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2011 — 47th Chicago Film Festival

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Netherlands

Club Zeus Club Zeus

First rule of Club Zeus: women feel what they want to feel. This Shanghai male host club caters to the emotional (and sexual) needs of its professional clientele and Leonardo, its youngest host, understands those needs perfectly. But his mentor and “big brother” Sly wants a better future for Leonardo and is willing to pay any price to free him from his duties. Shot in just ten days, Club Zeus is a visually striking exploration of the need for companionship in this digital age.

Mandarin with subtitles, 75 min

Sugar Sugar

When Bert's sexy neighbor pops in to borrow some sugar, a regular situation with a potentially sexual outcome turns instead into his worst nightmare. Bert will do anything - including getting extremely intimate with his neighbor's pink panties. Hilarious, over the top and very saucy.

Dutch, with subtitles, 8 min

Flying Anne Flying Anne

Eleven-year-old Anne is a beautiful girl. The kind of girl you can’t take your eyes off. And the longer you look, the more you see her ‘tics’. Anne suffers from Tourette’s syndrome, which makes her body do things beyond her control. Anne sometimes finds it hard to cope with her illness, especially in school. She’s afraid that others will bully her or laugh at her. Anne therefore tries to keep her tics in check, although that isn’t easy. She prefers ‘flying’ through life, so you won’t notice anything. When flying, she’s at her best. Flying Anne is a beautiful, sensitive portrayal of Anne’s life with her tics. Tics that, in the end, she doesn’t want to lose either...

21min

New Zealand

Meathead Meathead

Michael is a seventeen year-old kid who gets a job at the local meat works. The place is challenging and his fellow workers aren’t exactly welcoming of new blood. It soon becomes clear that this day isn’t going to be about just trying to fit in. His biggest concern will be getting out alive. With outstanding cinematography and sound design and filmed in a real, functional abattoir, it is no surprise that Meat Head was chosen for the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.

11 min

Norway

Oslo, August 31 Oslo, August 31

Nearing the end of drug rehab, the talented and handsome 30-something Anders is given leave to interview for a job in Oslo. He spends the day and night visiting old haunts, reconnecting with friends, and searching for a hint of meaning and hope in the new life ahead of him. Strikingly shot and with a touch of comedy, this homage to the French New Wave presents a compelling study of loneliness and the possibility of redemption.

Norwegian with subtitles, 96 min

Turn Me On, Dammit! Turn Me On, Dammit!

Fifteen-year-old Alma feels trapped in her small Norwegian town. To curb her restlessness and active imagination and to satiate her sexual appetite, Alma regularly calls a phone sex hotline. After an awkward encounter with a crush turns her into a social pariah, Alma decides to run away to Oslo. Funny, quirky and endearing, Turn Me On, Dammit! charmingly captures the ups and downs of teenage sexuality.

Norwegian with subtitles, 76 min