"Hanna und die Keta-Boys"
The great holiday is over. The 11th Pornfilmfestival Berlin came to a close last at Südblock with over 8000 tickets sold to the porn-loving public, proving we can never get enough of the good stuff.
Before letting you in on the best of the best at PFF, a recap of some of the lovely smuttiness that went on in the last two days. Being a moderator this year was an immensely fulfilling experience, although it wasn't without its hiccups – if complaints roll in that I insulted the German people by saying it’s a Spargel-loving culture, I give in. I said it. I still believe it. The incident in question happened during the Berlin Porn Shorts program and the Q&A for Theo Meow’s excellent and fun “Hanna und die Keta-Boys: Die Spargel Komplott” featuring some really hot sex, but also a plot for human apocalypse by asparagus. At any rate, maybe those upset that night are irritated because Spargelzeit has been over for four months now.
The Berlin Porn Shorts programme repeats on Wednesday at 20:00, if you don’t want to miss out on the Spargel fun. Plus there’s some hot pegging in it.
One of the best surprises was Luizo Vega’s The Material Boy, a docu-fiction film about Madonna’s long-lost son – given up when she was 16 because her famed Catholic upbringing didn’t allow for an abortion. Papa didn’t preach, she kept her baby. Actually the collage of Madonna video clips, clips of Vega’s own career as a performance artist in Chile and Spain and the intentionally overly earnest British narration smartly weaves together Western pop culture, South American political turmoil and a character study of the individual artist in a way that can only be described as PUNK FUCKING ROCK. The soundtrack by Sonic Youth offshoot Ciccone Youth helps too. What I thought would be a safe and easy reprieve from more challenging films turned out to be one of my favourites.
If you’re looking for the “shocking” in this blog, I will report that two entries from the Liquid Porn Shorts fit the term in capital letters. I expected piss, blood and sweat in the programme for sure, but “Ketchup and Mayo” and “Mudman” both by Marc Martin of Pig Prod went above and beyond. I won’t repeat what happens in them here, but I will say that I almost ate my veggie burger today without condiments.
Sunday I managed to attend an excellent panel on virtual reality porn and its possibilities. Will we all be masturbating with special glasses on in the near future? If the porn industry can do it right and the technology becomes accessible enough (hint: it already is, all you need is a smartphone and Google Cardboard), that just may be. And you know you’ll try it.
It all wrapped up with the surprisingly excellent The Love Witch, by Anna Biller. Not only is the style and cinematography perfectly executed, the film is smart and funny as well, putting in some witty feminist critique without being on-the-nose about it. If it hits cinemas for a regular run, don't miss!
And now for the winners, a mix of scary, sexy and moving… and all starting with the letter E. What were the jury members taking this weekend?!
BEST FEATURE: Enactone by Sky Deep
Berlin gets its own lesbian vampire film and it’s smart, sexy and political – or so say the judges. I have yet to see it and am looking forward to the encore Halloween presentation tonight at 20:00. There’s still a few tickets, so catch it if you can.
BEST DOCUMENTARY: Être Cheval by Jérôme Clément-Wilz
French filmmaker Clément-Wilz explores the world of pony play in entirely more intimate way as it follows an older genderqueer person to the US to train themselves as a pony. Their age and particular gender situation allows for a sophisticated, new level of introspection about a fascinating kink.
BEST SHORT: "Etage X" by Francy Fabritz
Filmmaker Fabritz says this film is not “porn”, but it’s still about sex. Festival favorite Morgana Muses stars in short film about women stuck in an elevator of a fancy department store.
Alright, it's been sexy. Hope to see you all at the 12th Pornfilmfestival Berlin in 2017!