By Ryan Keating-Lambert
The 17th Mezipatra Queer Film Festival kicks off today with a heap of films, workshops, exhibitions, decent parties, and an all-round healthy dose of queer culture – all under the umbrella of this years theme, The Limits of Liberty. The official festival runs from Thursday 3-10 November in Prague and 11-18 November in Brno, but keep an eye out for other events in Olomouc, Ostrava and other places.
This year’s film programme is particularly noteworthy as it boasts the ‘retro’ classic Hedwig and the Angry Inch – the hilarious story of an East German half man / half woman punk rock singer and her band of misfits. There will also be a multitude of internationally renowned queer films of recent years including opening night Austrian film Tomcat. My personal pick though would be The Ornithologist set in the lush nature of Portugal.
Themes of love and ephemerality will dominate the short film programme where there is over 40 altogether – surely something for everyone there. Whereas the documentary programme explores themes of sex, drugs and activism and boasts the noteworthy Queen of Ireland – the story of Patti Bliss, an extremely influential and entertaining drag queen who campaigned for both same-sex marriage and adoption.
Keep watching this space for reviews and updates on a few of the films and hopefully see you at the opening party tonight in Kino Lucerna.