Eclectic, sexy, and violently emotional are just a few words to describe “Voyage,” a quasi-existential film by the criminally revered Scud—an international gay luminary from Hong Kong who’s already brought us such memorable titles such as “Thirty Years of Adonis,” “Amphetamine,” and “Love Actually… Sucks.” What? That last one doesn’t sound very nice! There’s always plenty of nudity in a Scud film, too.
So, when you’re a cynical mental health professional in the middle of a deep depression, the smartest move you can make would be leaving Hong Kong for a perpetual odyssey across Asia, where you find yourself coming across plenty of other troubled people too, right?
“Voyage,” a dramatic piece, makes for a great gay flick and a fabulous addition to the dozens more due to be screened at qFLIX Philadelphia 2018. Time for therapy! Meet Scud on Friday, March 23, 7:15PM, Plays & Players Theater. Preceding the screening, Scud, direct from Hong Kong, will receive the qFLIX Philadelphia 2018 Artistic Achievement Award in Directing. He will be joined by members of the cast and crew for the talkback.
Erlingrur Ottar Thoroddsen’s hyper dramatic “Rift” begins with a curious middle of the night phone call from one ex-lover to another –now neatly tied in a new, seemingly happy union—and quietly segues into a phantasmagoria.
These boys, Gunnar (Bjorn Stefansson) and Einer (Sigurour Por Oskarsson) perform their roles with quiet zest, at times their voices are total sotto voce and easily elicit great fear. But, the question remains, is the attack on this cabin a supernatural one or is this very physical manifestation of what went wrong in their relationship? Let “Rift” scare you, Saturday, March 24, 9:30PM, Connelly Auditorium.
YouTube demigod Todrick Hall spends most of the documentary, “Behind the Curtain: Todrick Hall,” in a perpetual whirlwind of dress rehearsal, writing marathons and trying to have the perfect makeup applied in between tours and interviews. Those chiseled features happen to make him look pretty great under a layer of green or gold, by the way.
This documentary, which will be just one of many others screened at qFLIX, is a testament to an artist’s raw talent and nuclear ambition. There’s also a gorgeous blonde boyfriend who makes frequent background appearances to feast your eyes on. It’s a treat, Thursday, March 22, 9:30PM, Plays & Players Theater.
Our camera follows transient Alex as he manipulates his audience in Travis Matthew’s “Discreet”, an uber- disturbing Jonny Mars portrait of what happens when a sufferer of abuse finally gets his hands on his attacker, even if it’s years later. On schedule for a qFLIX screening, this one is definitely not for the faint of heart. This macabre, homoerotic thriller is both a nod to the works of serial director Sam Peckinpah and a slap in the face of the current political climate.
The psychology here is slow paced, but always pulsing. We can’t help but watch what our hero plans to do to his attacker, who enters the film elderly, disabled and disoriented. Is it right for violence to beget violence, one might ask themselves? Come and see all! Judge for yourself, Thursday, March 22, 5PM, Plays & Players Theater.