|Opening Film (1)||New Currents (26)|
|Asian Spectrum: Post 98 Indonesian Women’s Cinema (9)||Polemics: Maternity in Question (6)|
|Transmediascape (8)||Queer Rainbow: Generation to Generation (13)|
|Open Cinema (4)||Asian Short Film & Video Competition (19)|
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Berlin International Film Festival 2010 Program Note
Ten years ago, The Screech was the hottest lesbian band on the scene. Irls and Lily fronted, MJ produced, and their one hit record bought two houses in the desert. When Lily’s drug use got out of hand, she found Carol and sought refuge in the privacy and isolation of that relationship. Sexy, seductive Iris, hides behind the bottle while dreaming of a comeback that is never going to happen. MJ, still in love with her, spends her days having Internet sex and staring at the ever-empty shimmering pool. Carol and Lily are so bored in their relationship that they can’t think of anything to do but plan to have a child.
The Owls continues the tradition of the Lesbian Indie films in the US and the UK such as Go fish, The Watermelon Woman, Itty Bitty Titty Committee, and Tick Tock Lullaby. Cheryl Duny, the director of The Watermelon Woman, directed and starred in The Owls. Guinevere Turner, VS Brodie, stars of Go Fish, and Lisa Gornick, the director and the star of Tick Tock Lullaby, were the heroines of this film. This is yet another collaboration of these stars of the Lesbian Indie scene. Interestingly enough, the Lesbian Noir Thriller The Owls portrays these women and their community. For that reason, the socalled ‘Dunyementary’-Cheryl Duny’s way of fusing fiction and documentary-is the most appropriate way to execute this film. Overlapping with the final episode of a renowned American TV show The L word, the whole community is at stake due to a member’s death. The Owls looks into the growing apprehension of North American Lesbians in their 40’s, who dreamt of the Lesbian Nation and the queer revolution in the past. Most of all, this movie discusses aging, sense of community, bond, and a generation gap. They have nowhere to go and their contributions to the queer movement are long forgotten. Then what’s left? Do they have anything to rely on? Does being older mean being wiser? They still seem to have faith in their community, but what can keep the community bonded? The Owls is a mature and wise film that reflects on the real life concerns of queers. (CHO Hye-young)
Berlin International Film Festival 2010
Cheryl DUNYECheryl DUNYE
Cheryl Dunye, a native of Liberia, holds an MFA from Rutgers University. Her 2nd feature, HBO Films Stranger Inside garnered her the Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Director. Cheryl Dunye’s debut film, The Watermelon Woman was awarded the Teddy Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival. Her other works have premiered at film festivals and museums worldwide. Dunye served on the boards of Outfest, the DGA, and IFP. She has been honored with a Community Vision Award from National Center for Lesbian Rights, a Creative Excellence Award from Women in Film & Television, and a Fusion Award from Outfest.