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Talk Straight - The World of Rural Queers (Ich kenn keinen - Allein unter Heteros)

Talk Straight - The World of Rural Queers
Scenes from "Talk Straight" (photo © Galeria Alaska Productions)

In big cities, discrimination against homosexuality and the gay way of life is not a big issue anymore. Gay mayors and football club association presidents are no longer colorful exceptions to the rule, rather they have become an expression of normality. In rural areas, however, the definition of what is “normal” is quite different. Out here, normal means a husband, wife and children "the nuclear family". In the country, expressions such as "proofter" are still common parlance and mothers are ashamed if their sons fail to bring home a girlfriend.

Hartmut, Richard, Stefan and Uwe are all gay men who live in the country. They punctuate their rural existence with brief but regular sojourns to Berlin, Zurich or Thailand. These four men have learned to live with the fact that their lifestyle is met with a volley of abuse from their heterosexual friends and acquaintances in the church choir and at the local pub.

Talk Straight – The World of Rural Queers provides an insight into a largely unknown world. The audience follows the lives of the protagonists via the comments of their heterosexual environment. Expressed in the local dialect, the often comical and surprising comments on homosexuality demonstrate just how deep the gulf is between what is supposedly normal and what comprises a deviation from the norm. The film provides a bitterly comical portrait of a heterosexual perspective on gay men in Germany's country towns.
Genre Society
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2003
Director Jochen Hick
Screenplay Jochen Hick
Cinematography Jochen Hick
Florian Koehler
Jan Tilman Schade, Klaus Wagner
Cast Hartmut Alber, Stefan Braun, Uwe Furtwaengler, Erika Micale, Richard
Producer Jochen Hick
Production Company Galeria Alaska Productions, Hamburg/Stuttgart, in cooperation with 3sat/Mainz, ZDF
Runtime 99 min
Format 35 mm, color
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Stereo
Festivals Berlin 2003, Selb 2003, Zurich 2003, Documentary Film Festival Munich 2003, Vienna 2003, Bogota/Medelin 2003, Melbourne 2003, Helsinki 2003, Rio 2003, Goteborg 2004
Awards Teddy Award for Best Documentary Berlin 2003
With backing from MFG Baden-Wuerttemberg, FilmFoerderung Hamburg

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