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FRAMELINE FILM FEST: Body image issues stud Frameline docs and narratives

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I'm too sexy for my shirt: "The Adonis Factor" examines the gay male hunger for beefcake.

Foreign films — like such excellent Frameline entries as Undertow, Children of God, or Francois Ozon's Hideaway — tend to be less rigidly codified in terms of physical casting. Their protagonists are attractive but natural, not conspicuously pumped by hours of gym devotion. Still, their soft-pedaled sexy glamour seems contrite alongside the futurist masculinity line-blurring of Frameline flicks like tranny-band survey Riot Acts: Flaunting Gender Deviance in Music Performance. Or Jake Yerra's Open, whose ethereal dramatic panoply encompasses a femmy boi in love with a pregnant FTM as well as an intersex couple undergoing surgery to become identical. "Being average in a world of physical perfection is the worst kind of gay purgatory," a character says in Is It Just Me? Maybe worse: being slave to that sensibility.

FRAMELINE34: SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL LGBT FILM FESTIVAL

June 17–27, most shows $8–$15

Castro, 429 Castro, SF; Roxie, 3117 16th St., SF; Victoria, 2961 16th St, SF; Rialto Cinemas Elmwood, 2966 College, Berk.

Comments

Oh, Mr. Hawley...

You've barely scratched the surface re THE ADONIS FACTOR. I've seen a screener too, and I've decided to save my diatribe for the day-of screening, in order to include that odd mixture of wolf whistles and cat calls that Christopher Hines (last years THE BUTCH FACTOR - same style, nearly same topic - lots of hunky gay rugby players asking wondering why they are so "butch") can elicit from a San Francisco audience.

(Also, my pre-fest blogging focuses on that weird cult that is the world of short subjects...)

Jay
San Francisco

Posted by Guest on Jun. 18, 2010 @ 7:53 am

What a pithy and entertaining overview, Dennis! (h/t Michael Guillén)

Mike Black

Posted by Guest on Jun. 22, 2010 @ 7:52 pm

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