León

Andi Nachon

Andi Nachon

Director

Papu Curotto

Papu Curotto

Director

Country

Argentina

Format

Feature film

Year

2023

Duration

1 h 20 mins

Stream

International Showcase

Interests

Family, Latinx, Lesbian

For Julia, facing life after the loss of her partner seems like an impossible task. But León, their son, is the fuel to keep going. Nothing is easy after Barby’s death, between the return of León’s biological father, Barby’s mother’s distant attitude, and the struggle to keep their restaurant open. Outstanding performances by a talented ensemble of actors add complexity and honesty to their roles, enhancing a well-crafted narrative. Directing duo Andi Nachon and Papu Curotto bring us a story about love, grief, and a little bit of family chaos. León is a tale about the joyous and difficult task of loving and understanding one another.

Canadian Premiere

May 30, 2024 9:15 pm
TIFF Lightbox 1
350 King Street West
Toronto ON

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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?

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

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Laurie Townshend

Laurie Townshend

Country

Canada

Format

Feature film

Year

2024

Duration

1 h 30 mins

Previous Festivals/Awards

Official Selection, 2024 Hot Docs Festival

Stream

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Interests

Activism, Asian, Black, BOLD, Canadian, Family, Performing Arts, RE:Focus

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Toronto, ON

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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

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Interests

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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.

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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

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

Country

Belgium / Netherlands

Format

Feature film

Year

2024

Duration

1 h 37 mins

Previous Festivals/Awards

Official Selection, 2024 Berlin International Film Festival

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

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Alice Maio Mackay

Country

Australia

Format

Feature film

Year

2024

Duration

1 h 16 mins

Previous Festivals/Awards

2024 Salem Horror Fest

Stream

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Interests

Family, Lesbian, RE:Focus, Trans

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May 26, 2024 9:30 pm
TIFF Lightbox 3
350 King Street West
Toronto, ON

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Director

Country

China

Format

Feature film

Year

2024

Duration

1 h 33 mins

Previous Festivals/Awards

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

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Samantha Lee

Director

Country

Philippines

Format

Feature film

Year

2023

Duration

1 h 35 mins

Stream

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Interests

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Colette Johnson-Vosberg

Director

Country

Canada

Format

Feature film

Year

2024

Duration

1 h 40 mins

Stream

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Interests

Canadian, Family, Lesbian, Local

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May 26, 2024 11:45 am
TIFF Lightbox 2
350 King Street West
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