Seventh Slovak Queer Film Festival to feature Cannes winner

03.10.2013

Press release (30. 9. 2013)

From 23 to 27 October 2013, Bratislava’s Kino Lumière will transform into the hub of the seventh Slovak Queer Film Festival (Filmový festival inakosti – FFi), focused on films with LGBTI topics. LGBTI is the most common way to refer to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and intersexual people, those whose cinematic stories the festival is dedicated to.

As always, this year's programme features a number of awarded titles, including the latest winner of Cannes’ Palme d’Or, Blue is the Warmest Color (La Vie d'Adèle, Abdel Kechiche, 2013). Critics are saying that this sensitively directed French film pushes the boundaries of cinematic eroticism in its depiction of the romance between young Adèle and the eccentric artist Emma.

In a completely different vein, the American comedy Gayby (Jonathan Lisecki, 2012) tells the story of two friends from college—a gay man and a straight woman—who decide to have a baby together. Things get complicated—and not just because of their sexual orientations...

For proof that “queer cinema" is far from a foreign concept in our neck of the woods, look no further than In the Name Of (W imie…, 2013) from Polish director Małgorzata Szumowska. The young filmmaker’s visually appealing picture addresses the controversial topic of homosexuality among the Roman Catholic clergy.

“Every year we do our best to put together the most diverse programme possible, one that does justice to LGBTI people’s variety of life experiences, while also reflecting the latest developments of world cinema. We’re confident that this selection of over 20 films will open doors to the world of understanding differences and recognizing similarities," says Zita Hosszúová, the festival’s director. She adds that the festival’s diversity will extend beyond its screening schedule. Through lectures and discussions, FFi’s organizers aim to cover the widest possible spectrum of topics that resonate both within and without the LGBTI community. What are the ways same-sex couples can obtain legal status in Slovakia?  What kind of presence does the LGBTI community have in the workplace? What is important to know, even if you don't necessarily want to, about sex with the same gender? These questions and more will be tackled by expert guests together with festival audiences.

Already in its seventh incarnation, the festival is yet again being held under the patronage of Zuzana Kronerová and Richard Stanke, and under the auspice of Tomáš Borec, Slovak Minister of Justice and chairman of Slovakia’s Committee for the Rights of LGBTI People. This year’s FFi is also part of the Rainbow Year (Dúhový rok) project, aimed at reducing homophobia and improving the social acceptance of LGBTI people in Slovakia. The project is being implemented in cooperation with NoMantinels Theatre.

 

This event is being held with the financial support of the Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic and the 2009–2014 EEA Financial Mechanism.

The 2013 Slovak Queer Film Festival is held under the auspice of Slovak Minister of Justice Tomáš Borec, chairman of the Committee for the Rights of LGBTI People.

Organizer: Iniciatíva Inakosť                        

Main partners: The Embassy of the United States in Bratislava • The Embassy of the Swiss Confederation in Bratislava • The Goethe-Institut in Bratislava • The Polish Institute in Bratislava • The Embassy of Israel in Slovakia • Film Europe Media Company

Media partners: iGirls.cz • iBoys.cz • Rádio_FM • Pravda • Kam do mesta • Colourplanet.cz • www.slovakfilm.sk

Partners: Kino Lumière • DEJA VU bar • Artforum • Moshi Moshi • CzechTourism • Tuli • Art Film Fest • The Slovak Film Institute • The City of Bratislava • Slobodné vinárstvo • Q-Centrum • Rainbow PRIDE Bratislava • NoMantinels


The Slovak Queer Film Festival (FFi) is a festival for lesbian, gay, bisexual transgendered and intersexual people and their families, children and friends. FFi was established as a sophisticated venue for the presentation of quality Slovak and international cinema, intended to entertain heterosexual and non-heterosexual film fans, fight homophobia and xenophobia, and encourage society to discuss and address the problems afflicting Slovakia’s continually ignored LGBTI minority. Iniciatíva Inakosť is FFi’s lead organizer. FFi 2013 is a part of the Rainbow Year project.


Iniciatíva Inakosť is a non-governmental non-profit organization whose primary goal is to defend and advance the human rights of LGBTI people, unveil and eliminate all forms of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, and free society from homophobia and transphobia. Its member organizations include the Queer Leaders Forum, Pro Choice, NoMantinels, TransFúzia and the Lotus Flowers Sport Club.


Rainbow Year (October 2013 to May 2015) is a project focused on activities—cultural events, information campaigns, expert discussions, historical research—oriented towards reducing homophobia and social acceptance of LGBTI people in Slovakia. Rainbow Year has been given €74,931.75 in support from the Fund for Non-governmental Organizations, financed by the 2009–2014 EEA Financial Mechanism. The Fund is administered by the Open Society Foundation. The goal of the Rainbow Year project is to support active civic engagement. The project is being implemented by the NoMantinels citizens’ association in cooperation with Iniciatíva Inakosť.