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.
A large part of the accompanying program in Prague comprises the popular section not only form film professionals, Queering the Industry. It will take place in Svět HUB at the weekend of November 6-7, and is fully in English. The first day will start at 11 a.m. with the Festivals of the Future discussion with the representatives of young queer film festivals from Cyprus, remote parts of Italy, and Portugal. At 2 p.m., it will be followed by a discussion on casting queer characters in Who Gets to Tell Your Story?, with the representatives of queer cinema from all over Europe.
Apart from the main competition, the festival also features a selection of short films. The films, judged by a student jury, are divided into seven thematically different blocks. Eyes on You offers stories of female protagonists - among these you can look forward to Each and Every Night (Et Chaque nuit) that will bring you to an animated world full of imagination where little Lea has been seeing shiny deer-like creatures. Another one is a German movie Frida, an intimate and quiet study of the need for human closeness won the Queer Palm for Best Short Film at the Cannes Film Festival. The film In this moment / En ce moment) brings a personal analysis of two women’s fragile bond and in the details of the poetic camera captures the ups and downs of living together.
The main competition of Mezipatra Queer Film Festival will introduce ten feature films. Six of the films competing for the prize of the international jury were directed by women. One of them is the French director Catherine Corsini and her harsh social drama, The Divide (Le Fracture), about a couple whose mishap leads them to the emergency room of a Paris hospital during the Yellow Vests protests.
Mezipatra QFF celebrates life! The 22nd edition of the festival will showcase films that celebrate life at any age and the diversity of queer identity. We invite you to the Petrohradská Cinema(Petrohradská 13/438, Praha 10) on October 14 at 6:00 PM, where we will premiere the festival trailer directed by Štěpán FOK Vodrážka. During the evening, we will also present this year’s program of the festival. Join us to know which films you simply cannot miss! DJ Ncol will accompany you throughout the evening. Up-to-date info in the FB event.