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Traversing the gender binary: exploring 'new' Scandinavian trans cinema
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Centre for Fashion Studies.
2015 (English)In: Journal of Scandinavian Cinema, ISSN 2042-7891, E-ISSN 2042-7905, Vol. 5, no 2, 169-182 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In 2002, Norwegian film-maker Even Benestad’s documentary Alt om min far/All About My Father (2002), featuring Benestad together with his transvestite father, premiered at several film festivals. The film soon won several awards, and was nominated for many more. It can be classified as a foundational piece within a Scandinavian context: it blazed the way for other more genuine, more serious, representations of transgender issues on film. Investigating the trans cinema that has come out of Scandinavia in the aftermath of Benestad’s film, this article relates this cinema to the New Queer Cinema and to recent social changes regarding political, medical and legal discourses and possibilities for transgender individuals. The films discussed include Alt om min far/All About My Father (Benestad, 2002); En soap/A soap (Christensen, 2006); Ångrarna/Regretters (Lindeen, 2010); Pojktanten/She Male Snails (Bergsmark, 2012); Ta av mig/Undress me (Lindgren, 2013); and Nånting måste gå sönder/Something Must Break (Bergsmark, 2014).

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Intellect Ltd., 2015. Vol. 5, no 2, 169-182 p.
Keyword [en]
trans cinema, All About my Father, New Queer Cinema, Regretters, Scandinavian cinema, Something Must Break, transgender representations
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Other Humanities not elsewhere specified Gender Studies Studies on Film
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Cinema Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-111736DOI: 10.1386/jsca.5.2.169_1OAI: diva2:884896
Available from: 2015-12-17 Created: 2015-01-07 Last updated: 2016-01-13Bibliographically approved

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