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Special Events ArchiveWicked Queer 2017

ENCORE: Discreet

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Encore Screening!

With Special Guest Director Travis Mathews

Directed by Travis Mathews | 1h 20m | English | Mystery, Thriller, Drama

Bacon sizzling in fat, a young woman thanking the subscribers of her YouTube channel, a corpse neatly wrapped up in black garbage bags and floating down a river – as clear as the first few images of Travis Mathews’ mystery thriller may be, the connections only become clearer gradually, as if they were emerging from the subconscious. This elliptically edited story, which revolves around a man who can no longer be described as young, is accompanied by an eerie soundscape. Filmmaker Alex lives in a van. He sets up his camera in rural areas in the US, in the no-man’s land near highways.

During a visit to his mother, a former alcoholic, she shares with him a well-kept secret. There is also a small boy, with whom Alex develops an unexpectedly close relationship. Director Mathews chronicles a modern day gay existence in the West – from anonymous sex to heterosexual porn in a sex bar cabin, or as a service in a motel room. A small house and a life on the margins of society. Meanwhile, on the radio, we are treated to a steady stream of right-wing slogans against everything that is not white and heterosexual, here in Texas. Desc. courtesy of the Berlin International Film Festival.

“A dizzying cinematic reckoning, its finger on the pulse of the American zeitgeist.” – Michael Stipe

“Perhaps the first queer film to directly address the subject of alt-right influence on outsider identity in middle America.” – Variety

“Tension builds rhythmically to a chilling conclusion… Mathews takes a decisive leap forward.” – Indiewire