(SPOT.ph) Earlier in 2018, audiences were treated to a heartwarming coming-of-age and coming-out story with Love, Simon. More recently, Samantha Lee (Baka Bukas) also came out with another LGBT film called Billie and Emma at this year's QCinema International Film Festival. And now, audiences can catch more international and Pinoy LGBT films at the QC International Pink Festival that's happening until November 25.
The festival will be held at Gateway Cineplex Cinema 7, where moviegoers can catch all the screenings for free (yup, free!) until November 17. From November 19 to 21, the festival will be held at Cine Adarna in the University of the Philippines before heading to Cinema Centenario from November 22 to 25. Ticket prices for screenings at Cine Adarna and Cinema Centenario are at P150 each. We list down 10 can't-miss films you'll want to catch when they screen.
Mga Gabing Kasing Haba ng Hair Ko (2017)
Directed by: Gerardo Calagui
Screening schedule: November 17 at 1:30 p.m. (Gateway Cineplex Cinema 7)
This drama follows the lives and struggles of three transgender women (Matt Daclan, Anthony Falcon, and Rocky Salumbides) who are sex workers in Manila employed by a pimp (Mon Confiado).
Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros (2005)
Directed by: Auraeus Solito
Screening schedule: November 20 at 7 p.m. (U.P. Cine Adarna)
Maximo Oliveros a.k.a. Max (Nathan Lopez) is caught between his loyalty to his family of petty thieves and his growing feelings for Victor (JR Valentin), a young police officer. It won the first-ever Balanghai Trophy at the 2005 Cinemalaya International Film Festival and it was also awarded as the Best Filipino Film of the Decade by the Gawad Urian in 2010.
Directed by: Crisaldo Pablo
Screening schedule: November 21 at 5 p.m. (UP Cine Adarna)
Cris (Andoy Ranay) is finally starting a long-term relationship with Erick (Paulo Gabriel) after dating for years. But doubt starts creeping into their relationship when Erick spends long hours at work and Cris thinks about Erick's loyalty to him.
Traslacion: Ang Paglalakad sa Altar ng Alanganin (2015)
Directed by: Will Fredo
Screening schedule: November 22 at 3:30 p.m. (Cinema Centenario)
This documentary film revolves around four LGBT couples in the Philippines and the difficulties they face in a conservative society.
Call Her Ganda (2018)
Directed by: PJ Raval
Screening schedule: November 23 at 5 p.m. (Cinema Centenario)
Based on the true story of Filipina transwoman Jennifer Laude, this documentary investigates the gruesome death of the slain sex worker allegedly at the hands of an American soldier.
Rome and Juliet (2006)
Directed by: Connie Macatuno
Screening schedule: November 24 at 4 p.m. (Cinema Centenario)
The conservative Juliet (Andrea del Rosario) hires the liberated Rome (Mylene Dizon) to plan her upcoming wedding to Marc (Rafael Rosell). But Juliet and Rome start an illicit affair which Marc soon discovers.
Si Chedeng at Si Apple (2017)
Directed by: Rae Red and Fatrick Tabada
Screening schedule: November 25 at 1:30 p.m. (Cinema Centenario)
After her husband passes away, Chedeng (Gloria Diaz) finally decides to come out of the closet. Meanwhile, her best friend Apple (Elizabeth Oropesa) is driven to kill and behead her live-in partner. The women, both in their 60s, then go on a road trip in a quest to find Chedeng's ex-girlfriend, all while taking the severed head along in a Louis Vuitton bag.
It Runs in the Family (2016)
Directed by: Joella Cabalu
Screening schedule: November 25 at 4 p.m. (Cinema Centenario)
The closing film of the festival, this documentary follows the Canada-based Filipino director Joella and her artist brother Jay Cabalu as they go back to the Philippines. They meet up with their other relatives who are also part of the LGBT community as Jay works on a new art piece about his Roman Catholic faith and his sexuality.
In addition to the Filipino films, you can also catch screenings of these international LGBT films at Gateway Cineplex Cinema 7: Leitis in Waiting (2018) from Tonga, 50 Years of Fabulous (2018) from the U.S., Liquid Truth (2017) from Brazil, Small Talk (2016) from Taiwan, Driver (2017) from Thailand, Boys for Sale (2017) from Japan, Memories of My Body (2018) from Indonesia, Carmen y Lola (2018) from Spain, and Mr. Gay Syria (2017) from Syria. There will also be screenings of short films at Cine Adarna and Cinema Centenario.