OPENING GALA | THE WAY HE LOOKS
THURSDAY MAY 22
8:00PM | TBLB Cinema 1
The Way He Looks
Brazil 2014 95:00
Whether you are an admirer of Daniel Ribeiro's short film I Don't Want to Go Back Alone (Inside Out 2011) or are meeting for the first time this charming trio of teenage friends at the heart of his feature-length adaptation, it will be hard to resist The Way He Looks, a sweet and sensitive portrayal of friendship; the desire for independence, and the longing for first love.
Leonardo is a blind teenager struggling to break free from his well-meaning friends and family. At home, his over-protective mother doesn't trust him to be on his own. His wisecracking best friend, Giovana, attentively looks out for him even though Leo is blithely unaware of the torch she carries.
When new student Gabriel arrives at school, he befriends Leonardo and Giovana and the trio become inseparable. Leo gravitates towards Gabriel, excited to be friends with someone who acts differently from everyone else. Meanwhile, Giovana begins to feel jealous that she is no longer the sole caretaker to her BFF.
Through timid conversations and intimate moments spent alone, Leo and Gabriel's friendship gently evolves, as each tries to find the courage to reveal their deeper feelings. With his debut feature, Ribeiro has crafted a touching coming-of-age story tinged with humour and laced with a dreamlike longing that will leave audiences rooting for the endearing teens
Portuguese with English subtitles
Teddy Award for Best Feature, 2014 Berlin International Film Festival
Guests in attendance
WOMEN'S GALA | TRU LOVE
SATURDAY MAY 24
7:30PM | TBLB Cinema 1
Kate Johnston and Shauna MacDonald
Canada 2013 87:00
Who knows what attracts us to someone: beauty, a dazzling smile or the way a laugh line crinkles just so. For 37-year-old Toronto dyke, Tru (Shauna MacDonald)—a notorious womanizer with intimacy issues—it happens to be all of those things and more, as she finds herself falling for her friend Suzanne (Christine Horne)'s mother, the beguiling 60-year-old Alice (Kate Trotter).
Despite their age difference, Tru and Alice experience an immediate connection, and while Suzanne is away at the office the two spend their cold winter days together having dinners, walking on a snowy Sugar Beach and relaxing at Tru's cozy home on Toronto Island.
Suzanne, however, sees where this friendship is headed and sets out to ruin the blossoming relationship.
MacDonald and Trotter give wonderful performances as two women who understand that a woman's age is just a number and holds no place in loves equation.
Join us for a cocktail reception preceding the screening.
Director and guests in attendance
CENTREPIECE GALA | LOVE IS STRANGE
TUESDAY MAY 27
9:30PM | TBLB Cinema 1
Love is Strange
USA 2014 98:00
Director Ira Sachs (2012 Centrepiece Gala, Keep the Lights On) returns to Inside Out with a poignant and sensitive study of love, the strain of separation and the enduring bond of long-term commitment.
After 39 years together, Ben (John Lithgow) and George (Alfred Molina) finally tie the knot in a quiet ceremony attended by family and friends in lower Manhattan. But when the Catholic school where George works as choir director learns of their nuptials, he is fired from his longtime job. Suddenly, with no real savings to count on, the couple find that they cant afford the rent on their Chelsea apartment and they lose their home.
As a temporary solution, George crashes with gay cop neighbours (Cheyenne Jackson and Manny Perez), while Ben moves in with his workaholic nephew, Elliot (Darren Burrows); Elliots write-from-home wife, Kate (Marisa Tomei), and their teenage son, Joey.
As Ben and George struggle to secure a new apartment, the pain of living apart and their presence in two foreign households test the resilience and relationships of everyone involved.
Propelled by exquisite performances from Lithgow and Molina, a powerfully understated turn from Tomei, and solid support from the remaining cast, Love is Strange is a tender drama infused with gentle humour. The films subtle intimacy draws the audience into the extraordinarily ordinary lives of George and Ben, and will leave you in love with their love and devotion.Join us for a cocktail reception preceding the screening.
2014 Tribeca Film Festival
Director in attendance
CLOSING GALA | 52 TUESDAYS
SUNDAY JUNE 1
7:30PM | TBLB Cinema 1
Australia 2013 114:00
52 Tuesdays is a thoughtful, sensitive exploration of burgeoning desire, familial responsibility and individual transformation and provides powerful insight into how transition, whether to another gender or into adulthood, affects all of those around us.
Sixteen-year-old Billie's reluctant path to independence is accelerated when her mother reveals plans to change genders. In order to minimize the stress as Jane transitions to James, it is decided that Billie will live with her father, Tom, for a year and will see James once a week, every Tuesday. The separation only makes things harder for Billie, who feels completely isolated as James becomes increasingly emotionally distant. As Billie attempts to adjust to the dramatic changes in her life, she develops an intense new friendship with two older schoolmates, which serves as a catalyst to independence and self-discovery.
52 Tuesdays was shot on consecutive Tuesdays over the course of a year with a cast of non-professional actors who were given their scripts, and the scenes in which they appear, one week at a time. Tilda Cobham-Hervey, whose performance as Billie is revelatory, serves as the emotional core of the film. The young actress is captivating, filling the screen with her youthful exuberance and luminous beauty.
Join us after the screening for the Closing Gala Party and Awards.
Guest in attendance
Winner of Best Diretor Award (World Cinema Dramatic), 2014 Sundance Film Festival