Queer and Present Danger

Myth thing: Dan Futterman and Alan Cumming in Urbania
photo: courtesy of the New Festival
Myth thing: Dan Futterman and Alan Cumming in Urbania

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The 12th New York Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
The New School and the NYU Cantor Film Center
June 1 through 11

The festival's obvious standout, Francois Ozon's Water Drops on Burning Rocks (opening at Film Forum next month), is the French director's adaptation of a play Fassbinder wrote when he was 19 (it was never produced). This delirious, beautifully performed chamber piece is filmed in an impeccable, minimally glossy style evocative of The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant. In Ozon's capable hands, Fassbinder's comically hyperbolized psychosexual mind games still achieve a giddy resonance. Transcending homage and postmodern experiment, Water Drops is also more direct and honest about sexuality and desire than most films in the program would ever think or dare to be.

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