Sunday, June 14, 2009

Auraeus Solitos' latest film, Boy, to be shown at 2009 San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival

San Francisco, CA--“Boy,” the latest film by internationally acclaimed director Auraeus Solito (“The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros”) will be shown at the 2009 San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival (Frameline 33) on Friday, June 19, 2009, at 9:30 p.m. and on Saturday, June 27, 2009 at 4:15 p.m.

Both screenings take place at the Victoria Theater, located at 2961 16th Street, San Francisco, CA, USA 94103.

“Boy” is a coming-of-age story about a boy who falls in love with a dancing rent-boy. A young budding poet, who is unnamed, observes lip-synching drag-queens and dancing rent-boys in a gay bar one evening and finds himself attracted to Aries. Selling his prized collection of action heroes and comic books to afford Aries for one night, he buys Aries at the bar and brings him home for the New Year.

Sparks fly while celebratory fireworks go off outside the house and the boys forge a fragile connection that neither of them is certain will last. This is an idealistic, coming-of-age tale of a sensitive boy who arrives at his first lesson about love and who learns to grow confidently into his own sexuality. Principal cast members include Aeious Asin, Aries Pena and Madeleine Nicolas.

“Boy” is enjoying rave reviews from moviegoers and critics alike. One critic praised the film for its “nuanced sociopolitical commentary to a lengthy, lovely, languid love scene...” A viewer from the 2009 Torino GLBT Film Festival, where the film held its world premiere last April, noted that the film has “the most beautiful love scene in the festival.” The Seattle International Film Festival calls the connection between the two central characters “sweet and fragile in a way that brings a freshness to the film.”

The film is also attracting a different kind of attention in some parts of the world. The government censors in Singapore banned the film from being shown in that country in March, after organizers of the international film festival there selected the film for its competition. According to the Singapore government censors, “Boy” was banned because members of the censorship board “felt that the film normalised homosexuality and that the homosexual scene was prolonged and explicit and filmed in a romanticised manner.”

According to Solito: “Initially, I was so happy that the film festival in Singapore selected the film for competition. It however became a great disappointment that the censors in Singapore disallowed the film from screening in the festival. The phrase “normalises homosexuality” and “romanticise” very clearly articulates their homophobic view. To the censors, I want to send the message: “Gay people also make love.”

Auraeus Solito's first feature film “Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros” (The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros) won 15 international awards. A gay love story set in Manila, Solito's film was a part of the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, the Las Palmas Film Festival and the Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and won three awards at the 2006 Berlin Film Festival. His film also earned a Best Foreign Film nomination at the 2007 Film Independent's Spirit Awards.

“Tuli” (Circumcision), his second feature film, won Best Picture and Best Director at the Digital Competition at the 2005 CineManila Film Festival and the NETPAC Jury Prize at the Berlinale, International Forum for New Cinema; 2nd Prize for Best Feature Film at the Montreal Film Festival. He made “Pisay” (Philippine Science), his third dramatic feature film, in 2007, which won awards at the 14th Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema in France.

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1 comment:

Diega said...

When is it gonna show here in the Philippines and how do we purchase tickets?

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