Although things are looking a bit dire in the film industry lately, there’s still hope! Many Prague-based film festivals are adapting and moving online this season and the Mezipatra Queer Film Festival, now in its 21st year, is no exception. The festival will retain its youthful, colourful and carefree spirit despite the circumstances, and will kick off on November 5th with a live broadcast on streaming service Moje Kino, where you can watch a number of award-winning LGBTQ films until November 12th.
Author: Ryan Keating-Lambert
Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Dune’ gets its first trailer
Denis Villenueve’s Dune is one of the most anticipated science fiction blockbusters of the decade, and the first trailer has finally dropped.
The Batman trailer – Pattinson is brutal in an even darker tale of our Dark Knight
The much-anticipated teaser trailer for Matt Reeves’s The Batman is here and it looks to be an even angstier take on the character than past adaptations (if that’s even possible). It looks incredible and Robert Pattinson appears to be a natural.
Interview: Producer Kevan Van Thompson on Queer Czech biopic ‘Charlatan’
New historic drama Charlatan directed by Agnieszka Holland (Europa Europa, The Burning Bush) is turning heads everywhere for its tender portrayal of historic Czech healer Jan Mikolášek who cured hundreds with plant-based remedies during occupied Czechoslovakia.
Palm Springs review – a funny and thought-provoking time-loop comedy
Palm Springs is a colourful and fun take on the time-loop sub-genre; a genre that has been poked and prodded in every which way for decades since Groundhog Day. If you’re looking for a summer flick filled with light laughs, this one is for you. In saying that though, Palm Springs also cynical and bittersweet at times.
Watch for free: ‘Our Iranian Lockdown’ – a rare look inside quarantine in Tehran
The Guardian recently released a free-for-watch documentary short and Q&A with Iranian filmmakers Sara Khaki and Mohammad Reza Eyni, who filmed the early days of lockdown in Iran from within their Tehran apartment.
‘Havel’ hits Czech cinemas and actor Viktor Dvořák is the spitting image
The very first biopic on Czech president and playwright Václav Havel hits Czech cinemas today. Written and directed by Slávek Horák (Home Care), Havel covers the early years of the Czech icon’s dissident life up to the Velvet Revolution.
On a personal note: I wrote a screenplay on body-shaming in the gay community
I’m extremely grateful for my friends at armarolla literary journal who recently published an abridged version of my short horror screenplay Sirens featuring the stunning photography of Prague-based photographer Richard Hodonicky and Slovak dancer and performance artist Martin Talaga, who has believed in this project from day one – thank you. The new issue of the journal is dedicated to musings of love and features the work of talented writers from all over the world.
Interview – Gem Deger on Xavier Dolan, getting high and new film Playdurizm
Prague-based filmmaker Gem Deger’s debut feature film Playdurizm recently dropped its first trailer so I sat down with the young filmmaker to talk about making writingk, directing and starring in his own film, watching David Cronenberg as a child and his obsession with neon lighting.
Train to Busan: Peninsula trailer – OK, this looks intense
The follow-up to the popular South-Korean zombie horror film finally has a trailer, and it looks like they’ve cranked it up a notch.