Steve McQueen, UK, 2011
101 min., OV
Brandon is a 30-something living in New York. Brandon has a well-paid job in the advertising industry. And Brandon has a problem: He is sex-addicted, spending his time with hookers, one-night stands and pornography. While his problems are growing worse, his eccentric sister Sissy, a troubled person herself, comes and moves into his flat. Her presence and her longing for emotional closeness turn Brandon’s life upside down. Shame is a radical exposure, both bodily and mentally, a film about sex and the longing for intimacy in a superficial world.
The Porn Film Festival Vienna was brought into existence in 2018, and started with posing an easy (yet strangely hard to answer) question: "What is porn?" 2019 sees the festival return on 4-8 April, still with the challenging objective to showcase and celebrate the colorful diversity of porn, and stimulate an open, societal debate. Its mission is to bring a genre back into the public sphere of the cinema that is usually locked away in private quarters. Its prime directive is to present the creativity and political possibilities of a defining (yet always hidden) part of society. The goal is to challenge prejudices and stereotypes.

The festival offers a film and theory program that breaks the monotony boring cheesy mainstream porn - to proudly presents feminist, queer & LGBTIQ* positions. The Porn Film Festival Vienna wants to create an open and welcoming space for reception, discussion, and reflection and to challenge and broaden horizons. Because porn can be: lustful, honest, friendly and self-determined! The festival's second edition will take place April 4-8 2019 in various venues in Vienna. It will devote itself extensively to the daring question: "What is shame?"