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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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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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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Megan Park

Megan Park

Director

Country

United States

Format

Feature film

Year

2024

Duration

1 h 28 mins

Previous Festivals/Awards

Sundance Film Festival 2024

Stream

Galas

Interests

Bisexual, Family, RE:Focus, Youth

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May 24, 2024 7:30 pm
TIFF Lightbox 1
350 King Street West
Toronto, ON

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