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In Competition: The Lili Award

The Lili is awarded to the winners of this year's jury competition for best feature, documentary and short film and is handed out during MIX’s Closing Night. The award is named after the Danish artist Lili Elbe, who in 1930 was the first ever to undergo gender affirming surgery. She was married to artist Gerda Wegener and in 1912 they moved to Paris to live openly as lesbians. The story of Lili represents the courage, freedom and inclusiveness that MIX Copenhagen celebrates. The Lili is awarded for the 15th time, the last 5 years as Lili and former known as the Plus! Prize. In 2015 the Lili Award is given away in a new design by Yassin Askar and Sarah Borup. The shortfilm awarded a Lili is send directly to the Iris Prize Festival the year to come.

Summertime (La belle saison)

The Lili nominated 'Summertime' is both lesbian and feminist, and one of the strongest love stories in the program this year. In 1971, Delphine comes to Paris to study. It is a time for change and the women’s liberation movement is flourishing. Through a feminist network she meets the militant Carole and they fall head over heels in love. But their love doesn’t come easy, especially when Delphine's father suffers a stroke, forcing her to go back and take care of the family farm. Carole follows her lover, but it's not easy being a woman in the countryside, let alone a lesbian...

Catherine Corsini

France/Belgium, 2015

105 min.

French with English subtitles


#europe #feminism #lesbian #liliaward #love #noncismaledirector

Feature film

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Transit Havana

Once a year, two European surgeons fly to Havana to perform genital reconstructive surgery on five chosen Cuban trans people. The documentary follows three people waiting for the hyped treatment. It's a story that locates trans rights in a wake of the socialist revolution of 1959, and at the same time captures how trans people continue to fight against religious intolerance, discrimination, poverty, and hardship.

Daniel Abma

Germany/Netherlands/Cuba, 2016

86 min.

Spanish/Dutch with English subtitles


#fighter #friendship #latinamerica #liliaward #portrait #T

Documentary

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Check It

Fed up with being pushed around, a group of queer teens of colour form a gang and fight back on the brutal streets of Washington, D.C. Their gang, ‘Check It’, is a group of one-time victims of bullying, rape, and abuse turning the tables on anyone trying to hurt them. The group formed to provide safety for its members and let people know that if they jump a queer kid, they may get beaten into a coma. This raw and intimate portrait is a moving story of empowerment and a provocative exploration of class, marginalisation, and gang violence where fashion and community are the way out.

Dana Flor & Toby Oppenheimer

USA, 2016

90 min.

English without subtitles


#fighter #homophobia #liliaward #noncismaledirector #northamerica #POC #queer

Documentary

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Girls Lost (Pojkarna)

After drinking the nectar from a mystical flower, three girls are thrown into an identity discovering adventure. The nectar offers the girls, who are at the peek of puberty, the possibility to, for a few hours at the time, live like boys – an experience that changes their friendship for good. 'Girls Lost' is a film about discovering your identity, sexuality, and gender. The film’s moving portrayal of teenage confusion and despair is only surpassed by its depiction of the unique love between friends.

Alexandra-Therese Keining

Sweden/Finland, 2015

106 min.

Swedish with English subtitles


#europe #gender #identitycrisis #liliaward #noncismaledirector #youth

Feature film

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Arianna

Arianna’s sense of being out of place boils over when she and her parents return to her childhood town. Arianna’s concerns about her gynaecologist, a family friend, and not yet having had her period at age twenty are met with vague dismissal by her parents. Searching for self-understanding leads to sexual experimentation and she meets a medical system full of rigid ideas about male and female. This poetic film protrays a young person navigating stigmas, medical pathologisation, and familial shame entwined with being intersex.

Carlo Lavagna

Italy, 2015

84 min.

Italian with English subtitles


#europe #family #gender #liliaward #youth

Feature film

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Pride Denied

The first Pride was a riot, led by transgender women of colour against the police. 45 years on, Toronto hosted ‘World Pride’ – an event dripping with corporate sponsorship and marketed as a global equality celebration. Pride is at the heart of disagreements between those who fight for gays and lesbians to enjoy heterosexuals’ rights and privileges, and queers dismantling the inequalities intrinsic to our societies. ‘Pride Denied’ explores issues as diverse as Israeli homonationalism (promoting an image of gay friendliness in order to obscure human rights violations), white supremacy, and what constitutes a family.

Kami Chisholm

USA, 2016

62 min.

English without subtitles


#intellectual #liliaward #noncismaledirector #northamerica #political #queer

Documentary

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Reel In The Closet

This documentary brings to light a trove of historical footage from an era when gay life was mostly left undocumented. Fascinating and often poignant moving images from the 1930s through the AIDS epidemic, much of which is at risk of being lost to history were it not for the efforts of the archivists who work to find, preserve, and catalogue them. Inspiring and unique, this film collects home videos of gay house parties and holiday reels from the 1940s, and reveals the joyful exuberance and comfortable ease of social gatherings that would only have been possible to witness behind closed doors.

Stu Maddux

USA, 2015

70 min.

English without subtitles


#historical #liliaward #northamerica #political #portrait

Documentary

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Jonathan

Gentle 24-year-old Jonathan lives in the countryside with his dispirited aunt and father sick with cancer. His mother passed away years ago, and his connection with his father is somewhat stilted. Jonathan’s new relationship with nurse Anka offers respite from the conflictive country air. When the aunt chases an unknown armed man away from the cottage, drama from long ago stirs. Suddenly the terminally ill father’s health turns around, and all while Jonathan is increasingly frustrated over missing answers. Gorgeous scenes accompany Jonathan’s quest for reconciliation right up until the final, crackling farewell.

Piotr Lewandowski

Germany, 2016

99 min.

German with English subtitles


#europe #family #gay #liliaward #love #visuallystunning

Feature film

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Mukwano

Navigating the Danish asylum system as an LGBTQI person is not easy, and this short feature film describes it beautifully.

Cecilie McNair

Denmark, 2016

20 min.

English/Danish with English subtitles


Short film

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Thanks For Dancing

A lifelong relatinship ends, and all the days that were full are suddently altered. A new widower must find a few life in his own sunset years.

Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken

Norway, 2016

19 min.

Norwegian with English subtitles


Short film

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Famous Diamonds

A timeless and poetic longing speaks to kaleidoscopic images of Marilyn Monroe.

Daniel McIntyre

Canada, 2016

7 min.

English without subtitles


Short film

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Breathe

A hardy Traveller becomes increasingly concerned with his son’s femininity and sets out to toughen him up.

James Doherty

UK, 2015

14 min.

English without subtitles


Short film

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