Nov 24 — Dec 16, 2012
Kunsternes Hus, Oslo


Curing Normality

By invitation from Kunstnernes Hus, FRANK has curated a film program and speakers series to celebrate the 40-year anniversary of the decriminalization of homosexuality in Norway. The films, videos and speakers reflect a variety of topics that address the complexities of gender, power and desire from the early 60s until today.


Saturday, Nov 24
16.00 - 18.00

Make Way
— On communities and subcultures

Paris is Burning
Jennie Livingstone, 1990, 71 min

Paris is Burning is a documentary that chronicles the drag scene in New York City in the mid and late 1980s, focusing on the ball culture. This heart-breaking, entertaining camp chronicle of a marginalized community presents a complex performance of gender, class and race. The film won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 1990.

Jessica Gysel has a fascination for scenes and subcultures, making them the red line throughout her practice as a content editor. In 2005, she founded Girls Like Us Magazine as an antidote to the vanilla representation of contemporary lesbian culture. Gysel will introduce Paris is Burning based on an interview with the filmmaker Jennie Livingston published in Girls Like Us in 2010.



Sunday, Dec 02
16.00 - 18.00

Break Out
— Beyond binaries

Mariah Garnett
2011, 20 min

The filmmaker sets out to make a movie about Catalina de Erauso, a nun-turned-conquistador from the 16th century, but soon becomes side-tracked. She develops a relationship with a 10-year old during the casting process, and the film turns in on itself. Multiple strategies and media are employed to challenge binary notions – of gender, of narrative structure, of documentary convention, of age, time and history.

Ester Martin Bergsmark
2012, 78 min

Ester Martin Bergsmark follows the writer Eli Levén,"someone who dares to be more than just a boy or a girl." Self-described as a pojktante (Boy Hag-Lady), Eli Levén refuses to conform to the binary gender system. The film weaves together intimate bath time conversations between Bergsmark and Levén with various personal interpretations of Eli Levén's life as Pojktanten.

Esben Esther Pirelli Benestad is a Norwegian physician, sexologist, and an Associate Professor of Sexology at the University of Agder. Pirelli Benestad is known as one of Norway's most prominent trans persons through his long engagement in gender politics. Benestad will introduce the film Pojktanten.



Sunday, Dec 09
16.00 - 18.00

Look Back
— Suppression of the truth is the suggestion of falsehood

The Children's Hour
William Wyler, 1961, 107 min

An American drama film inspired by the true story of two Scottish school teachers whose lives were destroyed when one of their students accused them of engaging in a lesbian relationship. In the film, a malicious student at the school accuses the two of being lesbians and spreads the gossip to the parents of the students who withdraw their children from the school. The lie has dramatic consequences. Starring Audrey Hepburn and Shirley MacLaine, the film was nominated for five Oscars.

Gerd Brantenberg is a feminist author who has criticized patriarchy, heteronormative society and capitalism for the last three decades. She published her first book, Opp alle jordens homofile, in 1973 where she satirically describes how it was to live as a homosexual in the 60s. In 1977, Brantenberg published Egalias Døtre, a book that became Norway's largest international success in the 70s and 80s. Brantenberg will introduce the film The Children's Hour.



Sunday, Dec 16
16.00 - 18.00

Rise Up
— Stories of revolts and resistance

Born in Flames
Lizzie Borden
1983, 86 min

This documentary-style feminist science fiction film explores racism, classicism, sexism and heterosexism in an imagined United States socialist democracy. In a future New York City, a group of furious feminists decide to take the revolution further through direct action and radical interventions.

Amal Aden (pseudonym) is a Norwegian-Somali writer noted in Norway for her strong criticism of Norwegian integration and immigration policy. She is the author of several books that discuss ethnicity, integration and equality. Her new book, Om håpet glipper, er alt tapt, is a personal account of being a double-minority and a story of other homosexual refugees and their struggles for acceptance.