• Mezipatra Queer Film Festival has introduced the program of its 19th edition, with the theme of Beyond Reality.
  • On November 8th, the festival will open with the Austrian L'Animale, followed by a thematic party.
  • Other eagerly expected films include the socially critical drama Hard Paint (Tinta Bruta), French Sauvage, and Belgian Girl.

The 19th edition of Mezipatra Queer Film Festival will introduce ten live-action films in the main competition. Apart from the crème de la crème of queer cinema, festival visitors can also look forward to a rich accompanying program.

“Although we screen films from all over the world, our long-term focus is mainly European cinema,” says Mezipatra's program director Sandra Hezinová. “This year's selection is specific in the sense that the films are first, second and third films of the directors.” The selected films reflect also this year's theme of Beyond Reality. “The way the filmmakers include dreams and imagination into the narrative was interesting for us not only in terms of the plot line, but also regarding the films' formal aspects,” she concludes.

The festival will open with the coming-of-age drama L'Animale by the Austrian director Katharina Mückstein, which was nominated for Teddy Award at this year's Berlinale. Another film successful at international festivals is Girl, a Belgian drama about a teenage trans girl who wants to become a ballerina. And the protagonists of Nina by the Polish director Olga Chajdas and of Knife + Heart (Un Couteau dans le coeur) only want to get the women of their dreams.

Postcards from London will take us to the world of male erotic fantasies, focusing on a young man who becomes a member of a special escort group excelling in the knowledge of classical art. The main role is played by Harris Dickinson, known to audiences thanks to the last year's winner of Mezipatra, Beach Rats. The world of male prostitution is depicted also in Sauvage, a French drama which was introduced at the Critics' Week in Cannes. The protagonist of Hard Paint (Tinta Bruta) sells his body as well, this time in front of a webcam; this socially critical drama from Brazil won the prestigious Teddy Award.

American cinema is represented by the poetic novel adaptation called We the Animals, and The Miseducation of Cameron Post, an indie comedy starring Chloë Grace Moretz. This year's representative of Asian cinema is Malila: The Farewell Flower (Malila), which is a contemplative essay on the values of human life, love, and forgiveness.

Once again, this year's edition includes a retrospective section. It offers the iconic Pink Narcissus, which will take us to the wild fantasies of a young male prostitute, the stylized Funeral Parade of Roses (Bara no sōretsu) from Japan, and the Swedish-Danish romantic classics, Show Me Love (Fucking Åmål).

The news in the program is the non-competition section of feature films. Films like Anchor and Hope about a lesbian couple toying with the idea of having a baby, A Kid Like Jake about parents and their trans child, and My Own Private Hell (Inferninho) all explore different forms of queer families.

QFF Mezipatra 2018
Prague Nov. 8– 15
Brno Nov. 16–23
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Visuals Beyond Reality 2018 – photo: Michaela Karásek Čejková, graphic design: Marius Corradini.

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