Close To You

Dominic Savage

Dominic Savage

Director

Country

Canada

Format

Feature film

Year

2023

Duration

1 h 40 mins

Previous Festivals/Awards

Official Selection, 2023 Toronto International Film Festival

Stream

International Showcase

Interests

Canadian, Family, Sexy, Trans

Elliot Page delivers an emotionally resonant performance in this honest and moving drama that follows Sam as he decides to visit his childhood home in Coburg for the first time since his transition. Sam isn’t sure he’s making the right decision to return to a place that holds painful memories, and if his decision to live life authentically will be compromised. But a chance encounter with his high school best friend, Katherine brings up long-dormant feelings for each other. Could their reconnection lead to a new and brighter chapter in their lives?

This film contains discussions around transphobia.

June 1, 2024 4:15 pm
TIFF Lightbox 2
350 King Street West
Toronto ON

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Leadership Circle | Gebadia Haverkamp

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Mikko Makela

Mikko Makela

Director

Country

United Kingdom

Format

Feature film

Year

2024

Duration

1 h 50 mins

Previous Festivals/Awards

Official Selection, 2024 Sundance Film Festival

Stream

International Showcase

Interests

Gay, Intergenerational, Sex Work

Young Max is determined to make a name for himself in London’s literary circles, but his work as a freelance writer isn’t quite getting him there fast enough. In order to gain on the job experience to inspire his first novel, he poses as Sebastian, an online sex worker. These experiences jump from bedroom to page, catching the attention of an editor, and as the pressure increases to find his happy ending, the lines begin to blur between where Max ends and Sebastian begins.

This film contains sexual content.

Canadian Premiere

May 31, 2024 9:15 pm
TIFF Lightbox 2
350 King Street West
Toronto ON

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Leadership Circle | Adam Morrison & James Owen

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Langue étrangère

Claire Burger

Claire Burger

Director

Country

Belgium

Format

Feature film

Year

2024

Duration

1 h 45 mins

Previous Festivals/Awards

Official Selection, 2024 Berlin International Film Festival

Stream

Premieres

Interests

Activism, Bisexual, Family, French Language, Lesbian, RE:Focus, Romance, Youth

Fanny, a 17-year-old student from France, goes on a language exchange trip to Germany where she will stay with her pen pal, Lena. Lena is cool, easygoing, seems to make friends with ease, and is extremely politically active. Fanny is troubled, shy, lonely, and dreams of a life like Lena’s. Willing to do anything to impress Lena, Fanny sees her time in Germany as an opportunity to invent a different life for herself but as her and Lena grow closer, she runs the risk of becoming caught up in her own web of lies.

This film contains sexual content.

North American Premiere

May 31, 2024 9:00 pm
TIFF Lightbox 3
350 King Street West
Toronto, ON

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Carolina Markowicz

Carolina Markowicz

Director

Country

Brazil

Format

Feature film

Year

2023

Duration

1 h 42 mins

Previous Festivals/Awards

Official Selection, 2023 Toronto International Film Festival

Stream

International Showcase

Interests

Black, Family, Gay, Latinx

Suellen, a Brazilian toll booth attendant and mother, is willing to do almost anything to keep her family afloat. When the opportunity to case drivers passing by her toll booth presents itself, she falls in with a gang of thieves promising a chance at a better life. Suellen’s idea of a better life, however, does not align with that of her very assured teenage son, Antonio. Convinced she is doing what is right for her family, she invests in an expensive gay conversion workshop led by a renowned priest; an investment that threatens both her relationship with her son, as well as her freedom.

May 30, 2024 9:30 pm
TIFF Lightbox 2
350 King Street West
Toronto ON

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Anthony Schatteman

Anthony Schatteman

Director

Country

Belgium / Netherlands

Format

Feature film

Year

2024

Duration

1 h 37 mins

Previous Festivals/Awards

Official Selection, 2024 Berlin International Film Festival

Stream

Galas

Interests

Bisexual, Coming Out, Family, Friendship, Gay, Romance

When Alexander moves in next door, Elias is intrigued. Their budding friendship blossoms amidst after-school escapades, exploring abandoned homes and hidden swimming spots, but when Alexander reveals his romantic past a revelation is triggered in Elias. Despite the incredible feeling of falling in love for the first time, Elias is fearful of the judgment of family and friends, leading him to push Alexander away. A heartfelt conversation with his grandfather illuminates the true value of what he has found, prompting Elias to embark on a journey to reclaim what he has lost. Can Elias overcome his fears and prove himself worthy of his first love?

Canadian Premiere

May 28, 2024 9:15 pm
TIFF Lightbox 2
350 King Street West
Toronto ON

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Bonus Track

Julia Jackman

Julia Jackman

Director

Country

United Kingdom

Format

Feature film

Year

2023

Duration

1 h 38 mins

Previous Festivals/Awards

Stream

International Showcase

Interests

Gay, Music, RE:Focus, Romance

The year is 2006 and George, a small-town sixteen-year-old who’s convinced he’s a gifted musician, can’t seem to get anyone’s attention long enough to prove it. When the son of a famous rock star enrolls in his school, George experiences a clarity of passion and a road to success. But what exactly is the measure of success: collaborating on the next smash pop hit, or winning the heart of the son of one half of a mega-famous musical duo? Set against a soundtrack of 2000s indie bangers, with an original song by Ollie Alexander, Bonus Track will have your heart soaring up the charts.

Canadian Premiere

Please note: This film will not be screened with captions.

May 26, 2024 9:15 pm
TIFF Lightbox 2
350 King Street West
Toronto ON

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Leadership Circle | Gary and William Klein

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Ray Yeung

Ray Yeung

Director

Country

China

Format

Feature film

Year

2024

Duration

1 h 33 mins

Previous Festivals/Awards

Teddy Award, 2024 Berlin International Film Festival

Stream

Premieres

Interests

Asian, Family, Lesbian

Angie and Pat have lived together for over three decades in their flat in Hong Kong, a flat that often hosts friends and family for dinners and get togethers. When Pat unexpectedly passes away without a will, Angie learns that she has no legal right to the home they shared and finds herself at the mercy of a once supportive family displaying dwindling goodwill toward her. Supported by the group of queer women that make up her chosen family, Angie embarks on a later in life journey toward independence. Inspired by shocking true stories, director Ray Yeung explores the often precarious life of aging members of LGBTQ+ communities.

Canadian Premiere

May 26, 2024 6:45 pm
TIFF Lightbox 2
350 King Street West
Toronto ON

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Rookie

Samantha Lee

Samantha Lee

Director

Country

Philippines

Format

Feature film

Year

2023

Duration

1 h 35 mins

Stream

International Showcase

Interests

Asian, Family, Friendship, Lesbian, RE:Focus, Romance, Sports, Youth

New school, new classmates, new crushes, and a new sport. Ace’s first day at her new school starts out on the wrong foot and ends up with her becoming the newest member of the volleyball. team against her will. Jana, the team captain, sees Ace as a threat, and a rivalry is born. But love and hate are two sides of the same coin, and little by little, they will discover their feelings for each other. But just when everything seems to shine brighter, a black shadow returns. Rookie is a charming coming-of-age story where love, in all forms, takes centre stage. No matter the obstacles and challenges one might face, believing in yourself and protecting the ones you love is always the right choice.

North American Premiere

May 26, 2024 2:00 pm
TIFF Lightbox 3
350 King Street West
Toronto, ON

Digital Screening Available May 27

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Mother Father Sister Brother Frank

Caden Douglas

Caden Douglas

Director

Country

Canada

Format

Feature film

Year

2024

Duration

1 h 25 mins

Stream

Spotlight on Canada

Interests

Canadian, Family, Gay

Guests

Caden Douglas, Michael Lomenda, Melanie Leishman, Iain Stewart

The Jennings family are having a regular suburban Sunday dinner. Mother wants everything to be perfect. Father wants everyone to drink, which Sister refuses to do. And Brother keeps texting his husband, even though no phones are allowed at the table. Just as tensions reach a boiling point, an unwanted guest arrives: Frank, Father’s wayward brother. To what ends will Mother, Father, Sister, and Brother go to get rid of Frank? With a great cast, including Mindy Cohn and Enrico Colantoni as Mother and Father, this over-the-top comedy thriller shows that when parents and children work together, they can overcome any obstacle.

This film contains scenes of violence with graphic images of blood and gore.

Ontario Premiere

May 25, 2024 9:30 pm
TIFF Lightbox 3
350 King Street West
Toronto, ON

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RE:Focus Gala: Sisters

Susie Yankou

Susie Yankou

Director

Country

Canada

Format

Feature film

Year

2024

Duration

1 h 28 mins

Stream

Galas

Interests

Bisexual, Family, Friendship, RE:Focus

Guests

Susie Yankou, Sarah Khasrovi, Kausar Mohammed, Riley Scott, Katie Sue Escher

Lou and Esther are the best of friends. They do absolutely everything together, speak their own language through inside jokes and code words, and share a dreamy curiosity about what their lives would be like had they grown up with a sister. When Lou’s father unexpectedly passes away, she discovers that she has a very real, and very chic, long-lost half-sister, Priya. As Lou begins to explore her relationship with Priya, her and Esther’s codependent bliss is rudely interrupted, creating a rift between them. As the rift threatens to grow beyond repair, Lou must learn to redefine what family is, or risk losing Esther for good.

World Premiere

May 25, 2024 6:45 pm
TIFF Lightbox 2
350 King Street West
Toronto ON

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