Everything ends and the 22nd year of Mezipatra has successfully reached the finish line. The closing ceremony of the queer film festival took place in Brno on November 20, where a total of 88 films from six continents were presented this year. During the ceremony, the audience award was announced. This year, it went to the Czech documentary The Law of Love, which was filmed by Barbora Chalupová and dealt with the topic of equal marriage in the Czech Republic.
The Art cinema hosted the screening of the TBH series, the first web series produced by Česká televize. Its ten episodes tell the story about the search for solid ground beneath one's feet not only after the traumatic event, but also in the turbulent teenage years under the omnipresent eye of social media.
The screening was followed by the a discussion with the audience.
We have added an additional screening of TBH scheduled for 16 November 2021 in the Art.
The Goose on a String Theatre is coming out in November as an LGBTQ+ friendly institution. The theatre will host the Mezipatra festival discussions with a focus on topics such as religion and sexuality, internationalized homophobia and also sexuality and identity in the changing modern age.
14.11. Why Are We Shooting Into Our Own Ranks?
15.11. Is God Homophobic?
16.11. Wolfgang Spitzbardt's Transitions
Brno, Sunday 14 November 2021 — Come and join us for the Brno film marathon in the Scala cinema where you can hide from the autumn weather. A total of 4 films are waiting for you. Click the film names for more information and tickets. Tickets are also sold at the door.
Prague part of Mezipatra might have finished yesterday, but on Thursday, you still have a chance to see the best of the whole festival. Literally! You can look forward to the winner of the main competition, Jumbo. Shy Jeanne lives with her mother and works in an amusement park nearby. Nothing much happens in her strange but rather quiet life.. That is, until she falls in love for the first time. To the horror of her mother as well as others, her feelings centre on the new centrifuge which she calls Jumbo. How can this unusual romance end? You’ll find out in this film, which premiered at Sundance and won a Guilde Film Preiss at Berlinale, starring the amazing Noémie Merlant from Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) as Jeanne.
You can also enjoy the latest film by one of the most talented directors of his generation, Xavier Dolan. Matthias & Maxime have been inseparable friends since childhood. But when they’re asked to kiss in front of a camera while shooting a student film, everything suddenly changes. What are their true feelings for each other? Yeas pass by, their paths diverge, but as their 30th birthdays approach, they must both make a decision which will dramatically affect their future.
And Swim Club will host the sadly truly last party of Prague Mezipatra. With their typical enthusiasm, Future jiskří collective has prepared a celebration of life at an avant-garde party full of glitter and mesmerising electronic beats. You can look forward to live performances by Toyota Vangelis, Kewu + Terra, Lil Autotune and litterbin b2b Nevinnost.
Saturday in Kino Pilotů will be in the spirit of German-speaking countries. You can enjoy a parade of experimental shorts from Austria, Inside the Kaleidoscope, or Bliss by director Henrika Kull. The film from this year’s Berlinale depicts a loving relationship of two prostitutes in an original way and without scruples.
How to start the weekend in a better way than with a great movie, in even greater company? Go with your friends to see the movie Landlocked. Nick tries to be an exemplary father and not repeat his parents' mistakes. He has suffered from childhood trauma since the moment his trans-parent Brian left him. Will they ever find common ground again? You will find out on Friday, November 5, from 8 pm at the Kino Pilotů.
Another film tip is the drama Why Not You (Hochwald) from 6 pm in Světozor. The film follows the dancer Maria in a sleepy Tyrolean small town. The picturesque idyll is disturbed by an attack in a gay club, during which his friend dies. Evi Romen's directorial debut sensitively deals with a difficult and unfortunately highly discussed topic.
The First Death of Joana (A Primeira Morte de Joana) takes you into the world of a thirteen-year-old girl who with her best friend searches for the reason why her favorite great-aunt lived alone and never had a boyfriend. In addition to family secrets, Joana also reveals the truth about herself. The film full of tenderness from the Brazilian countryside will be screened in Lucerna from 8:30 pm.
You will visit Brazil also thanks to the film Dry Wind (Vento Seco). This extravagant hit by director Daniel Nolasco about desire in its purest form will take you into the world of untamed ideas, where everything is subject to lust, the desire for love and the feeling of closeness. The original film had its world premiere at the Berlinale and you will see it at Mezipatra at 8.30 pm in Světozor.
Mezipatra festival will soon move to its second half. But there is still a lot to see! On Monday at 20:30, you can go see a sensitive road movie Landlocked in Lucerna. Timothy Hall's film opens up a topic of problems between children and their trans parents. The film will be presented by its director Timothy Hall, and after the screening, it will also be available at Q&A with the character's character Nick, actor Dustin Gooch.
At the same time, but in the Světozor cinema, Daniel Sánchez López's film Boy Meets Boy will be screened. One meeting on the dance floor will change his life. The director himself will present this walk around the city of Berlin.
Cocoon / Kokon will also take you to Berlin. Fourteen-year-old Nora spends her summer vacation at home in Berlin's Kreuzberg hip district. Her older sister, who practically raised her, enjoys free time with a group of friends and drags the girl everywhere with her. Everyday boredom begins to disappear when Nora meets a free-spirited and charismatic Roma. You will see the film from 20:45 in Světozor.
You can complete your queer education on the documentary Before Stonewall from 20:00 in kino Pilotů. He historically maps the steps that led to the incident, which became a major milestone in queer culture and its struggle for equality. The film touches on a number of key topics, including the social experimentation of the tumultuous 1920s, the creation of scapegoats from gays during the McCarthy era, or the development of the early gay and lesbian rights movement in the 1950s.
Rise and shine, because Mezipatra is here tomorrow! What are the things you can’t miss on the first festival day on Thursday, 4/11? Apart from the opening ceremony at Lucerna cinema at 18:15, and The Divide, which won a Queer Palm at Cannes, it’s definitely Belgian road movie Lola. Director Laurent Micheli follows the disrupted relationship of a trans girl and her father on their journey to the sea, where they want to scatter the ashes of their beloved mother and wife. You can see the film in Světozor cinema at 20:45.
After the online edition, the accompanying program of Mezipatra Queer Film Festival returns in full force. This year, it offers 30 events in Prague and Brno!