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       Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Ulrike Ottinger. Monika Treut.
       Douglas Sirk. You know what I mean.

       Germany has made a huge impact on LGBTQ+ cinema, and today it
       represents a nation of liberal values and personal freedoms - of course
       anyone who takes the odd weekend trip to Berlin knows that!

       German filmmakers have long contributed to queer visibility, whether
       LGBTQ+ people themselves, or allies with a firm sense of human
       dignity. In Leontine Sagan’s Mädchen in Uniform (1931), it is not
       the young student with same-sex desires who is punished, but the
       villainous headmistress who wants to shame her. Those who joined
       us for GAZE 2019 may have seen Different from the Others (1919), a
       landmark film, now over a century old, that treated its homosexual
       characters with sympathy. From the horrors of the Second World War,
       emerged a nation determined to right its wrongs.

       At GAZE 2020 we want to honour Germany’s contribution to queer
       cinema, but without turning to obvious names and films, as much as
       we love them! Instead we present three very different feature films as
       well as two short films.

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