05.07.2024 | GEGENkino presents | Double Feature John Waters

Polyester US 1981, R./D.: John Waters, K: David Insley, M: Charles Roggero, D: Divine, Tab Hunter, Edith Massey, Mary Vivian Pearce, David Samson, Ken King, Mink Stole, 35mm, engl. OV

The “American Dream” in a dripping wet headlock of AA meetings and fetishes, depression and glue sniffing, religious double standards and a dysfunctional family. Mother and housewife Francine Fishpaw (Divine) is faced with the ruins of her middle-class idyll: husband Elmer (David Samson) turns out to be a wannabe playboy and secretly runs a porn movie theater. The children also indulge in their hedonism; son Dexter, for example, becomes a criminal because of his obsession with feet. Francine takes refuge in alcohol until the real savior, super-hunk Todd Tomorrow (Tab Hunter), appears on the horizon. “Polyester” is not only the “Filth Maestro’s” first studio production, it also marks Waters’ turn towards established forms of cinema. In terms of narrative and visuals, he seeks to engage with Hollywood melodramas in the style of Douglas Sirk. The humor remains tasteless as usual.

Hairspray US 1988, R./D.: John Waters, K: David Insley; M: Kenny Vance; D: Ricki Lake, Divine, Debbie Harry, Vitamin C, Sonny Bono, Leslie Ann Powers, Ruth Brown, Jerry Stiller, 35mm, OmdU

Waters and his muse Divine love the exalted colors, fashions, gags and characters of the classic Hollywood musical. The “camp” that this shrill world of lived dreams contains. They take it all up, but turn it into something different, something queer: their retro musical, which was to remain Divine’s last appearance, is eye-candy like the classics, but also a critique of puritanism, racism and the body standardization of the post-war decades in the USA. And it is the first film in which Waters enters the mainstream – despite the clear Baltimore underground spirit.

Fr 05. Juli
John Waters double Feature
LuRu Kino in der Spinnerei
14 Euro for combination ticket.
7 pmPolyester (US 1981 engl. OV, 35mm)
€ 8 (7 reduced)
9 pmHairspray (US 1988 engl. Original with subs, 35mm)
€ 8 (7 reduced)

Trailer | GEGENkino 2023

07.09. – 17.09.2023 | GEGENkino #9


Last year, our editorial ended with: saddle your bats! So we thought: more of it! That is why at GEGENkino #9, there will be talking goats (with subtitles). Theatrically dying budgies. Fishing boats as a swimming Gomorrah. Dogs. Dogs. Dogs. And the rabbit from NEKROMANTIK. The animal world in film is a world of fictions, humanization, often also of abuse. But also of speculative fiction, complicity, poetry, reflection, in short: humanly made through and through. Or maybe not? This year, we will be exploring the animal-human-relationships in a series of documentary and essayist forms: ANIMAL REALITIES. It has become quite a considerable section. Short, mid-length, feature length. Digital and analogue. Historic and contemporary. Experimental, immersive, contemplative, self-reflexive. We will carefully examine much discussed works as well as marginalised positions. Beyond this focus, we also encounter animals. During the opening night at UT Connewitz for instance, the previously mentioned goats of THE REAL LIFE AND STRANGE SURPRISING ADVENTURES OF ROBINSON refreshingly free ourselves from a anthroprocentric fixation without the film trying to genuinely empathize with an animal perception. Director Benjamin Deboosere will be our guest for a Q&A. In addition, the opening film will be the feature debut of the Belgian-Congolese rapper Baloji to marvel at: OMEN is a colourful, unpredictable, occult bomb of a film. Definitely a banger! 

As an additional venue this year, we welcome the mobile Milieu-Cinema from Vienna. A converted moving picture-truck with a 35mm projector, which will stop at Rabet, next to Kino der Jugend and at Wagenplatz Karl Helga to fire forgotten findings, fun fair films and current creepy fun at you. We are especially looking forward to our visitors from Prishtina. On two evenings, Alush Gashi and Ilir Hasanaj will present works from the Kosovan film scene and the environment of Kino ARMATA, in which they are both active.

What else? Jörg Buttgereit has written a book about role models and his film works. Along with plenty of illustrative material and a high entertainment value, he will present Nicht Jugendfrei!: Tagebuch aus West-Berlin, and afterwards we will watch his necrophiliac cult film part one. A further book presentation riddled with entertaining examples of popular culture will be brought to us by journalist Jens Balzer. In Ethics Of Appropriation, he sounds out the complex aspects of cultural appropriation and argues the case for a prolific dealing with it.

Let us continue with an “Attention!” – this year, the live scoring will be an organ concert! Silent film pianist Richard Siedhoff will add a live score to the impressionist, black and white, underground splatter film BEGOTTEN on the venerable cinema organ of Grassi Museum. Additionally, he breathes a soundtrack into SCHENEC-TADY III by Heinz Emigholz, an abstract landscape film with mathematically arranged images. We dedicate a small homage to the almost forgotten filmmaker Martin Müller and his “aimless cinema” – wonderful that he will be coming to Leipzig and accompany the selection of his works.

More in staccato because all would go beyond scope otherwise: Selma Doborac will present her challenging DE FACTO and talk with us about it. A Mafia saga from Bollywood, Filipino seven-hour-slow-cinema, preposterous mask-horror from Austria, a stunning favela-Mad-Max-Mix as docufiction, indigenous memory as resistance, migrant sound systems meet Thatcher’s police state, the terror of a house without an exit, a punk film “like a Scorsese film that was beaten to junk in the Bowery for three days”, the fascist rabbit state of Efrafa and Virginia Woolf’s Orlando as trans-kaleidoscope. 

Dinner is served. Feel cordially invited. It’s GEGENkino-time again at last.

17.09.2023 | ORLANDO, MY POLITICAL BIOGRAPHY (FR 2023, Paul B. Preciado)

FR 2023, D: Paul B. Preciado, A: Emma Avena, Arthur, Virginie Despentes, 98’, original with english subtitles, DCP

From a queer perspective, Virginia Woolf’s novel Orlando – A Biography from 1928 is a decisive moment of literary modernity, because during its course, the young man Orlando awakens as a woman after a sleep lasting several days. For his experimental documentary film, Paul B. Preciado takes the figure of Orlando as a starting point for devoting himself with his own trans identity and as a playful proposal for about two dozen trans and non-binary people to recount their individual biographies. They slip into the role and comment on their respective transitions, their struggles with their own history and with state and medical-psychiatric regimes of control.

Sun 17 SeptUT Connewitz
9 PM€ 6,5 (5,5 reduced)



Retrospective | ANIMAL REALITIES


BR/FR/IT 2022, D: Ana Vaz, Doc, 66’, original with English subtitles, DCP

Through the night with owls, monkeys, foxes, capybaras and anteaters in Brasília. We dream ourselves into the mysterious, atmospheric film images, shot on expired 16mm material, accompanied by a melancholic, powerful soundtrack. From dreamlike to nightmarish, between documentary, horror and fantasy, IT IS NIGHT IN AMERICA breathlessly follows the animals’ paths, in what seems like an eternally gloomy night. Do the animals invade our cities or do we occupy their habitat?



SG/FI 2021, D: The Migrant Ecologies Project (Konzept: Lucy Davis), Doc, 28’, original with English subtitles, DCP

In the sensory soundscapes of LIKE SHADOWS THROUGH LEAVES, neighbourhoods of nature and urbanism encounter birdcalls and imitations thereof, songs, whispering memories and rustling leaves in Singapore’s oldest, once celebrated social housing complex Tanglin Halt. We cannot see the birds that belong to this place, we can only wait for the sun to pass and follow their shadows. An invigorating, sensual exploration. 

Sun 17. Sept
UT Connewitz
7 PM€ 6,5 (5,5 reduced)