Films That Will Tease, Titillate and Excite
We got sex. It’s not always about sex. But in an LGBTQ film festival, let’s be honest, there’s usually more than the usual element of sex in the films. Yeah, so convince us that you’re not seeking some sexual elements in the films that will tease, titillate and excite.
Sex is good. Sex is satisfying. Sex is life-affirming. Sex is funny. Sex is awkward. Sex is beautiful.
Is something wrong with that? (Unless you’re like Andy Warhol who claimed that sex was boring. But, then again, he said that about life, too.)
We wouldn’t think so though there are abuses as much as there are uses, appropriately, thrillingly, consensually, endearingly, passionately and lovingly in many of this year’s features.
So there’s definitely some sexy films in this year’s lineup at qFLIX Philadelphia 2015. And it begins with opening night!
Beautiful Something | 2015 | USA | 92 min | Drama, Romance | Director: Joseph Graham | English
Opening Night Film, Tuesday, July 7 @ 7:30 PM @ the Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center
Beautiful Something follows four men on their interlocking searches for sex, art, love, and identity. Shot entirely in Philadelphia, the city itself becomes a significant supporting character with the gritty-yet-enchanting city byways as backdrop, using a moody, night time palette to place the characters against. Native son Graham offers a lot of male skin, but also equal heart, as he explores eternal questions about love and life. Philadelphian industry veteran Kelly Burkhardt serves as executive producer.
All Yours | 2014 | Czech Republic | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance | Director: David Lambert | Czech with subtitles
Wednesday, July 8 @ 5:00 PM @ the Prince Theater USA PREMIERE
How’s this for a quirky “love triangle” between an Argentine hustler, a portly Belgian baker and his “comely” employee? It’s as odd as it is funny. With so many contrasting characters from different nations, the story has a hilarious International flavor (we are in a bakery after all). The film has been gained high praises for its unique and entertaining story line, and to an award-deserving performance by actor Pere Biscayar. Definitely memorable; uniquely entertaining.
WASP | 2015 | USA | 72 min | Drama, Family | Director: Philippe Audi-Dor | English
Wednesday, July 8 @ 9:30 PM @ the Prince Theater MID-ATLANTIC PREMIERE
Why not take a lovely holiday to the South of France with your boyfriend? The gay couple invites their straight female friend after being dumped by her boyfriend to share their time away from their normal routine. The threesome begins smoothly but some unexpected sexual tension permeates the atmosphere in their isolation, both physically and emotionally, resulting in a type of “truth or dare” challenge, where relationships, friendships, sexual identity are questioned, tested, betrayed, broken.
Seashore | 2015 | Brazil | 83 min | Drama | Directors: Filipe Matzembacher, Marcio Reolon | Portuguese with subtitles
Sunday, July 12 @ 1:30 PM @ the Prince Theater EAST COAST PREMIERE
High school student Martin travels to a secluded beach town in the depths of winter to deal with an inheritance issue. His trip takes a positive turn when his close friend Tomaz agrees to accompany him. Despite group outings and flirtations from local teenage girls, Martin and Tomaz gradually realize that their true interest lies in each other. In this Berlinale discovery, newcomers Marcio Reolon and Filipe Matzembacher craft a poetic and heartwarming ode to the end of adolescence, gorgeously capturing a time of innocence, uncertainty and sexual awakening.
Dreams from Strangers | 2015 | Italy | 70 min | Crime, Drama, Romance | Director: Roberto Cuzzillo | Russian and Italian with subtitles
Sunday, July 12 @ 3:30 PM @ the Prince Theater – EAST COAST PREMIERE
What could possibly go wrong with a gay love story between an Italian competitive swimmer and a Russian translator? A lot. The two men come from very different worlds. Direct from Inside Out, the water baby, Massimo is used to a gorgeous Italian seaside resort. Translator Vladimir is working at a swimming competition in Saint Petersburg, Russia. There the two meet and it doesn’t take long for them to fall in love. The young swimmer does seem to have longings for something yet undiscovered, undefined. The translator is more anchored in his ways, especially his conservative opinions in contrast to Massimo’s more carefree world view. The contrast, conflict, tension between the two, set against Putin’s homophobic Russia, makes for a haunting yet poetic story.
Love in the Time of the Civil War | 2014 | Canada | 120 min | Drama | Director: Rodrigue Jean | French with subtitles
Sunday, July 12 @ 5:30 PM @ the Prince Theater CENTERPIECE FILM – EAST COAST PREMIERE
“Celebrated Quebec filmmaker Rodrigue Jean takes a fearless, unflinching look at the reality of addiction in this tough-minded docudrama set in the bleak milieu of hustlers and junkies in Montreal,” wrote one critic. It’s the underbelly of the city that so many tourists, including gay males, enjoy visiting or even fantasizing about residing. But the main character, Alex, is far from the beautiful and glamorous world of this French-Canadian world-class destination. His days are centered around satisfying his drug addiction, hustling for money to buy more drugs, running errands for dealers, or plotting muggings for more drug money. His home life, if you can call it that, is shared with other addicts, sex junkies, and other lowlifes. It’s difficult to endure but a powerful statement of a fallen, darker side of reality.