AMERICAN VAGABOND

VAGABONDUL AMERICAN


Finland / Denmark, 2013 , 85'
Susanna Helke

ORIGINAL TITLE

AMERICAN VAGABOND


CATEGORY

Love is a human right

SYNOPSIS

“James had a boyfriend. My husband and I were devastated. To us, it was like a disease.”

“I remember telling my father one day that I was suicidal. He walked into his cabinet, took out his gun, handed it to me and said ‘show me.’”

How can one be gay in Middle America? When James’s father does not accept his homosexuality, he runs to San Francisco (‘the gayest city in the world’) with his boyfriend, Tyler. Rather than finding a gay community, they end up sleeping rough and struggling to make do alongside other homeless youths. What follows is a combination of hunger, loneliness, and a desperate if short-lived descent into prostitution. 
Director Susanna Helke started the American Vagabond project when she learned that 20-40% of homeless youths in big American cities identify as sexual minorities. The title of the film is an homage to Agnčs Varda’s fictionalized story Vagabond (1985). A film fit for the big screen, with atmospheric camerawork and memorable music, American Vagabond was selected for the Masters section at IDFA Amsterdam 2013.

FULL PROGRAM

22 March, 18:00, Cinema Studio

23 March, 17:00, Muzeul National al Taranului Roman

VO

English

SUBTITLES

Romanian

PRODUCER

For Real Productions

AWARDS AND FESTIVALS

Visions du Reel – International Documentary Film Festival, Switzerland, 2013

DOK Leipzig International Documentary Film Festival, Germany, 2013

RIDM – Montreal International Documentary Festival, Canada, 2013

Q Hugo Jury Special Prize - Chicago International Film Festival, USA, 2013

Documentary Film Jury Award - Rochester ImageOut Festival, USA, 2013

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