Direction: Paul B. Preciado
France 2023, 98', French version with German and English subtitles, FSK 12
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Orlando, my political biography
OT: Orlando, ma biographie politique
Virginia Woolf’s 'Orlando' tells the story of a young man who grows up to become a 36-year-old woman. Almost a century after its publication, Paul B. Preciado speaks to Virginia Woolf to tell her that her fictional character has become a reality. The transition of Orlando’s body now lies at the root of all non-binary bodies and there are Orlandos all over the world. Through the authentic voices of other young bodies undergoing metamorphosis, Preciado retraces the stages of his personal transformation through a poetic journey in which life, writing, theory and image merge freely in the search for truth. Every Orlando, he says, is a transgender person who is risking his, her or their life on a daily basis as they find themselves forced to confront government laws, history and psychiatry, as well as traditional notions of the family and the power of multinational pharmaceutical companies. But if “male” and “female” are ultimately political and social fictions, Orlando, My Political Biography, shows us that change is no longer just about gender, but also about poetry, love and skin colour.
For his resistant, intimate, poetic, thoroughly queer film, Preciado was celebrated at the Berlinale and awarded the Special Prize of the Encounters Jury (ex aequo), the Teddy for Best Documentary and the Prize of the Tagesspiegel Readers' Jury.
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