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Film Screening: Mario, Directed by Marcel Gisler

October 24, 2018
8:00 pm

Screening of "Mario" (CH 2018, Swiss-German, German/English Subtitles, 119min) Since 1985, Marcel Gisler has been producing remarkable films celebrating international success. Gisler is an exceptional phenomenon: living in Berlin, he has been the most significant Swiss voice in Queer cinema for over 20 years. In collaboration with Frameline San Francisco, the Pink Apple Film Festival Zurich, the largest and most important LGBT film festival in Switzerland, organizes screenings of Marcel Gisler's four latest works. Mario When Leon, a talented striker newly arrived from a soccer team in Germany, shows up in the locker room of his new Swiss club, he causes both suspicion and admiration from his teammates. But he attracts something more in his assigned roommate Mario, and the pair develop an intense bond—not only as the team’s top prospects for advancing to an elite professional league, but also as clandestine lovers. For career-minded Mario, the secret affair stands to threaten everything that’s at stake in the tradition-bound and image-conscious world of professional sports: sponsorship deals, a long pro career, the approval of his nearby parents and manager, and his friendship with Jenny, the childhood pal who, up to now, has consented to play the part of his girlfriend in public. As the pressure builds for Mario to conform or to surrender to what he worries is an impossible love, he and those around him will have to decide by whose rules they will lead their lives. On Wednesday, October 24, 6pm you also have the opportunity to attend a unique encounter with Marcel Gisler.



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