Once again, Mezipatra Queer Film Festival will welcome numerous international guests. One of them will be the director and screenwriter Steve McLean. He will introduce his Postcards from London, a film about the attractive world of male escorts who re-create from their bodies live pictures by old painting masters.
Another guest in the live-action section will be the Polish director Olga Chajdas with her debut Nina about a French teacher who falls in love with beautiful Magda while looking for a surrogate mother.
We the Animals will be introduced by Justin Torres, the author of the autobiographical novel that served as the basis for the film adaptation. This poetic film about becoming aware of one's different sexuality in childhood was presented at this year's Sundance, where it won the NEXT Innovator Award.
The accompanying program will feature the visit of Birgit Bosold, the very first woman at the head of the Schwules Musuem (Queer Museum) in Berlin. Her leadership brought to being the successful Homosexualität_en exhibition. Bosold will take part in the Queer History in the Era of Populism discussion in Patra community café.
The headliners of the festival's biggest party, Fata Morgana in Ankali, will be German DJs Acado (formerly Techno Frühstück). Acado made their name in such renowned Berlin clubs as Sisyphos and Ritter Butzke. They now play all over the world and their original sound meanders between tech-house and techno. And the club in Vršovice will also boom by the beats of DJ and activist ODA from Kosovo.
The festival will be also honored by the visit of associate professor Ramsi Fawaz from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the author of the successful publication of The New Mutants: Superheroes and the Radical Imagination of American Comics. Fawaz has prepared a lecture called Entering the Vortex: Avant-Garde Science Fiction Cinema and the Lesbian Feminist Frontier. The event takes place on Tuesday, November 13th, in the small hall of Světozor cinema.
The main jury will include Stuart Richards, a film critic and the author of the Popcorn and Politics: The Importance of the Queer Film Festival. The invitation for the student jury has been accepted by Dora Šustić from Croatia who studies scriptwriting at the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.