Festival Report: Whether or not 2015 marks a crossing over into the postqueer era, LGBT cinematic traditions are being exuberantly reconfigured in ways that reflect widespread recent human rights victories in many parts of the world alongside once-unimaginable levels of enlightened acceptance. MIX Copenhagen's thirtieth anniversary film festival in October displayed a sense of a newly empowered and confident queer cultural consciousness, with films that embodied less angst and more unbridled celebration. If queer narratives have tended to deploy a strategy predicated upon confronting presumptive prejudice, many now seem more simply and resplendently straightforward—at least relatively unapologetic, unafraid, and uncomplicated. Films reviewed include: Hidden Away; Margarita, With a Straw; Stories of Our Lives; Do I Sound Gay?; and The Danish Girl.
MIX Copenhagen at Thirty: Projecting a Triumphant Queer Moment
Randy Malamud is Regents' Professor of English at Georgia State University. He is the author of eight books, including The Language of Modernism, Where the Words Are Valid: T. S. Eliot's Communities of Drama, Reading Zoos: Representations of Animals and Captivity, and An Introduction to Animals in Visual Culture. He writes about film, museums, and other cultural happenings for Chronicle of Higher Education, Salon.com, Huffington Post, and The Point.
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Randy Malamud; MIX Copenhagen at Thirty: Projecting a Triumphant Queer Moment. Film Quarterly 1 March 2016; 69 (3): 84–90. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fq.2016.69.3.84
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