Closing Gala: We Forgot to Break Up

Karen Knox

Karen Knox

Director

Country

Canada

Format

Feature film

Year

2024

Duration

1 h 34 mins

Stream

Galas

Interests

Canadian, Local, Music, Queer, RE:Focus, Trans

Guests

Karen Knox, Lane Webber, Daniel Gravelle, June Laporte, Jordan Dawson, Hallea Jones, Nicole Hilliard-Forde

Within Toronto’s vibrant bar scene, a diverse group of musicians come together to form
a band with a mission: to ignite a musical revolution. As they channel their individual struggles and experiences into their music, The New Normals create a dynamic rock sound that transcends gender and sexuality. But as they rise to fame, personal and romantic entanglements complicate their journey. A who’s-who of local music featuring
original songs from Torquil Campbell of Stars fame, the soundtrack also includes Peaches, Gentleman Reg, and The Hidden Cameras.

North American Premiere

June 1, 2024 7:00 pm
TIFF Lightbox 1
350 King Street West
Toronto, ON

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A Mother Apart

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

Icons

Interests

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

How do you raise a child when your own mother abandoned you? In a remarkable story of healing and forgiveness, Jamaican-American poet and LGBTQ+ activist Staceyann Chin, renowned for performances in Def Poetry Jam and hit solo shows like MotherStruck!, radically re-imagines the essential art of mothering. In seeking her elusive mother—a trail that leads to Brooklyn, Montreal, Cologne and, finally, Jamaica—Staceyann and her daughter forge a new sense of home.

June 1, 2024 1:30 pm
TIFF Lightbox 1
350 King Street West
Toronto, ON

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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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Rookie

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Cora Bora

Hannah Pearl Utt

Hannah Pearl Utt

Director

Country

United States

Format

Feature film

Year

2023

Duration

1 h 30 mins

Previous Festivals/Awards

Official Selection, 2023 SXSW Film Festival

Stream

International Showcase

Interests

Bisexual, RE:Focus, Romance

A few things about Cora: she is a budding musician trying to make it in Los Angeles, she is determined to make her long-distance open relationship work, and she is extremely chaotic. In a moment of desperation, she heads back to her hometown of Portland, Oregon on a mission to fix her shaky relationship. Embarking on a wild journey, she confronts many self-induced roadblocks including a new woman living in her girlfriend’s house, a lost pet, and a pansexual orgy. When a chance at romance with a good guy presents itself, can Cora get out of her own way in time to secure the bag?

Canadian Premiere

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

May 31, 2024 6:45 pm
TIFF Lightbox 3
350 King Street West
Toronto, ON

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Bonus Track

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Chuck Chuck Baby

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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Centrepiece Gala: Young Hearts

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Carnage for Christmas

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

Digital Screening Available on May 27 at Noon

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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

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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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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

The First Women follows a group of women nearing their 60s who live in the suburbs of Rio de Janeiro and share a common past: they were a part of the first ever women’s soccer team in Brazil. However, travelling around the world playing football in the 1980s and ‘90s did not guarantee them any notoriety. Today, most of them make their living from informal jobs, such as street vendors, Uber drivers, chefs, and construction workers. The film intimately reflects on the past, while following present day routines alongside consecutive matches played by the Brazilian men’s team in the World Cup. What is revealed is the incredible, and previously ignored, history of the first female national team to represent the country of football.

North American Premiere

May 26, 2024 4:45 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

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Jules Rosskam

Jules Rosskam

Director

Country

United States

Format

Feature film

Year

2024

Duration

1 h 21 mins

Previous Festivals/Awards

Official Selection, 2024 Sundance Film Festival

Stream

International Showcase

Interests

Experimental, Gay, Non-Binary, RE:Focus, Sexy, Trans

Guests

Theo Germaine, Aden Hakimi

Past and present collide as an Iranian American trans man time-travels through an LGBTQ+ archive on a dizzying quest to unravel his own sexual desires. Director Jules Rosskam blends reality and imagination to bring to life a documentary like no other. Through an erotic and caring lens, Rosskam delves into an exploration of transmasculine sexuality throughout history. Lead performers Theo Germaine and Aden Hakimi’s undeniable chemistry leaps off the screen, adding a new layer to this already enriching story. Desire Lines is an awe-inspiring journey through trans history that deserves to be preserved.

Toronto Premiere

May 25, 2024 9:15 pm
TIFF Lightbox 2
350 King Street West
Toronto ON

Digital Screening Available May 26

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