TIFF: When being a queer person is no longer a role | TIFF 2022

Whether in front of or behind the camera, people queer tell more of their own stories while redefining the cinematic landscape at the same time, with stories about and by the LGBTQ+ community that go beyond the challenges faced by its members.

The Canadian movie This Place is an example. Two young women, one Tamil and the other native, meet when they are respectively undergoing family problems.

Initially, the two characters in the film “This Place” were to be friends, but it was important for the film crew to make it a love story between two women.

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Here, the love between the two characters is a refuge and not a point of tension as is often the case in the films presented, according to the authors of the film. Film production focuses instead on the effects of colonization.

Our characters go beyond their sexual orientation. They are residents of Toronto. They are people who love themselves and their families.explains screenwriter, producer and actress, Golshan Abdmoulaie.

The people we have romantic or sexual relationships with do not define us. »

A quote from Golshan Abdmoulaie
A woman smiles at the camera on the streets of Toronto.

Golshan Abdmoulaie, screenwriter, producer and actress of the film “This Place”, presented at TIFF.

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The fact that the main characters are queer is not the point of contention. We wanted to get rid [de cette trame narrative]. Their [fluidité] precisely allowed them to examine the family traumas that they lived each on their sidesays Golshan Abdmoulaie, who is herself part of the LGBTQ+ community.

The integration of characters queer through cinema is essential, according to filmmaker Joseph Amenta. His film Softpreviously named Pussyalso demonstrates that the stories queer don’t need to be about coming out or homophobia.

The original title of the film, which wanted to reclaim the term Pussy to denounce its excessive and denigrating use, has also been changed to reach a wider audience in the United States.

Three young people at the window.

World premiere at TIFF, ‘Soft’, tells the story of three Toronto queer children whose friendships are tested.

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Rather, the Torontonian’s film celebrates being queer and to live in a community that understands and supports each other. It is important to emphasize through these films that our sexual identity or orientation need not always be the point of tension, the problem.thinks the director and screenwriter.

Soft tells the story of three young queer who roam the streets of Toronto, especially in the gay village. These children already know exactly who they are. As they spend time together, they learn about the world around them.

I think the movie Soft is a celebration of the talent and perspectives of these children and the people who guide and encourage themexplains Joseph Amenta.

Portrait of a non-binary person with a mustache and an earplug.

Joseph Amenta directed and scripted the film “Soft”, which had its world premiere at TIFF.

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Making this film allowed me to reconnect with part of my history. »

A quote from Joseph Amenta, director, Soft

Obviously, this film production does not hide the issues of LGBTQ+ people. in Canada such as marginalization, poverty and homelessness. Soft would not be faithful to this reality if it were the case, believes the filmmaker.

We don’t see enough of this dynamic and colorful world in which I live. […] In the same breath, I still wanted to honor the idea of ​​the struggles and obstacles we face [dans la communauté LGBTQ+]. Completely ignoring this aspect would have hurt our story.says Joseph Amenta.

A missed date?

Hollywood’s first gay romantic comedy, Broswas also part of the TIFF selection and had its world premiere there.

Cleverly disguised as an anti-rom-com poking fun at the stereotypes surrounding gay men dating, the film provides insight into the life of a cynical podcast host who falls in love with a notary public in New York City.

Bros wants to pay homage to the diversity of LGBTQ+ culture, without giving a leading role to the most marginalized LGBTQ+ people. Despite everything, the film makes it possible to broaden the representation on the big screen and to democratize romantic comedies between two gay people.

Two men look at each other passionately.

Director Nicholas Stoller’s “Bros” attempts to break the codes by poking fun at situations faced by many gay men.

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The lead actor and producer of BrosBilly Eichner, says he had to face several refusals before being able to make the film.

In the years leading up to the filming of the film, we had to deal with an avalanche of no and homophobic comments, but we are here today and I am very proud of it.notes Billy Eichner on the red carpet, the night of the first.

A variety of perspectives

Although LGBTQ+ films are increasingly seen and put forward, an effort of diversity still remains to be made, according to several filmmakers from the community.

The goal is to discover the multidimensionality of the characters. We often talk about representativeness in cinema, but [l’intégration de la communauté queer passe par] their passions, their faults and their qualities reminds the one who is behind the film Soft.

I wanted to go beyond coming out of the closet, transitioning or being bullied at school. I wanted to show the beautiful naivety of these young queer people. »

A quote from Joseph Amenta, filmmaker

This film is an ode to the youth that I never experienced, says Joseph Amenta. The choice to work with children is intentional, he says, since the films queer existing ones speak little of this experience. Soft also addresses acceptance of self and others, vulnerability and family relationships, not to mention feeling invisible and in danger.

The film The Inspection, also presented at TIFF in a world premiere, looks at the life of the author, Elegance Bratton, and the situation of homelessness he experienced.

We are witnessing its integration into the Marines after being kicked out of the family home at 16 because he was gay. His story tells that of several other soldiers who had to hide their homosexuality.

An American soldier.

The film “The Inspection”, based on the life of director Elegance Bratton, reveals a difficult past. The work is presented as a world premiere at the festival.

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canadian movie, Something You Said Last Nightillustrates the holidays of a problematic family.

An amateur writer in her twenties, played by transgender actress Carmen Madonia, hesitantly accompanies her equally reluctant younger sister.

A woman smiles.

The Canadian production Something You Said Last Night is directed by Luis De Filippis, a transgender woman.

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I think the movie industry is getting more and more representative at the actor level, but I can’t wait to see more trans people behind the scenes because that’s how we can tell authentic storiesexplains Carmen Madonia met on the red carpet during the festival.

I never thought I was here today and it is thanks to transgender women, who showed me that it was possible, that I am. »

A quote from Carmen Madonia, actress, Something You Said Last Night

The more we are represented, the more people see what is possible [de faire]she concludes.

TIFF: When being a queer person is no longer a role | TIFF 2022