November 27, Hongkong — Two Filipino films about under-aged boys falling "in love" with older men are exhibited at the 20th Hongkong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, which runs from November 20 through December 1, 2009. Dubbed as "the biggest queer event in Hongkong," the festival features over 30 films from countries all over the world. Both Boy and Dose were included in the Asian Power category of the film festival.
In its programme notes, Auraeus Solito's Boy is described as "a tender and heartfelt story of growing up and falling in love...a moving love story that also takes geo-political issues onboard..."
Also part of the festival's Asian Power showcase is Senedy Que's first feature film, Dose (Twelve). An excerpt of its review states that "Que creates a nostalgic and sentimental story...controversial and shocking, it deals with the unsettling theme of pedophilia, as seen through the eyes of the 12 year-old victim..."
Senedy travelled to Hongkong with his father to attend the 11-day festival and the after-screening question-and-answer interactions with the audience.
Boy and Dose were exhibited at the Broadway Cinematheque and the IFC Palace Theatres, enjoying enthusiastic attendance from both locals and foreigners who don't quite enjoy the privilege of watching gay-themed films on a regular basis in Hongkong.
Other films featured at the festival are Lou Ye's Spring Fever (China), Haim Tabakman's Eyes Wide Open (Israel), Chris Mason Johnson's The New Twenty (USA), Scud's Permanent Residence (Hongkong), Pascal-Alex Vincent's Give Me Your Hand (France), and 2009 Cannes winner, Joao Pedro Rodrigues' To Die Like a Man (Portugal).