Pirate Boys


Germany | 2018 | 13′ 10“| experimental short


Kathy Acker’s writing, and a seminal portrait of her taken by intersex photographer Del LaGrace Volcano, provide a lens through which to explore trans subjectivity and the queering of cinema. Pol Merchan’s hybrid doc fluidly moves from the documentation of the punk era to a more performative exploration of gender. (Hot Docs, Eileen Arandiga)

Director| Pol Merchan
Production | Pol Merchan, Nadja Krüger
Cinematography | Nadja Krüger (digtial) &  Zara Zandieh (analog)
Location Sound | Gizem Oruç
Sound Design, Music, Mix| Manuela Schininá
Editor | Ginés Olivares


FESTIVALS / AWARDS (selection)


16ᵗʰ London Short Film Festival – London, England
Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival (German selection from AG Kurzfilm) – Clermont Ferrand, France
Zinegoak Bilbao lgtb Film Festival (Official Selection) – Bilbao, Spain
BFI Flare: London LGBTQ+ Film Festival – London, England
Mecal Barcelona International Short and Animation Film Festival – Barcelona, Spain
Outview Film Festival – Athens, Greece
Queer Lisboa – International Queer Film Festival – Lisboa, Portugal
Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest – London, England



25th Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival – Toronto
64. Int. Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen
XPosed Film Festival Berlin
46th Huesca International Film Festival (Official Selection) – Huesca, Spain
21st Festival Internacional de Cine Guanajuato (Official Selection) – Guanajuato, Mexico
29th Sao Paulo International Short Film Festival (Official Selection) – Sao Paulo, Brasi
34th Interfilm (International Short Film Festival Berlin)
25th Barcelona Independent Film Festival l’Alternativa – Barcelona, Spain