Hustler White. Courtesy of the PornFilmFestival Berlin
The PornFilmFestival Berlin celebrates three anniversaries this year, one multiplying the other… 10 years of the PFF, 20 years of Bruce LaBruce’s epic Hustler White and 40 years of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. And I'm sliding in with comfortable ease.
The festival itself references the scintillating past – and future – by publishing its first ever (pin-up) calendar for the year of 2016. And 40 years of Rocky Horror doesn’t need much explanation. Screening the 35mm print at midnight on the first night was the pelvic thrust to drive everyone insane.
But LaBruce’s anniversary was a rarer treat. His connection to Berlin and producer Jürgen Brüning isn’t so secret, but the screening was attended by a good half that hadn’t seen the Hustler White (discovered by an impromptu survey), illustrating that even Berliners aren’t always up to speed with semi-contemporary sexual cinema. But hell did they enjoy it. And the introduction by LaBruce and Brüning was full of anecdotal treats for a film that itself is partially about film (or at least Hollywood).
Peter de Rome’s The Destroying Angel was another retro highlight – the 1976 feature based on an Edgar Allen Poe story deftly juggled sex, psychedelic drug use and religion. A full programme of Golden Age-era porn from its production company, Hand In Hand, is on offer this weekend and if the rest is as engrossing as The Destroying Angel, there will be sweaty palms throughout Moviemento.
The promising explosion in trans* porn was represented by Trans Men Love Cock by San Francisco’s James Darling. A rather straightforward sampling of FTM sex, it was highlighted with a hysterical spoof of those ridiculous Baitbus videos. In case you’re not familiar, Baitbus’ premise is that a beautiful girl lures unsuspecting men into a van to have sex on camera for money and blindfolds him. When he inevitably takes it off to get a peek, he finds a man doing the deed in the end. And then they run off without paying him. Right. Kudos to Darling for finally making something out of that.
It’s only Friday now with three more full days in front of us – and I’m counting on the now nicely packed Moviemento to turn into a hysterical rush as Saturday and Sunday will inevitably see the weekend crowd on top. But it’s all about bodies in contact, oder?