The second day was equally interesting filled with amazing memories but also …. movies. As I was picking the movies to see, I hoped to see lots of those made in Balkan, Scandinavia, and Asia, but sadly with work schedule and schedule of the movies, it became quite difficult this year. So, I went for most of the movies in the Queer Now section, which is brilliantly combined and picked but also for stories inspired by real events.
Directed by: Romain Lévy
Cast: Kev Adams, Manon Azem, Rutger Hauer
Well. How to start with the Gangsterdam, normally I would probably not go for this kind of film but it was an early screening, so I went for it. How to describe this film, well, its completely batshit crazy, that’s how. Gangsterdam follows a story of one shy student that falls in love with a girl he thinks is out of his league. As it happens, the girl is a drug dealer and the boy is so unnoticeable he could be used. And so, they travel to Amsterdam to make a drug deal that goes south and thus we have a chaos. They are joined by the boy’s gay friend who is in love with him, filled with racist and religious jokes that are not on edge of what would not be acceptable but not as funny as the writer probably think they were. I had fun, there were moments where I honestly laughed out loud and the look on the film’s cinematography is very pretty, but would I want to see the Gangesterdam again? Probably not. But I can see it being chill out film, particularly when there is grass involved.
PROFESSOR MARSTON & THE WONDER WOMEN
Directed by: Angela Robinson
Cast: Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall, Bella Heathcote, Oliver Platt
Professor Marston or by his full name William Moulton Marston was an American psychologist who is to the science field known as the inventor of lie detector (along with his wife, Elizabeth Holloway Marston) but to the geeks, he may be known as Charles Marston aka the writer and creator of Wonder Woman.
This movie was directed by brilliant Angela Robinson and is not only the story of how this now famous and favorite comic book heroine was created but it is also a study on human desires which are still perceived as perverse or sickening in many countries of the world, including the “modern world”. Unlike the popular stories (for some reason) of 50 Shades books, this movies will actually tell you and guide through what the D/s relationship really is and how easily it can become dangerous. The dominance and submission is a huge part of wonder woman and her creation and the film relies very heavily on explaining the reasoning behind the early issues filled with bondages, spanking, and other kinky notions.
The film presents you with famous DISC theory created by professor Marston (Dominance Inducement Submission Compliance) and goes to great lengths for you to not only understand this theory but also have a great fun watching the performances, the humor and the forbidden triangle that existed between this married couple and their student until their deaths.
The one problem I had with the film was the skipping progress. It didn’t give me enough chance to really fall in love with characters scene to scene, as it moved quite quickly. You liked them but you didn’t know them enough, something was always missing and so when big change or crisis came, you didn’t really feel it until you project it onto your own subconsciousness that these are real stories with real people behind them. In the end, the disciplinary board hearing about Wonder Woman being well, little too kinky for the American Christian mothers was sidetracked by further development of the story. But all of this in understandable, many things happened in lifes of these people and film wanted to cover all it could.
But at the same time it is a beautiful film about love, passion, and yes the amazing aspects of kinky sex, but also about injustice, pain, and suffering that we can meet in any life, in any given period. The story of Professor Marston his wife Elizabeth and their lover Olive Byrne is not perhaps as famous but it sure as hell should be.
I recommend you to see the movie, it’s funny, touching, sexy and educating and you will know things about Wonder Woman and her origins, you didn’t even dream of.
“Not even girls want to be girls so long as our feminine archetype lacks force, strength, and power. Not wanting to be girls, they don’t want to be tender, submissive, peace-loving as good women are. Women’s strong qualities have become despised because of their weakness. The obvious remedy is to create a feminine character with all the strength of Superman plus all the allure of a good and beautiful woman.”
William Moulton Marston | The American Scholar 1943