Sixth edition of Slovak Queer Film Festival starting in Bratislava
Sixth edition of Slovak Queer Film Festival to be held at Kino Lumière
Already in its sixth year, the 2012 Slovak Queer Film Festival (FFi) will run from 25 to 28 October in two screening rooms at Bratislava's Kino Lumière. As always, the festival features films adressing issues related to the LGBTI minority. Aside from new releases, audiences will get a chance to see classics of queer cinema. And alongside the festival's many foreign pictures, space will also be dedicated to the work of Slovak filmmakers.
Programme highlights include international festival favourite "Circumstance", a film by Iranian director Maryam Keshavarz, telling a tale of forbidden love between two young women. Audiences can also look forward to Serbian film “The Parade” from director Srðan Dragojević, an acerbic comedy about organizing a pride march in Belgrade. “Lots of people still have deeply distorted views of gays, lesbians and transgendered people. If they come to our festival, they’ll discover the diversity of the non-heterosexual world and the true depth of such relationships,” remarked FFi director Zita Hosszúová.
In addition to film screenings, FFi’s organizers have prepared several accompanying events. On Wednesday, 17 Oct at Bratislava’s Studio 12, audiences will be treated to Divadlo NoMantinels’ performance of “Until the End”, a tragicomic look at the lives of three women in a psychiatric hospital. The playwright intends to reflect the negative effects of gender stereotypes on many people's lives. For festival pass holders, admission to the performance is free. And on Saturday, 27 Oct, KC Dunaj will host FFi Night. The evening begins at 6:00 pm with a discussion on homosexual emancipation in modern Czech history, followed by a film screening and a midnight set by Tepláreň Queer Party’s DJs.
This showcase of queer cinema is supported by festival patrons Zuzana Kronerová and Richard Stanke. “Most Slovaks still think that homosexuals all wear pink. Gay clichés die hard. And that’s something we need to fight against, even after all these years. It never fails to surprise me how deeply rooted prejudices are and how any divergence from the mainstream is seen as a threat,” explained Mr Stanke when asked why he supports the festival. FFi is held under the auspices of the Mayor of Bratislava, Milan Ftáčnik. Presale of tickets to the festival begins on 10 Oct at Kino Lumière and the festival bar Deja vu.
Slovak Queer Film Festival
Press Release (8.10.2012)