DREAM BOAT

Once a year the DREAM BOAT sets sail for a cruise only for gay men. Far from their families and political restrictions, we follow five men from five countries on the quest for their dreams. The cruise promises seven days of sunshine, love, and freedom – but on board are also their personal stories, their doubts and uncertainties…

„It’s raining men! Hallelujah, it’s raining men!“ The Weather Girls

World premiere at Berlinale 2017 in the Panorama section!

News

  • 01/2017 - World premiere DREAM BOAT at Berlinale

    We are very delighted that our new cinema documentary DREAM BOAT by director Tristan Ferland Milewski has been selected to [...]

    We are very delighted that our new cinema documentary DREAM BOAT by director Tristan Ferland Milewski has been selected to have its world premiere at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival in the section "Panorama Dokumente"! Once a year the DREAM BOAT sets sail for a journey along the Mediterranean coast. It is Europe's only cruise ship for homosexual men. More than 2,500 passengers are eagerly waiting for this spectacle. Far from family and political restrictions, five men from five countries escape their everyday lives. They seem to have found their paradise until their personal stories catch up with them and the search for self-acceptance begins ... Berlinale will take place from February 9-19. In the Panorama programme one finds new films by renowned directors, debut films and new discoveries. In coproduction with ZDF, in association with ARTE, funded by FFA, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, DFFF, BKM and MEDIA Development

    Official film website
    Berlinale Press Release


  • 10/2015 - „Dream Boat“ receives script funding by FFA

    A cruise ship and 3,000 men – this is what our new 90 minutes documentary will be all about. The [...]

    A cruise ship and 3,000 men - this is what our new 90 minutes documentary will be all about. The ship of a promoter of gay cruises casts off for a seven-day Mediterranean tour: Sun, sea, bare skin, testosterone galore, and 3,000 opportunities – a grand promise. We are very glad that "Dream Boat", written and directed by Tristan Milewski, is granted script funding by the German Federal Film Board (FFA).


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DREAM BOAT

A cruise ship and 3,000 men – it is a universe without heteros and women that usually remains a mystery to the outside world. Once a year the DREAM BOAT sets sail for a cruise exclusively for gay men where most passengers are united by the wish to live life authentically as themselves in a protected place:

Dipankar from India escaped an arranged marriage and now throws himself into the action to find his dream man. But the gay community‘s ideal of masculinity increasingly becomes a tight corset for him. Ramzi from Palestine was persecuted by the police in his home country, Palestine, for being gay and had to start a new life in Europe with nothing. The Frenchman Philippe was let down by his family when he was bound to a wheelchair. The more important is his long-term relationship with his partner, and his gay substitute family. Martin from Austria enjoys the hedonism and abundant choice of men to the full and gives perspectives on how to deal with HIV today. Marek from Poland, has everything he needs to stand out on the men’s market, thanks to his trained body. However, he feels lonely in the crowd. Now the countdown is on for seven days of hunting for freedom, love, and happiness – but on board are also their personal stories, their doubts and uncertainties…

Script & Director: Tristan Ferland Milewski
Cinematography: Jörg Junge, Jakob Stark
Editing: Markus CM Schmidt
Music Composition & Production: My Name is Claude
Sound: Johannes Hampel, Antje Volkmann
Additional location director: Veronika Kaserer
Camera Assistant: Thomas Funk, Falco Seliger
Additional Editing: Andreas Zitzmann
Sound Editor and Designer: Karl Gerhardt
Re-Recording Mixer: Jörg Höhne
Color Correction: Claudia Gittel
Set Manager: Meike Wenthe, Tanja Steinbrücker
Line Producer: Kathrin Isberner
Production Manager: Anique Roelfsema
Production Assistant: Meike Wenthe, Judith Fächner
Technical Director Postproduction: Xavier Agudo
Production Accountants: Daniela Schöne, Sandra Zentgraf
Creative Producer: Kerstin Meyer-Beetz, Tuan Lam
Junior Creative Producer: Lea-Marie Körner
Executive Producer: Christian Beetz
Commissioning Editor ZDF/ARTE: Olaf Grunert

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  • DREAM BOAT – Weltpremiere Berlinale

    Colosseum - Berlin
    11 February 2017 at 2:45 pm

  • Dream Boat

    Berlinale - International - Berlin
    12 February 2017 at 2:00 pm

  • Dream Boat

    Berlinale - CinemaxX 7 - Berlin
    17 February 2017 at 12:30 pm

  • Dream Boat

    Berlinale - CineStar 7 - Berlin
    18 February 2017 at 8:00 pm

  • Berlinale 2017

    "Speaking of life plans: they can be found in abundance in Tristan Milewski’s Dream Boat – even if they seem to resemble one another, here under the premise of a temporary manipulation of society on a cruise exclusively for gay men. A society completely devoid of heteros, who normally rule the world, and completely devoid of women too: by purging the majority the minority becomes one. Many of the guests come from countries where simply being the way they are exposes them to serious danger: a concentrated form of existence is the result here, which represents a challenge beyond the purely physical for the participants."

  • Huffington Post, 12.02.2017

    "The true genius of Milewski’s film lies in the way he singlehandedly destroys the differences that we think divide the heterosexual experience from those of the members of the LGBT community." In Dream Boat he shows us once and for all that each of us needs, craves and wants the same thing: Someone to love us, for exactly who we are."

  • Movie Pilot, 11.02.2017

    "In his new feature length documentary, Dream Boat, director Tristan Ferland Milewski breaks down this stereotype through a frank yet surprisingly moving exploration of cruise life, telling unique stories that fly in the face of what one may expect. Of course, sex and alcohol play a role, but that's not the only reason why hordes of men fork out hard-earned money to take gay cruises. Ultimately, love is love. Anyone who wishes to be reminded of this beautiful fact in all its glory need look no further than Milewski's stunning documentary. Climb aboard for a film that openly explores issues of LGBT identity and love through a wonderfully colorful and exultant microcosm of the gay community."

  • Nonfictionfilm, 11.02.2017

    "Among the films in the Panorama Dokumente section is Dream Boat by Tristan Ferland Milewski, which takes viewers aboard a gay cruise with three thousand men from dozens of countries around the world. ​ In his feature film debut director Ferland Milewski succeeds in providing a look behind the scenes of an ostensibly superficial world."

  • Travels Of Adam, 12.02.2017

    "A world full of homosexual men—as appealing as that initially seems—also sounds terrifyingly challenging. A few of the subjects in the film discuss the constant judgement within the gay community and the longtime popular opinion that being gay makes you part of a larger, global LGBT family. While several of the men seem to undergo stressful or depressing moments on board, the atmosphere is largely jovial, upbeat and happy. There’s always a dance party to go to. The film’s original score adds this extra emotional layer on top of the sultry scenes where no one seems to wear more than a speedo. In the end, Dream Boat shows us more than what a gay cruise might be like, but also what it feels like to be gay today—a conflicting mix of emotions and desires, where we’re all just looking to be loved."

  • Teddy Awards 2017

    "The other film is DREAM BOAT, a research on a gay cruise ship that holds about 3.000 guests. So to speak by manipulation of society, a minority turns majority for a certain period of time, and we as the spectators embark that temporary world. Many guests are coming from countries where they cannot even live for a few minutes openly as a gay person, but on the cruise ship all of a sudden they are majority and can try to explore what their wildest fantasies or dreams could be. DREAM BOAT is made by Tristan Ferland Milewski and is an intelligent observation of systematics concerning majority versus minority, of different cultural and political backgrounds, and of course of sun and fun and holidays."

  • SPIEGEL ONLINE, Berlinale-Highlights 2017

    "The men in Tristan Ferland Milewski's documentary „Dream Boat“ (Panorama) don’t want to leave anything to chance: For one week, they will be on a cruise together with only other gay men. For some people from the global community these days on board of a cruise, with a party program every evening, are an amusing distraction – for others, who come from homophobic countries like India or Palestine, they are the only time they can carelessly enjoy their sexuality. It’s the celebration of an utopia, seven days on the sea.“