qFLIX, Philadelphia’s LGBTQ film festival, which was postponed in March, will take place online November 5 to 30 and screen numerous features and documentaries and, the programmers promise, “more shorts than any other fest.” Russell Tovey poetically narrates a terrific short called “Baby Lies Truthfully;” while Carol Kane narrates “Boys Don’t Wear Dresses,” a “fairy tale” about an autistic trans youth. The festival titles are still being confirmed, so things are subject to change, but more titles are being added. Here are some confirmed films from this year’s program.
One of the best entries at the festival is out gay writer/director Omar Zúñiga Hidalgo’s the “The Strong Ones.” Lucas (Samuel González) travels to the Chilean coastal town of Niebla to see his sister Catalina (Marcela Salinas) before he heads off to grad school in Montreal. But when Lucas meets Antonio (Antonio Altamirano), he gets involved in a hot and heavy affair. Their passionate kisses and longing glances are incredibly sexy. Moreover, the attractive actors are magnetic together. Their will-it-last romance may be time-worn, but this sensitive drama is beautifully realized and superbly acted.