Transcreen Film Festival review by Grazia Ingravalle – One Zero One.
TranScreen, Amsterdam’s queerest film festival could have never lost the opportunity to screen such a queer movie as One Zero One – the story of Cybersissy & BayBjane. If Judith Butler’s concept, “queer,” means kind of weird, bizarre, abject and deranged, definitely “indefinable” and eventually escaping the boundaries of the “recognized” subject/object – then we can well apply this definition also to Tim Lienhard’s movie. In fact, One Zero One, premiered on Thursday night at Cinema het Ketelhuis stylistically is truly queer. Not only the two protagonists of the narration are so, but also the very way the film is conceived brakes the bounds of film genres. Tim Lienhard borrows TV and videoclips’ eclectic language and throws at us a documentary that at the same time is also a fairy tale and a video-arty phantasmagoria.
One Zero One tells the story of the “life changing” meeting at the legendary gay club Lulu in Berlin between Antoine Timmermans, aka Cybersissy, and Mourad Z., BayBjane. The former is a Dutch artist that in 1994 invented and designed his stage-persona Cybersissy, boosting the parties of the most popular clubs in Europe. The latter is the multi-disabled son of Maroccan migrants in Germany, who became a world-renowned party-performer, BayBjane, thanks to the encounter with Antoine.