Desire Will Set You Free: Yony Leyser’s Queer Berlin (OutFest, Gay)

The company Altered Innocence has picked up U.S. rights to Yony Leyser’s Desire Will Set You Free, which received its world premiere at Outfest L.A.

The film takes viewers into the free-spirited, drug-fueled, queer-paradise of contemporary Berlin.

Ezra, a struggling American writer, meets Sasha, a Russian immigrant escort, who introduces Ezra to his world of clubs and parties, a dizzying and vibrant hedonistic underground.

Gay Directors, Gay Films? By Emanuel Levy (Columbia University Press, August 2015).

As they journey together through Berlin’s layered history and unique subcultural landscape, their relationship begins to take a new form and inner desires threaten to disrupt.

The picture features cameos from swell-known actors and performers: Amber Benson (Tara on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”), “Godmother of Punk” Nina Hagen as Oracle, musician and performance artist Peaches, along with Rosa Von Praunheim, Rummelsnuff, Blood Orange, Einstuerzende Neubauten, and Blixa Bargeld, formerly of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds.

Yony Leyser’s previous film, William S. Burroughs: A Man Within, premiered at Slamdance in 2010.

He is in post-production on his latest documentary, “Liberation Is My Lover,” which documents the Queercore movement and includes interviews with John Waters, Peaches, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Bruce LaBruce, and G.B. Jones.

The film is produced by Paula Alamillo and Sonja Klümper of Amard Bird Films, whose upcoming projects include “The Misandrists” by Bruce LaBruce.

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