German Film Series, Fall 2008 - Sexual Revolutions in German Cinema
Tue, November 18, 2008 • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM • EP Schoch 4.104 Conference Room
Lola and Billy the Kid (E. Kutlug Ataman, 1999)Murat, a young Turk living in Berlin, realizes he's gay, which is problematic given his conservative family background and his homophobic brother Osman, the head of the house. In a bar, Murat meets Lola and his partner Billy, also from a conservative Turkish-German background that dictates the boundaries of their relationship. Lola would like to be more open, to walk the streets with Billy as an out gay couple, but Billy insists that Lola eventually get a sex-change so they can be married. Lola refuses and leaves Billy, returning in desperation to the family that had rejected him. The surprising and tragic ending highlights the tensions between personal liberation on the one hand and the importance of family and tradition on the other.