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Q Fest Film Festival 2016

QFest celebrates its 20th anniversary in late July, featuring a number of screenings at venues across the city.

The LGBT film festival will include films such as Freedom to Marry, Love Island, Upstairs Inferno, The Night Porter and Don't Call me a Son. 

Festival Preview and Pre-Party
Wednesday, July 20 | 6 pm

Click here for tickets and additional info.


Directed by Deb Shoval
(2016; 85 min; USA; Color; Wolfe Releasing)

An out young soldier starts a passionate but ill-fated romance with a seductive but unstable former schoolmate that threatens to jeopardize her career and her family.
7:00 pm Saturday, July 23
Rice Cinema

Directed by Kerem Sanga
(2016; 91 min; USA; Color; DCP; PSH Collective)

Anne, the high school yearbook photographer, falls in love with the most popular girl in school, but when she confides her feelings to her best friend, he does everything he can to sabotage Anne’s budding relationship.
7:30 pm Friday, July 22
Rice Cinema

Directed by Edward Rosenstein
(2016; 85 min; USA: Color; Print Courtesy of the Artist)

A “War Room” style feature documentary centering on the same-sex marriage movement, from the final frenetic months of the legal and grassroots campaign led by Evan Wolfson to attorney Mary Bonauto’s groundbreaking Supreme Court victory.
1:30 pm Saturday, July 23
The Montrose Center

Directed by Sara Jordenö
(2016; 94 min; Sweden/USA; Color; Hard Working Movies)

A cinematic journey exploring New York’s electrifying “Kiki” scene, a society within a society created by and for inner-city LGBTQ youth.
7:45 pm Friday, July 22
Houston Museum of African American Culture

Directed by Tim Kirkman
(2016; 87 min; USA; Color; DCP; T42 Entertainment)

A man approaching his mid-life crisis finds his world turned upside down when a former flame reenters his life when both men agree to a passionate weekend reunion.  Past and present collide as each man attempts to understand what drove them apart so many years before.
6:30 pm Sunday, July 24
Rice Cinema

Directed by Jules Herrmann
(2016; 82 min; Germany; Color/B&W; DCP; In French and German w/ English Subtitles; Zeitgeist Films)

A mysterious German man flees to provincial France to escape a secret tragedy and begin a new life. However, a wave of mysterious shootings and an unwanted visitor only serve to remind him that his past is not far behind. US PREMIERE
3:00 pm Saturday, July 23
Rice Cinema

PARIS 05:59 ( Théo et Hugo dans le même bateau)
Directed by Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau
(2016; 97 min; France; Color; DCP; In French w/ English Subtitles; Wolfe Releasing)

Two young men embark on a whirlwind romance after a steamy encounter in a Parisian bathhouse. No one under 17 admitted.
Saturday, July 23, 9:00 pm
Rice Cinema

Directed by Russell Brown
(2016; 98 min; USA; Color; Print Courtesy of the Artist)

A Thanksgiving gathering takes an unexpected turn when cell phone and internet service are inexplicably cut off, forcing each guest to publicly (and privately) reconsider their raison d'etre.
8:30 pm, Saturday, July 23
Brasil Café

Directed by Robyn Simon
(2016; 76 min; USA; Color; Print Courtesy the Artist)

Gloria, formerly Butch, was a macho owner of an auto wrecking company who went into hiding from the law disguised as a woman, setting off a bizarre journey of self-discovery culminating into a risky sex change operation in her later years. In between being a dominatrix and a transgender activist, Gloria finds love with a trans-man, all while trying to reconcile with her deeply dysfunctional family.
Sunday, July 24 2:00 pm

Directed by Robert Camina
(2015; 96 min; USA; Color; Print Courtesy the Artist)

On June 24, 1973, the Up Stairs Lounge, a gay bar in New Orleans, was deliberately set on fire: an event which, until very recently, had been known as the "Largest Gay Mass Murder in U.S. History".
Sunday, July 24 1:30 pm
Resurrection MCC

Directed by Gillian Armstrong
(2015; 95min; Australia; Color; DCP; Wolfe Releasing)

Movie costume designer Orry-Kelly (1897–1964) contributed to some of the most magical moments in cinema history, designing for an astonishing 282 motion pictures, including costumes for Errol Flynn, Bette Davis, Rosalind Russell, and Marilyn Monroe in films ranging from Casablanca to Some Like It Hot. Talented, daring, brash, and bold, Orry-Kelly was the first Australian to win three Academy Awards.
Sunday, July 24 3:00 pm
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston


THE SKIN (La Pelle)
Freedom of Vision: Liliana Cavani
Directed by Liliana Cavani
(1981; 131 min; Italy/France; Color; DCP; In Italian w/English Subtitles; Cohen Media Group)

Never released in the United States, Liliana Cavani’s adaptation of Curzio Malaparte’s 1949 memoir features Marcello Mastroianni as the famed writer. At the time of the U.S. invasion of Italy, he was serving as an Italian liaison officer for the controversial General Clark (Burt Lancaster), whose invasion of Rome was heavily criticized. Claudia Cardinale and Ken Marshall are also featured in this unflinching look at life during the American occupation of Naples during World War II.
Friday, July 22, 7:00 pm
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

THE NIGHT PORTER (Il portiere di note)
Freedom of Vision: Liliana Cavani
Directed by Liliana Cavani
(1974; 118 min; Italy/USA; Color; Janus Films)

In this unsettling drama, a concentration camp survivor (Charlotte Rampling) discovers her former torturer and lover (Dirk Bogarde) working as a porter at a hotel in postwar Vienna. When the couple attempt to re-create their sadomasochistic relationship, his former SS comrades begin to stalk them. Operatic and disturbing, The Night Porter deftly examines the lasting social and psychological effects of the Nazi regime.
Saturday, July 23, 5:00 pm
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Freedom of Vision: Liliana Cavani
Directed by Liliana Cavani
(1970; 88 min; Italy; Technicolor; Raro Films; In Italian w/ English Subtitles)

In this modern day version of Sophocles’ Antigone, Britt Ekland stars as a grief-stricken young woman who, in a deadly act of defiance, finds herself the target of a brutal totalitarian regime after she buries the body of her deceased brother who was killed while protesting the government. Anticipating the violent events that would engulf a tumultuous Italy, Cavani later called the film a “tragic prophecy.”
Sunday, July 24, 12:30 pm
Rice Cinema

Patty Duke Tribute
Directed by Mark Robson
(1967; 123 min; USA: Color; 35mm; 20th Century Fox)

As a tribute to the legendary Patty Duke, QFest screens the campiest of camp classics, VALLEY OF THE DOLLS, featuring Ms. Duke as the infamous Neely O'Hara Presented in glorious 35mm!
Friday, July 22, 9:30 pm
Rice Cinema

David Bowie Tribute
Directed by Nagisa Oshima
(1983; 123 min; UK/Japan/New Zealand; Eastmancolor; 35mm; Janus Films)

QFest pays tribute to the remarkable David Bowie with a special screening of Nagisa Oshima's provocative and unforgettable WWII-set drama MERRY CHRISTMAS, MR. LAWRENCE, featuring Bowie as a British prisoner of war who captures the attention of a guilt-ridden Japanese captain (Japanese rock star Ryuichi Sakamoto).
Saturday, July 23, 12:30 pm
Rice Cinema

Special Anniversary Screening
Directed by Slava Tsukerman
(1982; 112 min; USA; Color; 35mm; Print Courtesy the Artist)

QFest commemorates the 35 anniversary of this ground-breaking and infinitely influential indie year early. A strung out fashion model becomes the target of an unseen Lilliputian space alien who infiltrates New York's punk scene in search of an opiate released by the human brain during orgasm. Presented in 35mm.
Sunday, July 24, 8:30 pm
Rice Cinema

Opening Night
Directed by Chris Kelly
(2016; 97 min; USA; Color; DCP; The Festival Agency)

Saturday Night Live writer Chris Kelly’s directorial debut is a semi-autobiographical journey, juggling tragedy with gut-busting laughter. David (Jesse Plemons) is a struggling comedy writer who has returned to his family home to assist his mother (Molly Shannon in an extraordinary performance) as she battles with terminal cancer. Stuck in an awkward place, trying to deal with the emotions that come with watching your mother’s health decline while also dealing with heartbreak and disappointment, David quietly struggles on a daily basis. It doesn’t help that his father (Bradley Whitford) will not acknowledge that David is gay, or that David has lost touch with his much younger sisters, for various self-absorbed reasons.
“Other People is . . . as funny as it is devastating. It captures a truth of life, that often the saddest experiences can be infected with an absurdity that you can’t help but laugh through.” —Hammer & Nail
Thursday, July 21, 7:00 pm
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

NEXT TO ME (Pored Mene)
International Centerpiece
Directed by Stevan Filipovic
(2015; 95 min; Serbia; Color; DCP; In Serbian with English Subtitles; PTaramount Film)
Special guests from the film attend the screening and lead a Q&A afterward

The International Centerpiece of QFest is a provocative new film from Serbia. Olja, a Belgrade high school teacher, is married to a painter whose latest exhibition has prompted criticism. Olja is attacked one night, and she suspects her students’ involvement when she finds them watching the attack on YouTube. Unable to learn the names of the culprits, she takes harsh measures, with surprising results. Named Best Film at the Pula Film Festival in Croatia, Next to Me was praised by the jury as a “courageous portrayal of the new generation, haunted by the ghosts of old ideologies and homophobia.”
Saturday, July 23, 7:30 pm
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Documentary Centerpiece
Directed by Aaron Brookner
(2016; 96 min; UK/USA; Color; DCP; The Film Collaborative)
The Documentary Centerpiece of QFest is a nephew’s personal journey to discover the films of, and establish a legacy for, his uncle. Howard Brookner (1954–1989) was buried on his 35th birthday. He was many things: gay, Ivy League graduate, seedy-nightlife lover, and maker of cult documentaries. To director Aaron Brookner, Howard was a loving and inspirational uncle who died of AIDS when Aaron was only 7.
Sunday, July 24, 5:00 pm
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

American Centerpiece
Directed by Andrew Ahn
(2016; 93 min; USA; Color; Strand Releasing)

A Korean-American teenager takes a job at a Korean spa to help his struggling family, only to discover an underground world of gay sex at the spa that both scares and excites him.
Friday, July 22, 7:15 pm
Asia Society Texas Center

DON'T CALL ME SON (Mãe só há uma)
Special Centerpiece
Directed by Anna Muylaert
(2016; 82 min; Brazil; Color; DCP; In Portuguese w/ English Subtitles; Zeitgeist Films)

After learning he was kidnapped as a newborn, Pierre is suddenly torn away from the family he has known his entire life, forced to start his life over with his biological family who express an immediate unwillingness to accept him for the individual he has become.
Saturday, July 23, 5:00 pm
Rice Cinema

Experimental Centerpiece
Directed by Lior Shamriz
(2015; 80 min; Korea/Germany; B&W; DCP; In Korean with English Subtitles; Asian Shadows)

A fateful traffic accident leads two young men into a hasty romance, doomed by the growing paranoia on the part of Unk, a strangely shy young man who's sense of what is real and imagined becomes increasingly blurred to the point of tragedy.
Sunday, July 24, 2:30 pm
Rice Cinema

GIRLS LOST (Pojkarna)
Special Centerpiece
Directed by Alexandra-Therese Keining
(2015; 106 min; Finland/Sweden; Color; DCP: In Swedish with English Subtitles; Wolfe Releasing)

Three teenage girls uncover a magic plant whose nectar allows them to transform into boys at night, returning each back to females by morning. But when one of the girls realizes she may actually be trans, a crisis breaks out amongst the trio, putting their friendship to the test.
Sunday, July 24, 4:30 pm
Rice Cinema

Closing Night
Directed by Jasmila Zbanic
(2014; 86 min; Croatia/Germany/Bosnia and Herzegovina/Switzerland; Color; DCP; The Match Factory)

While on vacation with her husband, a very pregnant newlywed reencounters her ex-girlfriend, who happens to be a singer at the very resort where the couple are staying. Adding to the comical intrigue, the husband, unaware of his wife's past romance, pursues the shapely chanteuse for his own amusement.
Monday, July 25, 7:00 pm
Rice Cinema