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A Year Without Love (18) + Introduction by journalist Ben Walters

Her Lens, His Story

Two men look each other in the eyes in Argentinian drama A Year Without Love

An HIV positive gay man searching for love and connection is drawn to the Buenos Aires S&M and leather scene in Anahi Berneri’s award-winning debut feature.

Anahi Berneri’s sexually explicit drama, set in 1996, stars Juan Minujín (Zama) as Pablo, a lonely HIV positive poet living in Buenos Aires with his aunt, who has a difficult relationship with his father. He becomes drawn to the city’s S&M scene and Pablo documents his experiences in a diary, hoping they will be published. An encounter with a charismatic bondage master blurs the lines between lust and love in Pablo’s mind.

Berneri refuses to sensationalise Pablo's lifestyle, giving a sensitive portrait of a marginalised man who plunges himself in a world that plays with danger, sexual identity and cliches of machismo. Minujín gives a strong central performance as a vulnerable man who battles with self-loathing and desperately seeks love and affection.

2005 Argentina Dir Anahí Berneri 102 min 35mm presentation

Winner of the Teddy Award at the Berlinale 2005

Barbican Cinema 3