Opening Night Gala: Passages

Ira Sachs

Ira Sachs

Director

Country

France

Format

Feature Film

Year

2023

Duration

1 h 30 mins

Stream

Galas and Special Presentations

Interests

Bisexual, French Language, Gay

Rating and Content Advisory

14A | Sexual Content. Scenes containing graphic sexual content and nudity.

Passages begins with German filmmaker Tomas meticulously crafting a scene. He requires perfection to be satisfied and when the slightest error occurs, he loses his temper. After the film wraps, Tomas’ desire for control seeps into his personal life. Unsatisfied in his long-term marriage with Martin, Tomas launches into an impulsive sexual affair with a young woman named Agathe. When their one-night stand grows into something more, the two men are left to wonder if their crumbling marriage can survive. The latest work by acclaimed filmmaker Ira Sachs follows three people caught in a love triangle marked by passion, jealousy, and narcissism.

*Please note that this film will not be screened with open captions but closed captions will be available. CaptiView devices are available to patrons requesting them through the TIFF Bell Lightbox Box Office.

Thu May 25, 7:30 pm
TIFF Bell Lightbox 1
350 King Street West
Toronto, ON

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Closing Gala: Glitter & Doom

Tom Gustafson

Tom Gustafson

Director

Country

United States

Format

Feature film

Year

2023

Duration

1 h 50 mins

Previous Festivals/Awards

Stream

Galas and Special Presentations

Interests

Gay, Lesbian, Romance

Rating and Content Advisory

14A

Guests

Tom Gustafson

Tom Gustafson

Director

Cory Kruekeberg

Cory Kruekeberg

Writer

Alex Diaz

Alex Diaz

Cast

Alan Cammish

Alan Cammish

Cast

Missi Pyle

Missi Pyle

Cast

Lea DeLaria

Lea DeLaria

Cast

Tig Notaro

Tig Notaro

Cast

Ale García

Ale García

Producer

Antonio Urdapilleta

Antonio Urdapilleta

Producer

When carefree Glitter and aspiring musician Doom meet it is love at first sight. But as Glitter prepares to live out his dream of running away with the circus, the two have only 29 days to know if it is also a love that will last. A jukebox musical featuring songs by the Indigo Girls, we follow their journey through the lyrics to some of their greatest hits, including the iconic anthem Closer to Fine. Starring Alex Diaz and Alan Cammish and featuring Lea Delaria, Missi Pyle, Tig Notaro, and the Indigo Girls themselves, Glitter & Doom is a fantastical summer romance with a big musical heart.

*Please note that this film will not be screened with open captions but closed captions will be available. CaptiView devices are available to patrons requesting them through the TIFF Bell Lightbox Box Office.

Sat Jun 03, 7:15 pm
TIFF Bell Lightbox 1
350 King Street West
Toronto, ON

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Special Presentation: Blue Jean

Georgia Oakley

Georgia Oakley

Director

Country

United Kingdom

Format

Feature film

Year

2022

Duration

1 h 37 mins

Previous Festivals/Awards

Stream

Galas and Special Presentations

Interests

Lesbian, RE:Focus, Romance

Rating and Content Advisory

14A

It’s 1988 in England and Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative government is about to pass Section 28, a law that prohibits the promotion of homosexuality. For Jean, a gym teacher, a law stigmatizing gays and lesbians adds an additional layer to her ongoing struggle to live her life openly. As she attempts to lead a double life, pressure mounts between her and her out and proud partner. As the issues intensify on all sides, the arrival of a new student catalyzes a crisis that will challenge Jean to her core.

*Please note that this film will not be screened with open captions but closed captions will be available. CaptiView devices are available to patrons requesting them through the TIFF Bell Lightbox Box Office.

Fri Jun 02, 9:15 pm
TIFF Bell Lightbox 1
350 King Street West
Toronto, ON

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Screening Sponsor

Gebadia Haverkamp

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Centrepiece Gala: Supporting Our Selves

Lulu Wei

Lulu Wei

Director

Country

Canada

Format

Feature film

Year

2023

Duration

1 h 15 mins

Previous Festivals/Awards

Stream

Galas and Special Presentations

Interests

Activism, Aging/Elders, BIPOC Stories, Bisexual, Canadian, Gay, Lesbian, Queer, RE:Focus, Trans

Rating and Content Advisory

PG

Guests

Jenn Mason

Jenn Mason

Producer

Lulu Wei

Lulu Wei

Director

Founded in 1980 as the Gay Community Appeal, Community One Foundation has from the start raised funds for an array of community projects and organizations, with the organization and its name evolving along with the community itself. What started as a predominantly white, middle-class collective redefined itself during the AIDS crisis in the 1980s and ’90s and continues to adapt today to better meet the needs of our Toronto communities. Supporting Our Selves is a moving exploration of more than four decades of activism, told through the lens of the Toronto-based philanthropic organization.

Tue May 30, 6:45 pm
TIFF Bell Lightbox 1
350 King Street West
Toronto, ON

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Leadership Circle: Andrew Mainprize & Philip Kocev

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RE:Focus Gala: Kokomo City

D. Smith

D. Smith

Director

Country

United States

Format

Feature film

Year

2023

Duration

1 h 13 mins

Previous Festivals/Awards

Stream

Galas and Special Presentations

Interests

Activism, BIPOC Stories, Black, Sex Work, Trans

Rating and Content Advisory

14A

Guests

Daniella Carter

Daniella Carter

Subject

Dominique Silver

Dominique Silver

Subject

Through conversation and laughter, D.Smith presents the stories of four Black transgender sex workers in New York and Georgia. These women offer unapologetic and unfiltered reflections on belonging and identity within the Black community and beyond. Dreams and memories, past lives and new beginnings, battles fought, and crises overcome are openly shared. D.Smith, a Grammy nominated artist, brings her unquestioned talent to create a unique and exhilarating soundtrack that matches the protagonists’ energetic personalities and the film’s striking black and white visuals. Kokomo City is a vibrant portrait of a community tired of stigmatization and ready to take ownership of their stories.

Sat May 27, 7:00 pm
TIFF Bell Lightbox 1
350 King Street West
Toronto, ON

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Special Presentation: I Used to Be Funny

Ally Pankiw

Ally Pankiw

Director

Country

Canada

Format

Feature film

Year

2023

Duration

1 h 45 mins

Previous Festivals/Awards

Stream

Galas and Special Presentations

Interests

Canadian, Gay, Lesbian, Mental Health, Queer, RE:Focus

Rating and Content Advisory

18A | Sexual Violence. A brief scene depicting sexual violence. Discussions around sexual violence.

Guests

Ally Pankiw

Ally Pankiw

Director

Sam Cowell, an au pair and aspiring stand-up comedian, is struggling with PTSD and must decide whether to join the search for Brooke, a missing teenage girl she used to nanny. The story exists between the present, where Sam tries to recover from her trauma and get back on stage, and the past, where memories of Brooke make it difficult to ignore the petulant teen’s sudden disappearance. Toronto’s own Ally Pankiw delivers a debut feature that is both funny and heartbreaking in its honest look at sexual violence, trauma, and recovery, and how they affect the relationships and communities that shape us.

Fri May 26, 9:15 pm
TIFF Bell Lightbox 1
350 King Street West
Toronto, ON

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Screening Sponsor

David Carter

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