Philly QFest and Danger After Dark Festivals’ French tastes

Thursday night, July 7th will mark the opening of Philadelphia QFest – one of the largest Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transsexual film festivals in the country. Now in its 17th year, QFest will be showcasing 107 films from around the world, including 43 feature films, 9 documentaries and 55 shorts.  Among these titles (7 World Premieres, 16 East Coast Premieres and 2 US Premieres) , QFest will be presenting FOUR films from France:

  • The Evening Dress (La Robe du soir) (2009, 96 mins, France, Director: Myriam Aziza)
    Juliette, a 12-year-old tomboy, develops a crush that borders on obsession with a stylish,
    uninhibited female teacher in this daring coming-of-age story.
    Friday, July 8 – 5:00 – Ritz East
    Tuesday, July 12 – 7:15 – Ritz Bourse
  • Gigola (2009, 100 mins, France, Director: Laure Charpentier)
    In this incredibly sexy, hard-boiled narrative set in the seedy underbelly of 1960s Paris, a
    mischievous Sapphic night-stalking gigolo preys upon rich lovers.
    Wednesday, July 13 – 5:00pm – Ritz Bourse
    Sunday, July 17 – 7:00pn – Ritz East
  • Tomboy (2010, 84 mins, France, Director: Céline Sciamma)
    A tomboy passes herself off as a boy to her friends in a new neighborhood in this Truffaut-esque
    Wednesday, July 13 – 7:15pm – Ritz Bourse
    Saturday, July 16 – 2:30pm – Ritz Bourse
  • A Few Days of Respite (Quelques jours de répit) (2010, 80 min, France/Algeria, Director:
    Amor Hakkar)
    Two gay men escape from Iran and seek safety in a small French village, but freedom, love and
    happiness clearly has a price in this quietly affecting drama.
    Sunday, July 10 – 4:45 – Ritz East

QFest runs from Thursday, July 7th to Monday, July 18th.
Tickets and additional information can be found on Qfest’s website.
(twitter: @QFEST, or

Running concurrent to Philly QFest is the Danger After Dark Film Festival. Now in its 11th year, the festival highlights pure genre films – “graphically gory, sexually explicit, formally experimental, or just plain indescribably strange” films that push the boundaries of horror, action and science fiction. The nine films selected to represent this year’s festival come from all corners of the globe – Japan, Thailand, Argentina, Spain and France are all represented.

From France comes Point Blank (À bout portant) (2010, 84 min, France, Director: Fred Cavayé) a “breakneck-paced, high-concept French thriller about an innocent man trying to save his kidnapped wife”. Point Blank screens on Monday, July 11, 9:30pm at the Ritz Bourse.

The host nation is nicely represented by Delaware film maker Ti West, whose film The Innkeepers (featuring Sara Paxton, Pat Healy and local gal Kelly McGillis), “[a] masterful exercise in suspense…exploring the Shining-like environment of a creepy hotel, in beautifully scary fashion.”
The Innkeepers will screen on Saturday, July 16, 10:00 PM at the Ritz at the Bourse.

For tickets and additional info, visit the DAD website.

By Vincent DiCostanzo

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