The 15th annual Portland Lesbian & Gay Film Festival starts on a poignant note this weekend—the fest's best films are about the awful impermanence of romantic connection.
75 Adolescence is difficult enough without adding gender confusion to the mix. Twenty-year-old Lukas (Rick Okon) is going through male puberty, medically triggered, as he was initially a she. Daily occurrences are awkward and confusing as Lukas tries to navigate a world not fit for him yet. Luckily, his best friend has stuck by him through his transformation; she comforts him when things are difficult—things become very difficult when Lukas falls for another young man. Sabine Bernardi's German film Romeos tackles a difficult subject with grace. It can be tortuous to watch Lukas walk the line between male and female, but he knows who he is, and he feels so certain of it that he's willing to do anything to become that person. (MS) 5 pm Sunday, Oct. 2.
SEE IT: The Portland Lesbian & Gay Film Festival screens at Cinema 21 Friday-Saturday, Sept. 30-Oct. 8. Find a full schedule at plgff.org.