Still from Goodbye Fantasy, directed by Amber Bemak and Nadia Granados

Fantasies of the Real

Toronto Queer Film Festival

In this program of mysterious queer and trans shorts, each film takes up themes of chaos, rupture, and entropy. Goodbye Fantasy sends two people on a voyage towards and beyond one another. In The Bedroom and the Street, a love story blossoms amidst anti-capitalist struggle. Peeling back the shrouded image of queer love, Exhumation is a reanimation of long lost desire. In The Stories We Tell Ourselves, the filmmaker documents their history of self-harm by using the same instruments that they once used to hurt themselves with to decay the celluloid of their family’s home movies. Santam emerses us in an otherworldly bakery where the simple quest for a good Churro reveals the powerful impact of a gender non-conforming presence. Sabien and Anna is a slice-of-life film-essay offering a meditation on the day to day life in an elderly couple. Finally, in Happy, a circular journey on a seemingly endless loop arrives at an undeniable truth.

Co-Partner: Images Festival.

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Program

Goodbye Fantasy. Dir. Amber Bemak & Nadia Granados, 2019, Colombia/Mexico/USA, 15 min.
The Bed and the Street. Dir. Mike Hoolboom & Heather Frise, 2018, Canada, 5 min.
Exhumation. Dir. Daniel McIntyre, 2018, Canada, 8 min.
The Stories We Tell Ourselves. Dir. Belle Krupcheck, 2019, USA, 17 min.
Santam. Dir. Joaquín Gutiérrez, 2019, Mexico, 2 min.
Sabien and Anna. Dir. Jeehye Kay Jang, 2019, Denmark/The Netherlands, 10 min.
Happy. Dir. Seyed Ahmadreza Mousavi, 2018, Iran, 9 min.

Image: still from: Goodbye Fantasy, Dir. Amber Bemak/ Nadia Granados.