What a wonderful US Premiere we had in New York! This time we had a pre reception party accommodated by the Museum of Sex, which generously helped us before filming some scenes for the movie. After that, we screened at SVA Theatre. The reactions were very great and emotional. Not only Georg and Mollena attended, but also many of the people who took part in our interviews and helped making this happen. And just in case you missed the Premiere, you still can rewatch the well Moderated Q&A here.
On Sunday 28th October, THE ARTIST & THE PERVERT celebrated its German premier at the 13th Pornfilmfestival in Berlin. The film was invited to be part of the festival as the closing film. After three simultaneous and sold-out screenings, filmmakers Beatrice Behn & René Gebhardt were awarded the BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE award. Next stop: The US. Premiere at the DocNYC Festival.
We had our UK premiere at the 26th Raindance Film Festival in London! The screening was around the corner of the famous Picadilly Circus at VUE Cinema. The Festival nominated us for Best Documentary Feature and the Festival Founder Elliot Grove highlighted The Artist & The Pervert as one of his five festival Highlights! It was a great delight to see british audience enjoying Georg and Mollenas life and their humor and answering their thoughtful questions at the Q&A afterwards.
Oh, Holland Festival! You were great. We had a sold out screening with loads of people still trying to get in. It was a wonderful experience and yet another long Q&A that continued for hours outside the cinema. It’s so wonderful to see how many people feel moved by this film, how many are happy to see people portraited who are – for a change – not young, white, thin, vanilla etc. Representation is important. Cinema is too.
–> Due to popular demand Holland Festival decided to schedule an encore screening!
The North American premiere at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival was incredible. We had a full house, an amazing and responsive audience who laughed and loved with us through the entire film. And on the second screening, we got standing ovations! It was beautiful. We feel fulfilled and happy and with hope that our small but passionate film will keep on travelling to other film festivals very soon. But for now: thank you for all the love, dear Hot Docs & Canadians!
THE ARTIST & THE PERVERT celebrated its world premiere at the 20th Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival to a full house at Stavros Tornes cinema. Both screenings were very well received and sold out.
The film drew a big, curious crowd asking many questions and discussing vividly the film and the controversial and radical nature of the portrayed relationship of Georg & Mollena. The 50 minutes record for longest Q&A in the festivals history was shattered within 27 hours, by the second screening with 65 minutes.