Director: Levan Akin, Georgia, Sweden, 105 min

Merab has lived for Georgian dance since his early youth and trains with his partner Mary in the National Ensemble of Tbilisi. Apart from daily ballet lessons and occasional dates with Mary, he has hardly any time for himself, especially when he has to take care of his chaotic brother. But his world falls apart when the charismatic Irakli joins the ensemble. Not only does he become Merab's biggest rival for a permanent position, but he also awakens Merab’s sexual desire. Levan Akin develops the story in a field of tension of hardness and devotion, passion and mercilessness against the background of a society marked by homophobia.

The Jury 2019

Edith Ahmann

Chief executive of the Women's and Girls' Health Centre in the region of Hannover, speaker on the topics of trans*- and intersexuality, the human body, health, resilience and self-care.

Lucie Veith

Inter*-network coordinator in Lower Saxony and on the board of its state association for intersexuality. She also directs the human rights work of the Federal Association of Intersexual People.

Mirja Janine Sachs

Member of the board of the Queer Network Lower Saxony for the sector of trans* and head of the support group Trans*parenz in Hannover.

Christopher Kühne

Member of the programme department of the 23rd edition of Perlen – Queer Film Festival in Hannover. He is involved in the enquiry, selection and ordering of feature films and short films, graphics and layout.

Jan Künemund

A media scholar, film journalist and curator. He has worked for Spiegel Online, Freitag, Taz and Filmdienst. Wrote a dissertation about Queer Cinema. Part of the selectionpanel for the Filmweek Duisburg since 2019 and an advisorfor the Berlinale-Forum.

2018: NINA

Olga Chajdas, Polen 2018, 130 Min.

Nina and Wojtek are a mismatched couple looking for a suitable surrogate mother for the child they hope will save their relationship. One day they both meet Magda and it seems they have found the ideal candidate. Things get more complicated, when Nina suddenly feels attracted to Magda. Nina is a story about an unexpected, difficult love and complicated decisions, in which winners and losers are on the same side and where the world is not divided into good and evil or hetero- and homosexuals. This perfect film debut paints a sensitive portrait of a strong but confused woman, trapped in her role as wife and daughter.

The Jury 2018

Responsible advisor for the interests as well as the acceptance and support of LSBTI*.
Lower Saxonian Ministry for Social Matters, Health and Equality.

Perlen Team in Hanover; participation in the request for, and selecting and ordering of feature films and short films graphics and layout.

State coordinator in the QNN for MOSAIK Health - a project for lesbian, bisexual and queer women* in Lower Saxony.

Olsdal is Bassist of the alternative rock band Placebo and speaks up for the LGBTQI* community. In all countries (even where beeing different becomes a problem), he plays the bass guitar, which he has painted in the Rainbow colours.

Has been the state coordinator at TiN | Trans* in Lower Saxony since September 2017. In addition, she is actively engaged in voluntary activity for varous trans* connections.

Network coordinator for the interests of intersexual people in Lower Saxony, Inter* and human rights activist; in 2017 she was given the national award of the Federal Antidiscrimination Centre. Lucie Veith lives and works in Schortens-Grafschaft in Friesia.