Mezipatra Queer film festival 2021

 

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Mezipatra 2021: The Divide

Raph cannot accept that, after so many years and so many arguments, her wife Julie has finally decided to leave her. She's ready to do anything to save the relationship. But careless behaviour brings them both to the ER of a Parisian hospital, which is bursting with people injured during the Yellow Vest protests. The staff is overworked; the stressed patients must spend long hours in the crowded waiting room. This environment naturally incites new encounters, heated debates, and mutual support -- fear and pain don‘t make any difference between an upper-class intellectual and a truck driver. But the riots outside the windows are escalating, mirroring the tension inside the hospital, where the differences between the characters grow dramatically. With empathy and honesty, this thrilling social drama by the award-winning director Catherine Corsini reflects French society today and its main problem: omnipresent social inequality. The film won a Queer Palm at this year’s Cannes for its harsh commentary on the social situation, the breathtaking acting performances, and unparalleled filmmaking. Show more

2D CS/ES 15
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4. 11. Thursday

130,00 18:15
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Mezipatra 2021: Threshold

The autobiographical documentary follows five years in the life of teenage Noah, who’s looking for his identity across the gender scale. He is able to talk about his mental processes and feelings clearly, precisely, and openly. The director, Coraci Ruiz, is his mother, and she has sensitively mapped the teenage years crowned with transition and hasn’t shied away from such difficult questions as gender fluidity and deeply rooted fears. She uses the camera primarily as a means of understanding – her son as well as complex issues. Ruiz has always been active in the fight for gender equality and grew up with a mother who fought for female emancipation and freedom in family relationships. Ruiz is now startig the fight for the equality of queer people and must re-evaluate her, already very open-minded, opinions. The documentary was created as a post-graduate work, and the director therefore offers not only an intimate family film, but also a passionate, almost scientific, examination of gender identity transformations and the three-generational fight for equality in Brazil. The film premiered at the prestigious Hot Docs festival in Canada. Show more

2D CS/ES 15
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4. 11. Thursday

130,00 18:30
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Mezipatra 2021: Out Of My Shell

Figuring out and accepting one’s gender identity is a challenge every trans person faces. It is difficult, but it can be dealt with in the safety of one’s own room. The protagonists (and one dinosaur) of this block are past this step, and now they must share their desires, fears, and joys with the world. And show they’ll never give up. Show more

2D CS/ES 15
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4. 11. Thursday

130,00 20:30
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Mezipatra 2021: Queer as Film Schools

The Queer as Film Schools block presents a wider range of students’ queer work, this time exclusively by Czech filmmakers or created at Czech art schools. The selection of shorts includes live-action, documentary and experimental work on topics that have resonated in student films across genres in recent years. Queer as Film Schools, this time from FAMU and UMPRUM. Show more

2D CS/ES 15
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5. 11. Friday

130,00 18:30
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Mezipatra 2021: The First Death of Joana

Joana is a curious thirteen-year-old girl who, together with her best friend Carolina, starts digging into the family history. Driven by the desire to discover why her favourite grand-auntie lived alone and never had a boyfriend, Joana starts unraveling the stories of the women in her family and asking herself new questions. She takes the first step into the adult world, but she doesn‘t fully understand it yet. And when gossip about Carolina kissing a girl starts spreading in the conservative Brazilian countryside, the dynamics between the girls gradually changes. Follow Joana on her path to sexual awakening in the fragile setting of a family dealing with a loss. Sincere, sensitive and with breathtaking acting by the teenage protagonists, the film is filled with mystery and tenderness and offers a brilliant reflection of stories and values passed from generation to generation, and of the fact that we sometimes cannot understand them easily. Show more

2D CS/ES 15
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5. 11. Friday

130,00 20:30
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Mezipatra 2021: How to Survive a Plague

“The whole world is watching!”, chant the protestors in front of the barricaded National Institute of Health, where the bureaucratic unwillingness to hold a dialogue or take any action costs more lives each day. We are in the 1980s, and a disease is spreading as fast as the flu, striking predominantly young men and turning them into withering, dying wrecks in a horrifyingly short period of time. Nobody has any information, the media and the government are silent and whispers start spreading about a “homosexual plague”, with no treatment available, nor any advice on how to protect yourself. David France's documentary uses exclusive, never-seen-before footage shot directly on the spot and at a time when two activist groups – ACT UP and TAG – joined forces and started fighting for their lives. They themselves searched for treatment possibilities of at least the symptoms, created huge community support and used guerilla non-violent protests combined with radical art to break the general silence that was literally deadly. A thrilling, uncompromising film about a revolution and its heroes. Show more

2D CS 15
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6. 11. Saturday

130,00 18:30
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Mezipatra 2021: Boy Meets Boy

Harry is visiting Berlin, but rather than sightseeing, he’s out enjoying casual sex. Johannes loves dancing, so he heads out from an empty studio apartment directly to a club. A chance encounter of two twenty-something men on the dance floor turns into an unexpected date full of honesty and tenderness, but also clashes in worldviews and opinions on relationships. A walk full of long talks with his charming companion changes Johannes' view on the German metropolis as well as life as such. As they wander through the city, they’re both forced to reconsider their own truths and contrasting values. Will they manage to connect their two worlds for the limited time they have together and ignore the differences dividing them? A mumblecore about a brief meeting which, despite the strict time limit, brings precious moments of joy not only to the protagonists themselves. The film was nominated for Outstanding First Feature at the Frameline Film Festival and for the Sunny Bunny Prize at the Molodist Kyiv Film Festival for Best LGBTQ Film. It ended up taking home the Special Jury Prize from Kyiv. Show more

2D CS/ES 15
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6. 11. Saturday

130,00 20:30
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Mezipatra 2021: Injection – Explosion – Destruction

A slight horror story about one missed love, a Lynchesque ride fleeing the law, Eleganza ExtravaBunkerGanzza, a candle commercial produced by a computer, and twisted characters like from a midnight film about the consequences of unintended drug use. Enjoy a dose of explosive films that you’ll fall in love with, although they’re a bit weird. Or rather because they’re weird! Show more

2D CS/ES 18
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7. 11. Sunday

130,00 18:30
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Mezipatra 2021: Sweetheart

Franny je zcela dezorientovaná jak ve svém pracovním, tak i v soukromém životě a k tomu má tendence k panickým záchvatům. Oproti ní je samoživitelka Mel tvrdá soběstačná žena, která chce krádeží diamantu sobě a své dceři zajistit lepší život. Ať už je její plán sebelepší, jeho realizace neproběhne zrovna ideálně. Nikdo by jí ale rozhodně nepřál vzít si za rukojmí zrovna Franny. Zatímco velitelka útvaru rychlého nasazení Ingrid von Kaiten je oběma na stopě, Franny svými panickými záchvaty a vtipy o matkách přivádí Mel k šílenství. Navíc je tu ještě atraktivní policista Harry, který Franny totálně zamotá hlavu a stane se druhým rukojmím. Chaos je dokonán. Show more

2D CS/ES 15
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7. 11. Sunday

130,00 20:30
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Mezipatra 2021: Genderation

The iconic queer filmmaker Monika Treut returns to the protagonists of her groundbreaking documentary Gendernauts (1999), which followed the transgender movement in the vibrant San Francisco of the 1990s. Some of them had to leave the metropolis, which has become a technological superpower with the second highest rent in the world; others have stayed. They do, however, have one thing in common: despite the world and their priorities having dramatically changed in the last 20 years, their desire to dismantle the traditional social structures has remained unbroken, just like their dream of a fair world where all people can live freely, regardless of their gender identity. Through sensitively conducted interviews and spontaneous discussions, Genderation addresses the highly relevant topics of LGBTQ+ rights, ecological activism, and the effort to spend old age well. Show more

2D CS 15
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8. 11. Monday

130,00 18:30
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Mezipatra 2021: Landlocked

Nick strives to be the perfect husband and father and avoid his parents’ mistakes -- when he was a child, his trans parent, Briana, left the family. The recent death of his mother, however, pushes Nick to contact Briana. The duo set off on a journey to the coast where they plan to scatter the ashes. Will they overcome the initial incomprehension of the gender identity of the ageing parent and find some common ground? This intimate road movie addresses the painful topic of problems between children and their trans parents and will enchant you with the acting performances. The fleeting glimpses into the past and music by Son of Cloud help to make Landlocked an experience for all the senses, a fact also confirmed by the film winning the Gió Stajano prize at the Lovers Film festival in Torino. Show more

2D CS 15
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8. 11. Monday

130,00 20:30
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Mezipatra 2021: Delicious Boys

When a boy meets a boy, a wide range of tastes opens. One longs for pure love, another for animalistic sex. Whether you prefer a romantic poem or a buttplug, you can truly stuff yourself. Sometimes, a bitter homophobic aftertaste or rejection cannot be avoided, but it’s a small price to pay for the pleasure of the rich feast. Come and take a bite (sometimes even literally)! Show more

2D CS/ES 15
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9. 11. Tuesday

130,00 18:30
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Mezipatra 2021: Moneyboys

Fei is a moneyboy, as prostitutes for rich men are called in China. The money he earns goes to luxury clothing and a flat, but he still sends most of it to his family in a village. The family accepts his money, but the same cannot be said about his orientation. Fei is also still bothered by the end of his big love from long ago. A visit from a slightly irritating childhood friend also provides a chance for some reflection. Will Fei manage to deal with the past without hurting everybody around him? The director, who is of Taiwanese origin, uses Fei’s story to point out many problems not only within Chinese society. The “corrupt” big cities, which offer seemingly limitless freedom, are contrasted with poor villages, where one is bound by traditions and family expectations. The central topic of the film is the value of happiness, and whether sacrificing one’s satisfaction for a family that only harbours incomprehension is even worth it, especially when the price to pay is destroyed relationships… The film’s formal aspect is truly captivating – each shot offers an epic image from Fei’s life, and you can dive right into it together with him and enjoy the absolute crème de la crème of this year’s festival. Show more

2D CS/ES 15
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9. 11. Tuesday

130,00 20:30
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Mezipatra 2021: The Invisibles

This intimate documentary disputes the stereotype of queer life through stories of older members of the LGBTQ+ community. The shared stories allow a peek into French households at a time when homosexuality wasn’t even talked about, as well as into the current state of love life after fifty. Romantic gestures alternate with arguing and banter. Love goes its way, whether it’s a heterosexual or homosexual couple. However, growing up at a time that was hostile to any other love than between a man and a woman has left marks even later in life, not only in how relationships are perceived, but also one’s own identity. The documentary The Invisible Ones offers a detailed insight into the lives of several protagonists who will guide us through the transformation of queer life from the mid 20th century to today. Show more

2D CS/ES 15
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10. 11. Wednesday

130,00 18:15
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Mezipatra 2021: Eyes On You

You can look at yourself and at others in many different ways. The girls and women of this block try many things. They put on VR glasses to see a more colourful world; others try to understand the world through pop culture icons. Whether they look through the camera or anything else, the harsh reality always catches up with them nevertheless. Show more

2D CS/ES 15
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10. 11. Wednesday

130,00 18:30
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Mezipatra 2021: Bliss

Sascha‘s everyday routine of working in a brothel changes when Maria joins the team. Mutual attraction flares, and a tender relationship blossoms between the two women, but their profession complicates it. Maria is partly able to distance herself from the work, but Sascha seems to succumb to emotional burnout. On top of that, as a divorced mother, she strives to preserve the relationship with her son, and cannot avoid the hard clash of the two worlds. Presented at this year’s Berlinale, the film depicts work in a brothel uniquely and without scruples, painting a complex image of the characters through a daring contrast of mechanical sex scenes alternating with moments of tender intimacy. Show more

2D CS/ES 15
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10. 11. Wednesday

130,00 21:00

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