Karen’s Corner: Guide to Mezipatra 2019

Our drag star Just Karen is returning to Kink with a set of must-see tips for this year's edition of the Czech queer film festival Mezipatra!


Hey, Kittens! Summer is long gone and seasonal depression is in full bloom, but if there is one thing I have been just absolutely looking forward to this Fall, it’s the 20th Mezipatra Queer Film Festival in November.

It’s kind of like Pride, but better: for a whole week, you get to see the best queer movies from around the world, go to stunning drag shows, stimulating discussions and wild queer parties, and you can wear gorgeous second-hand fur coats while doing it.

This year is packed with must-see movies, events and off-program screenings, and that’s why I’m here to help you, luv. Here is a rundown of the things that I am personally most excited for, in a completely random order (but make sure to check out the whole program and screening times at Mezipatra’s website).



Nov. 10 / 8:00 p.m.
Admission: free

Okay, so this is completely random and definitely not a plug, but I, Just Karen, am the main and only star of this short series made by Hannah Saleh and Jana Patočková that’s going to premiere at the festival. Think Jordan Peterson meets Trixie and Katya, but it’s only me giving questionable life advice and getting shitfaced. I don’t want to give anything away, but it’s really amazing and kind of funny – I will teach you how to throw shade, how to dress or how to have a relaxing evening at home. Come see for yourself! It’s for free and you also get to see me and my best Judys Tonic, La Cuntessa, Miss Petty and Miss Carriage perform.



Queeriety: A Mezipatra Drag Extravaganza
Czech Inn Bar
Nov. 8 / 8:30 p.m.
Admission: CZK 300 (pre-sale at GoOut.cz)

Okay, also definitely not a plug, but before we get to the movies: do not miss this stunning movie-themed queer variety show! Some of Prague’s best drag queens, dancers, singers and comedians bring you a true variety show. Hosted by me and my ugly step-sister Tonic.


Dokud se tančí

And Then We Danced by Levan Akin
Now for the movies! As soon as I heard about this one I was sold. A sensual forbidden romance between two beautiful Georgian dancers? An inner conflict between one’s deep-rooted traditional values and one’s true desires, the longing to be a gorgeous free butterfly that can dance really well? I can’t wait to see how this one turns out! Catch me sobbing and salivating in the first row.
Watch the trailer here.



Adam by Rhys Ernst
The premise of this year’s opening movie seems a bit questionable at first – a straight cis boy pretends to be trans to get a girl (I am reminded of MTV’s spooky pseudo-LGBTQ series Faking It) – but then judging by the trailer, it might turn out to be a cute flick about queer community and understanding. It looks fun, and we need more fun queer movies, if you ask me. Mj Rodriguez is in it!
Watch the trailer here.



Something Must Break / Nånting Måste Gå Sönder by Ester Martin Bergsmark
This blast from the past is not only one of the most beautiful portrayals of a young trans character I’ve ever seen, but of youth in general. The painful longing, the visually appealing boredom, the IKEAs, the BOPS. The Swedish just know what they’re doing, I always say it! It also has one of the most gag-worthy movie endings ever. If you haven’t seen it yet, you absolutely have to, luv. Also, read our interview with Saga Becker from a couple of years ago here!
Watch the trailer here.



Matthias & Maxime
 by Xavier Dolan
Dolan’s new movie! He describes it as a quieter, more tender flick than some of his previous ones and I’m here for it. Two friends who kiss for art and realize there might be more between them… Sounds cute. Kind of terrible, but cute. Might cry.
Watch the trailer here.


Brief Story from the Green Planet

Brief Story from the Green Planet / Breve historia del planeta verde
 by Santiago Loza
A quirky queer intergalactic road movie about the importance of friendship and solidarity? Yes queen, I’ll be there.
Watch the trailer here.



End of the Century / Fin de siglo by Lucio Castro
A gay holiday love story set in Barcelona? Yes sir. „The inconspicuous admiration from afar gradually grows into stolen kisses and finally passionate sex. The lovers spend a whole day together. But the situation starts to feel familiar to both. Is this truly their first meeting?“ Ah, we’ve… met before. We’ve all been there. Not to be homophobic, but literally all gays look the same; sometimes I have trouble telling my own bearded friends apart, let alone the guys I sleep with. Jokes aside, this looks like a great movie and it won the main award at the Frameline festival in San Francisco, and I can’t wait to see it (but gays are still awful).
Watch the trailer here.


Jonathan Agassi mi zachránil život

Jonathan Agassi Saved My Life
 by Tomer Heymann

This documentary follows famous porn star Jonathan Agassi through his exciting life full of sexual adventures, travelling and endless parties; I don’t think I’ll ever be a pornstar, but this is a lifestyle I can relate to. Described as an emotionally thrilling film about finding the balance between hedonism and the search for genuine connection and affection, I really can’t wait to have a good cry at this one. I feel like it’s going to be, like, transformative. Last year’s Sauvage did that to me, too – if you haven’t seen that one, you can catch up now!
Watch the trailer here.



Burn The House Down
 by Giselle Bailey and Nneka Onuorah
The title says it all! This documentary focuses on Kiddy Smile, an immigrant from Cameroon in Paris who’s involved in the local queer community, music and ballroom scene. Paris really is burning! Ha. Too soon?


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Queering the industry
Nov. 10 / 12:00 a.m. brunch, 1:00 p.m. presentations
Admission: free

Last but not least on my program is this gorgeous new addition to Mezipatra – a brunch and discussion with talented queer filmmakers about how an independent queer movie gets made and financed. I’ll be hosting the discussion, but please come.


As I said luv, it’s a lot! Make sure to check out the whole program, including the packed short films selections and much more here.



Text by Just Karen aka Karel Vladyka

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