Recovery, happiness and joyful encounters. We wish you and our festival all this in 2021. And of course also amazing film screenings, a lot of love and the best queer experiences that we are so happy to share with you.
Do you want to take a piece of the Mezipatra festival home as a souvenir? Come to the Saturday sale of our posters, catalogues, branded face masks and other festival merchandise in Patra Café (Krymská 17, Prague 10). The event takes place on December 12, from 5:00 p.m. Get there on time to get the best pieces and make it before the closing (8:00 p.m.). Up-to-date info on our FB event.
A bit non-traditionally, the Q&A for the One in a Thousand didn’t feature the director, Clarisa Navas, but the three main protagonists. But it was certainly worth it because during the shooting, a strong bond of a big close-knit family developed among the actors, the director and the whole crew. Watch the recording of the interview with Ana Carolina García, Mau Vila and Luis Molina.
The creation of a film is rarely accompanied by such a strong story as Make Up by British director Claire Oakley. Its main protagonist is nineteen-year-old Ruth who is about to spend a romantic summer with her boyfriend in a caravan camp at a coast in South England. But instead of days filled with sunshine, there comes the suspicion of her boyfriend’s cheating and Ruth becomes obsessed. In the labyrinth of campervans and relationships, she feels lost and starts discovering her true identity.
The decision to transfer this year’s Mezipatra completely online was made three weeks before the start of the festival. Such a radical step means that the organizers have to quickly renegotiate the rights for online film screenings, and that they probably won’t get back the money they had already paid for cinema screening rights. Simply put, this year had some hard times in store for queer film festival organizers, as if organizing such cultural events wasn’t difficult on its own. That is why festival representatives from four Eastern European countries met during Mezipatra on November 7, 2020 to share their experiences. Listen to the whole discussion How To Make a Festival, Eastern Edition where the participants also talk about festival funding, film selection, and the possibilities of screening queer films to school children.
Bruce LaBruce, an icon of Canadian queer cinema, is no newbie at Mezipatra. Four years ago, he was even a member of the Main Jury. This year, the festival introduced his latest film, Saint-Narcisse. The key motives of this feature film, which premiered at Venice festival in the summer, are narcissism and twincest – incest between twins.
Find some time in the pre-Christmas madness for high-quality queer films. For example those from this year's Mezipatra, which you can watch from the comfort of your home on Aerovod. We are glad that we managed to arrange an extension of the films' availability, so you can catch up on what you missed at the festival. Which film from the program of the 21. Mezipatra will you watch first? Choose quickly, streaming is only possible until January 5!
On Friday, November 20, you will see reruns of last week's debates in our studio. You can watch the Q&A for the film Make Up with director Claire Oakley from 6:00 p.m. From 6:30 p.m. there will be a debate with Czeslaw Walek from Prague Pride and from 7:00 p.m. you can remember yourself the filming of the episode of the popular podcast Vyhonit ďábla about the OnlyFans phenomenon. The recordings are also available on our YouTube channel.
Come and find out which films won this year's Mezipatra! There will be a live closing ceremony on Saturday, November 21 starting at 7:00 p.m. via Moje kino LIVE platform, where we will announce the winners of all three competitions (feature film, short film, audience award). Hosted by favorite Buchty from Radio Wave. The ceremony will be followed by a screening of Zero Patience film and there will also be a closing online party with DJs NCOL, Still Sparkling and Hnát. Don't wait and purchase your tickets here, they are valid for all three parts of the program.
Don't turn on Netflix today because you're watching films from Mezipatra! But you can get closer to Netflix at 6:00 p.m., as it will be discussed in the Netflix & Queer debate. How has the Pose series changed the portrayal of trans characters? How do animated series like She-ra affect the perception of queer heroes among children? What are the issues and practices of portraying minorities in the film and serial production of Western and Eastern Europe? You will learn all this and even more in a panel discussion with film theorists Šárka Gmiterková, Eva Chlumská, Jana Glocarová and director Martin Velič.