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Eismayer + The Rev + online Q&A
Institute of Contemporary Arts
Eismayer, dir David Wagner, Austria 2023, 87 mins, German with English subtitles.

Inspired by true events, David Wagner’s acclaimed drama Eismayer tells the story of a secretly gay Military officer whose tough façade conceals a clandestine double life. Sergeant Major Charles Eismayer (Gerhard Liebmann) is known and feared as the toughest training officer in the Austrian Armed Forces, ruthless with recruits and unwavering in his discipline, order and machismo. But when he unexpectedly starts to fall in love with Falak, a recruit who unashamedly embraces his homosexuality, Eismayer’s closeted existence is shaken to the core as he is forced to reconcile his fierce masculine identity with desire for another man.

Preceded by short film The Rev

The Rev, dir Fabia Martin, UK, 15 mins, English 

Once, Neil Marlow's life was a spontaneous festival of frivolity, friends and funk music. Now, it's one of OAPs, weekly bingo and ready-meals. Neil Marlow (aka The Rev), has chosen a life of the cloth above a life of liberalism and like so many before him he is convinced that his sexuality and extroverted personality is incompatible with his religious beliefs. This is the story of that struggle. The struggle of repression and rejection, of the vain attempt to leave a part of himself behind in the belief that he will somehow be happier if he inhibits his true self. 

This screening will be followed by a live zoom Q&A with lead actors Gerhard Liebmann and Luka Dimic.

All films are ad-free and 18+ unless otherwise stated, and start with a 10 min. curated selection of trailers.

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