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MiX Festival 2022

Industry Report: Gender Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

The MiX returns to Milan under the banner of 'Back to Love'

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From 16 to 19 June, the 36th edition of the Milano MiX Festival of Gay and Lesbian Cinema and Queer Culture returns with 50 films in competition

The MiX returns to Milan under the banner of 'Back to Love'
Broadway by Christos Massalas

The 36th edition of the Milano Mix Festival of Gay and Lesbian Cinema and Queer Culture will take place from 16 to 19 June under the banner of the new claim "Back to Love!" and in the already tried and tested hybrid formula, online on the Nexo+ platform and in person, with 50 competing titles, 36 Italian premieres of the best international LGBTQ+ cinema, numerous meetings, guests and special events.

The MiX Festival, one of the most relevant film festivals dedicated to LGBTQ+ cinema at a European level, has already undertaken an intersectional path for a few years now - as the three directors Paolo Armelli, Andrea Ferrari and Debora Guma explain - "to contribute to this kind of opportunity, in tune with what B. Ruby Rich summarised in the title of her latest interesting article 'After New Queer Cinema: Intersectionality vs. Fascism' (read here). Under the sign of this intersectionality, which maintains a broad view of the world's problems, is the More Love Award of the 36th edition, this year presented to Mina Welby, co-president of the Luca Coscioni Association, which defends freedom of choice on the 'end of life'.”

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Turning to the films on offer, the festival will open with Broadway [+see also:
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, the feature debut of Greek director Christos Massalas, seen at the 50th IFFR and Premiers Plans in Angers, a thriller mixing romanticism and social realism, starring a gang of pickpockets in Athens. Among the most interesting titles in the international competition, all of which have passed through the major festivals, are ¡Corten! [+see also:
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by the Spaniard Marc Ferrer, a giallo with a queer background that pays homage to Italian genre cinema and Dario Argento in particular; the moving All Our Fears [+see also:
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by Lukasz Ronduda and Lukasz Gutt, winner of the last Polish Film Festival, a film about the rejection of the LGBT community by the church and inspired by the life of the visual artist Daniel Rycharski, a gay man and devout Catholic; the Egyptian-Lebanese-German production Shall I Compare You to a Summer's Day? [+see also:
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a hybrid experiment between theatre and fiction by Egyptian director Mohammad Shawky Hassan, which had its world premiere in the Forum section of the last Berlinale; Nico [+see also:
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by German director Eline Gehring, starring a German-Iranian geriatric nurse, a first work in favour of diversity and against stereotypes; Besties [+see also:
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by French director Marion Desseigne-Ravel, the encounter between two girls belonging to rival gangs in a working-class neighbourhood of Paris; Framing Agnes by Chase Joynt, a Canadian documentary that won the NEXT Innovator Award and NEXT Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival.

Judging the feature films in competition will be an international jury chaired by queer film scholar and University of Warwick lecturer Michele Aaron, who will hold a masterclass on Saturday 18.

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(Translated from Italian)

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