• Kreivės 2019

    September 4–8
    Vilnius

  • Barbara Hammer

    Retrospective and introductions


    September 5–7, 7.30 PM, at “Skalvija”

  • Competition Shorts

    12 selected short films in 3 screenings


    September 4–7, at “Skalvija”

Nitrate Kisses

1992 / US / documentary

Director: Barbara Hammer

English with Lithuanian subtitles, 67 min


Cinema “Skalvija”, A. Goštauto g. 2, Vilnius
September 5 — 7.30 PM (presented by Dagmar Brunow, film scholar, lecturer of Linnaeus University)

In her first feature, after decades as a pioneer of lesbian cinema, Barbara Hammer weaves striking images of four contemporary gay and lesbian couples with footage of an unearthed, forbidden, and invisible history, searching eroded emulsions and images for lost vestiges of queer culture. Questions of historic representation are examined through addressing the margins, between-the-line readings, and images outside of prescribed textual boundaries. Archival footage from “Lot In Sodom” (1933), often regarded as the first queer film made in the United States, as well as footage from German narrative and documentary films of the thirties, are interwoven with contemporary footage in this multi-faceted, haunting documentary.

““Nitrate Kisses” questions how history is recorded and encourages the viewer, gay or straight, to save scraps, letters, books, records, and snapshots in order to preserve our “ordinary” lives as history.” – Barbara Hammer