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Mezipatra

The Days of European Film is the one and only film festival in the Czech Republic that concentrates only on European films. For the 24th time it presents the best of European cinematography of the last few years. The festival presents more than 50 films in 100 screenings devided into thematical sections, that are reflecting the current situation of European society. 

Pass for Mezipatra Festival

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Seven films for the price of less than five when you buy the festival pass. For the Prague part of the festival, passes are available only until 18th October on the website and at the cinemas‘ box offices. Price: 540 CZK Show more

Mezipatra: Tom of Finland

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The lavish biographic drama reflects the life and work of one of the most significant representatives of gay culture in the 20th century, Finnish artist Touko Valio Laaksonen, known worldwide as Tom of Finland. His illustrations, full of homoerotic tension and pornographic scenes, portraying masculine alpha-males with gargantuan genitals, have become legendary. They appeared way before the advent of gay film porn in the second half of the 20th century, and often drew inspiration from the Finnish artist's fantasies. The acclaimed Finnish director Dome Karukoski contrasts a powerful story of an individual and the general history of the 20th century, using the personal history to address important topics related to the gay community's life in the 20th century (war traumas, persecution of gays, the AIDS epidemic, etc.). For the very first time in a live-action film, he focuses on a legend that might have influenced even your sexlife without your realizing it. Show more

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Thursday, 2. 11. 2017
20:002DCS/ES

Mezipatra: In the Name of Ideals

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Making graffiti on a wall in Israel might be slightly different from stealing a Madonna in the highly religious environment of Costarica. Just like robbing your husband and running off with your girlfriend is seemingly different from the defiance of a girl who faces boys from her gang in a fight for a girl's affection. Whatever the protagonists of the six diverse films face, their ideals and the need to defend them is of utmost importance. Show more

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Friday, 3. 11. 2017

Paths

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A kiss by the sea is a promise of eternal love. But who would think of coming to the Baltic shore in the autumn? Nobody except Martin and Andreas, the film's main protagonists, who consider this place an important monument to their relationship. After many years together, numerous life triumphs as well as fatal mistakes, they come here every year to find each other again. While most relationship films end when the main characters fall in love and form a couple, debuting director Chris Miera examines the protagonists’ long-term relationship from the moment their son leaves home for university. Retrospectively, we can observe the milestones in the relationship's fifteen years. What is left of the love between two people after such a long time? And how long is eternity in a relationship? This authentic study of one relationship with a unique melancholic autumn atmosphere and the Baltic shore was presented at this year's Berlinale. Show more

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Friday, 3. 11. 2017
20:30BDCS/ES

Mezipatra: Moments with You

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Some loves and affairs pass too fast to develop fully. The ephemerality of relationships goes hand in hand with their emotional intensity, but beautiful moments don't need to alternate with feelings of grief and loss. Getting stuck in a lift with an unknown lady can thus unexpectedly lead to a few very pleasant minutes. Seven stories about the experiences of fumbling girls as well as confident women. Show more

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Saturday, 4. 11. 2017
18:30HDCS/ES

Mezipatra: My Beautiful Laundrette

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The already classic story of Pakistani immigrant Omar and slacker Johnny takes us to London in the mid 1980s, the era of Margaret Thatcher, who definitely wasn´t friendly towards members of any minorities. Omar´s uncle, Nasser, who has adapted well in the new country, offers his nephew the chance to manage an old laundromat. Johnny, who is unemployed and homeless, starts helping Omar and together they transform it into a prosperous business. A romantic relationship develops between the two young men; unfortunately, however, the xenophobic and homophobic society of the Thatcher era views such issues in a pretty negative light... The film is not only a refreshing comedy, but also an excellent study of a post-modern multicultural Britain. The part of Johnny was the first more significant role played by Daniel Day-Lewis, now a star who has collected the most prestigious film awards. Hanif Kureishi was nominated for an Oscar for this film´s partly biographical screenplay. Show more

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Saturday, 4. 11. 2017
20:302DCS/ES

Mezipatra: Worlds Collide

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The effort to extricate yourself from the environment stifling you is the main topic of the section that depicts confrontations with different social and cultural contexts than the protagonists have been used to. A large part is devoted to emigration and the stories of refugees from Somalia, Uganda and Syria. But sometimes, it's simply the clash of different social bubbles which get into a conflict. Show more

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Sunday, 5. 11. 2017
18:30HDCS/ES

Mezipatra: God’s Own Country

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The vastness of the pastures is interrupted only by a few farms and a town hidden in a valley. Barely anybody lives here in Yorkshire, apart from the sheep farmers and their families. Work without chattering is required, and whoever could has left. This is not the case of Johnny, however, who lives with his sick father and grandmother. He has accepted his fate, no matter how little he likes it. He drinks too much beer, waking up by the toilet bowl every morning. He tries to deaden his feelings to others, and the occasional sex with some local lad can definitely not lead to a relationship. But there's more work on the farm in spring, so help is found in Gheorgh, a Romanian immigrant who still has not lost either joy from work or the desire to love. Will Johnny find it as well? The award-winning hit from Sundance is rightfully labelled as one of this year's most important film revelations. Show more

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Sunday, 5. 11. 2017
20:302DCS

Mezipatra: In the Name of Ideals

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Making graffiti on a wall in Israel might be slightly different from stealing a Madonna in the highly religious environment of Costarica. Just like robbing your husband and running off with your girlfriend is seemingly different from the defiance of a girl who faces boys from her gang in a fight for a girl's affection. Whatever the protagonists of the six diverse films face, their ideals and the need to defend them is of utmost importance. Show more

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Monday, 6. 11. 2017

Mezipatra: The Wound

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Boys in South Africa have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to participate in an initiation ritual and transform into young men. They set off from the modern cities to a tribe living in isolation in the mountains. Kwanda, a boy from a rich family, is to undergo the ritual this time round. Xolani has been chosen as his guardian, to help him through such a momentous event in his life and to look after the boy when he needs it. But the boy's identity interferes with Xolani's life too much. It is becoming increasingly more difficult for Xolani to hide the true reason for his return, which is not his loyalty to the tribe or the financial reward for the guardianship: there's somebody who draws him back year after year. There is, however, no place for love between two men in the homophobic environment. Xolani's ward, therefore, offers an alternative, illustrating a change which offers a happy ending. Show more

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Monday, 6. 11. 2017
20:302DCS/ES

Mezipatra: Moments with You

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Some loves and affairs pass too fast to develop fully. The ephemerality of relationships goes hand in hand with their emotional intensity, but beautiful moments don't need to alternate with feelings of grief and loss. Getting stuck in a lift with an unknown lady can thus unexpectedly lead to a few very pleasant minutes. Seven stories about the experiences of fumbling girls as well as confident women. Show more

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Tuesday, 7. 11. 2017
18:30HDCS/ES

Mezipatra: Tom of Finland

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The lavish biographic drama reflects the life and work of one of the most significant representatives of gay culture in the 20th century, Finnish artist Touko Valio Laaksonen, known worldwide as Tom of Finland. His illustrations, full of homoerotic tension and pornographic scenes, portraying masculine alpha-males with gargantuan genitals, have become legendary. They appeared way before the advent of gay film porn in the second half of the 20th century, and often drew inspiration from the Finnish artist's fantasies. The acclaimed Finnish director Dome Karukoski contrasts a powerful story of an individual and the general history of the 20th century, using the personal history to address important topics related to the gay community's life in the 20th century (war traumas, persecution of gays, the AIDS epidemic, etc.). For the very first time in a live-action film, he focuses on a legend that might have influenced even your sexlife without your realizing it. Show more

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Tuesday, 7. 11. 2017
20:302DCS/ES

Mezipatra: Queer as FAMU II

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After eight years, Mezipatra is once again presenting a non-competition section of short films by students of the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. The five selected films from the last two years illustrate how young filmmakers approach queer topics and how they relate to gender issues and the question of sexuality, and how they reflect their personal experience. Show more

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Wednesday, 8. 11. 2017
18:30HDCS/ES

Mezipatra: All About My Mother

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Pedro Almodóvar's legendary film, awarded an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, is celebrating its eighteenth birthday this year. The main character of the intricate story is Manuela, a nurse who returns home to Barcelona after her son´s tragic death to find her ex-husband, the transsexual Lola. In this iconic queer film, Almodóvar skilfully intertwines typical Hollywood patterns with traditional European skepticism and irony, resulting in a powerful auteur vision. Almodóvar had been the enfant terrible of Spanish cinema up to that point, but this film built his prestigious international reputation. Almodóvar also offered major acting opportunities to his favourite actresses: Cecilia Roth, Marise Paredes and especially Penélope Cruz, whose character of the pregnant nun Rosa served as a starting point for her subsequent roles in Hollywood. One of the most beautiful tributes to female protagonists, and you should definitely see it again. Show more

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Wednesday, 8. 11. 2017
20:002DCS/ES
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