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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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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Janis Pugh

Janis Pugh

Director

Country

United Kingdom

Format

Feature film

Year

2023

Duration

2 h 0 mins

Previous Festivals/Awards

Official Selection, 2023 Toronto International Film Festival

Stream

International Showcase

Interests

Lesbian, Music, RE:Focus, Romance

Helen lives with her ex-husband, his girlfriend, their new baby, and her ex-mother-in-law, who luckily remains her trusted ally. As she goes back and forth between working at the chicken factory and taking care of everyone at home, her dreary routine begins to take its toll. A bright spot appears in her otherwise mundane life when her high school crush, Joanne, returns to town. A musical drama set in northern Wales, Chuck Chuck Baby follows one woman as she finds the courage to stand up for herself and finally go after the life she deserves.

May 30, 2024 7:00 pm
TIFF Lightbox 2
350 King Street West
Toronto ON

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J Stevens

J Stevens

Director

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 Kal

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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Alice Maio Mackay

Alice Maio Mackay

Country

Australia

Format

Feature film

Year

2024

Duration

1 h 16 mins

Previous Festivals/Awards

2024 Salem Horror Fest

Stream

Premieres

Interests

Family, Lesbian, RE:Focus, Trans

When true-crime podcaster and sleuth Lola visits her hometown for the first time since running away and transitioning, the local urban legend, The Toymaker, is the least of her worries. But when the vengeful ghost of the historical murderer seemingly rises again, Lola must fight against not only a psychotic killer, but also a town haunted by secrets. Can Lola and her band of unexpected allies save Christmas? A transgender holiday film by prolific teenaged filmmaker Alice Maio Mackay and edited by The People’s Joker filmmaker, Vera Drew, Carnage for Christmas is destined to be a queer horror classic.

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

Canadian Premiere

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

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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Adriana Yañez

Adriana Yañez

Director

Country

Brazil

Format

Feature film

Year

2023

Duration

1 h 18 mins

Previous Festivals/Awards

Audience Award, 2024 Mostra Tiradentes

Stream

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Interests

Latinx, Lesbian, RE:Focus

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North American Premiere

May 26, 2024 4:45 pm
TIFF Lightbox 2
350 King Street West
Toronto ON

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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

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North American Premiere

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

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Colette Johnson-Vosberg

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

Guests

Colette Johnson Vosberg, Karen Ford, Linda Ford, Madison Ford, Janice Moore

Have you had the pleasure of meeting Canada’s gayest family? Unusually Normal (Our Gay Family) follows three generations of women in one family who, get this, are all gay. Set against the backdrop of their loving and wholly authentic household, this family, with over 165,000 devoted TikTok followers, invites you into their world – a world where normal takes on a whole new meaning. As we traverse through three distinct eras alongside these extraordinary women, we witness their unwavering resilience in the face of adversity. From navigating the tumultuous waters of homophobia to grappling with profound family loss and navigating the complexities of clandestine love, theirs is a story of triumph against all odds.

World Premiere

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

Digital Screening Available on May 27

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Regan Latimer

Regan Latimer

Director

Country

Canada

Format

Feature film

Year

2024

Duration

1 h 45 mins

Stream

Spotlight on Canada

Interests

Activism, Bisexual, Canadian, Lesbian, Local, RE:Focus

Guests

Regan Latimer, Jill Golick, Lindy Zucker

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World Premiere

May 25, 2024 11:45 am
TIFF Lightbox 3
350 King Street West
Toronto, ON

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