“A work of bold artistic self-renewal.” - Richard Brody, New Yorker

“Destined to become a cult classic.” - Dan Yakir, Boston Globe

Thursday, February 15, 8:30 p.m. | In the final film before his untimely death, QUERELLE finds Fassbinder pushing his embrace of artifice and taboo-shattering depictions of queer desire to new extremes. Against an expressionistic soundstage backdrop of a French seaport, Fassbinder daringly adapts Jean Genet's novel Querelle of Brest into the tragedy of a handsome sailor as he is drawn into a vortex of sibling rivalry, murder, and explosive sexuality. A deliriously stylized tale of hothouse lust and simmering violence, QUERELLE is a lurid cult classic that showcases Fassbinder's primal and audacious point of view.

Awards & Nominations

Nominee - Golden Lion, Venice Film Festival
Nominee - Worst Original Song, Razzie Awards

Hot & HeavyLeave your inhibitions at the door and unclutch your pearls: the Film Center’s screens are sizzling with the 10 sexually liberated films of Hot & Heavy. A carnal exploration of desire, passion, and physical dexterity, Hot & Heavy encourages audiences to indulge in the eroticnot as forbidden fruit, but in a celebratory embrace of what turns us on in a safe space that respectfully recognizes the cinematic power of all things bodily bawdy. Content consideration: these films contain explicit sexual content (obviously). View full series.

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The Film Center is ADA accessible. This presentation will be projected without open captions. The theater is hearing-loop equipped. For accessibility requests, please email filmcenter@saic.edu