The raves are in for HANDSOME DEVIL!
Screen International called it: “A jaunty, joyous tale.” Vanity Fair proclaimed it: “Perky and entertaining.” Watchthisfilm described it as: “a beautiful lesson in the importance of living outside of a binary world.” Daily Mall named it: “A little gem.”
So why wouldn’t qFLIX Worcester 2017 want to premiere HANDSOME DEVIL as the closing night film, 8 p.m., Sunday, September 17, at the Hanover Theatre of the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge Street, Worcester.
Will boys be boys? Or won’t they?
Sent off to an Irish boarding school, Ned and Conor are forced to share a bedroom in their dormitory. The loner and the star athlete at this rugby-crazed school form an unlikely friendship until it’s tested by the authorities.
The two roommates, arbitrarily housed together, are very different high schoolers yet they share much more than a room and a school but the status of genuinely being outsiders who, ultimately, must learn to be true to themselves, the most important lesson of all, no matter what the consequences. So, do opposites attract?
World premiered at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival from the Irish Film Board, and distributed by Breaking Glass Pictures, this coming-of-age story is told refreshingly, with gusto and in a celebratory tone. Fionn O’Shea and Nicholas Galitzine as odd-couple pals lead a cast of mostly Irish actors who put in winning, engaging performances.
Wrote The Hollywood Reporter: “Versions of many of the key elements in Irish writer-director John Butler’s HANDSOME DEVIL are familiar, from the geek pariah to the sexy masculine jock, the inspirational English teacher to the homophobic rugby coach, right down to the sports match as a test of outsider self-affirmation. But the sweetness, poignancy and breezy humor of this Emerald Isle bildungsroman also make it pretty darn impossible to resist.”
Prior to the screening of HANDSOME DEVIL qFLIX will present the qFLIX Worcester 2017 Harvey Milk Community Service Award to Worcester Mayor, Joseph M. Petty, and City Manager, Edward M. Augustus Jr., followed by the festival’s Audience and Jury Awards.