- The queer film festival will present 5 documentary films with the theme of Beyond Reality.
- The program will also feature 31 short films in six blocks.
- The selected films include for example the socially critical Game Girls and an intimate portrait, A Deal with the Universe.
The program of the 19th edition of Mezipatra Queer Film Festival will feature not only live-action feature films, but also documentaries. This year, visitors can see five of them, both from Europe and the USA. The section of short films will introduce 31 films from 17 countries divided into six thematic blocks.
”This year, we have focused rather on intimate documentaries. They do not offer interpretations of major events, but more probes into interpersonal relationships, or examine significant topics from the perspective of an individual,” says the festival's program director Sandra Hezinová.
The protagonists of the French-German Game Girls are Teri and her girlfriend Tiahna, who struggle with poverty, homelessness and drugs in the streets of Los Angeles. Criticizing the American social system and attitude of the local police, the film premiered at this year's Berlinale in the Panorama section.
Limits of one's own body are examined in A Deal with the Universe. Jason and Tracey long for their own child, but assisted reproduction isn't working out and on top of that, Tracey is diagnosed with cancer. Therefore, they decide that the trans man Jason will carry the child. The autobiographic film consists only of personal videos that the couple was making for ten years.
Another trans-themed documentary is Man Made, following the lives of four man who want to take part in the only body-building competition for trans men in the world. The debut of T Cooper, American writer and screenwriter, won the Best Documentary award at the Outfest festival.
Dutch Genderblend (Genderbende) tells the story of five young people who feel neither as women, nor as men. Director Sophie Dros disrupts the rigid views on binary gender division and focuses on celebration of human individuality.
Dykes, Camera, Action! is an American documentary offering an entertaining insight into the history of lesbian cinema. It describes the icons of lesbian film from the 1970s through testimonies of the filmmakers themselves as well as film previews.
Six blocks of short films will bring relationship comedies, dramas, and also erotic fantasies from 17 European, Latin American and North American countries. It will be 31 films altogether competing for the student jury award. The Woman of My Dreams is a lesbian block depicting the power of fateful love. Gay block No Shame describes the need to fight for one's own feelings. Be Yourself! proves how important it is to follow your dreams despite the world around. Contrastingly, the protagonists of Crossroads of Fate wait for a meeting that will irrevocably change their lives. And Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Parenthood But Were Afraid to Ask examines the diversity of family life all over the world. And Step into the Unknown focuses on trans issues.
The unique opportunity to see the best short films of Mezipatra 2016 and 2017 is also the website of the Czech Television. Viewers can find films mapping not only European, Latin American and Canadian, but also Asian queer production. The section, judged by an international student jury, is very popular with the viewers every year.
Mezipatra QFF 2018
Mezipatra 2018 visual photographed by Michaela Karásek Čejková, designed by Marius Corradini
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