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The Slovak Queer Film Festival to Start in One Week Time
Dtum pridania:: 20.09.2011, Autor: www.FFi.sk
At the end of September, the Slovak Queer Film Festival celebrates its 5th anniversary. Between September 28 and October 4, dozens of fine films are to be screened for film fans in two screening rooms at FTF VŠMU, Svoradova 2. This year, too, the most attractive films are to be screened in Cinema City (Palace Cinemas), Aupark. New events include two “light” film nights in Meteorit International Theatre, ulenova 3: Gay Night (September 30) and Lesbian Night (October 1). Zuzana Kronerová and Richard Stanke are the patrons of the Festival. Auspices have been taken by Milan Ftánik, the mayor of Bratislava.

The 5th edition of the Slovak Queer Film Festival brings films from several countries. Within the New Century section dedicated to the latest films, USA, Denmark, or New Zealand will be presented, as well as France, Canada, or Argentina, with films like “Three” by Tom Tykwer, the director of “Run, Lola, Run” or “Perfume: The Story of a Murderer”. It is an extraordinary story of a love triangle. Also, the latest film of a talented French director Céline Sciamma is to be screened. “Tomboy” is a beautiful story of growing up and seeking one´s own identity. Danish cinema will be represented by “Nobody Passes Perfectly” by Saskia Bisp, an open and emotionally strong documentary on defining and changing one´s gender identity. Canada will be represented by “I Killed My Mother”, awarded almost 30 times within various film festivals. Xavier Dolan, the director, was only 20 years old, when awarded in Cannes. He also plays the main part in this debut.

The greatest attention is to be given to Israeli cinema. The Fragments of Israel section will not avoid a clash of homosexuality and orthodox Jewishness. This topic is present in “Eyes Wide Open” by Haim Tabakman and “The Secrets” by Avi Nesher. Two films by probably the most famous Israeli gay director, Eytan Fox, are to be screened as well: “Yossi and Jagger” about love between two Israeli soldiers and a playful musical “Mary Lou”. Israeli LGBT community is the topic of “Gay Days”.

As a tradition, the Classics section includes films, historically significant for a queer community. This year, three of them will be screened: “Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit” (d. Beeban Kidron), The Naked Civil Servant (d. Jack Gold) and “The Celluloid Closet” (d. Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman). 

Slovak cinema is presented within the Queering Slovakia section. It will be mainly focused on Róbert Šveda with his two shorts “Journeys to Arles” and “Dream, imagination of Benda Kristová”. Peter Bebjak will be represented by his “Darkroom” and Jozef Vlk by his “The Day”. “Walls are High and Thick” about the famous Slovak stage designer Aleš Votava will be personally presented by Juraj Johanides, director, Anna Grusková, screenwriter, and Richard Stanke, actor, and the Festival patron.

Two film nights are a part of this year´s Festival programme, taking place in Meteorit International Theatre, ulenova 3: Gay Night (September 30) and Lesbian Night (October 1). The Lesbian Night pays honours to three extraordinary BBC adaptations of Sarah Waters´ novels. Besides the latest film “The Night Watch”, the night will belong to lesbian “Victorian Classics” – “Tipping the Velvet” and “Fingersmith”. The Gay Night offers two new significant films of 2011. Subtitle British film “Weekend” screened, among others, within the Forum of Independents at IFF Karlovy Vary. The US “August” about irrepressible attraction of ex partners was favourite at this year´s Outfest in Los Angeles. The third film is an easy-going “The Big Gay Musical”.

Great attention has been paid this year to events. The Slovak Queer Film Festival will offer debates, an exhibition, author´s reading and a theatre play. At FTF VŠMU, Svoradova 2 debates will take place, dealing with homosexuality and Christianity, AIDS in Slovakia, Rainbow Pride Bratislava and a trans phenomenon. During the Festival, the best selling Czech gay author Adam Georgiev will hold his reading.

Theatre play “Sissies” by NoMantinels Theatre is one of the events. It is a story of a trip of four young people that changes their life routine. The play is to be held on September 23 and October 5 in Štúdio 12. “Find Your Love” – this is the title of Dušan Veselovský´s exhibition, taking place from Saturday, October 1 in KC Dunaj. Dušan Veselovský shows journey to find love. His works are his personal expressions, an effort to look at his life from some distance, and his confession. Topic of seeking love is viewed from the perspective of the queer community. The exhibitions runs until October 15.

Advance Ticket Sale is in Ticketportal and in partner Festival venues: Apollon and Dejavu. For more info, please click www.ffi.sk.

Bratislava, 20.9.2011

Roman Samotný
PR Manager
Slovak Queer Film Festival