Anna Muylaert; 2016; Brazil; 83 min.; in Portuguese with English subtitles
A gender-fluid teen discovers the meaning of identity and belonging in this Brazilian indie drama, written and directed by Anna Muylaert. Pierre (Naomi Nero) is blindsided when their mother is arrested for a crime committed long ago: taking newborn Pierre from the birth mother at the hospital, and raising them as her own. With this life-shattering news, Pierre embarks on a fraught journey involving their biological family in an unfamiliar, affluent, and stringently heteronormative segment of Brazilian society.
Content Warning: Implied Violence, Depiction or Discussion of Suicide, Nudity/Explicit Sexual Situations/Drug Use/Non-Explicit Sexual Situations
Opening Short: TRITIYA
Vishnu Prasad; 2017; India; 17 min.; in Malayalam with English subtitles
After discovering their roommate’s suicide, Sandeep is drawn into an introspective journey steeped in Indian mythology and the strict gender binaries of their childhood. A gut-wrenching but ultimately uplifting portrayal of growing up third gender in southern India.
Content Warning: Non-Explicit Sexual Situations/Implied Violence/Discussion or Depiction of Suicide