Ein Wunderkind: Xavier Dolan

Soeben las ich, dass mit ” The Death and Life of John F. Donovan” in diesem Jahr ein neuer Streifen von Xavier Dolan (geb. am 20. März 1989 in Montreal) in die Kinos kommen soll. Für einen Dolan-Fan wie mich ist das eine lang ersehnte Nachricht, denn die Veröffentlichung seines letzten Films, “Einfach das Ende der Welt”, 2016 in Cannes liegt schon etwas länger zurück. Wie konnte ich nur diese letzten beiden Jahre ohne eine neue Produktion von Xavier überhaupt überstehen? Wahrscheinlich nur dadurch, indem ich mir all seine bisher gedrehten Filme immer und immer wieder in unserem Heimkino “reinzog”.

Für diejenigen unter euch, die von Xavier Dolan noch nichts gehört haben sollten, und für alle anderen, stelle ich heute eine Auswahl meiner Lieblingsstreifen von ihm zusammen. Jeder einzelne von ihnen erhielt zahlreiche internationale Preise und Nominierungen – keine Frage!

I Killed My Mother | 2009

In seinem Regiedebüt erzählt Xavier Dolan aus dem Leben des 16-jährigen Protagonisten Hubert, der seit Kurzem mit Antonin, seinem Klassenkameraden, zusammen ist. Hubters Zorn und Rebellion gegen seine Mutter nehmen stetig an Intensität zu, sodass er nur noch einen Ausweg sieht: so schnell wie möglich aus der Wohnung seiner Mutter ausziehen.

Mit diesem zugleich semiautobiografischen Film thematisiert Dolan auch seine eigenen Erfahrungen aus der Beziehung zu seiner Mutter.

Herzensbrecher | 2010

In Film Nummer 2 von Dolan dreht sich alles um eine Dreiecksbeziehung mit vier Ecken. Marie und Francis, die eine lange Freundschaft verbindet, lernen auf derselben Party den Cuty Nicolas kennen. Damit scheint das Drama bereits vorprogrammiert zu sein: aus Freundschaft wird Konkurrenz und Neid. Ob sich die Mühe um die Liebe von Nicolas tatsächlich lohnt? Ist er es Wert, dass Marie und Francis seinetwegen ihre Freundschaft aufs Spiel setzen?

Laurence Anyways | 2012

In diesem außergewöhnlichen Film steht eine anscheinend unmögliche Liebe zwischen einer Frau namens Fred (Frédérique) und einer transgender Frau namens Laurence (zu Handlungsbeginn als Mann lebend) im Mittelpunkt. Laurence offenbart ihren innigsten Wunsch, ihr wahres Selbst zu werden: eine Frau. Die Geschichte, die in den späten 1980er und frühen 1990er Jahren spielt, umfasst ein Jahrzehnt, in dem die verhängnisvolle Liebe von Fred und Laurence sowie die Prüfungen und Schwierigkeiten, mit denen sie konfrontiert sind, aufgezeichnet werden.

The Death and Life of John F. Donovan | voraussichtlich Herbst 2018

Dolans aktuelles filmisches Kunststück sollte ursprünglich während der Filmfestspiele von Cannes im Mai 2018 veröffentlicht werden. Doch leider müssen wir uns bis zur Premiere des Filmes noch gedulden. Sie soll von Dolan selbst auf Herbst verschoben worden sein, damit er noch weiter an der Post-Produktion arbeiten kann.

Vorab findet ihr hier ein Interview mit ihm vom Set:

Steven

Steven has been part of ebab.com since 2013. He is the man for social media and the ebab gay travel blog. As you can see, he also likes to write a blog article himself.

German version: Steven gehört seit 2013 zum Team von ebab.com. Er ist der Mann für Social Media und unseren ebab Gay Travel Blog. Wie ihr seht, schreibt auch er gern einmal einen Blogartikel selbst.

My 7 Wonders of the World, Part I

The origin of the Seven Wonders of the World dates back to antiquity. Initially they comprised only man-made structures. Meanwhile also seven natural phenomena are considered a wonder of the world and a recognised as such internationally.

In addition to the internationally recognised 7 (or 14) Wonders of the World, I think every backpacker or traveller has their own personal seven wonders of the world. Places or / and structures that are either associated with unique memories of a journey or that cause a great wanderlust when they come to mind. Today I am going tell you which personal seven wonders are on my list. In Part I of this blog, I will introduce you to the following three wonders of the world:

Stonewall Inn

Although I’ve never been there – Sorry – StoneWall Inn is on top of my list of my own seven wonders of the world. The reason for this is clearly the Stonewall Riots, which were “instigated” by courageous LGBTs in and around Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street. Without this milestone of lesbian and gay movement, we would not have achieved as much in the fight for equal treatment and recognition as we have done so far. The StoneWall Inn is a queer place of worship for me. I’m going to visit it next year – Yeah!

La Tour Eiffel

The Eiffel Tower is closely linked to one of my most beautiful trips. This beautiful work of art always invites you to the city of love. I’ll never forget the day I visited it with my partner. We stayed up there for several hours until sunset. The view in all directions, the wind caressing our noses, the impressive sunset and the swaying of the spire – all lasting impressions for us.

Berlin TV tower

The Berlin TV Tower is completely different to the Eiffel Tower, which is why it is one of my seven wonders of the world. If only because it impressed me by its history. It was built in a record time of only a few years. The highlight of the TV tower for me is the restaurant one floor up from the visitor platform. Not because the food is particularly amazing, no. But because I love to be in the revolving restaurant without having to get up to catch the 360 ​​degree panorama of my city.

In Part II of my blog, I will report why, for example, the Maldives are among my personal wonders of the world.

Steven

Steven has been part of ebab.com since 2013. He is the man for social media and the ebab gay travel blog. As you can see, he also likes to write a blog article himself.

German version: Steven gehört seit 2013 zum Team von ebab.com. Er ist der Mann für Social Media und unseren ebab Gay Travel Blog. Wie ihr seht, schreibt auch er gern einmal einen Blogartikel selbst.

Palm Springs: A Year-Round Desert Paradise Awaits You, Part II

Today, in part II of my Palm Springs blog post I’ll write about some highly frequented gay hot spots, e.g. the Hunters Nightclub. I’ll also recommend my favorite restaurants, e.g. Alibi and Azul’s.

Alibi and Azul

On the second floor of the convivial Mexican and tapas restaurant Azul, you’ll find Alibi to be a spacious, upbeat spot that is part video bar, part sports bar, and an excellent place for cocktails and people-watching early in the evening, as the balcony setting overlooks bustling Palm Canyon Drive below and the mountains to the west.

The Barracks

Barracks is the local hangout for guys into leather, uniforms, fetish, bears, boots, pierced and tattooed dudes, muscle worship, military gear, water sports, and hard-core cruising. Located in Cathedral City, a 10-minute drive from Palm Springs, the Barracks is in a not-so-obvious location, so look for the Arco gas station on East Palm Canyon Drive at the intersection of El Dorado and Canyon Plaza, then turn right at Canyon Plaza.

Bongo Johnny’s

Conveniently located on Arenas Road next to Stacey’s bar, Bongo Johnny’s restaurant offers an affordable breakfast, lunch and dinner menu. Half of the venue’s seating is devoted to a lovely outdoor patio for casual al fresco dining and fascinating people-watching.

Hunters Nightclub

The largest and most popular of the gay bars along the Arenas Road strip in downtown Palm Springs, Hunters Nightclub is a spacious, well-decorated, upscale-looking gay bar that’s a mainstay of the region’s clubbing scene. Popular as much for watching videos and dancing as for watching hot go-go boys, Hunters fills to the rafters on weekends in high seasons and draws pretty good crowds year-round.

Quadz

One of the hotspots in the Palm Springs Arenas Road gay nightlife district, Quadz is a friendly men’s bar drawing a mostly 30-and-up crowd of guys into karaoke, videos, and drag shows. The crowd varies a bit depending on the night, with sometimes a slightly younger crowd, and other times a mix of women and men. It’s a fun place on weekends.

Stacy’s

If a quiet piano bar is your style, the newest offering in Palm Springs is Stacy’s, where you can enjoy a cocktail and friendly conversation with locals. Crystal chandeliers and regular pianists add to this sophisticated interior popular with locals and tourists alike.

Streetbar

The laid-back Streetbar is a mainly male, cash-only neighborhood hangout, generally drawing a 40-and-over crowd. It’s a popular stop on the Arenas Road gay bar circuit and is known for karaoke, cheap happy hours, and campy drag shows.

Tool Shed

Since the mid-1990s, the rough-and-ready Tool Shed has been the premier leather-and-Levi’s bar in Palm Springs. It’s on a side street on the south side of downtown. Open from morning until 2 am, the Tool Shed offers cheap and potent drinks, hosts an Erotic Art Expo each February, and awards a Mr. Tool Shed Leather prize each year.

Toucan’s Tiki Lounge

This tropics-themed bar and dance club is one of the top gay hangouts in the desert region, catering to a primarily male (but female-welcoming), all-ages crowd. It’s known for such engaging theme nights as Sunday night drag revues, 2-for-1 drinks on Tuesdays, ‘80s flashback dancing on Wednesdays, and Jungle Boogie (with go-go dancers) on Fridays and Saturdays.

Tropicale Restaurant and Coral Seas Lounge

The Tropicale Restaurant & Coral Seas Lounge offers a chic and sophisticated décor that provides the setting for distinctive world cuisine, a provocative mix of zesty influences that creates a delightful dining experience. The adjacent Copa Nightclub is also a very popular upscale entertainment venue featuring musicians, singers, and comedic drag shows.

Trunks Bar

Formerly known as Diggs, Trunks is a friendly gay neighborhood bar, a casual little hangout in Cathedral City, about a 10-minute drive from Palm Springs. It features a pool table, Wii games, and gay country-western dancing on Tuesday and Saturday.

Wang’s in the Desert

Wang’s in the Desert is one of Palm Springs’ hot spots for contemporary Pan-Asian food. The restaurant is stylish and festive, and the sidebar, which hosts happy hour celebrations, is a fun venue for colorful cocktails and mingling with locals and tourists.

Some facts about me

I’m your welcoming ebab host offering two spacious guestrooms in my Palm Springs condo located one block from the south terminus of the popular Buzz Bus. My Junior Suite with king bed and private bath is ideal for one or two people, while the Master Suite with two double beds, en suite bath and private patio comfortably accommodates one to four guests.

Tim

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