At This Year's QCinema, 6 LGBTQ Films From Around the World
Apart from serving as a platform for Filipino cinema, the QCinema International Film Festival has given local audiences the opportunity to get a broader taste of different films from the rest of the world—the kind that otherwise wouldn't see theatrical releases in the Philippines, for commercial reasons. The festival's Circle Competition may be its main attraction, but it also has other categories that give space to world cinema.
One such division of QCinema that will be reprised this year is RainbowQC, a selection of new films from around the world that bear themes and perspectives relating to the LGBTQ experience. This year's RainbowQC selection has films from South Africa, Brazil, Paraguay, France, and America. Check out the 2018 selection:
QCinema Synopsis: "Inspired by the award-winning short film of the same name, 1985 follows Adrian, a closeted young man returning to his Texas hometown for Christmas during the first wave of the AIDS crisis. Burdened with an unspeakable tragedy in New York, Adrian reconnects with his brother and estranged childhood friend, as he struggles to divulge his dire circumstances to his religious parents."
QCinema Synopsis: "Pedro earns a living in chat rooms. The image resolution may not be perfect but when Pedro transforms himself into NeonBoy in front of the webcam, he still manages to create the desired impression. Glowing in the dark, NeonBoy follows his users’ commands until he agrees to meet one of them in a private chat room for money. But things change when Pedro’s sister, Luiza, moves out of their shared apartment and he notices that somebody is imitating his performances."
Knife + Heart
QCinema Synopsis: Paris, Summer 1979. Anne produces third-rate gay porn. After her editor and lover Lois leaves her, she tries to win her back by shooting her most ambitious film yet with her trusted, flaming sidekick Archibald. But one of her actors is brutally murdered and Anne gets caught up in a strange investigation that turns her life upside-down.
QCinema Synopsis: Jacques is a writer living in Paris. He hasn’t turned 40 but already mistrusts that the best in life is yet to come. Arthur is a student living in Brittany. He reads and smiles a lot and refuses to think that everything in life might not be possible. Jacques and Arthur will like each other. Just like in a lovely dream. Just like in a sad story.
QCinema Synopsis: A reserved, middle-aged gay woman, Chela, slowly inches out of the shadows of her dissatisfaction as she is forced to live her life separated from her more outgoing partner of 30 years, Chiquita, who is sent to prison for debt. Alone, Chela uses her old Daimler to provide a taxi service to wealthy older ladies in the neighborhood. In her new role as chauffeur, she meets the young and life-affirming Angy. The encounter lures the rather passive Chela out of her reserve and helps her rediscover her own desires. However, when Chela visits her girlfriend in prison, a completely different picture emerges of conditions in Paraguay.
QCinema Synopsis: Xolani, a lonely warehouse worker in his mid-30s returns every year to a remote rural community in South Africa for the annual rite of passage for young male teens. Having undergone the same ritual in his teens, Xolani serves as one of the caregivers to one of the new boys. However, his interest in the ritual is half-hearted. What brings him back is the opportunity to reestablish his relationship with childhood friend and fellow caregiver, Vija, who now has a family and projects a hyper-masculine personality.
The QCinema International Film Festival runs from October 21 to 30 in select cinemas in Metro Manila. For updates and more information, visit the official QCinema Facebook page.