Sauvage
Mar
24
8:00 PM20:00

Sauvage

£9/£8.10 conc

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Leo (Félix Maritaud) is a 22-year-old sex worker who yearns for affection. In poor health and with no fixed address, he finds fleeting solace in the arms of the men he meets through his work. The crushing solitude of Leo’s life is tempered when he falls for fellow hustler Ahd - but when his romantic feelings are violently rebuffed, Leo begins to spiral, questioning if he will ever find the love he so desperately craves. While the title might imply a wild, even feral, affair (and this sexually explicit film certainly comes with its fair share of brutality), Camille Vidal-Naquet’s arresting debut is also one of quiet introspection and disarming fragility. Such compassion is in no small part thanks to the remarkable Félix Maritaud, whose raw and vulnerable central performance is nothing short of devastating.

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M/M
Mar
24
4:30 PM16:30

M/M

£7/£6 Conc

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Matthew is a young Canadian new to Berlin. He's come to make a fresh start, but he feels the isolation of living in a strange, new city. When he meets Matthias, he is entranced. Beautiful and charismatic, Matthias is everything Matthew wants to be. Soon Matthew's interest escalates, becoming an obsession.

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Then & Now
Mar
24
2:30 PM14:30

Then & Now

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Ticket prices range from £2 - £3

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How far have we really come? In a short film programme that ponders history and the future of a fragmented world, we’ll go on a journey to understand what we’ve endured in order to galvanise us to stand again the inequalities and injustices we still face.
This shorts programme is part of a double bill with Femxle Gaze

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Body Electric + CineQ After Hours
Mar
23
to Mar 24

Body Electric + CineQ After Hours

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Ticket prices range from £5 - £8.50

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This special event blends film with the fun of a really good dance. Body Electric will run from 9pm until 10:30pm, with CineQ After Hours taking place afterwards and into the early hours of the morning.

Body Electric
Modesty comes in many forms, but it’s most appreciated when matched by a generosity of spirit. “Body Electric,” Marcelo Caetano’s debut as feature director, is a character study of a 23-year-old gay man who hasn’t figured out what he wants out of life, realized with sensitivity as well as a complete lack of pretension. Affection for the protagonist remains constant as he flows between groups, accumulating lovers who become friends, and searches for a way through the kind of healthy uncertainty that too often, in less understanding hands, is presented as a negative trait. Although the focus occasionally wanders, “Body Electric” is a satisfying, warmhearted film whose understated charms leave a pleasant glow. It’s a pity viewership will largely be limited to LGBT outlets, since mainstream festivals would also get a charge from its low-key current. - Variety

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A Deal with the Universe
Mar
23
6:00 PM18:00

A Deal with the Universe

£9/£8.10 conc

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In 2010, former BFI film festival programmer Jason Barker took to the stage sporting a rather impressive baby bump. But, while Jason’s pregnant trans-male body was a thing of true beauty, beneath the bump was a much bigger story dating back many years. 

In his debut film, assembled entirely from home video footage which he and his partner Tracey shot over the course of a decade, Barker tells the fascinating story behind their journey to conceive.

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Shakedown
Mar
23
3:00 PM15:00

Shakedown

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£7/£6 conc

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SHAKEDOWN is the story of Los Angeles’ black lesbian strip club scene and its genesis. Owned and operated by women, underground and illegal in nature, the club Shakedown is the darker, faster, younger iteration of this dance culture. The film is a window into this world. Shakedown emerged from a post-RIOTS, post-OJ, post-integration but still very racially divided Los Angeles. In this divided city Shakedown is an independent, all black and all female cash economy.

SHAKEDOWN chronicles the explicit performances and personal relationships of the party’s dancers and organizers including Ronnie-Ron, Shakedown Productions’ creator and emcee; Mahogany, the legendary “mother” of the community; Egypt, their star performer; and Jazmine, the “Queen” of Shakedown.

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BFI NETWORK x CineQ: Filmmaker's Brunch with Campbell X
Mar
23
12:30 PM12:30

BFI NETWORK x CineQ: Filmmaker's Brunch with Campbell X

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£3

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So you want to make films? What films do you want to make?
Who do you want to see your films? Where do you want them to be shown?Campbell X will take you through an outline of the process, from script to screen, helping you to tap into your own creative powers.Bring your ideas and your passion for storytelling.

Campbell X is an award-winning filmmaker who’s debut feature film, the queer urban romantic comedy STUD LIFE which became a festival favourite. Stud Life is distributed by Wolfe Video, Peccadillo Pictures and is screening on Netflix USA. It received a number of awards and accolades on its release. Campbell directed and produced the short film DES!RE, is one of the directors on the webseries SPECTRUM LONDON and is the director of documentary VISIBLE which opened the Scottish Queer Film Festival in December 2018. Campbell is the director of the hit webseries DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS.

This event is supported by BFI NETWORK a UK-wide collaboration between the BFI and film organisations and venues around the country, with a mission to discover and support talented filmmakers, writers and artists working across different disciplines at the early stages of their careers, helping to develop their storytelling abilities in film.

Campbell is one of the originators of Wahala Film Fund, a completion fund for short films made by Queer People of Colour which centre stories about QTIPOC people.

(Light brunch is included in the price)

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Second Self: The Movies
Mar
22
to Mar 23

Second Self: The Movies

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£2 on the door

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NO, WIRE, HANGERS, EVERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!
Second Self have proved themselves as a staple in the pantry of the best queer recipes of Birmingham.
Allowing participants and performers to transform for the night, we’ll be giving our best movie looks. This is the safest of spaces for you to really own your otherness.
With local queer performers channeling their favourites from queer cinema and DJ Soriah bringing you the best bops!
See you then!

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Rafiki
Mar
22
7:00 PM19:00

Rafiki

£9/£8.10 conc

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Kena (Samantha Mugatsia) and free spirit Ziki (Sheila Munyiva) both dream of a life beyond the stifling confines of their conservative Nairobi neighbourhood. From the moment the two young women meet, the connection is clear and their budding friendship blossoms into something more serious, forcing these star-crossed lovers to make an impossible choice between happiness and safety. 

Adapted from a Ugandan short story, Monica Arac de Nyeko’s Jambula Tree, a national ban was enforced on Rafiki for its supposed ‘intent to promote lesbianism in Kenya, contrary to the law’. Such intolerance only serves as a testament to the unabashed courage director Wanuri Kahiu demonstrates in telling queer stories in a country where gay sex is still a punishable offence. 

The screening will be preceded by a CineQ drinks reception held in the bar from 7pm.

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Weekend Festival Pass
Mar
22
to Mar 24

Weekend Festival Pass

£27.24

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Starting as a community cinema operating in Birmingham, CineQ seeks to grow appetites and audiences for Queer and LGBTQIA+ films whilst championing New Queer Cinema in the region - with a focus on the perspectives of Queer Trans and Intersex People of Colour (QTIPOC) 

CineQ has now grown into a two day festival supported by BFI FAN Film Hub Midlands.

CineQ Queer Film Festival will run from the 22nd -24th March 2019. 

This ticket includes all workshops and film screenings taking place over the weekend including the opening screening of Rafiki, the closing screening of Sauvage and free entry to CineQ After Hours. Passes will be available for collection at our opening night, Rafiki at MAC Birmingham. Or you can request that your pass be sent to you in the post on February 27th by contacting us directly at info@cineqbirmingham.co.uk

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CineQ: Watch Parties
Mar
15
to Mar 22

CineQ: Watch Parties

CineQ: Watch Parties is an experimental digital event that will be taking place during the week previous to the main festival programme.

How do we make film more social for those that are the most isolated in society? That was the question that kept us up at night. Some of our queer community are not isolated by choice but by circumstance. Sure, people can stream film, but watching a film alone is only more isolating. We decided that social media may hold the answers.

In an endeavour never attempted by CineQ before we’ve curated some of the best short films available on the internet. Join our Facebook group to watch these collectively with other queer cinephiles. These watch parties will take from the 15th March and will start at 7pm via our Facebook group.

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