Turn your Monday at home into short films evening! For example, enjoy the block It Will Pass that shows that even home may not be a safe place, or Torn from the Chain with heroines and heroes who stand up against the pressure in our society. You shouldn't miss the Queering the Script slide either. What does the representative of Xena, Lucy Lawless, think of the character as a lesbian icon? The documentary, with humor and passionate criticism, recalls essential pop-cultural works. And a special place in our hearts holds the film Matthias & Maxime, which we bought for our distribution.
Sunday's Mezipatra LIVE starts from 6:00 p.m. with interviews of celebrities about their coming out. How did the family and friends of director Kateřina Turečková, YouTuber Lukefry or director Peter Bebjak react? You will find out in the discussion Why We're (Not) Quiet, which will be conducted by journalist Filip Titlbach.
When the parents of fifteen-year-old Ezequiel leave for a month, he finally has enough time and space to satisfy his growing sexual tension. He soon finds distraction in the arms of an older boy, Mono, with whom he enjoys liberating moments of physical as well as spiritual intimacy. But the seemingly idyllic coexistence is soon disturbed by Mono’s “uncle”, who sees not only a handsome youth in Ezequiel, but also an opportunity to make a profit... We’ll be talking about the Argentinian Young Hunter with director Marco Berger at 6:00 p.m.
Have you already seen It Will Pass, a block of short films about the various pitfalls at home? Today at 6:00 p.m., we’ll be talking with Macedonian director Andrey Volkashin about his short film, Snake. Short films are competing for the prize of the student jury (and they can again win an amazing designer award by the award-winning Dechem studio). And we’ll introduce the student jury at 6:40 p.m. Who are Natália Antoňáková, Kryštof Blabla and ISAAC, and which films attracted them and why?
Torn from the Chain is one of our blocks of short films. At 6:00 p.m., we’ll be talking with Simon Bozzelli, the director of J’ador, a film set in the toxically masculine environment of young extremists that you can find in this block. And do you know what Slovak Mezipatra is called? It is Festival Inakosti and we will meet with our Slovak colleagues in the studio at 6:40 p.m.
We’ll meet with the Canadian director Bruce LaBruce in the studio on Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. and we’ll discuss his film, Saint-Narcisse. And what’s new in the Haná region? We’ll find out at 6:40 p.m. when we’ll welcome guests from the Ollove collective from Olomouc. This city usually hosts Mezipatra echoes, but this year, you can watch anywhere, so don’t forget to recommend the festival even to your Moravian auntie. And at 7:15 p.m., Karel Vladyka (known as Just Karen) will welcome the protagonists of Trans* docuseries.
How did you like Cocoon? We will talk about the film live with director Leonie Krippendorff from our queer studio on Tuesday at 6:00 p.m., and there will be room for your questions as well. At 6:40 p.m. we will welcome our colleague Marcela Macháčková, coordinator of the Mezipatra in schools project. Why do we make films about intersexuality for pupils and how do they perceive them? At 7:15 p.m. we will remind you that Fortune favors the prepared. Despite the ubiquitous coronavirus, we must not forget about HIV, so in an interactive lecture by Robert Hejzák from the Czech AIDS Society, we will learn everything we need to know about PrEP.
On Monday, November 9, we will broadcast a live interview with director Daniel Nolasco about his film Dry Wind from our queer studio at 6:00 p.m. Have you seen his NSFW trailer yet? Take a look at Dry Wind and join the Q&A. At 6:40 p.m., we will welcome Viktor Heuman from Trans*parent to the studio. If you don't know Viktor yet, take a look at his profile in this year's docu-series Trans*. At 7:00 p.m., a panel discussion I’m Not a Homophobe, But… will begin, in which the host Bára Šichanová will talk to leading experts about minority stress.
Our Queering the Industry program about the audiovisual industry continues on Sunday. We’ll start at 1:00 p.m. with The Art of Shorts, a program where creators of short films from the main competition will share their successful strategies. At 2:00 p.m., we’re offering a panel about the situation at Czech primary schools, School of Queer Life. At 3:00 p.m., we’ll discuss the state of queer content at streaming platforms in Queer (tele)vision. And from 4:30 p.m., you can enjoy an interview with Leonie Krippendorff (the director of the excellent Cocoon) on how to find and depict the fears and desires of one generation in film. The interview will be hosted by Ryan Keating-Lambert from Movie Barf blog.
The second year of our Queering the Industry section, which examines the film industry from a queer perspective, begins on Saturday. At 2:00 p.m., we will broadcast a masterclass with a new queer cinema icon - Canadian author John Greyson (whose influential work we featured in the festival retrospective in 2007 and whose film Zero Patience will close the festival this year). At 4:00 p.m., we will talk to the organizers of queer film festivals in Eastern Europe and at 8:00 p.m. we will look into the world of online streaming platforms.