Berlinale 2017 – Day 5

Berlinale – Berlin International Film Festival – Day 5! Jochen Hick is a well-known guest of the Berlinale, last year he attended with his documentary “Ost-Komplex“ about a gay teenager who got imprisoned in a Stasi-jail for his try to attempt at the Ungarian Border. He also made a film about the LGBT* community in East Berlin “Out in East Berlin“ and so it was just a matter of time that he tells the story of the young men in West-Berlin. West-Berlin was an island in the heart of the GDR. a lot of young men came there because they didn’t want to absolve their military service. So there was a lot of sex and fun, always observed by the police.

“Mein wunderbares West-Berlin/ My Wonderful West Berlin“ by Jochen Hick in Panorama Documents

It was a the classical dance on the volcano: the paragraph 175 that got intensified by the Nazis and sent homosexuals into the concentration camps still came into effect after the war. Raids took place almost every night, so resistance grew and the Homosexuelle Aktion Westberlin was founded. They fought for liberation and socialistic goals, founded our beloved SchwuZ.

They did a great job in sexual prevention at the HIV-crisis and against any kind of discrimination, but as usual it didn’t work out with the dikes. Nevertheless they reached so much and influenced a lot of people.

And so those guys reflect about old times and the funniest part are Udo Walz and René Koch-those two gossip mongers- and the saddest Klaus Schumann.

It’s a really nice movie and you gonna love the film snippets.

“Viceroy’s House“ by Grinder Chadha Out of Competition

In 1947 India’s history changed: after 300 years of occupation the British Colonial power ended. Lord Mountbatten and his family are sent to Delhi to realize a calm transfer into India’s new government, but the whole country is torn by violence between Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs. Most of the young muslims want Pakistan, a nation where they aren’t oppressed, but the Hindus and Sikh want an united India. They’re idealists, their parents marched with Ghandi.

At the palace server Hindu Jeet meets his former love Aalia, a muslim translator. They’re the metaphor of the situation, the suddenly fear and desperation of old friends.

I am so sorry, but this movie is so boring. Especially the youngster seem to have only five facial expressions: asking, frightened, happy, sad and really really very very sad. I don’t know how this could happened. Actually it’s a real good idea to show the diversity of the religions on the staff of the palace and express how they lived in peace for centuries and how the Brits destroyed the community with separation. It would have been great to tell just those stories, but director needed an obvious symbol. Too bad, because it could have been a real good political thriller in a great setting.

Yes, I cried a lot, because I hate colonialism, racism and hate between religions, but in the end it’s just kitsch.

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