Limitless Cinema in Broken English

October 17, 2009

MADAME X AND SPIDER LILIES ARE THE WINNERS

Filed under: Uncategorized — celinejulie @ 12:45 am

My poll 65 ended with 8 votes. Thanks very much to everyone who participated in it. Here is the result:

I LOVE THESE LESBIAN FILMS/PLAY. WHICH ONES DO YOU LIKE?

1.MADAME X: AN ABSOLUTE RULER (1978, Ulrike Ottinger, West Germany)
+SPIDER LILIES (2007, Zero Chou, Taiwan)
Each of them got 4 votes, or 50 %.

3.JE TU IL ELLE (1974, Chantal Akerman, Belgium)
+PEPI, LUCI, BOM (1980, Pedro Almodovar, Spain)
Each of them got 3 votes, or 37 %.

5.LES BICHES (1968, Claude Chabrol, France)
+SHOW ME LOVE (1998, Lukas Moodysson, Sweden)
Each of them got 2 votes, or 25%.

7.CACHE (1998, Carolyn Coal, USA)
+HERSTORY (เรื่องของเธอ) (1999, Buddhiporn Boosabarati, Thailand)
+HOME FOR CHRISTMAS (2000, Frank Mosvold, Norway)
+MAHANAKORN 2009 (2009, Taweewat Kamnerdpetch + Paiboon Soponsuwaparp, Thai play)
+MAHJONG (2009, Napha Sasalak, Thailand)
+1977 (2007, Peque Varela, UK)
+ROOM NO.3 (ห้องเลขที่ 3) (2004, Navarutt Roongaroon, Thailand)
+SHE AND HER (เธอและเธอ) (2008, Sutthion Na Lamphoun, Thailand)

Each of them got 1 vote, or 12%.

15.HAPPY END (2004, Narumon Jaisa-ard, Thailand)
+THE MARS CANON (2002, Shiori Kazama, Japan)
+MISS YOU SO MUCH (มีแต่คิดถึง…เธอ) (2009, Teera Prachumkong, Thailand)
+SHADOW OF A FIRE (2008, Mikael Ivan Roost, Switzerland)
+THE SPECIAL LOVE (‘รัก’คนพิเศษ แบบพิเศษ เป็นพิเศษ) (2009, Pornrumpa Techavichitra, Thailand)
+WHEN FON LEFT CHUANG (เมื่อฝนทิ้งช่วง) (2009, Thossaporn Riantong, Thailand)

Each of them got 0 vote.

–My Lesbian films wish list:

1.THE AGGRESSIVES (2005, Daniel Peddle, USA, documentary)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Xwz4Ob6qZQ

” This striking and illuminating documentary explores and exposes the secret subculture of New York lesbians living as “aggressives.” Often mistaken for men, these women range from pretty tomboys to the blatantly butch, boldly creating their own identities outside of society’s established sexual categories. Stripped of pretense, they lead us to fashion shoots and prison cells to reveal their work lives, love lives and social lives, including the underground “ball” scene where lesbians compete for lead “AG” status. The resulting documentary is the culmination of five years spent uncovering the “no apologies” lifestyle of six self-defined aggressives as they define their dreams, share their most intimate secrets and reveal their deepest fears. The female counterpart to Paris is Burning, this heartfelt all-access film exposes the AG community in all its unabashed, rough-edged glory and explores its impact on gender identity in the modern world.”
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61C3SBTV7KL._SS500_.jpg

2.BORN IN FLAMES (1983, Lizzie Borden, USA)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EaiN5z-5PPc
http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/borninflames.php

3.BRINCANDO EL CHARCO: PORTRAIT OF A PUERTO RICAN (1994, Frances Negron-Muntaner)
http://www.francesnegronmuntaner.net/HTML/filmography.html

4.COCONUT/CANE & CUTLASS (1994, Michelle Mohabeer, Guyana/Canada)
http://www.sawnet.org/cinema/?Mohabeer+Michelle

” A rich lyrical tapestry of imagery shot on location in Guyana melded with dramatic scenes shot in Toronto to communicate a complex, lyrical and touching rumination on exile and displacement. Narrated from the point of view of a mixed race Indo-Caribbean lesbian, “the exile” (and filmmaker) who immigrated to Canada as a young girl, this beautiful film explores personal experiences of identity as they relate to colonial and sexual oppression”

5.A COMEDY IN SIX UNNATURAL ACTS (1975, Jan Oxenberg)
http://www.ejumpcut.org/archive/onlinessays/JC24-25folder/JanOxenberg.html

6.COSTA BRAVA (1995, Marta Balletbo-Coll, Spain)

7.DAMNED IF YOU DON’T (1987, Su Friedrich, USA)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jp8xu1aASXA

8.DESERT HEARTS (1985, Donna Deitch, USA)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ra4MGrQHb-k

9.THE DOCTOR’S DAUGHTER (2005, Janine Fung, Canada)

” Fung and Gillian Frise co-star as two young women who discover an irrepressible passion for one another, during a 1991 trip to Trinidad. Regan and Nikki are so overwhelmed by the onslaught of feeling that they abandon all pretense and all standing commitments — including Regan’s marital engagement to Howard — to enter a lesbian relationship with one another. Years later, Howard is out of the picture, Nikki and Regan physically and emotionally intimate, live-in lovers in the grand city of Toronto — sans the knowledge of Nikki’s family, with whom she is inseparably close. As Fung observes the complications that arise from this situation, she cuts back and forth between two time periods, charting the emotional landscape of the relationship at two distinct phases. ~ Nathan Southern, All Movie Guide”

10.DOLLS (2007, Karin Babinska, Czech)

The whole film is available in Youtube with English subtitles, but you must click on the arrow at the bottom right-hand side of the screen to turn on the subtitles.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6doCWtdWbU

“A coarse coming-of-ager from a country where that approach to the genre has garnered much coin in recent years, Czech drama “Dolls” goes where most Hollywood teen pics fear to tread in its close-to-explicit depiction of sexual awakening and late-teen horseplay. Awarded the Finale Plzen fest’s main prize on the strength of debuting helmer Karin Babinska’s impassioned approach to the material, pic will play fests but won’t travel far theatrically. Three 18-year-old coeds (Petra Nesvacilova, Sandra Novakova, Marie Dolezalova) decide a road trip to Holland is in order on the late-summer eve of more adult endeavors. Tagging along is one of the girls’ kid brother (Oldrich Hajlich), who bears witness to nude bathing, Sapphic experimentation and various identity crises. “Nobody’s keeping an eye on anybody,” is their oft-repeated mantra, with various heartaches explained by the eternally adolescent logic, “Everything’s screwy anyway.” Babinska pulls heartfelt, fearless perfs from her often nude leads, with kudos going to Nesvacilova, who gained weight to play Vendula, the caustic yet vulnerable fulcrum of the group. Tech credits are fine in that free-wheeling Czech style, typified by Martin Douba’s vigorous HD lensing. – Eddie Cockrell (Variety)”

11.GHOSTED (2009, Monika Treut, Germany/Taiwan)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9AM3vMCj8I

“In Taiwan, ghosts are rarely a laughing matter; in this ancestor-worship culture, where the memories of the living nurture the deceased, there is a belief that the dead become ghosts roaming between heaven and earth. In Ghosted — an unconventional, meditative love story directed by veteran German filmmaker Monika Treat (her seminal trans doc Gendernauts screened in our 99 line-up) — we are introduced to Sophie (Ingra Busch), a 40-something renowned German video-artist who has returned to Taipei to open an exhibition dedicated to her late Taiwanese lover Ai-Ling (Huan-Ru Ke). There she meets Mei-Li (Ting Ting Hu), a pushy and beautiful journalist who eerily reminds her of Ai-Ling. Mei-Lis constant questions and flirtatious overtures are too much, too soon, and Sophie retreats to Hamburg. When the journalist mysteriously turns up on her doorstep, Sophie decides to open herself to new sexual adventures. Her newfound trust is soon shattered when she discovers that Mei-Li isnt who she claims to be. Suspenseful and complex, this cross-border narrative is a rich addition to Treuts growing oeuvre of work. ”

12.GUARDIAN OF THE FRONTIER (2002, Maja Weiss, Slovenia)

http://www.amazon.ca/Guardian-Frontier-Maja-Weiss/dp/B000DN5VX0
” Billed as a female version of Deliverance, Guardian of the Frontier is an allegorical thriller that takes place in the scenic but menacing Slovenian countryside. The film has as its protagonists Zana, Simona, and Alja, three college students who decide to spend part of their summer vacation on a canoe and camping trip down the Kolpa, the river separating Slovenia and Croatia. The three embark on their trip with a farewell to Alja’s boyfriend, and before you can say “Go Fish,” Alja and Zana are engaged in a sweaty affair that shocks Simona, a sexual naf. Things get even weirder after Simona meets an ostensibly pleasant fisherman; soon, the three young women realize something isn’t right in the woods, and that they are being followed by someone or something who hasn’t been invited along for the trip. Guardian of the Frontier was screened at the 2002 Philadelphia International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. ~ Rebecca Flint Marx, All Movie Guide”
http://img.amazon.ca/images/I/51WQWHPG7XL._SS500_.jpg


13.JOLLIES (1990, Sadie Benning, USA)

14.KARMEN GEI (2001, Joseph Gaye Ramaka, Senegal)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YG_A5VJF8Ls

15.LOVE MY LIVE (2006, Koji Kawano, Japan)
http://www.afterellen.com/movies/2007/11/lovemylife

16.NITRATE KISSES (1992, Barbara Hammer)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGuigR_vPRo

17.NOTHING ELSE MATTERS (2007, Julia von Heinz, Germany)

The film stars Marie Luise Schramm from GETTING MY BROTHER LAID (A+)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1Oktws2PcY

” Carla ran away from home with great plans. She wants to go to Lyon to study fashion. At the train station in Berlin however, all her luggage is stolen and she has to stick with Rico who offers her a job on his construction site so she can earn money to finance her journey. On the same construction site, Lucie lives with her brother Michael in a boat. The boat is her home, this is where she feels fine, like she has a family. Things take a sour turn when, with almost enough money to leave for Lyon, Carla finds out she is pregnant from a reluctant one night stand with Rico. Too late for abortion, a despairing Carla is saved by Lucie who hatches a plan. Carla will pose as Lucie, and under German welfare laws they’ll be able to get an apartment financed by the state, which they can share along with the baby and Lucie’s brother Michael. This way, Carla will be able to leave the baby with Lucie who wants to take care of it, and go her own way. It is in this new apartment that love, jealousy, desperation and hope will flourish. Nothing Else Matters is a tender movie about having a place in the world. It is also a slow-burning and realistic film about the ways we love, and dont know about. It is about friendship, love and then longing, and the people we want to spend the rest of our lives with.”

18.ROSA AND CORNELIA (2000, Giorgio Treves, Italy)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0220011/

19.SEARCHING 4 SANDEEP (2007, Poppy Stockell, Australia, documentary)
This film is partly shot in Thailand.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLzv-rOt6R4

20.SUPERFREAK (2006, Shine Louise Houston, USA)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hNxSYg_MJA

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