Queersighted: The Ache of Desire

Queersighted: The Ache of Desire

10 Episodes

Queer cinema has existed nearly as long as the movies themselves. You just have to know where to look for it. This new series brings attention to film history through a distinctly queer lens. Rather than provide a history of films featuring lesbian, gay, transgender, or bisexual characters and themes, Queersighted draws out the presence of a non-heteronormative, non-gender-binary cinema that has always existed alongside, parallel, or underneath the status quo. For most of cinema’s century-plus of existence, queer viewers have had to find their reflections in the corners and crevices of film history. Presenting films from around the world, from a diverse selection of filmmakers, this series reckons with that reality, allowing viewers to both see well-known movies in a new light and to discover new films that have been obscured by film history. This first installment, The Ache of Desire, presents a range of movies about that longing feeling that is so specific to the queer experience and to queer cinema itself, alongside a conversation between the series’s programmer, Michael Koresky, author of Film Comment’s Queer & Now & Then column, and film critic and editor Melissa Anderson.

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Queersighted: The Ache of Desire
  • Queersighted: The Ache of Desire

    Episode 1

    The following conversation between Queersighted series programmer Michael Koresky, author of Film Comment’s Queer & Now & Then column, and film critic and editor Melissa Anderson was recorded in 2019.

  • Persona
    Episode 2


    Episode 2

    Directed by Ingmar Bergman • 1966 • Sweden

    By the midsixties, Ingmar Bergman had already conjured many of the cinema's most unforgettable images. But with the radical PERSONA, this supreme artist attained new levels of visual poetry. In the first of a series of legendary performances for Bergman...

  • Les rendez-vous d'Anna

    Episode 3

    Directed by Chantal Akerman • 1978 • France

    In one of Akerman's most penetrating character studies, Anna, an accomplished filmmaker (played by Aurore Clément), makes her way through a series of European cities to promote her latest movie. Via a succession of eerie, exquisitely shot, brief enco...

  • Yentl
    Episode 4


    Episode 4

    Directed by Barbra Streisand • 1983 • Untied States
    Starring Barbra Streisand, Mandy Patinkin, Amy Irving

    Barbra Streisand became the first woman to write, produce, direct, and star in a major Hollywood film with this charming, gender-bending musical adaptation of an Isaac Bashevis Singer story....

  • Desert Hearts

    Episode 5

    Directed by Donna Deitch • 1985 • United States

    Donna Deitch's swooning and sensual first narrative feature, DESERT HEARTS, was groundbreaking upon its release in 1985: a love story about two women, made entirely independently, on a shoestring budget, by a woman. In this 1959-set film, adapted...

  • Happy Together

    Episode 6

    Directed by Wong Kar-wai • 1997 • Hong Kong

    Yiu-Fai and Po-Wing go on vacation to Argentina together, where their relationship and lives start to fall apart as emotions settle in.

  • Mulholland Dr.

    Episode 7

    Directed by David Lynch • 2001 • United States
    Starring Naomi Watts, Laura Harring, Justin Theroux

    A love story in the city of dreams . . .
    Blonde Betty Elms (Naomi Watts) has only just arrived in Hollywood to become a movie star when she meets an enigmatic brunette with amnesia (Laura Harring)...

  • I Don’t Want to Sleep Alone

    Episode 8

    Directed by Tsai Ming-liang • 2006 • Taiwan, Malaysia
    Starring Lee Kang-sheng, Chen Shiang-chyi, Norman Atun

    One of Tsai Ming-Liang’s tenderest films, I DON’T WANT TO SLEEP ALONE finds the filmmaker returning to Malaysia, the country where he grew up. Homeless on the streets of Kuala Lumpur, Hsi...

  • Raging Sun, Raging Sky

    Episode 9

    Directed by Julián Hernández • 2009 • Mexico
    Starring Jorge Becerra, Guillermo Villegas, Javier Oliván

    A passionate exploration of love, sex, and destiny from acclaimed director Julián Hernández, RAGING SUN, RAGING SKY is a transcendent film experience. Kieri and Ryo, two young, handsome Mexican...

  • Stranger By the Lake

    Episode 10

    Directed by Alain Guiraudie • 2013 • France
    Starring Pierre Deladonchamps, Christophe Paou, Patrick d’Assumçao

    The critically acclaimed STRANGER BY THE LAKE has been described as a modern-day Hitchcockican masterpiece. A picturesque cruising spot in the countryside of France sets the scene for t...