MIX Copenhagen is one of the world's oldest LGBT film festivals. In 2012, the festival takes place from 19 - 28 October in selected cinemas across Copenhagen.
We've caught up with busy Festival Director Kirstine Mølgaard only days before the festival kicks off and got her to spill the beans about her favourite entries in this year's programme.
How old is MIX Copenhagen, and how long have you been involved in the festival?
The festival is the oldest film festival in Copenhagen, and this year we will open the doors to the cinemas for the 27th time. Personally I have been envolved since 2007. The last three years as Festival Director.
What do you like most about MIX?
I like the planning, the very creative and hard-working people in MIX Copenhagen and to see so many people flocking to the cinemas to watch the films we import into the country from all over the world.
What’s the best LGBT film, you’ve ever seen?
That's a very hard question. And I like so many film and every year I get new favorites.
What films would you recommend seeing this year and why? I.e. what films will you be watching?
We have more than 150 films in this years programme. So it is difficult to choose just a few of them since they are all good in very different ways. But here is a small selection of films I would recommend:
This beautifully restored version of Bugis Street (1995) premiered at the Berlinale 2012. First time I watched this film at this year's Berlinale in February I was blown away by the set, the humorous and flamboyant multi sexual characters, and the colourful costumes. Nothing less than a feast for the eyes.
My Brother the Devil
Two brothers with af muslim background living in a London suburb. The younger brother Mo idolises his older brother Rashid. Rashid is on top of everything - girls and in the suburb hierarchy. One day Mo accidentally discovers his brother's secret and tries to cover for Rashid in their rough and merciless environment.
Two young men meet. One of them very troubled, the other helpful. The German island Sylt with the merciless west wind in winter times is the perfect location for this equally toutching and beautiful film.
Young girl decides to escape from her white trash background and flies to San Francisco and starts working in the adult film industry. Cherry is a very well produced drama including James Franco as a lover and Lili Taylor as the alcoholic mother. And screen writer Lorelei Lee is in town to do Q&A and be part of this year's jury.
Fighting homophobia through dance. After the film there will be plenty of opportunity to grab your partner and dance in the foyer of Empire Bio. Not to be missed!