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!
German Cinema Release: July 13
French Cinema Release: June 28
Cinema Releases in USA & Canada: coming soon

News

  • 06/2017 - Dream Boat goes USA

    Dream Boat celebrates its US premiere in Kansas City on June 23 and will be shown at these film festivals [...]

    Dream Boat celebrates its US premiere in Kansas City on June 23 and will be shown at these film festivals in the USA and Canada: ► June 23 Kansas City GayLesbianFilmFestival ► July 12 Outfest Los Angeles ► August 10 Vancouver Queer Film Festival ► September 8 Maryland Filmfestival ► October 19 NewFest New York 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…


  • 05/2017 - DREAM BOAT in the Official Selection of Sheffield Doc/Fest

    Our documentary DREAM BOAT by Tristan Ferland Milewski is in the Official Selection of the Sheffield Doc/Fest 2017. The film [...]

    Our documentary DREAM BOAT by Tristan Ferland Milewski is in the Official Selection of the Sheffield Doc/Fest 2017. The film will be screened on Saturday, 11th June 2017 at 9pm. 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… Sheffield Doc/Fest is a world leading and the UK’s premier documentary festival, celebrating the art and business of documentary and all non-fiction storytelling. It welcomes over 32,700 Festival goers each year, including over 3,500 industry delegates from over 60 countries.



  • 02/2017 - DREAM BOAT in the Official Selection of DOK.fest Munich

    Our documentary DREAM BOAT by Tristan Ferland Milewski is in the Official Selection of the DOK.fest Munich. The music work [...]

    Our documentary DREAM BOAT by Tristan Ferland Milewski is in the Official Selection of the DOK.fest Munich. The music work for the film by My Name Is Claude is nominated for the Documentary Music Award. 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…  



DREAM BOAT

http://www.gebrueder-beetz.de/produktionen/dream-boatA 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: 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

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

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

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

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    33. Schwule Filmwoche Freiburg, in presence of the director Tristan Ferland Milewski - Fribourg, Germany
    28 April 2017 at 9:00 pm

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    Atelier, DOK.fest München - Munich, Germany
    08 May 2017 at 10:00 pm

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    HFF Audimaxx, DOK.fest München - Munich, Germany
    10 May 2017 at 10:00 pm

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    City 3, DOK.fest München - Munich, Germany
    12 May 2017 at 10:00 pm

  • Dream Boat - Preview

    Union-Studio für Filmkunst - Kaiserslautern
    02 June 2017 at 5:00 pm

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    Doc/Fest Sheffield 2017, Showroom Screen 1 - Sheffield, UK
    11 June 2017 at 9:00 pm

  • Dream Boat - cinema release in France

    mk2 Beaubourg - Paris, France
    28 June 2017 at 12:00 am

  • Dream Boat - Preview

    Kino International - Berlin
    03 July 2017 at 10:00 pm

  • Dream Boat - Preview with guests

    Filmforum NRW - Cologne
    05 July 2017 at 8:50 pm

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    Schauburg - Dortmund
    09 July 2017 at 6:30 pm

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    Bambi - Düsseldorf
    10 July 2017 at 9:00 pm

  • Dream Boat - Open Air Preview

    Lesbisch Schwule Filmtage - Hamburg
    12 July 2017 at 12:00 am

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    Galerie Cinema - Essen
    12 July 2017 at 7:00 pm

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    Outfest - Los Angeles LGBT Filmfestival Theater 1 - Los Angeles
    12 July 2017 at 9:30 pm

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    Cinémathèque - Leipzig
    14 July 2017 at 12:00 am

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    Lichtburg - Oberhausen
    16 July 2017 at 8:30 pm

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    Filmpalette - Cologne
    18 July 2017 at 9:00 pm

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    Casablanca - Bochum
    19 July 2017 at 9:00 pm

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    Passage Kino - Leipzig
    26 July 2017 at 12:00 am

  • 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, 15.02.2017

    "The true test of quality for any documentary film is whether it avoids the obvious. Take the subject of Dream Boat, for instance: a film about a Mediterranean cruise packed with three thousand gay men. [...] what surprises about Dream Boat is the emotional depths it reaches with the film's handful of central characters. [...] 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.“

  • screenanarchy, 18.02.2017

    "Dream Boat is a really uplifting and thought-provoking film that restores your faith in cinema."