Rialto is closed, and yet it is not. Because even though the theatre is closed, there is still plenty to do online. Like Queer Pioneers, the program that focuses on film makers who have explored the boundaries of sexuality, orientation and gender with their work, in short people who have left their mark on the film world and the political debate.
In collaboration with the online platform Picl, Queer Pioneers presents a fine selection of five new and old films by precisely those pioneering filmmakers.
How does it work?
The films are easy to find: click on the orange buttons and you will reach the desired Picl page. If you would like to know more about the films: Queer Pioneers creator and programmer Renske Diks provides background information for each title and provides surprising insights. Her contributions can be below and on Rialto's Facebook page. Enjoy!
Illustration: Julian Stips
Robin Campillo | France | 2017 | 144'
In the 1980s AIDS made many victims, especially in the gay community. Many people said it was their own fault. Action group Act Up opposed this and political indifference. A portrait.
James Ivory | Great Britain 1987 | 140 '
Film adaptation of E.M. Forster's eponymous novel about the 'forbidden' love between two college friends in Cambridge, early 20th century. With Hugh Grant and James Wilby.
Una mujer fantástica
Sebastián Lelio | Chile | 2017 | 104 '
Marina is the great love of Orlando. But when he dies, his family wants nothing more to do with her. Reason: she is a transgender woman. Winner Oscar for Best Film in a Foreign Language.
Portrait de la jeune fille en feu
Céline Sciamma | France | 2019 | 122 '
Award-winning drama about the impossible love between two women, in the late 18th century in Brittany. A story about looking, finding and losing. With Noémie Merlant and Adèle Haenel.
Taxi zum Klo
Frank Ripploh | West Germany | 1980 | 98 '
Bold and high-profile semi-documentary film about the (sex) life of the gay teacher Frank Ripploh, which also provides an insight into the gay scene of Berlin before AIDS broke out.