A series of short films programmed by image+nation, Tout ce qu’on est tells moments of queer life and experience. Specially selected for the Montreal Pride festival, this series celebrates the makers and creators of images from Montreal and filmmakers from around the world, exploring everything we love, everything we become, everything we are and are proud of . must be. From August 1st to 7th, one program per day is available to watch and share the short films.
MONDAY AUGUST 1: TRANS + NON BINARY
A dark comedy that breaks the fourth wall, How Not to Date While Trans follows a black trans woman’s love life and touches on the problematic men she meets along the way. In Beautiful They, Violet and Blue’s youth meet in time for a joint, a breath that will take them to the sea, where a connection is established between them. A tender and inspiring queer surf romance about the intricacies of gender and the comfort of being seen for who you really are.
TUESDAY 2 AUGUST: HIV/AIDS / THREE MONTHS
A love story is shaken in Trois Mois when a young man reveals his HIV-positive status to his lover.
WEDNESDAY AUGUST 3: DIVERSITY
Parle-moi / Talk to me follows a contortionist and a stilt-walker in their daily lives and illustrates the importance of never being afraid to let what you do be an expression of who you are. On the highway, three queer friends in three queer cars are separated by an unexpected fork in the road. Reach the Sky is a stop-motion animated short with heart, whimsy and… a ton of twists and turns.
THURSDAY 4 AUGUST: THE ART OF DRINKING
In Make me a King, Ari stars as a Jewish drag king, much to the confusion of his family. They idolize the real hero, Pepi Littman, who created a space for drag kings over 100 years ago, and they use that history to open a space for acceptance in the present.
FRIDAY AUGUST 5: 2. SPIRIT – INDIGIQUEER / BPOC
Traditional Inuit throat singing takes center stage in Katinngak (Together), with labrador animals, kaleidoscopic images and eerie sounds. On her way to her boyfriend’s house, a Cree lesbian is assaulted by a taxi driver in the short film She Whistles (Kwêskosîw). Despite the distress that befalls her, she discovers that she possesses a supernatural power that could allow her to shed light on the mystery of her mother’s disappearance. Free to Be follows the cultural and social justice initiatives of four members of the LGBT2SQ+ community, who remind us that ALL BLACK LIVES MATTER by highlighting the many contributions of the black queer community to mainstream culture.
SATURDAY AUGUST 6: QUEER WOMEN
Noor and Layla break up. Is this the end of the road for these two Muslim women…or the beginning? Noor & Layla approaches the recovery of ritual through the love story of two queer, Muslim women, told at five different times of their relationship characterized by five calls to prayer.
Le Piment is the painful awakening of a couple after a night of fantasies…
In Mauve Eyelid, Emanuelle works out on her stationary bike but can’t get Laura out of her thoughts. The more she pedals, the more her memories turn to desire.
SUNDAY 7 AUGUST: DIVERSITY (PRIDE / PRIDE)
Odehimin finds himself and learns self-love. Golden cuts to the leg, and the story is about feeling different and finding your place in a sparkling community. Montreal’s artistic collective House of Pride takes you behind the scenes of innovative performances in drag, dance and performing arts. House of Pride/Ballroom Boudoir is a queer film that plays with gender in a provocative, avant-garde, innovative and legendary way, while celebrating female power!
Using computer generated images, the sublime animation Lèvres bleues reconstructs the memory of a moment in love. Jamie keeps busy during his confinement by linking queer movies and series, but this simple escape turns sensual when he begins to experience sexual fantasies with his favorite queer characters. Are you still watching? explores the liberating power of queer fantasy, combining erotic fan fiction, magical realism and a resolute register of kitsch.
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