Centrepiece Gala: Young Hearts

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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J Stevens

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Country

Canada

Format

Episodic

Year

2024

Duration

69 mins

Stream

Spotlight on Canada

Interests

Canadian, Coming Out, Gay, Intergenerational, Lesbian, Local, Non-Binary

Guests

J Stevens, Perrie Voss, Scott Farley, Jane Moffat, James Kall

After a near-death experience lights a flame within both Grandma and Grandpa, they decide to grab life by the boas and tell the world their deepest secret: they’re gay. Having lived under the guise of a straight relationship for decades, they’re coming out of the closet, ditching their small-town life, and going after their big gay dreams. First stop, the big city, to learn “how to be gay” from the best gay people they know – their grandchildren. Navigating the queer dating scene, dating apps, queer fashion, and even a gay dodgeball league, this late-in-life coming out story is all about being empowered to love authentically no matter your age.

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World Premiere

May 29, 2024 6:45 pm
TIFF Lightbox 2
350 King Street West
Toronto ON

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Sébastien Lifshitz

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Country

France

Format

Feature Film

Year

2020

Duration

1 h 30 mins

Previous Festival

Inside Out 2020

Interests

Trans, Youth

French with English subtitles.

The film will be preceded by the short film Iridescence and followed by discussions with Sébastien Lifshitz and Maxime Beauchamp. 

Sasha has always known exactly who she is and, at seven years of age, she is letting the world know, too.

As society fails to treat her like other children her age, Sasha’s supportive family lead a constant battle to ensure that her life is understood and accepted. Throughout her daily life at school; during dance lessons, and attending birthday parties, we see at close range moments of Sasha’s joy and her heartbreaking challenges, as the family works to provide the best possible childhood for their little girl.

Award-winning filmmaker Sébastien Lifshitz follows the family for a year, capturing with insightful and delicate, subtle camerawork, a year in the life of a family who are setting an example for trans youth and for families around the world.

Sasha, 7 ans, se vit comme une petite fille depuis l’âge de 3 ans. Le film suit sa vie au quotidien, le questionnement de ses parents, de ses frères et soeur, tout comme le combat incessant que sa famille doit mener, pour faire comprendre sa différence. Courageuse et intraitable, Karine, la mère de Sasha, mène une lutte sans relâche portée par un amour inconditionnel pour son enfant.

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Jan 21, 7 PM to Jan 24, 10 PM (ET)

Online, Ontario-wide

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Ciné Fierté is a project conducted in partnership with Cinéfranco and FrancoQueer.

Three French-language feature films with English subtitles preceded by 3 Franco-Ontarian shorts will be screened online from January 21 to the end of March.

Ciné Fierté was made possible thanks to the financial support of Ontario Ministry of Francophone Affairs.

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