Queer Fest takes trip back to 1980s

Verzaubert will unspool films across Germany

BERLIN — The 1980s are back in this year’s Verzaubert Queer Film Festival, which kicks off in Berlin Wednesday with a slew of films devoted to the Reagan years.

Rawson Marshall Thurber’s adaptation of Michael Chabon’s “The Mysteries of Pittsburgh,” Gregor Jordan’s “The Informers,” Stian Kristiansen’s Norwegian drama “The Man Who Loved Yngve” and French helmer Gael Morel’s “New Wave” are among the 80s-set titles unspooling at the multi-city fest.

Verzaubert runs March 18-25 in Berlin and then tours Frankfurt, Cologne and Munich through April.

“The Man Who Loved Yngve,” about a straight teenager whose world is turned upside down when he meets the new boy in school as the Berlin Wall collapses in far off Germany, opens the fest, while “The Mysteries of Pittsburgh” closes the event.

Also screening are such U.S. titles as James Vasquez’s ‘Ready’ OK!’, about single mother concerned about her 10-year-old son’s passion for dresses, dolls and cheerleading; Maria Maggenti’s comedy “Puccini for Beginners” and Dan Gildark’s H.P. Lovecraft-inspired “Cthulhu,” about a young professor confronted by the apocalyptic consequences of his father’s New Age cult.

This year’s look back at queer classics include William Friedkin’s “The Boys in the Band” and Philip Saville’s 1988 British pic “The Fruit Machine” (aka Wonderland).

Verzaubert unspools a total of 52 films in addition to its shorts program.

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