My First Kiss and the People Involved
During the month of November Filmatique presents Queer Cinema, a collection of contemporary films that challenge conventional representations of gender, sexuality, desire, and time.
Prominent trans non-binary performer Bobbi Salvör Menuez delivers a starring turn as a withdrawn young woman uncovering a trail of violence in a special screening of Luigi Campi's My First Kiss and the People Involved—for which Filmatique is exclusively hosting the free, worldwide digital premiere. Sophie Hyde's 52 Tuesdays charts the intersecting journeys of mother and daughter as the former undergoes a gender transition. In Anna Muylaert's Don't Call Me Son, a cross-dressing teen refuses to be categorized by his biological family, whom he has only just met, while the protagonist of Xavier Dolan's semi-autobiographical I Killed My Mother drifts between contempt and unbearable affection for his single mother as he wrestles with the decision to come out. Set within the male-dominated world of vaquejada, Gabriel Mascaro's sensual second narrative feature Neon Bull meditates on corporeality both human and animal as a pretext for deconstructing machismo culture in contemporary Brazil.
Featuring three first films and two second features, Filmatique's Queer Cinema series foregrounds the perspectives of queer filmmakers, protagonists, and performers, carving out a space of visibility within a media landscape in which they remain marginalized and excluded.