3.11 – after screening Q&A with the director
4.11 – director in attendance.
German cinematographer and TLVFest favorite, Jürgen Brüning, delivers a shameless masterpiece that took 16 years to complete. He is mixing up pieces of his works as a director and producer (on films he produced for Bruce La Bruce and Shu Lea Cheang amongst others) and unreleased footage he has taken years ago, all wildly edited together. Brüning weaves into the narrative countless references to global pop culture.
“Klappe” project (which means “public toilets” or “Tea rooms”) was written and partly filmed in 2006 and was shelved due to lack of time by the busy producer. The forced break from his work due to the COVID epidemic allowed Brüning and editor Jörn Hartmann to return to the ambitious project and finish it. In the time since the beginning of the project the two had grown up, developed and found new topics of interest. “Klappe” is an indescribable idiosyncratic film. An experimental queer cinema that is anti-religious, anti-authoritarian and somehow just anti everything! The result is subversive, pornographic, social, political, revolutionary and perhaps, mostly, a romantic musical that is nostalgic of the time when queer cinema was ground breaking and smashed conventions.
Viewing is 18+ due to explicit sex scenes.