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Queer Diaries

An intimate and picaresque inquiry into Gay life.
A mixture of documentary, diary and personal fiction, Queer Diaries is a sensitive and philosophical journey. For the starting point of an unfinished film, a filmmaker lives, travels and records his memories in the shape of audiovisual poems and short stories. The result is a political manifesto in favor of queerness. What are the models of family and happiness that we follow? What movies shall we make for the new world?

  • S Giralt
  • S Giralt
  • Fede Carol
  • S Giralt
  • S Giralt
    Key Cast
    "Federico Carol"
  • Fede Carol
    Key Cast
    "Federico Carol"
  • Julio Rojas
    Key Cast
    "Federico Carol"
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Diarios queer
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental
  • Genres:
    lgtbq, experimental, travel
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 30 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    March 20, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    100,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
    Argentina, Austria, Canada, Greece, Spain, United States
  • Language:
    English, Spanish
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  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • LesGaiCineMad
    October 20, 2020
    Official Selection
    Buenos Aires
    March 20, 2021
Distribution Information
  • Los Griegos Media
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - S Giralt

S Giralt
1977, Venado Tuerto, Argentina.
S Giralt is a open queer director and writer from Argentina, a prominent active figure in arts scene and LGTBQI+ struggles.
Studied film at the Universidad del Cine and started them career as a writer.
Giralt co-wrote Los Rubios (2002) Gemini (2005) -which was premiered at the Cannes Directors‘ Fortnight- and Lamb of God (2008), which opened the 37th Rotterdam Film Festival .
Together with Fede Carol, Giralt runs the production company Los Griegos Media.
Wrote, directed and produced several films, comedies like UPA! saga and Primavera, cutting edge dramas like Before Opening Night and Anagrams, lgtbqi+ movies like Jess & James and Queer Diaries.

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Director Statement

“In a world saturated with moving images… What type of films shall I do?”
My Personal Diary

Queer Diaries is a documentary project, a diary and an experiment in a reflective “fiction of the self” or “auto-fiction” as it is called in Spanish and French.
I am a multidisciplinary artist and beside my films I’ve written two novels and, not printed yet, many notebooks with personal diaries.
One day, confronted with a lot of audiovisual material from my personal life that was sleeping inside a hard drive I decided to make a “movie diary” with all those materials.
The films starts with fragments of image and sound from a film that was rejected by a committee of filmmakers who counselled for the National Film Institute. The name of this films was “Happy Family”, it had the support of the LGTTBQI organism named CHA and the State Office Against Discrimination (INADI). Regardless of these supportive institutions, a group of colleague filmmakers voted against it. Was it an act of homophobia? Was it a mistake? The fragments speak for themselves and have a vibrant vitality. It was a film that questioned the traditional idea of happiness and family and departed from the question that opens Leo Tolstoi’s fabulous novel Anna Karenina: “All happy families are alike.” All happy families are alike?, I wondered.
From that point of departure, I started editing different materials from my own personal biography. As a filmmaker, I have many recorded documents of my life as a gay man: my wedding, a few Pride Parades, some lovers and some trips around the US and Europe.
Could these personal fragments tell a universal story about gay culture? What can contemporary film be but a memory of a human being’s experience in this world?
Following the paths opened by Jonas Mekas, Agnès Varda, Jonathan Caouette and Gastón Solnicki, I decided to edit the material and create a fragmentary narrative with recording of events, fragments of my written diaries and a collaboration with a Graphic Designer and Electronic Musician.
Queer Diaries is the result of 8 years of work, of editing, of life, of experience. I’ve had a revelation doing this film so I’m certain this is only the first instalment of a series of Queer Diaries including, as well, many formats, as a film, published books and an art installation.
Queer Diaries’ themes are many: queer love, identity, ways of building a family, what leads to happiness, films and truth. It’s a poetry book, a diary and none of that at the same time.