Fernando is a lonely ornithologist heading to the remote parts of northern Portugal to find an endangered species of black stork. While kayaking down a river, he is swept away in the rapids, and the straightforward journey with its clear goal suddenly turns in a completely different direction.
Seventeen-year-old Naama spends her free time drinking, experimenting with drugs and loitering with friends. After all, she can't enjoy much peace at home – her overprotective mother and neurotic father basically cannot understand her, and the family atmosphere thickens after her older sister's sudden disappearance.
Because of a flight complication, the Saturday screening of Transparent will be without Rhys Ernst, but visitors can look forward to Cerise Howard, an Australian journalist focusing on trans* representation in film, and to the founder of local Transparent initiative, Damian Machaj.
We are honored to welcome internationally acclaimed filmmaker, photographer and writer Bruce LaBruce on the 17th annual Mezipatra.
Scriptwriter Léo is looking for inspiration for his new film and sets off to the wilderness in search of wolves. In the end, he finds something completely different – shepherdess named Maria, who seduces him and gets pregnant. However, Maria refuses to look after the child and Léo, alone with the baby in his arms, enters the lives of the people in his new environment. Staying Vertical is a dreamy contemplation of the crisis of the role of man and father mingled with natural human sexuality unrestrained by conventions.
Discussions, lectures and Q&As have always been a key part of Mezipatra. We won't rob you of them this year either – in Prague, experts will talk about the phenomenon of chemsex, and the American filmmaker Rhys Ernst will guide you through the trans* movement history in an interactive discussion. In Brno, experts will focus on such diverse topics as queer literature, sexual assistance, and changes brought by the Velvet Revolution. And both cities will discuss the current issue of same-sex marriages.
It wouldn't be right without guests from abroad. This year, they will come from Berlin, Austria, Spain, France, but also from the USA and Israel. You can meet them at discussions and Q&As, at special screenings, and also at a photographic exhibition and at a unique performance which you certainly shouldn't miss!
The festival catalogue still has the scent of fresh print and will make you smile. You can buy it for 50CZK at the box offices of Lucerna, Světozor, Art and Scala cinemas. Don't hesitate, go and get it!