Film Series Queer Kino

Coming Out (1989) © DEFA Stiftung, Wolfgang Fritsche


Quad Cinema

34 West 13th Street
New York, NY 10011

Matthias Freihof in Heiner Carow's Coming Out (1989)

The title of Rosa von Praunheim’s 1971 film summed it up: It Is Not the Homosexual Who Is Perverse, But the Society in Which He Lives. The film became a rallying call, kickstarting the West German Gay liberation movement in earnest. R.W. Fassbinder and Werner Schroeter had already blazed the trail and in the years following, Queer Cinema thrived in the realm of the German art film. For World Pride Month, we present a selection of German arthouse stand outs.

Co-presented with Quad Cinema, in collaboration with Wieland Speck. 

This event is part of the Goethe-Institut New York’s “Queer as German Folk” series, with which we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots in 2019 as a milestone in the fight for gender diversity and equality.


Dir. Frank Ripploh
1980, West Germany, 95 min
June 21, 10:30pm
June 27, 4:40pm

FOX AND HIS FRIENDS / Faustrecht der Freiheit
Dir. Rainer Werner Fassbinder
1975, West Germany, 123 min
June 22, 4:40pm

Dir. Rainer Werner Fassbinder
1982, West Germany, 107 min
June 22, 9:15pm
June 25, 8:30pm

MADAME X: AN ABSOLUTE RULER / Madame X – Eine absolute Herrscherin
Dir. Ulrike Ottinger
1977, West Germany, 141 min
June 23, 5:10pm

Dir. Wieland Speck
1985, West Germany, 95 min
June 24, 6:45pm

Dir. Heiner Carow
1989, East Germany, 112 min
June 24, 8:40pm

SEDUCTION. THE CRUEL WOMAN / Verführung: Die grausame Frau
Dir. Elfi Mikesch/Monika Treut
1985, West Germany, 84 min
June 25, 6:45pm

THE END OF THE RAINBOW / Das Ende des Regenbogens
Dir. Uwe Frießner
1979, West Germany, 107 min
June 26, 9:10pm

A VIRUS KNOWS NO MORALS / Ein Virus kennt keine Moral
Dir. Rosa von Praunheim
1986, West Germany, 84 min
June 27, 6:40pm


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