MATADOR by Maurizio von Trapp | World Premiere

in attendance

Matador takes an extreme and experimental approach to a subject so dear to cinema – voyeurism – whilst extending it to a wider context.
The film drives a parallel between pornography and bullfighting in a disjointed narrative reminiscent of dreams. As we watch a bullfighter seductively working the stage in a mixture of dance and sport, we are brought to a parallel underground world, where four women watch a couple having sex. An analogy is created between the spectacles of pornography and bullfighting, raising questions on the audience that is captivated by the entertainment being provided.
The sense of ceremony is widespread, as a nod to humanity’s need to assert themselves as intelligent, thinking things. The film, however, searches for something that goes beyond external exuberance to explore that which we all share: our animalistic instincts. Humans are, after all, an integrant part of the animal kingdom.

about Maurizio von Trapp:

Maurizio Von Trapp was born in Brazil in 1987. From Chilean and Italian descent, he now lives in the UK. In 2011, he completed his Film and TV BA (Hons) studies at the University of the Arts London, having worked in a number of different sectors of the UK film industry throughout his years as a student. His first short film, 1 or 2 Things I Don’t Know About Him, was selected for exhibition at the 2008 edition of the Raindance Film Festival in London. He is currently developing a number of projects, varying from music videos to video installations to short films.

MATADOR will be shown in World Premiere as part of the The Opening Mix II, Thurs 9 10:30pm, in attendance of Maurizio von Trapp

MISS MIA MEOWS by Maurizio von Trapp, another World Premiere, will be screened on Fri 10 10pm (DL Selection II)

8th Berlin International Directors Lounge Film Festival hits “Sternchen”

[DL8], the eighth annual DL (Directors Lounge, but you knew that) event parallel to the Berlinale, is sending out the call to all who want to welcome its coming in a party atmosphere peopled by filmmakers and spectators alike – with a smattering of short film highlights from the coming program and with Biefke and her Kings of Spreedelta giving the beat to keep it all festive. There’ll be a bar to supply the libation, of course, and its all going down at the cult-spot Naherholung Sternchen, just behind the Kino International near Alex (literally a few steps from U-Bahn Schillingstr.). It starts at 20:00 (that’s 8:00 p.m., folks) and ends sometime well past the wee hours. Funny, weird, maybe perplexing short films from around the globe (two blocks’ worth), people like you don’t get to meet every day, live upbeat swing and drinks a-plenty – an event just right for a city in film fever. But different from the usual la-di-da. You’re coming out, right?

The 8th Berlin International Directors Lounge [DL8]

Naherholung Sternchen, Berolinastr. 7, 10178 Berlin
(behind the Kino International/Rathaus Mitte), U Schillingstrasse
Feb 9 – 19, daily from 6pm, free admission till 10pm

Opening Ceremony: Thurs., Feb. 9, 8pm

The daily program


Opening reception, Thursday, 10th of February 8pm – open end

You are cordially invited to the The 7th Berlin International Directors Lounge 2011, 10.-20. Februar
Meinblau, Pfefferberg, Berlin Mitte

the full program here

All screenings free admission  | No accreditation required  | Space is limited, the early bird catches a seat.

art house meinblau, Pfefferberg. (map)
Schoenhauser Allee 176 / Christinenstr. 18, 10119 Berlin
U Senefelder Platz | Tram M8 | Bus 240 | U Rosa-Luxemburg Platz |

Daily from 6pm till dawn. Opening reception Thurs. 10th, 8pm

still from Coleman Miller US Uso Justo 22 min 2005