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Kiss, Cuddle and Celebrate (Knutschen, Kuscheln, Jubilieren)

Kiss, Cuddle and Celebrate

Old people who do not live with their families are often lonely, but those who have lived a lie all their lives and repressed their homosexual desires are even more insecure. People like these usually live in large towns or in high rise apartments where a weekly meeting with a boy is not so conspicuous. This documentary focuses on the lives and philosophy of five elderly homosexuals. The film's main location is their local bar called "Le Clou". This is where a group of elderly men are able to live life to the full, for here there are no restrictions, no bounds; the men who meet at "Le Clou" have already missed out on so much and are desperate to make the most of everything. Their need to savour the pleasures of the moment, to give vent to their passions shamelessly, can be excessive and can descend into nightmarish breakdowns, jealousy, resentment and despair. The bar becomes a living room for all kinds of emotions, big and small.

Peter Kern was born in 1949 in Vienna and was a singer in the famous Vienna Boys Choir. He began working with Fassbinder in 1973 and won a German Film Award in 1978 for his performances in Hitler - Ein Film aus Deutschland and Flammende Herzen. He appeared as an actor in numerous films, including Werner Schroeter's Malina and Monika Treut's Let's Talk About Sex. A selection of his films as as director includes: Die Bootsmaenner von Pagsanjan and Die Wasserlilie blueht nicht mehr (both in co-direction with Karsten Peters, 1980), Crazy Boys (Eine Handvoll Vergnuegen, 1989), Hab ich nur Deine Liebe (1989), Solange ich fliehen kann noch, da schuetze ich mich (1990), Sex, Lear und Schroeter (1990), Street Kid (Gossenkind, 1991), Ein fetter Film (1992), Truth and Dare - Ishmael Bernal (1993), Einer flog uebers Arbeitsamt (TV, 1993), Domenica (1993), Schmetterling im Dunkeln (1995), Der Langsame Tod des... (1996), Kiss, Cuddle and Celebrate (Knutschen, Kuscheln, Jubilieren, 1998), Searching For Life (Suche nach Leben, 1998), Fifty-Fifty (2000), Hamlet - This Is Your Family (2001), and 1. April 2021 (2002), among others.
Genre Society
Category Docu-Fiction
Year of Production 1998
Director Peter Kern
Screenplay Peter Kern
Cinematography Sven Kierst
Jean Christoph Burger
Die toten Hosen
Cast Udo Jermann, Wolfgang Rendat, Peter Jansen, Juergen Wolf
Producers Elke Peters, Peter Kern, Joao Pedrosa
Production Company Alma Film/Hamminkeln, in co-production with Bremer Institut Film/Fernsehen, Bremen
Length 87 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Mono
Festivals Berlin 1998 (Panorama)
With backing from Filmbuero NW

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