Qfest: 2nd Annual Phillesbian Ultimate Guide for the Ladies

The 19th annual Qfest kicks off tomorrow, June 11, and runs through July 22. More than 100 LGBT films will be shown over the course of those 12 days.

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Qfest artistic director Ray Murray admits that the selections for women are “admittedly thin this year compared to previous festivals.” That said, there’s still a variety of films ranging the gamut of topics, lengths, genres, etc.

Being a website for women who love women, we decided to highlight only those films whose plotlines involve lesbian/queer women and their lives/relationships. Films below are listed alphabetically. For a full list of all the films in the festival, and to purchase tickets, please visit qfest.com.

Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth
Centerpiece Screenings

Alice Walker: Beauty In Truth
is a feature documentary which that tells the compelling story of an extraordinary woman’s journey from her birth in a paper-thin shack in cotton fields of Putnam County, Georgia to her recognition as a key writer of the 20th Century.

Screening: Saturday, July 20 at Ritz East Theater 1 and Sunday, July 21 at Ritz East Theater 2.

Born This Way
The Documentary Tradition

A group of activists fight for gay rights in Cameroon, where homosexual relations are subject to punishment by up to five years in prison and threats and harassment are common.

Screening: Sunday, July 21, Ritz at the Bourse, 2:15 p.m.

Breaking the Girls
American Independents

Beauty and brains are a lethal combination in this sexy psychological thriller directed by Jamie Babbit (Itty Bitty Titty Committee, But I’m a Cheerleader) and co-written by Guinevere Turner (Go Fish, American Psycho).

Screening: Friday, July 12, Ritz at the Bourse, 7:15 p.m. and Wednesday, July 17, Ritz at the Bourse, 5 p.m.

Breaking Through
The Documentary Tradition

Riveting and triumphant, Breaking Through is a moving documentary that chronicles the many United States LGBT elected officials who courageously open up and tell their personal stories.

Screening: Sunday, July 14, Ritz at the Bourse, 12:00 p.m.

Bye Bye Blondie
International Queer Cinema

Two sexy sirens of French cinema: Emmanuelle Béart and Béatrice Dalle star as former teen lovers who meet 25 years later and attempt to rekindle their love. A sweetly charming romance from the director of the controversial Baise-Moi, Virginie Despentes.

Screening: Saturday, July 20, Ritz East Theater 1, 4:45 p.m. and Monday, July 22, Ritz East Theater 1, 6:15 p.m.

Chastity Bites
American Independents

Mean Girls
meets Vincent Price in this campy horror flick that is fabulously filled with lesbian eroticism, witty feminism and virginal blood.

Screening: Saturday, July 20, Ritz at the Bourse, 9:30 p.m. and Monday, July 22, Ritz East Theater 1, 8:15 p.m.

It Had to be You

Following the intertwined stories of six different characters, local director Lary Campbell shines a spotlight on the Philly Gayborhood in this thoughtful and highly ambitious micro-budget drama.

Screening: Saturday, July 20, Ritz at the Bourse, 7:15 p.m.

Lesbiana: A Parallel Revolution
The Documentary Tradition

Lesbiana: A Parallel Revolution
revisits lesbian/feminist activists of the ’70s and ’80s and their revolutionary efforts to create a women-centered community.

Screening: Tuesday, July 16, Ritz at the Bourse, 7:15 p.m.

The New Black
The Documentary Tradition

The New Black
is a documentary that uncovers the complicated histories of the African-American and LGBT civil-rights movements.

Screening: Saturday, July 13, Ritz at the Bourse, 4:45 p.m.


is an exciting collection of short films that highlight veteran and emerging filmmakers from the City of Brotherly Love.

Screening: Friday, July 19, Ritz East Theater 1, 7:30 p.m.

Romeo Romeo
The Documentary Tradition

Romeo Romeo
is an intimate portrait of a modern marriage. Lexy and Jessica’s story and their struggle is at once heartbreaking and funny, landing them in circumstances they never could have imagined. The outcome surprises us all.

Screening: Thursday, July 18, Ritz East Theater 2, 7:00 p.m.

Sexual Tension: Violetas
International Queer Cinema

Exploring the art of seduction between two women through six very different, incredibly sexy stories, Sexual Tension: Violetas is an assured lesbian classic in the making.

Screening: Monday, July 15, Ritz at the Bourse, 7:15 p.m.

Soongava – Dance of the Orchids
International Queer Cinema

An aspiring dancer falls in love with her best female friend in this, the first Nepali feature to deal with same-sex relationships. Beautiful dance sequences and exotically unfamiliar locales highlight director Subarna Thapa’s groundbreaking romance.

Screening: Sunday, July 21, Ritz at the Bourse, 4:30 p.m.

Two Mothers
International Queer Cinema

A deep and intimate character study, Two Mothers chronicles a fervent lesbian couple as they pursue unorthodox measures to start a family.

Screening: Friday, July 12, Ritz at the Bourse, 5:15 p.m., and Wednesday, July 17, Ritz at the Bourse, 7:00 p.m.

Where the Girls Are
Shorts Programs

Humor, heartache and some friendly competition take you “Where the Girls Are.”

Screening: Saturday, July 13, Ritz at the Bourse, 2:30 p.m.

Who’s Afraid of Vagina Wolf?
Centerpiece Screenings

A woman on a mission should not be stopped, especially when she’s wearing an oversize vagina costume!

Screening: Saturday, July 13, Ritz East Theater 2, 7:15 p.m., and Sunday, July 14, Ritz East Theater 1, 2:30 p.m.

Single tickets to all films are $11 ($10 for PCA members) and can be purchased at qfest.com, by phone at 267.765.9800 x 4, or at Giovanni’s Room (345 S. 12th St), 11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m., Mon-Sat. Same day sales are cash only, subject to availability, and sold only where the film is shown.

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