Dark and Twisted Fantasies
presented in association with Frameline45
tickets and screening info at
This digital screening is available to view anytime June 17–27, 2021
Frameline45 suggests watching it at 10pm PDT on Thursday, June 24
A twink Beauty and a kink Beast, Joan Collins, post-gender aliens, naked wrestling, Narcissister and Narcissus, badass women stomping out the patriarchy, an eerie Internet date, a haunted social media investigation and an elusive, masculine-scented candle collide in this collection of weird, wild and wonderful queer shorts. (Joe Bowman)
SCREENING: GUO4 (2019) by Peter Strickland; digital video, color, sound, 3 minutes. Narcissister Breast Work (2020) by Narcissister; digital video, color, sound, 10 minutes. Young Diego (2021) by Osama Chami & Enrique Gimeno Pedrós, digital video, color, sound, 7 minutes. The Woman’s Revenge (2020) by Su Hui-Yu, digital video, color, sound, 17 minutes. Mountain Lodge (2020) by Jordan Wong; digital video, color, sound, 8 minutes. Beauty and the Beast (2021) by Mathieu Morel; digital video, color, sound, 13 minutes. Son of Sodom (2020) by Theo Montoya; digital video, color, sound, 15 minutes. The Dark, Krystle (2013) by Michael Robinson; digital video, color, sound, 10 minutes. The Familiar (2021) by Julian Quentin; digital video, color, sound, 11 minutes. Lilac Lips, Dutchess County (2021) by Tristan Scott Behrands; digital video, color, sound, 3 minutes.
TRT: 97 Minutes
With a nod to both Chris Marker’s La Jetée and the erotic works of Bob Mizer, master director Peter Strickland (In Fabric, The Duke of Burgundy) threads still frames of a naked, homoerotic locker room brawl into avigorous deconstruction of masculinity.
The latest piece by visionary artist Narcissister (Narcissister OrganPlayer, Frameline43)—which premiered at Sundance—follows several women, donning the signature Narcissister mask, as they express their right to bare their breasts in public.
When he agrees to meet a mysterious stranger from the internet, young, lonely Diego (Iván Pellicer) takes a deep dive into the unknown. From the directors of According to Mateo.
A companion piece to The Glamorous Boys of Tang (Frameline43), Su Hui-Yu crafts another surreal, eye-popping “reshooting” which revisits banned cinematic works during Taiwan’s period of martial law—here, reimagining female-driven exploitation films of the late-1970s and 1980s.
Take a wild journey through the gay Internet labyrinth—past video clips of Britney Spears burning down her gym, Eric André French-kissing a cop, Ina Garten and Padma Lakshmi cocktail hour and Moira Rose reaction gifs—to discover the Tumblr legend of an elusive, masculine-scented candle.
Way beyond Cocteau and Disney, this decidedly queer and sexually explicit version of the “classic” fairytale La belle et la bête finds a twink Beauty in the candle-lit dungeon of a kink Beast.
A director investigates the haunting legacy of Camilo Najar, who died of a heroin overdose a week after being cast as the lead in the director’s first feature. Selected for the 2020 Cannes Film Festival, Son of Sodom is a dark and captivating rumination on a generation’s relationship to interpersonal connection, social media, death and an uncertain future.
Renowned video artist Michael Robinson recuts and reframes the classic primetime soap opera Dynasty, exploring the mythical connection between the show’s iconic archrivals, Krystle Carrington (Linda Evans, also seen in Swan Song) and Alexis Carrington Colby (Joan Collins).
A genderless alien crash-lands on a wondrous but inhospitable planet in search of connection.
In this playful update of the myth of Narcissus, a vain genderqueer beauty (Joey Gray) sees their own fabulous reflection for the first time.