Mezipatra will not sit this one out! After all, it is already sixteen years old, and that calls for a celebration. Right after the opening ceremony and screening, there will be a party at Lucerna. You will surely meet your friends, acquaintances, the whole Prague Mezipatra team, many film buffs and maybe even a celebrity or two at the bar, on the balustrade or on the dancefloor. Jameson on the rocks will break the ice, and dancing will be encouraged by the DJ duo the Urxins.
Nov. 5, 10:30 p.m.
Nothing ends with the final credits! Every day at Lucerna Café, you can enter a zone that is hard to leave. Sensitive souls will enjoy Shani Chanbansky’s queer-folk project “A Sensitive Person” with its pensive atmosphere, unusual melodies and curious lyrics. Those who like it rough will appreciate the horror DJ set after the Friday screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. And everybody will love the selection of the festival team's favourite songs.
Nov. 6., Nov. 9., Nov. 10., 8 p.m.
“Things not to say to a trans* person”, “Let's talk about sex”, “Transgender teen survival guide” - these are some of the videos which were created with the participation of the British youtuber, activist and documentarist, Fox Fisher. In Prague, he will talk about trans* representation in film and media, about his own work and about the power of viral campaigns. The discussion will be hosted by the filmmaker and co-creator of Transparent initiative, Damian Machaj.
Lucerna Cinema – small screening hall
Nov. 7, 3:30 p.m.
Nov. 7, 10 p.m.
Admission: 180 CZK (after Planningtorock 130 CZK)
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"Do I sound gay?" You may have asked the question, which is pondered by the director of the documentary Do I Sound Gay, yourself. We have as well, and that's why we've invited phonetics and enunciation experts for the Sunday discussion. They will discuss, for example, why some voices trigger our gaydar and if it is really just about the lisp. The discussion will be hosted by Bara Sichanová from Radio Wave. And those who won't sleep in after Saturday’s party may also make it to the traditional brunch.
Nov. 8, brunch starts at 11 a.m., lecture starts at 1 a.m.
Karen Tongson, Associate Professor of English and Gender Studies at USC, will talk about “normporn” in the queer context. The TV micro-genre focuses on the everyday lives of mostly heterosexual people with realist sentimentality. While queer audiences are very responsive to such “normalising”, the obsession with the normal clashes with the desire to maintain the fantasy that we keep speaking in the name of perversion and subversion. What to do when facing our own normalcy and privilege?
Světozor – small screening hall
Nov. 8, 4:00 p.m.
"I am not afraid because I believe in human rights," says the Burmese activist Aung Myo Min. In the documentary This Kind of Love, the enthusiastic champion against social prejudice returns after more than a twenty-year exile with a plan to educate young people and support the local queer community. He will speak about human rights in Burma right after the film's screening as part of a discussion by Mezipatra in cooperation with the One World Festival.
Kino 35, French Institute in Prague
Nov. 9, 6:00 p.m.
Admission: CZK 80 BUY
Faithful festival-goers already know that after the closing ceremony and screening, it is worth stopping by Lucerna Café. You might stick around for a little while or you might stay till dawn, because when Mezipatra finishes, drinks (those by Jameson) will flow, kindred DJs will play the best goodbye songs, and you might even be asked to dance by some of the guests from abroad. We are taking the next day off. And you?
Nov. 11. 10:30 p.m.
The Open_Space platform is a new part of the Mezipatra offprogram in Brno. It is based on the concept of Film in the Closet by expanding it and opening it more for the public. Especially to those who still think that “it can be cured.” It is a concept which opens taboo and touchy issues which need to be discussed and addressed in the media as another step to dismantle prejudices and xenophobia towards LGBTQ people.
Kino Art: Black Hole
Nov. 11, 18:00
Admission: 30 CZK (at the venue)
the screening IS NOT included in the festival pass
This year's Mezipatra will open with an experiment by Brno theatre laboratory D'EPOG. When all the test-tubes break and their white coats disappear, the stage will belong to the actor, clown and improviser Filip Teller. After his theatre talk show, viewers can enjoy 54, a film about the legendary Manhattan nightclub Studio 54. We recommend to the visitors not to eat much during the film because it will be followed by a lavish buffet in the foyer. The vast tables overflowing with oysters, caviar, and gallons of Jameson will invigorate the guests for the program's conclusion: a performance by the ethereal diva Nikola Linhart and a party under the direction of the electronic duo the Cardinals and VJ & DJ Strawberry.
Nov. 12, 8:00 p.m.
Admission to party: with film ticket CZK 0, without CZK 30
I offer passion, deceit and illusion,
Easy to find with your telephone.
Dial the number, it's a start,
I'm nothing more than a talking cunt
The gate to the world of lust has just opened. This is Daisy, and I will fulfil all your dreams... Eli, a young and inexperienced Jewish boy, feels that he needs training in sexual matters, and decides to take the easiest path: calling a sex line. What he does not know is that on the other end is Daisy, an elderly lady with a pleasant voice who kills time by knitting a red jumper. They slowly get to know each other, and it all ends with a twist. Based on a script by Jan Bodnar, a young writer from Brno. Performed by Hem'S theatre company under Bodnar's direction, starring Petr Kobzev and Marketa Maryasova, whose excellent performance as Daisy enchanted audiences for example at this year's Lunapark festival and Divadlo ke kave. The passionate score complementing the performance is provided by virtuoso Miroslav Jurcik.
Nov. 13, 7:00 p.m.
Admission: CZK 50
Meeting new people today is not a problem even for the shier among us. There's nothing easier than spending hours and days, sometimes even months, merely chatting with a potential partner via social media, yet it often leads nowhere. When were you last on a date with someone without any prior information from their profile, and you had just your fantasy to use before the date? What about trying it once again the old way at Mezipatra and being surprised by their appearance, character and size? Maybe something beautiful will come of it!
Nov. 14, 6:00 p.m.
This year's party will be opened by a screening of the 1970s gem The Rocky Horror Picture Show at Scala cinema. Afterwards, the fun will continue at the newly opened VIBE club in the centre of Brno under the direction of residential DJs Saddan & Daren, followed by Floex and the URXINS. Get inspired by the film, and do not forget your favourite suspenders: the sexiest models will at least be rewarded with the exciting attention given to them by the other guests. After that, nothing will stop the party full of shaking booty just partly covered by suspenders, of touches and encounters of all kinds.
Nov. 14, 9:00 p.m.
Admission: CZK 90
Are you interested in the past and present of the LGBTQ community in Brno? Make yourself comfortable on the bus that departs from the Art Cinema and enjoy the trip through time to see the peculiar places that were or are related to the queer scene in Brno. This event has been organized in cooperation with historian Jan Seidl and other members of the Queer Memory Centre. Hurry! Seats are limited, so register by e-mail as soon as possible. Cruising amongst the birches is in store for you!
Meeting point: Art Cinem
Nov. 15. 3:00 p.m.
Admission: CZK 60
At the end of the festival, after all those parties till dawn and waking up in strangers' beds, there is also time to slow down and take part in a panel discussion on the history of queer cinema, with film industry guests of the likes of Lucia Kajankova, the festival's programme director, and Sarka Gmiterkova, a doctoral student at the of Film Studies and Audiovisual Culture at Masaryk University, who will focus on queer melodrama using The Children's Hour as an example.
Nov. 17, 6:00 p.m.
All good things must come to an end, and we, too, will have to say goodbye to this year's Mezipatra. The festival's closing ceremony will take place at Art Cinema. Theatre experimenters D'EPOG from Brno and actor Filip Teller will be there to entertain you. Based on your votes, we'll announce and award the audience’s favourite film. After these necessary formalities, there will be a screening of The Children's Hour, followed by a retro disco ruled by the abbess of Brno part of the festival to end the programme.
Nov. 18, 8:00 p.m.