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AMAZING TRUTH ABOUT QUEEN RAQUELA, THE (Olaf De Fleur, 2008)
A transsexual Cinderella story. ... Raquela Rios has a dream: to make it all the way to Paris, to meet her Prince Charming and to settle down into a life of luxury. But Paris is a long way from the s… Read more

BE LIKE OTHERS (Tanaz Eshaghian, 2008)
"Explaining why they want to have surgery, they would say, ‘I want to live like everybody else. I want to be like others. I'm not a weirdo... I'm not a homosexual. I'm not filthy.'" - filmmaker Tan… Read more

CLOUD 9 (Andreas Dresen, 2008)
Love hurts - even when you're over 60. ... Sixty-something seamstress Inge is thrown into a torrid love affair after bringing a pair of pants she altered to their owner, the affable 76-year-old Karl.… Read more

DOWNLOADING NANCY (Johan Renck, 2007)
“You realise that love does not mean hurting yourself, right?” ... Powerful, emotional and overwhelming, Downloading Nancy - debut feature from music video director Johan Renck - features a stell… Read more

EXTERMINATING ANGELS (Jean-Claude Brisseau, 2006)
“It is porn, yes, but of the most noble kind.” - Rotterdam Film Festival The “maestro of pulse-quickening simulated sex” - according to Variety - Jean-Claude Brisseau (Secret Things) continu… Read more

HELP ME EROS (Lee Kang-sheng, 2007)
“Blessed with an intense sympathy for his vulnerable characters, Lee [Kang-sheng] confidently combines social themes of poignant authenticity with striking visual elements.” - Toronto Internation… Read more

JIHAD FOR LOVE, A (Parvez Sharma, 2007)
“All the people in my film are coming out as Muslims… They're proud to be gay… They're saying they're as Muslim as anybody else.” - filmmaker Parvez SharmaFourteen centuries since t… Read more

OTTO; OR, UP WITH DEAD PEOPLE (R) (Bruce LaBruce, 2008)
“Eroto-horror-satire mixes movie-within-a-movie machinations with graphic sex scenes that will titillate anyone who's ever wanted to see someone shagging an open wound.” - VarietyFilmmaking provo… Read more

PRIVATE LESSONS (Joachim Lafosse, 2008)
“Volatile male adolescence and adult irresponsibility react together in a claustrophobic hothouse environment.” - Screen International ... Aspiring tennis player Jonas is failing miserably at hig… Read more

SAVAGE GRACE (Tom Kalin, 2007)
Director Tom Kalin will be a guest of the festival and will be introducing the first screening of Savage Grace ... “I like to joke that I'm Norma Desmond in my castle with my monkey, and this is my… Read more

Short & Taboo (, )
From the red light district of Copenhagen to the intimacy of a Syrian hamman (bathing house), those things whispered in hushed tones behind hands are universal across the world. Life's little taboos … Read more

STORY OF RICHARD O, THE (Damien Odoul, 2007)
A freewheeling sexploration of a man lost in lust.Driven by lust, Richard (played by Mathieu Amalric in his thrid film at MIFF'08) takes some time off from his girlfriend to investigate his erotic ob… Read more

TEETH (Mitchell Lichtenstein, 2006)
“Independent filmmaking is at its most exceptional when it defies categorization, and Teeth is jaw-droppingly undefinable.” - Sundance Film Festival High school student Dawn works hard at suppre… Read more

VIVA (Anna Biller, 2006)
Director Anna Biller will be a guest of the festival and will be introducing the first screening of Viva ... “You're not only a whore, you're a filthy lesbian.” Dangerously sheer negligees, kitsc… Read more

WORKSHOP, THE (Jamie Morgan, )
“I learned and lived more in the last seven days than in the last seven years... nothing will ever be the same again. I can't go back... my life begins now!” - documentary maker Jamie Morgan Pe… Read more

ZOO (Robinson Devor, 2006)
In 2005, a 45 year-old executive was anonymously delivered to hospital with a perforated colon. Following his subsequent death, videotapes found at his home showed him having sex with an Arabian stal… Read more

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