Film Info: ROMEOS

ROMEOS

ROMEOS
Scene from ROMEOS (photo © BOOGIEFILM)

20-year-old Lukas is right in the midst of male puberty – medically triggered – for he was in fact born a girl. Full of the zest for life, he enters big-city life but even upon arrival encounters a major screw up: recruited for his community service, he is the only male quartered in the female nurses’ residential hall. What would be a dream for any other boy is acute, everyday stress for Lukas: being transgender means always finding yourself trapped in the wrong social compartment. Fortunately his best friend Ine sticks by him and sweeps him into the scene of homosexuals in Cologne, where she is very well integrated. Here Lukas experiences his first real flirt – with the cheeky, daredevil and outwardly attractive Fabio. Fabio embodies all that Lukas lacks: disproportionately positive self-confidence and highly erotic masculinity. The initial attraction between the two boys gradually develops – until Fabio accesses the secret of Lukas’s identity when suddenly all are compelled to risk something for their feelings.

ROMEOS dares to give a most unusual insight into the subject of transgender and humorously and cheekily sets out to do away with conventional thought on such roles. It is a film about love, friendship and a quite remarkable sexual awakening.


Sabine Bernardi initially studied Political Science, followed by studies at the international film school in Cologne, where she graduated in 2005. Since then, she has been working as a freelance director and writer. A selection of her award-winning films includes: GRETA (short, 2004), LUDMILLA'S LOVE SONG (short, 2005), TRANSFAMILY (documentary, 2005), GG19 - KINDERSICHERUNG (short, 2006), POWERFUL PUNCH (documentary, 2009), ES HAT SICH EINE WELT ERÖFFNET (documentary, 2009), and ROMEOS (2011).
Genre Tragicomedy
Category Feature
Year of Production 2011
Director Sabine Bernardi
Screenplay Sabine Bernardi
Cinematography Moritz Schultheiss
Cast Rick Okon, Maximilian Befort, Liv Lisa Fries, Felix Brocke, Silke Geertz, Gilles Tschudi, Sigrid Burkholder, Johannes Schwab, Tessa Lukat, Ben Gageik, Ralf Rotterdam
Producers Janna Velber, Kristina Löbbert
Production Company Boogiefilm/Cologne, in co-production with ZDF Das kleine Fernsehspiel/Mainz
Length 94 min
Format HD, color, 1:1.85
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Berlin 2011, Seattle 2011, Montreal 2011, Chicago 2011, Chéries-Chéris Paris 2011, Stockholm 2011, Golden Horse Taipei 2011, Tallinn Black Nights 2011
Awards Grand Prix Chéries-Chéris 2011
With backing from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW

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