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Mit Dréd Gerestant, Diane Torr, Del LaGrace Volcano, Bridge Markland, Storme Webber, Mo Fischer, Shelly Mars, Queen Bee Luscious, Mistress Formika, Philly Abe, Hans Scheirl, Svar Simpson, Judith Halberstam u.v.a.


Drehbuch & Regie : Gabriel Baur
Kamera : Sophie Maintigneux
Schnitt : Salome Pitschen, Jean Vites, Daniela Roderer
Musik : David Shiller
Ton : Ingrid Städeli, Rupert Ivey
Tonmischung : Florian Eidenbenz
Produzent : Kurt Mäder, Gabriel Baur


Standfotos Edy Ferguson, Cecilia Fage, Sophie Maintigneux, Gabriel Baur für ONIX© 


EINE FILMISCHE REISE DURCH DAS UNIVERSUM WEIBLICHER MÄNNLICHKEIT. Frauen werden zu Männern – die einen für eine Nacht, die andern für ihr ganzes Leben. Männlichkeit und Transidentität als Performance, Subversion oder existentielle Notwendigkeit.



Uraufführung IFF Locarno, Internationaler Premiere Berlinale 2002/ Panorama,
über 50 internationale Filmfestivals, unter anderen:
Singapore IFF 2002, Karlovy Vary IFF 2002, Los Angeles Outfest IFF 2002, Moscow IFF 2002, Rio De Janeiro IFF 2002, Mostra De Sao Paulo IFF 2002, Chicago IFF 2002,Taipei Golden Horse IFF 2002, Haifa IFF 2002, Warsaw IFF 2002, Sydney Mardi Gras 2003, Seoul WFFIS 2003.

Kino-Auswertung in 8 europäischen Ländern und in den USA (New York, Los Angeles und in über 20 Städten).  Internationale DVD Releases und TV-Verkäufe.

Weltvertrieb Celluloid Dreams.




“INTIMATE!” New York Times

“ILLUMINATING!” – Los Angeles Times

“MESMERIZING!” – Time Out New York


“A FEAST FOR THE EYES!” – Outfest, Los Angeles

“Venus Boyz” scores as an utterly fascinating, beautifully crafted exploration of the world of drag kings — women who dress, perform and/or live as men. Gabriel Baur’s quietly resplendent docu is as carefully composed and structured as the manufactured masculine personae of the women she’s filming. Shot over a period of several years, pic profits greatly from a relaxed intimacy with its subjects who, being people that matter-of-factly flaunt a sexual duality, spend a lot of time discoursing on the nature of gender, performance, empowerment and social role-playing. Winner of the Best Film award at the Semaine de la Critique at Locarno, pic’s arthouse future seems assured, while its radically different, sometimes astonishing sexual content promises a healthy cable and video life.
Variety, Ronnie Scheib

“Mesmerizing! VENUS BOYZ challenges just about everything you always thought you knew about what it means to be a boy or a girl.”
Time Out New York, Beth Greenfield

Intriguing interviews, along with commentary from Judith Halberstam, author of the book Female Masculinity, are interspersed with fabulously entertaining and provocative performances. From NY to London to Berlin, kings transform lustfully into their male alter egos, creating characters that parody male sexuality and power. This remarkable documentary is a feast for the eyes with its striking cinematography, vibrant performances and hot drag kings!”
Outfest, Los Angeles

“It took Gabriel Baur five years to make “Venus Boyz”, her doc about the drag king movement. But it was worth the wait….. Many of the women portrayed in “Venus Boyz” say that performing as men permanently changed their lives. Watching the film may provide a similar experience.”
DOX, Marcy Goldberg

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D/CH/USA Eine ONIX Filmproduktion in Koproduktion mit Clock Wise Productions New York, WDR Köln, Teleclub Zürich. Unterstützt von Stadt und Kanton Zürich, Migros Kulturprozent – visual arts, Kulturstiftung Landis&Gyr, European Media Development Agency



Semaine de la Critique Locarno 2001 – Best Film
International Filmfestival Berlin 2002 – Panorama
Nomination Swiss Film Award 2002
Audience Award – Mostra Lambda Barcelona 2003
Audience Award – Copenhagen Gay&Lesbian Filmfestival 2002