qFlix announces film lineup with a Latin flair
The LGBT Philadelphia film festival qFLIX, which is taking place July 7 - 12, has announced a lineup that includes the following productions from Puerto Rico, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Argentina and Chile.
In the Grayscale • 2014 • Chile • Drama, Romance • Director: Claudio Marcone
Bruno is an architect who has a perfect life: A nice family and a good job. Anyway, Bruno has a deep sense of unease. He decides to leave his wife to be alone and have time to find himself. A business man offers him to build an iconic landmark in Santiago. Motivated by this professional challenge, Bruno feels he can find a twist in his life by a vocational route. He starts working with a young history teacher named Fer (29) who is agile, energetic, captivating and gay. Starts between them an unexpected and intense romance. At this point he must decide his path. The biggest learning: simplicity is the best way to get up again.
Mala Mala • 2014 • Puerto Rico • Documentary • Directors: Antonio Santini, Dan Sickles
On the heels of its World Premiere at Tribeca Film Festival, documentarians Antonio Santini and Daniel Sickles (a native Philadelphian) share with viewers, what they captured over a three year period, in the portrayal of the fight for personal and community acceptance at the beginning of a new transliberation movement in Puerto Rico, as trans people came out of the shadows and into the spotlight, through self-discovery and activism. A diverse collection of subjects–LGBTQ activists, business owners, sex workers, and a boisterous group of drag performers called The Doll House–are featured. Said Santini of what some are calling “a landmark documentary”: “We hope this Puerto Rican trans fairytale adds force to the new transliberation movement and finally sparks the conversation about the United States’ complex relationship with its colony, Puerto Rico. Young Latinos are in need of more stories that help them understand and appreciate their culture and roots. Why not aspire to be like the nine trans people in the film? I do.”
Sand Dollars • 2014 • Dominican Republic, Argentina, Mexico • Drama, Romance • Directors: Israel Cárdenas, Laura Amelia Guzmán
Premiered at Toronto International Film Festival, Geraldine Chaplin returns to the screen for this critically-acclaimed story about an unconventional relationship between an older European women and her enchantment with a young Dominican girl. While they live in an idyllic seaside city of the Dominican Republic, the long-term love relationship has its turmoil and entanglements over issues of class, control, power, jealousy, possessiveness, inequality and exploitation. Anne becomes affectionately closer and more enamored of the 20-something Noeli who views her plight more as an employment opportunity. Husband-wife directors Laura Amelia Guman and Israel Cardenas handle the women’s complex, unbalanced relationship delicately, and without judgment.