A winning and original idea is rarely able to find fulfilling expression in "Fucking Different!," a compilation of short films by gay women about gay men and vice versa. Most of the vignettes are unable to rise above cheeky laffs or clumsy shocks, though a handful of the 14 segs offer something more.

A winning and original idea is rarely able to find fulfilling expression in “Fucking Different!,” a compilation of short films by gay women about gay men and vice versa. Most of the vignettes are unable to rise above cheeky laffs or clumsy shocks, though a handful of the 14 segs offer something more. Pre-disposed auds at gay-themed fests will be enthused by both the title and the clever concept, and DVD distribution should be robust through appropriate outlets.

Lesbian-made episodes are generally the more insightful ones, as evidenced by the thought-provoking and humorous “The Other Planet,” a mini-docu which vox-pops clueless gay men about sapphic sex. “Motorcycle in Love,” a visually vibrant piece depicting two lovers riding round Berlin on a motorbike formed of vegetables, exudes the joyous sexual energy of rock videos. The most touching entry is the simple, but effective, “Melancholy Road,” which puts a monologue about a teenage male’s first homosexual experience over a black screen. Other segs run the gamut from jokey art pieces to artless jokes. DV lensing varies in quality, but tech credits are generally abysmal.

Fucking Different!

Germany

Production

A Kristian Petersen Film production. (International sales: Kristian Petersen, Berlin.) Produced by Petersen. Reviewed at Berlin Film Festival (Panorama), Feb. 12, 2005. Running time: 90 MIN. Episodes: Horny Pig Directed, Written, Edited By Heidi Kull, Martina Minette Dreier. Camera (Color, Minidv), Kristian Petersen; Music, Sky Pro-duction. The Other Planet Directed, Written, Edited By Jorg Andreas Polzer. Camera (Color, Minidv), Kristian Petersen, Polzer. From The Heart Directed, Written, Edited By Kristian Petersen. Camera (Color, Minidv), Petersen; Music, Dirk Schafer. Splendor Directed, Written, Edited By Nathalie Percillier. Camera (Color, Minidv), Percillier, Kristian Petersen. Who Is Afraid Of? Directed, Written By Annette Hollywood, Anna Gollwitzer. Camera (Color, Minidv), Hollywood, Gollwitzer; Editor, Hollywood. Blue Box Blues Directed, Written, Edited By Michael Brynntrup. Camera (Color, Minidv), Uwe Bohrer, Brynntrup. Melancholy Road Directed, Written By Waltraud M. Weiland. Camera (Color, Minidv), Weiland. Martina Directed, Written By Jurgen Bruning. Camera (Color, Minidv), Kristian Petersen; Editors, Bruning, Michael Bidner. Calling An Ocean Directed, Written By Isabella Gresser. Camera (Color, Minidv), Gisela Kopp, Valentin Albersmann, Kristian Petersen; Editor, Albersmann; Music, Octet, Johanna Grabsch, Ina Kim. Motorcycle In Love Directed, Written By Juana Dubiel, Eva Brockerhoff. Camera (Color, Minidv), Dubiel; Editor, Valeska Peters; Music, Payback 5; Production Designer, Eva Brockerhoff. Gay Elves Directed, Written By Undine Fromming. Camera (Color, Minidv), Hucky Fin Porzner, Kristian Petersen; Editor, Valeska Pe-ters; Music, Wolfgang Muller, Eridjon Hallgrimsson. The Bike Messenger Directed, Written By Ades Zabel. Camera (Color, Minidv), Kristian Petersen; Editor, Thorben Zoger Music, Stephen Heske. Stardust Lost Directed, Written By Michael Stock. Camera (Color, Minidv), Kristian Petersen; Editor, Fabian Homberg; Music, Madchen-zimmer, Dj Mm. The Hammer Directed, Edited By Peter Oehl, Markus Ludwig. Screenplay, Oehl, Claudia Rodel, Ludwig. Camera (Color, Minidv), Oehl, Ludwig.

With

Horny Pig With: Martina Minette Dreier, Katharina Lattermann, Pepe Boehr, Andre Hohm. The Other Planet With: Rainer Baumann, Daniel Cilento, Christian Himmelspach, Georg Keim. From The Heart With: Julia Hotel, Charlie Romeo. Splendor With: Engin Simsek, Thomas Wakerle. Who Is Afraid Of? With: Annette Hollywood, Anna Gollwitzer. Blue Box Blues With: Joe, Shannon, Paula Rosengarthen Ehlers, Marcel Steger. Melancholy Road Narrator: Peter Beck. Martina With: Bridge Markland, Susanne Sachsse. Calling An Ocean With: Lu Shi, Till Schneider, Jannis R. Motorcycle In Love With: Malte Beckmann, Joachim Von Hinuber. Gay Elves With: Wolfgang Muller, Hrafnkell, Magnus Skarphedinsson. The Bike Messenger With: Ades Zabel, Stefan Kuschner, Stephen Heske, Bob Schneider. Stardust Lost With: Kitty Kitsch, Sarah Elmer, Daniela Speder, Silke Petsold. The Hammer With: Birgit Ullmann, Pauline Marteau.

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