Films in Competition 5: Out Night

  • Bigger on the Inside
  • Spirits
  • Garden of Fauns
  • a story that doesn't have to do with me
  • Where Is The Friend's Home?
  • Gold and Mud

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Main Theater - Michigan Theater Thu, Mar 23, 2023 9:30 PM



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Bigger on the Inside 

Angelo Madsen Minax

New York, NY | 2022 | 12 | Digital File

From a snowy, wooded cabin a trans man stargazes. Scruff chats with guys, watches YouTube tutorials, takes drugs, and lies about taking drugs, all to feel hiz way through the human drive to be filled with something, to transcend embodiment. This is a film about architecture: interior and exterior, the micro and macro, bodily insides as cosmology, passageways and portals, loneliness and the immensity of longing. Nudes and landscapes are equally erotic. Eros as an issue of boundaries: When I desire you, a part of me is gone. Land is surreal. Memory is porous.

Spirits (Ysbrydion) 

Amy Daniel

Aberystwyth, UK | 2022 | 10 | DCP

North American Premiere

Ysbrydion (Spirits) is a film about the experience of growing up LGBTQ+ in rural Wales. The film was made for screening at the National Eisteddfod, an ancient poetry competition in Wales. While there have been two known LGBT poets to have won the Bardic chair over the centuries of the Eisteddfod, queer people are still not accepted or supported in much of rural Wales. This film tells some of their stories, history, and poetry.

The Garden of Fauns   

Pol Merchan

Barcelona, Spain | 2022 | 24 | Digital File

United States Premiere

The Garden of Fauns reveals the colorful and transgressive universe of the artist Nazario Luque, a leading figure of the Spanish underground comics movement in the 1970s. A hypnotic journey into Barcelona’s transvestite counterculture, between past and present, an artist’s life and its archive, an ode to life, love, desire, and loss.

Where Is the Friend's Home? 

Amina Maher

Berlin, Germany | 2022 | 12 | DCP

World Premiere

In search of the creation of an autonomous body, Amina Maher, the trans woman director of this film, seeks to confront her unspoken desires with the help of a friend in the process of honest self-exploration, sharing the most private of moments and breaking silences while giving insight into the topic of queer struggles and friendship, shame culture, and patriarchy.

Gold and Mud 

Conor Dooley

New York, NY | 2022 | 10 | DCP

World Premiere

A sprawling story of love and loss, as reflected on a single face. Tiny pieces that, when cobbled together, hint at a much larger picture. The larger picture being a woman’s life. Observed through the decades. Centuries, even. You know. A comedy. Starring Ana Fabrega (from HBO’s Los Espookys).

a story that doesn't have to do with me 

Kymberly McDaniel

Milwaukee, WI / Binghamton, NY | 2021 | 8 | Digital File

As I seek to connect with my partner about their research in bioarchaeology, a conversation emerges about survival and what is left behind after death.

BLUSH – An Extraordinary Voyage 

Iiti Yli-Harja

Helsinki, Finland | 2022 | 15 | DCP

North American Premiere

For 18-year-old Finnish-Kosovan Fatu, a simple visit to the grocery store feels as nerve-racking as a lunar expedition: for the first time in his life, he’s wearing makeup in public. Luckily his best friend Rai, a young woman on the spectrum of autism, is there to ferociously support him through the voyage.