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Festival mixes it up with sex and sentiment
It's not often that words such as porn, raw sex, rape and cum-whore, amongst others, are associated with a festival, but for the world’s oldest lesbian, gay, bi and transgender film event, this is just the surface.
Provocativeness and titillation aside, the Copenhagen MIX – Lesbian, Gay, Bi and Transgender Film Festival as always promises to provide an insightful, emotional, and oftentimes frank look at the lives of the LGBT community around the world.
Aiming to break sexual boundaries and stir up gender politics, there is a great range of events, parties and international films to suit everyone – regardless of sexual orientation.
This is a great chance for music lovers to see three documentaries and a musical for just 100kr. The event focuses on LGBT people within the music world, starting with Wish Me Away, a touching documentary about American country singer Chely Wright, who chose to come out amid criticism. On the other side of the coin, Hit So Hard is the gripping story of openly gay Hole drummer Patty Schemel’s rise to fame and subsequent addiction turmoil. The real standout, however, promises to be Leave it on the Floor, an amazing, sweaty dance musical that will get people moving. Both Beyonce’s music director and choreographer were involved.
Festival organisers have this year chosen to focus on queer activism in Southeast Asia with a special focus on Indonesia. As part of this focus, two documentaries and a feature film will be aired. The award-winning Lovely Man portrays the harsh conditions of the majority of Indonesian transgenders in this well-played drama, while in Tales of the Waria, pivotal issues of the transgender community are also identified. Contextually Indonesia, which has the world’s largest Muslim population, often faces both gender and sexuality issues, especially for women who openly choose to live as lesbians. This and more themes are addressed in the documentary Children of Srikandi, which is the first film made by a lesbian woman in Indonesia.
Virginie Despentes’ biography is short but powerful. A French writer, novelist and filmmaker, she came to fame in 1993 when she released her scandalous novel Baise-Moi (Fuck Me). Since then she has gone on to highlight the remarkable lack of films by female directors and the enduring issue of power relations between the sexes. The women in her films always challenge existing power relations, often because they are portrayed as violent, sexually active and willful – all traditionally masculine characteristics. This year MIX salutes Despentes by showing the film version of Baise-Moi and her newest film Bye Bye Blondie.
This moving documentary tells the story of an evangelical bishop whose two defining passions, god and his partner Mark, are in direct conflict. It was awarded the special jury prize at this years’ Sundance Film Festival.
Empire Bio, Guldbergsgade 29F Cph N; Wed 19:45; tickets www.empirebio.dk
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