The 14th annual Mezipatra Queer Film Festival will take place in Prague Nov. 7-15 before moving to Brno Nov. 13-20. This year, the theme of the festival is "Truth or Dare." According to John Cameron Mitchell, director of the cult movie Shortbus, Mezipatra is "the best queer film festival [he has] ever been to."
Mezipatra opens with "A Liar's Autobiography - The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman," an animated 3-D, factually incorrect biography of Graham Arthur Chapman, one of the founding members of the comedy group Monty Python. The festival will present three queer cinema classics spanning 1970-90.
There will be a total of 25 feature films and 75 shorter ones, including the Palme d'Or winner from Cannes: La Vie d'Adèle (Blue is The Warmest Colour), an epic teenage lesbian love story.
Among many others, the festival will screen the winner of the Teddy Award (Berlinale award for the best LGBT movie), "W imię...," a Polish drama that deals with rather controversial topics such as child abuse and celibacy in the Catholic church.
Other must-see films on the festival's program include "Any Day Now," in which Alan Cumming portrays a drag queen who fights for custody of an abandoned mentally handicapped teenager, and the independent American comedy "Who is afraid of Vagina Wolf?"
Mezipatra's program is well grounded and not only includes movies but also showcases ground-breaking musicians and performers.