qFLIX Philadelphia 2017 Opening and Closing Night Films Announced; One a Northeast Premiere and the other a North American Premiere.
The raves are in for “Handsome Devil!”
Screen International called it: “A jaunty, joyous tale.” Vanity Fair proclaimed it: “Perky and entertaining.” Watchthisfilm described it as: “a beautiful lesson in the importance of living outside of a binary world.” Daily Mall named it: “A little gem.”
So why shouldn’t qFLIX Philadelphia 2017 want to present “Handsome Devil” as the Northeast premiere of the opening night film on Tuesday March 14, 7:30 PM, in the Perelman Theater, at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts?
Sent off to an Irish boarding school, Ned and Conor are forced to share a bedroom in their dormitory. The loner and the star athlete at this rugby-crazed school form an unlikely friendship until it’s tested by the authorities.
The two roommates, arbitrarily housed together, are very different high schoolers, yet they share much more than a room and a school, they share the status of genuinely being outsiders who, ultimately, must learn to be true to themselves, the most important lesson of all, no matter what the consequences.
World premiered at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival from the Irish Film Board, and distributed by Breaking Glass Pictures, this coming-of-age story is told refreshingly, with gusto and in a celebratory tone. Fionn O’Shea and Nicholas Galitzine as odd-couple pals lead a cast of mostly Irish actors who put in winning, engaging performances.
Wrote The Hollywood Reporter: “Versions of many of the key elements in Irish writer-director John Butler‘s “Handsome Devil” are familiar, from the geek pariah to the sexy masculine jock, the inspirational English teacher to the homophobic rugby coach, right down to the sports match as a test of outsider self-affirmation. But the sweetness, poignancy and breezy humor of this Emerald Isl bildungsroman also make it pretty darn impossible to resist.”
“Something Like Summer” is so original that it can easily be dubbed “a gay La La Land.” Its freshness in its approach in dealing with youthful identity, feeling comfortable in one’s own skin, and, finally, early adulthood.
The discovery of love isn’t easy and encompasses a wide range of emotions, making this brand new gay American indie film, “Something Like Summer,” perfect for the North American premiere as closing night of qFLIX Philadelphia 2017, 7:30pm, the Prince Theater, following the festival’s annual audience and jury awards along with a special award category or two.
Showcasing music and song (“Shadow” by Philadelphian Brandon John), specifically composed for “Something Like Summer,” only enhances the high production values that are the hallmark of the cinematographer turned first-time director, David Berry, who traces the relationship of Tim and Ben, two high schoolers, one very athletic, Adonis-like, concerned about appearances and the status-quo and the other more sensitive, artistic and introspective.
In adopting the Jay Bell’s Lambda Literary Award winning romantic novel by screenwriter J. T. Tepnapa, the boys grow up, enter adulthood in pursuit of their life’s goals always in search of true love that they come to realize is challenging, tumultuous, and not always forever.
Led by Grant Davis (OUT100), Davi Santos and Ben Baur, along with a perfect supporting cast, they offer stunning performances that capture the audience in an enchanting way.