Does it still make sense to define genres in a world where the boundaries between male and female are becoming less clear?
How do we understand and give visibility to the growing multiplicity of sexual identities?
What should the relationship be between cinema and other artistic expressions with sexual diversity?
Since its genesis in the early 90’s, MixBrasil Festival has provided a moment of reflection on the changes, advances and setbacks that humans have experienced in their way of living and assuming their diversity.
This year the three symbols circle-triangle-square of the MixBrasil logo, representing g-l-s (or perhaps man-woman-trans) were combined randomly to form the suits of the playing cards- the symbol of this 22nd edition.
For number enthusiasts, we have a record to offer: we received over 300 entries resulting from the work with film screenings throughout Brazil and a constant and striking presence in numerous festivals abroad for more than two decades.
The growth of the Brazilian feature films production, which was seen in our cinemas with the successful blockbuster The Way He Looks, and other films such as Praia do Futuro, had already been flagged in the then unprecedented total of eight feature films in the Festival last year. This trend was consolidated and for the first time eleven feature and medium-length films join the short films in the Competitive Brazil category, which has shown great consistency with the diversity of Brazilian cinema for fifteen years. Thus the International Panorama will gather only foreign films – and this year 29 countries are represented in MixBrasil.
To show the strength of this LGBT production, this year three films that were Oscar-nominated to represent their countries (Brazil, Portugal and Canada) are in the schedule.
Among the programs of international short films, classic selections, such as Sexy Boys (in XXX version), Girls on Film, Heterodoxos and TransRevolução, new themes served as curatorial amalgamation, such as DR – Discussing Relationships (which, to our surprise, has only gay films and no lesbian ones!) and Rough Beard & Other Bears (to embrace the enormous number of bear productions). And we’ll also have films from eleven states in Brazil.
Dramática em Cena, the scenic branch of the Festival whose representation has been growing in every edition, brings successful plays of the season, such as Or You Could Kiss Me and Genet, the world premiere of The Refrigerator and a total of 13 shows, performances and readings that suggest new paths of the Brazilian theater. The international attraction is the dance show Blood, based on the work of the duo Gilbert and George, presented by the English company Jean Abreu Dance.
As always, we honor the past to understand our history and how we got here. The section Pioneiros do Cinema Homoerótico [Pioneers of Homoerotic Cinema] pays homage to the brave artists who shaped the beginnings of a gay aesthetic and we remember the 20 years of Go Fish (including the cult presence of the fox Guinevere Turner).
This year, the renewal of the partnership with Sabesp, Secretary of Culture of the State of São Paulo, São Paulo City Hall and SESC allowed a more complete and courageous edition, which offers to the audience in São Paulo and in all cities where the Festival will be held the message of a culture of tolerance, peace and love with no fear of being happy.
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