Enchanted Festival Unspools Across Germany

by Aaron Krach

Traveling film festivals may be the way of the future. The upcoming
International Gay Lesbian Film Festival Verzaubert '97, will play in five
cities across Germany. Verzaubert, which mean "enchanted", attracted 25,000
viewers last year in four cities and is aiming to become one of the largest
film festivals in the world. The festival opens on November 12th in Munich,
with Gregg Araki's "Doom Generation" and closes December 3rd in Frankfurt
with Monica Pellizzari's "Fistful Of Flies".

Over 100 films will unspool during the festival including Zhang Yuan's "East Palace, West Palace" which was smuggled into Cannes' Un Certain Regard,
several films from the recent IFFM in New York, "Neptune's Rocking Horse" and
"All The Rage", John Greyson's award-winning "Lilies", amer-indies "Kiss Me Guido" and "All Over Me".

Verzaubert is an exception among European festivals in that it survives
without any public funding. In addition, a percentage of its profit is
donated to HIV related projects.