Mirek Balonis, Jutta Riedel





Runtime, min



Animation, Documentary, Experimental, Biography, Educational, Gender Equality, History, Human Rights, LGBT, Politics, Social, 2D, Animated Objects, Ink on Paper, Photocopies






Faggot as a swear word: gay sow, the stupid faggot, faggy gait, faggy posture, the broken wrist. Loud gays, colorfully dressed, shrill, can they present the gays?.. asks Volker in the film. The documentary was discussed very controversially in the program a document of gay history, gay solidarity and gay self-confidence. At the same time, there was ... concern that a part of the queer community will feel hurt by certain parts of the film... Hamburg International Queer Film Festival ...It made me cry, especially when it came to the topic of parents - rejection, distance, getting closer again, taking care of old parents, saying goodbye... the different aspects of being gay... A tribute to friendship and solidarity - even if it wasn't always there in the times of the HIV panic. Maria Dünnwald I am moved enthusiastic dynamized.... political film at its best... finally the audience was not underestimated for once, without a lecturing gesture.... Afterwards you can breathe more freely. Claudia Reiche ... a lot of creativity, perseverance, good humor and cherry brandy.... I think the film transports this belief in the good and beautiful in the faggot, in the human being.... In addition, of course, it reflects a piece of contemporary history! Matthias Möbius ...Very impressed! The animated drawings and the music make the whole thing a contemporary historical document in idiosyncratic narrative, which I find valuable! And important for our time today! Barbara Nestler Voice from the Hamburg premiere audience: I would also like to have a Bollenmädelsgruppe - a group of people that accompanies you through life and where you stand by each other despite all your differences.


SCRIPT: Mirek Balonis, PHOTOGRAPHY: Mirek Balonis, ART: Mirek Balonis, EDITING: Mirek Balonis, SOUND: Mirek Balonis, ANIMATION: Mirek Balonis, MUSIC: Mirek Balonis

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Festival Awards:

Selected: Hamburg International Queer Film Festival Brussels Capital Film Festival. Awarded: Brussels Capital Film Festival - Best Documentary



Official Selections 


Mirek Balonis, Jutta Riedel

Smiling Girl

*1968 in Gdansk, lives and works in Cologne since 1990 since 1983 Working in Gdansk as musician and programmer 1990 moved to Cologne, music projects in Gdansk and Cologne 2000 Apprenticeship as IT system electronics engineer, since then self-employed in the field of IT/web design 2010 AVID editing intensive course Macromedia Academy Munich since 2011 working as DIT and in postproduction since 2015 lecturer for postproduction at the Macromedia Academy Cologne In 2008 we got to know each other and have also been working together since then. 2011 we founded together: Trawa Film since 2011 image films for Agentur Baumeister, V-Architekten and others. 2012 Pull - short film, 29 min, director/producer/performer 2013 This is Poland, short film, 24 min, mockumentary. Directed/produced/performed together with Angelika Herta and Filip Jacobson, Prize Portret Polonia 2013 Festivals: Cinepol Festival, Munich; FiSH Festival, Rostock; Film Polska, Berlin; Go East, Wiesbaden, Zoomfestival Jelenia Góra, Pl; Poland Market, Greifswald; Premiere: DokumentART, Neubrandenburg Szczecin, Pl; German Film Museum Frankfurt/M. 2015 The Truth about Jutta and Mirek, feature film/serial concept. supported by the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW Previews: Filmclub 813, Cologne; Filmfest Schloss Beesenstedt. 2016 Song + animated music video Sag die Wahrheit (Tell the truth) Festivals: Trondheim Sykkefilmfestival, Norway, TFFC in Limassol, Cyprus, ShortStopFestival, Romania, International Cycling Film Festival in Herne, Wiesbaden and Groningen, Netherlands Online (Short) Movie Festival in Kalmthout, Belgium, Fifes Festival in Zagreb, Croatia from 7/2017 171 animated video contributions for WDR 4 Kuttler Digital 2018 Song + Music Video Abashidze 22 Short Visibles II, Moltkerei Cologne; Villa Zanders, Bergisch Gladbach, Kunstverein Pforzheim, Wackerfabrik Darmstadt 7/2018 onwards 30 animated music videos for WDR 4 Die Eindeutscher. 10/2019 explanatory films for the Westermann Group from 9/2020 8 animated films for WDR 4 ATTENTION, ATTENTION!

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