm is totally safe, it’s also not totally sane; but consensual is the word!

Welcome to the Fetish-Stream

To watch two bdsm-films per day
in a cinema together with friends and some people you don't know
and to talk about your impressions is a wonderful intense experience.

It's monday and three films are waiting

SADISTIC LADIES OF CRUELLA Vol.13

http://www.cruella.com/ together with OWK is the leading femdom-producer in the world.
Convincing beautiful Women, excellent photos. Most films are very good, they show the confrontation of the sexes and there's no doubt who is in charge and who has to serve.
Is there still the vision in the background of each shortfilm of a world strictly ruled by women? Probably. This is not the caring sensitive domme, here are strict commanding women (with "no mercy").
May this still be called "consensual"? Not easy to answer. Consensual for the actors, that's clear. Consensual for the figures/"characters" (there are no full characters)? Roles are clear from the beginning and there is no sort of conversation (or negotiation-process). On the other hand there are no signs of disagreement from these men (they want it that way; or are they broken, mentally instable or blackmailed?). Maybe this unclear situation is a wanted provocation.
These films are impressive and unique.
But Volume 13? These are not highlights of Cruella. Why is the bedroom-domination of the sexy blonde with her lover on a leash on this DVD? Obviously these actors are from eastern europe and not from England. This is the softer caring loving domination, which is nice to watch - but this isn't typical Cruella-style. The latex-domme with her two naked slaves is more what you expect, this is ok. The last episode is the best, although ambivalent. Bad sound and an extra scene, that is interesting but ruins the 'bizarre beauty' of a reduced storyline (taking the slaves from the building, punishment, then leading them back - that would have been a simple but nice structure; ruined by an additional scene which comes immedeately showing trampling and "ashtray"-demands). Mistress Jo (May) is there which is always a guarantee of quality; but there's also dark-haired Lady, often spanking by standing legs apart wearing a skirt which makes her a Lady. There are exciting moments; but the spanking takes too long, again and again they hit (too) hard and don't seem to care about safety/sanity aspects; one sub was also in the second episode of this DVD; for the other man the pain is too much and as a viewer with human feelings you feel bad and ashamed that they didn't find an earlier point to stop the scene.
After the screening the audience discussed about this DVD. The beautiful bedroom-couple was "boring", there was a lack of tension; the second episode was called good; the third was too extreme, how did the men take so much pain? One woman said, there are some men who want and somehow enjoy real pain (maybe only afterwards).


THE PET
A strange but interesting film. A thriller, a special S&M-film and a Film about the declaration/value of human rights. Much controversity in the following discussion.


HISTORY OF O
The classic version of 1975 - great!

Sonntag, 23. November 2008

Day Four

First a shortfilm from France 1965 NOVICIAThttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt0320183/
Filmed in black and white, has the rhythm and tone of a dream. Men, fascinated by female strength, go willingly/unwillingly into the 'spiderwoman's net'.
It's exciting to get to see this film, but even better on the big screen (and not just on a wall but in a cinema, a social room with a value and meaning, which gives the screening additional meaning - not easy to repeat!).

Then shortfilm AIRPORT. Director Manuela Kay is there and talks about lesbian porn, budget and how the shooting was. She is a tough person in the positive meaning.
AIRPORT has a long underground lesbian-leather-club scene. For my taste some scenes were too long. Media for a long time potrayed women to be warm-hearted, lovely and emotional - maybe this one was created in opposition to that and so it was overdone. Anyway, it's a pleasure to see a rarity.

MANO DESTRA. So fascinating on the big screen. Wow!

BOUND FOR PLEASURE
A documentary about professional dominatrixes in Auckland (New Zealand), also about a crossdressing domme and a master. Interviews and session scenes. They know what they do.
A good one.




Here are some visual impressions from the first two days of the festival:
http://o-club-kiel.de/admin/photos/cpg149/thumbnails.php?album=190

Samstag, 22. November 2008

Day Three

GOING UNDER
Film starts with warm lightning and with the intimacy of a dungeon. Dominatrix and masochistic man. Roger Rees plays that man and he looks like Willem Dafoe. He is married and confesses to his wife the affair with the dominatrix, played by Geno Lechner (very good). He seeks a relationship with her outside the dungeon, but she is indecisive and wants to quit the job.

Director Eric Werthman always finds the right tone to describe the situation. Very good actors, a fascinating mood, interesting characters with a social environment, sensitive and open dungeon-scenes and the complex problem of two people who try to get closer to each other. This film has depth and mood.



Miho Nikaido, who plays Suzanne's jealous lesbian lover, performed 12 years ago in japanese sm-film TOKYO DECADENCE.
Yesterday we watched SECRETARY and that came to my mind because in both films man and woman try to communicate, to learn more about the other person, to really get to know and understand each other, to keep a distance or to get closer.
There's one scene with her in the dungeon with another client, who expresses his specific needs and tries to top her. Her reaction is real anger and you can see that on her face when she spanks him (after the screening someone said this scene is as good as a scene in classic WOMAN IN FLAMES with Gudrun Landgrebe).
Director Eric Werthman worked as a psychotherapist and this is the profession Roger Rees has in his film. Although GOING UNDER is Werthman's first feature film he is able to create scenes of intensity. And he avoids to add a crime story (unlike WALK ALL OVER ME).

The audience was deeply impressed by this unknown film.
Why did moviegoers ignore this film?
GOING UNDER deserves an award

Freitag, 21. November 2008

Day Two

FIVE SEX ROOMS UND EINE KÜCHE
Documentary about prostitutes, also with fetish/SM-topic.
Director Eva C. Heldmann is in Kiel and talks about the film.
An interesting film.


SECRETARY REVISITED
First watched it five years ago. When I saw it now again I realized that I forgot some parts.
Good to see this influential film again.

A contradiction: you really want to watch a movie, but you are not always in the right mood to do so...

Donnerstag, 20. November 2008

Day One

WANDA SM
Document about performance project by austrian artist Irene Andessner. This was the opening of the festival. Few people showed up. But that led to the advantages of small groups: communication is easier. Everyone expressed his thoughts about the shortfilms and about WANDA SM.
Irene Andessner is interested in impersonation of women: forgotten women or self confident women. WANDA SM started already in 2001 when she performed as Marlene Dietrich, one part of that project was shown in Kiel "Bondage" where several men try to bind a tie for her.
She is beautiful and cool, also in four part performance WANDA SM which took place 2003 in Graz. The first part "The contract" is the most intense. She added her own inspiration to Sacher-Masoch's "Venus in Furs"-situation. In opposition to Wanda von Sacher-Masoch the artist is really the dominant one. The other parts are of interest too, but are not as intense as the first part. It was very good to watch these scenes!
http://www.andessner.com/

WALK ALL OVER ME
http://www.walkallovermethemovie.com/
Although film was presented in original version without subtitles, which makes it difficult to reach the audience in Germany, here many people attended the screening. WALK ALL OVER ME is the only movie that has it's own posters in the entrance hall of the cinema (the producers other films didn't create posters).
Director and author Robert Cuffley sent a video-greeting from Canada which was very nice.
For him this is a low-budget-production - but production values are high, prooved by the excellent trailer. Movie is a comedy about erotic aspects and also about three gangsters.
Both female leads are beautiful to watch. The introduction, the first 30 minutes rise expectations. Until the gangsters appear (in a relaxed moment of femdom-play, these gangsters ruin the session and also the film). They are dangerous on the one hand but also stupid on the other. Film loses his direction. The erotic topic of discovering a new world (similar to "24/7 The Passion of Life") would have been a basis for a better film.
The audience had sympathies for WALK ALL OVER ME, but it's not a film that is considered to be really good. A plus: Film provides two femdom-couples with happy ends.

HIGH ON HEELS
Dita von Teese right now is on the cover of Playboy and DARK SPY. She is en vogue. That's the reason why some people joined the late screening.
Before we could see the Queen of Glamour one scene of NYLON-LUDER starring Carmen Rivera was shown. The audience was amused.
HIGH ON HEELS is intended to give pleasure to the audience. No story, no dialogue, just footworship, just the celebration of beauty. To see these images on the big screen was delightful.
But I got the impression that many didn't like it. Screening ended after midnight and no one was in the mood for a discussion. Some said, that it was boring for them. Later a couple said that they really enjoyed the film. Tastes are different.

Mittwoch, 19. November 2008

Program 2008

Films with discussion :
Thursday 20.11. 5.45 p.m. : WANDA SM by Irene Andessner (Austria)

Thursday 20.11. 8.00 p.m. : WALK ALL OVER ME by Robert Cuffley (Canada)

Thursday 20.11. 10.30 p.m. : HIGH ON HEELS by Peter W. Czernich (Germany)

Friday 21.11. 5.45 p.m.: FIVE SEX ROOMS UND EINE KÜCHE by Eva C. Heldmann (Germany)

Friday 21.11. and Saturday 22.11. 10.15 p.m. : SECRETARY by Steven Shainberg (USA)

Saturday 22.11. 5.45 p.m.: GOING UNDER by Eric Werthman (USA)

Sunday 23.11. 5.45 p.m.: MANO DESTRA by Cleo Uebelmann (Switzerland)

Sunday 23.11. 10.15 p.m. : BOUND FOR PLEASURE by David Blyth (New Zealand)

Monday 24.11. 5.45 p.m.: SADISTIC LADIES OF CRUELLA Vol.13 by Andy Hagen (UK)

Monday 24.11. 8.00 p.m. : THE PET by D. Stevens (USA)

Monday 24.11. 10.30 p.m. : DIE GESCHICHTE DER O by Just Jaeckin (France)

Tuesday 25.11. 5.45 p.m.: TABUBRUCH by Gerhard Stahl (Germany)

Tuesday 25.11. 10.15 p.m. : SUSAN FOR NOW by Robin Franzi (USA)

Wednesday 26.11. 5.45 p.m.: BORN IN A BARN by Elizabeth Elson (USA)

Wednesday 26.11. 10.15 p.m. : BE MY SLAVE (Germany)

Thursday 27.11. 5.45 p.m.: MEINS (aka DANIELLE'S PRISONER) by Christian Pfleger (Germany)

Thursday 27.11. 5.45 p.m.: A MASTER SLAVE MARRIAGE by Gabriele Hoff (USA)

Thursday 27.11. 8.00 p.m.: STUDIO AVALON BERLIN (Germany)

Thursday 27.11. 10.15 p.m.: HAILEY MAKES THE BOY BRIDE by Steve Arguilo (USA)

Thursday 27.11. 10.30 p.m. : RIDINGWOMEN (USA)

Friday 28.11. 5.45 p.m.: REITHERRIN ZENOBIA 2 (Germany)

Friday 28.11. 5.45 p.m.: FETISH-SHORTFILM-PROGRAM

Friday 28.11. 8.00 p.m.: INFERNALI by Francisco (USA)

Friday28.11. 8.00 p.m. : THE GAY LEATHERMAN by Lars Joakim Ringom (Norway)

Fr. 28.11. 10.30 p.m. :
BIANCA BEAUCHAMP ALL ACCESS 2 : RUBBERIZED by Martin Perreault (Canada)

Saturday 29.11. 5.45 p.m.: SYONERA VON STYX (Germany)

Saturday 29.11. 8.00 p.m. : L'EREDITA DI CAINO by Sebastiano Montresor (Italy)

Saturday 29.11. 10.30 p.m. : ROMANVIDEO by Romulus (USA)




Shortfilms :
Thursday 20.11. 5.45 p.m.: AUS DER MAPPE DER HUNDIGKEIT by Valie Export (Switzerland)
Thursday 20.11. 5.45 p.m.: ReAction by Caroline Koebel (USA)

Thursday 20.11. 5.45 p.m.: LE FANTOME DU DESIR by Michèle Larue (France)

Sunday 23.11. 5.45 p.m.: NOVICIAT by Noël Burch (France)

Sunday 23.11. 10.15 p.m. : LONDON by Johannes Kreidler (Germany)

Monday 24.11. 8.00 p.m. :
L'ECRIVAIN ET SON CHIEN by Gala Fur and Pierre Bourgeade (France)

Tuesday 25.11. 10.15 p.m. : BDSM IT'S NOT WHAT YOU THINK by Erin Palmquist (USA)

Wednesday 26.11. 5.45 p.m.: A DOG'S TALE by Steven Speliotis (USA)

Thursday 27.11. 8.00 p.m. : PROPERTY OF THE QUEEN by Gudrun Herrbold (Germany)

Thursday 27.11. 8.00 p.m. : FEMALE SUPREMACY by Veronica Vinyl (USA)

Friday 28.11. 8.00 p.m. : PLAY AND OBEY by Caroline Palla and Pascal Häusermann (Switzerland)

Saturday 29.11. 5.45 p.m.: RESURRECTION FOR A DAY by Greta Schmidt (Germany)

Saturday 29.11. 8.00 p.m. : GRAVITA by Paolo Ferrarini (Italy)


Audience Award "Golden Whip"



Monday 24.11. 7.30 p.m. in TraumGmbH-Turmzimmer: Open Talk about SM
Thursday 27.11. 8.00 p.m. in Traum-Kino 1:
" Female Domination - Idea and Reality "
Lecture by historian Professor Dr. Michael Salewski

Thursday 20.11. 7.30 p.m. Photo- Exhibition by Peter Groß
Traum-Kino 2: "High Heels" photos by Carlos Kella
Closing Night-Party FETISCH-TRAUM Saturday 29.11.2008 10.00 p.m.

Infos and Links here
http://www.fetisch-film-festival.de/