Masculinity and Femininity

Last year the festival looked at the broader issue of identity in general. This year the focus is on the narrower theme of gender identity. After women’s emancipation, the masculinity crisis is becoming an increasingly visible social issue. How should a 21st century man look? And a woman? Some of the films show protagonists who became trapped in stereotypes of masculinity and femininity, while others look at those who break these stereotypes – regardless of age, nationality, or social standing.


Films in category Masculinity and Femininity

Lessons of Love

Jola did exactly what was expected of her for years. She married and raised 6 children. Now she’s leaving the past behind and starting to live again at the age of 69.

Mrs. F.

In Nigeria, it's as if women are not even part of public life. An activist known as "Mrs. F." organises workshops and public appearances at which she tries to help women claim the respect of their community.


Wherein lies the essence of masculinity and femininity? Italian documentarist Adele Tulli seeks the answer in a collage of scenes and situations showing the stereotypical behaviour of men and women in today's Italy.


Freddy is 30 and eager to become a parent. But in his case, this commonplace wish becomes a big challenge. He's a transgender man. The intimate story of a dad who brought his own child into the world.

School of Seduction

The stories of three women attending courses in a Russian seduction school and the development of their romantic life provide a picture of both women and men in contemporary Russian society.

The Bachelor House

Seven Kurdish men living in one flat in Istanbul. Each has his own story but they all share one room, arguments about unwashed dishes, and the longing to stand on their own two feet. Living with a partner is only a dream in this bachelor house.

The Happiest Man on Earth

Finland has recently become famous as a country of emancipated women. Internationally acclaimed creator Joonas Berghäll corrects this reputation with a portrait of overworked, broken, drunk and frustrated Finnish men.

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