Pirate Boys

a film by Pol Merchan

Pirate Boys

Germany | 2018 | 13:10 min

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Biography / Portrait Gender

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Documentary Experimental Short film
Kathy Acker's writing, and a seminal portrait of her taken by intersex photographer Del LaGrace Volcano, provide a lens through which to explore trans subjectivity and the queering of cinema. Pol Merchan's hybrid doc fluidly moves from the documentation of the punk era to a more performative exploration of gender. (Eileen Arandiga, Hot Docs)
25th Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival (Official Selection) - Toronto, Canada
64. Int. Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen (German Competition) - Oberhausen, Germany
13th XPOSED International Queer Film Festival (Official Selection) - Berlin, Germany
46th Huesca International Film Festival (Official Selection) - Huesca, Spain
21st Festival Internacional de Cine Guanajuato (Official Selection) - Guanajuato, Mexico
29th Sao Paulo International Short Film Festival (Official Selection) - Sao Paulo, Brasil
IFFF Dortmund | Köln
Cast and Crew
  • Director Pol Merchan
  • Producer Nadja Krueger, Pol Merchan
  • Screenwriter Pol Merchan
  • Director of Photography Zara Zandieh, Nadja Krueger
  • Actor Del LaGrace Volcano, Pol Merchan, Eric Llaveria, Henri Steeg, Ruvel Kovalevsky
  • Editor Ginés Olivares
  • Score Manuela Schininá
Pol Merchan was born in Lleida, Spain, in 1980. In 2007, he obtained a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Barcelona and in 2014 an MA in Art in Context from the Berlin University of Arts. Merchan lives and works in Berlin as an artist and filmmaker. His work has been seen internationally in art galleries and museums including Museo Reina Sofía - Madrid, Contemporary Culture Centre of Barcelona, Àngels Barcelona Gallery, Art Centre of La Panera - Lleida, Contemporary Art Centre - Vilnius, District Kunst und Kulturförderung - Berlin, Kunstraum Bethanien - Berlin, as well as at numerous Internationally Film Festivals such Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, Int. Kurz Fillmtage Oberhausen, Stuttgarter Filmwinter Festival for Expanded Media, Kurz Filmfestival Köln, International Short Film Week Regensburg, Festival Cine Independiente L’Alternativa Barcelona, Haverhill Experimental Film Festival, International Queer Film Festival Lisboa or MIX NYC - New York Queer Experimental Film Festival.
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