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Hello dear Festival-Team,
our debut-film about nine charming, politically active queer friends wants to be shown at your event!!!
We have the support of Rosa von Praunheim, the most important gay German filmmaker of his generation and Wieland Speck, former curator of the Berlinale.
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt19297226/
5 minutes cutout: https://youtu.be/AvgDoEUrRK4

World Premiere was on October 23rd 2021 at the Hamburg International Queer Film Festival, Germany
Official Selections + awards since then:
Brussels Capital Film Festival, Belgium - best documentary
Best Istanbul Film Festival, Turkey - best feature documentary
Indie For You Film Festival, Los Angeles/CA, USA
Pink Apple Festival, Zürich, Switzerland
Schwule Filmwoche Freiburg, Germany - second place audience award
WICA, New York, USA
Accolade Global Film Competition, La Jolla/CA, USA - award of merit documentary feature
APOX Film Festival, Veli Losinj, Croatia
Montreal Arthouse Film Festival, Canada - semi-finalist
FICAA, Navarte, Mexico
Cine Paris Film Festival, France - best first time director documentary
Lift-Off Filmmaker Sessions @PinewoodStudios, Great Britain
The Hollywood First-Time Filmmaker Showcase, Los Angeles/CA, USA
Boden International Film Festival, Sweden, best first time director documentary
Stockholm City Film Festival, Sweden
Wallachia Int'l Film Festival, Bucharest, Romania - best documentary
Santo Domingo OutFest, Dominican Republic

The film is warmly discussed:"...is one of the most exciting films of the year - " - https://www.queer.de/video-des-tages.php?vid=1156
"A generational portrait and a very personal slice of the gay movement..." - https://www.arttv.ch/film/tunten-zwecklos-das-geheimnisvolle-leben-der-hamburger-bollenmaedels/
"...insights into her childhood, her coming out, her sexuality and the Aids crisis up to the care and death of her parents"
- https://www.arthouse.ch/aktuell/filme/1573/tunten-zwecklos/#
"Finally the audience was not underestimated... Impressive also in its openness, vulnerability... Afterwards you can breathe more freely"
- https://mannschaft.com/doku-die-schwulen-schwarzwaldmaedel-von-der-reeperbahn/?fbclid=IwAR33_t_uhS51GUmX02KiuuJtwAz97bhiu6pXnqujIZhZalyk23j9XBoAqDg

Synopsis:
"Faggot as a swear word: gay sow, the stupid faggot, faggy gait, faggy posture, the broken wrist. Loud gays, colorfully dressed, shrill, can they present the gays?.." asks Volker in the film.
"The documentary was discussed very controversially in the program group...as a document of gay history, gay solidarity and gay self-confidence. At the same time, there was ... concern that a part of the queer community will feel hurt by certain parts of the film..." Hamburg International Queer Film Festival
"...It made me cry, especially when it came to the topic of parents - rejection, distance, getting closer again, taking care of old parents, saying goodbye... the different aspects of being gay... A tribute to friendship and solidarity - even if it wasn't always there in the times of the HIV panic." Maria Dünnwald
"I am moved enthusiastic dynamized.... political film at its best... finally the audience was not underestimated for once, without a lecturing gesture.... Afterwards you can breathe more freely." Claudia Reiche
"... a lot of creativity, perseverance, good humor and cherry brandy.... I think the film transports this belief in the good and beautiful in the faggot, in the human being.... In addition, of course, it reflects a piece of contemporary history!" Matthias Möbius
"...Very impressed! The animated drawings and the music make the whole thing a contemporary historical document in idiosyncratic narrative, which I find valuable! And important for our time today!" Barbara Nestler
Voice from the Hamburg premiere audience: "I would also like to have a Bollenmädelsgruppe - a group of people that accompanies you through life and where you stand by each other despite all your differences."

  • Mirek Balonis
    Director
  • Jutta Riedel
    Director
  • Mirek Balonis
    Writer
  • Jutta Riedel
    Writer
  • Mirek Balonis
    Producer
  • Jutta Riedel
    Producer
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Tunten zwecklos
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Documentary, Feature
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 23 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    October 23, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    50,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Germany
  • Country of Filming:
    Germany
  • Language:
    German
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, 16 mm
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Hamburg International Queer Film Festival
    Hamburg
    Germany
    October 23, 2021
    Germany Premiere
  • Brussels Capital Film Festival
    Brussel
    Belgium
    November 14, 2021
    Best Documentary
  • Best Istanbul Film Festival
    Istanbul
    Turkey
    December 1, 2021
    Turkish Premiere
    Best Feature Documentary Film
  • Indie For You Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    February 14, 2022
    Official Selection
  • Pink Apple Festival
    Zürich
    Switzerland
    May 1, 2022
    Swiss Premier
    Official Selection
  • Schwule Filmwoche Freiburg
    Freiburg
    Germany
    May 22, 2022
    Second Place Audience Award
  • WICA
    New York
    United States
    January 29, 2022
    North American Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Accolade Global Film Competition
    La Jolla, CA
    United States
    August 23, 2022
    Award of Merit: Documentary Feature
  • APOX Film Festival
    Veli Losinj
    Croatia
    Croatian Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Montreal Arthouse Film Festival
    Montreal
    Canada
    October 14, 2022
    Canadian Premiere
    Semi-Finalist
  • Wallachia Int'l Film Festival
    Bucharest
    Romania
    September 30, 2022
    Bulgarian Premiere
    Best Documentary
  • FICAA
    Navarte, Mexico
    Mexico
    October 4, 2022
    Mexican Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Cine Paris Film Festival
    Paris
    France
    September 9, 2022
    French Premiere
    Best first time director documentary
  • Lift-Off Filmmaker Sessions @PinewoodStudios
    Global Network
    October 3, 2022
    Official Selection
  • The Hollywood First-Time Filmmaker Showcase
    Los Angeles, CAL
    United States
    September 23, 2022
    Official Selection
  • Boden International Film Festival
    Boden
    Sweden
    October 14, 2022
    Swedish Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Stockholm City Film Festival
    Stockholm
    Sweden
    October 16, 2022
    Official Selection
  • Santo Domingo OutFest
    Gazcue
    Dominican Republic
    December 10, 2022
    Dominican Republic Premiere
  • Brünn
    Czech Republic
    March 25, 2023
    Czech Premiere
    Best LGBTIQ
Director Biography - Mirek Balonis, Jutta Riedel

VITA
Jutta Riedel, filmmaker
Vita
*1963 in Frankfurt/M., lives and works in Cologne
1982 - 84 studies of theater, film and television (Frankfurt/M.)
1982 - 87 various assistant directorships, often acting in productions
since 1987 21 productions at independent theaters, municipal and state theaters, most recently

2005 at the Düsseldorf Schauspielhaus
1991 Cultural Promotion Award of the City of Nuremberg for directing
since 2000 author for theater, film and television, script editing
since 2010 advertising copy for various agencies

Mirek Balonis, filmmaker
Vita
*1968 in Gdansk, lives and works in Cologne since 1990
since 1983 Working in Gdansk as musician and programmer
1990 moved to Cologne, music projects in Gdansk and Cologne
2000 Apprenticeship as IT system electronics engineer, since then self-employed

in the field of IT/web design

2010 AVID editing intensive course Macromedia Academy Munich
since 2011 working as DIT and in postproduction
since 2015 lecturer for postproduction at the Macromedia Academy Cologne
In 2008 we got to know each other and have also been working together since then. 2011 we founded
together:

Trawa Film
since 2011 image films for Agentur Baumeister, V-Architekten and others.
2012 Pull - short film, 29 min,
director/producer/performer

2013 This is Poland, short film, 24 min, mockumentary.

Directed/produced/performed together with Angelika Herta and
Filip Jacobson, Prize Portret Polonia 2013

Festivals: Cinepol Festival, Munich; FiSH Festival, Rostock; Film Polska,
Berlin; Go East, Wiesbaden, Zoomfestival Jelenia Góra, Pl;
Poland Market, Greifswald; Premiere: DokumentART, Neubrandenburg
Szczecin, Pl;
German Film Museum Frankfurt/M.

2015 The Truth about Jutta and Mirek, feature film/serial concept.

supported by the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW
Previews: Filmclub 813, Cologne; Filmfest Schloss Beesenstedt.
2016 Song + animated music video Sag die Wahrheit (Tell the truth)
Festivals: Trondheim Sykkefilmfestival, Norway, TFFC in Limassol, Cyprus,
ShortStopFestival, Romania, International Cycling Film Festival in Herne,
Wiesbaden and Groningen, Netherlands

Online (Short) Movie Festival in Kalmthout, Belgium, Fifes Festival in Zagreb,
Croatia

from 7/2017 171 animated video contributions for WDR 4 Kuttler Digital
2018 Song + Music Video Abashidze 22

Short Visibles II, Moltkerei Cologne; Villa Zanders, Bergisch Gladbach,
Kunstverein Pforzheim, Wackerfabrik Darmstadt
7/2018 onwards 30 animated music videos for WDR 4 Die Eindeutscher.
10/2019 explanatory films for the Westermann Group
from 9/2020 8 animated films for WDR 4 ATTENTION, ATTENTION!

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