Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Achtung, Baby. (the Buzz)

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Achtung, Baby. (the Buzz)

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A NEW CROP OF GAY FILMS SUGGESTS IT'S GOOD to be bad. Judging from the 53rd annual Berlin International Film Festival and winners of its gay film award, the Teddy, queers have gone homicidal and suicidal all over again.

"I wouldn't say we're back in the '50s, but we definitely haven't achieved a situation where a gay happy ending is even a possible solution for a story," opines Teddy Awards coordinator Manuela Kay. "Even the gay filmmakers seemed to like a big dramatic ending, the big emotions."

Indeed. The Teddy feature winner, Julian Hernandez's A Thousand Peace Clouds Encircle The Sky, Love, You Will Never Stop Being Love, saw a young gay Mexican literally die of loneliness and desperation. Thom Fitzgerald's The Event, about a man with AIDS who commits suicide with support from his mother (an Oscar-worthy Olympia Dukakis), got a readers' award from Berlin's gay publication Siegessaule. James Wentzy's documentary, Fight Back, Fight AIDS, evoked ACT UP's lost heyday, while Louise Hogarth's The Gift examined today's horrifying ACT UP antithesis, barebacking and bug chasing. …

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